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Race Report Round 1 BEMC Mosport May 5-6th - TQLA President Chris Haley

Well, the first event of 2012 is now in the books and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!  We arrived at the track about 6pm on Friday and as everyone has been saying, there have been some major changes.  The entrance to the track has been changed completely and the new tunnel is massive compared to the old one.  (I will put some pictures on the Website soon).  Our usual camping area is still untouched but there is now no access through the gate at the fence and the road is now at the bottom of the hill so it is much quieter up there now.  Jim, and Mike were there and Richard had indicated he would arrive Sat morning which he did.  Some of us went down to the restaurant at the Port Darlington Marina for dinner while others stayed at the track and BBQ’d.

Saturday dawned cool but clear and sunny and was just the precursor to a beautiful overall weekend.  Mike, Jim and Richard went out for practice with all going fairly well other than Jim saying he had some brake problems that ended up plaguing him all weekend.  Qualifying was next with Jim, Mike and Richard in that order for F4.  There were 10 cars in the F-Libre class on Sat with the Fords only having 9 and the vees 13.

Race 1 saw everyone scrambling off into turn 1 & 2 alright but from there things went downhill.  Mike went up the inside of Catlin in her Honda Fit powered Ford in 2 but she started to move over, Mike got up on the curb a bit and the car stepped out.  He locked the brakes up but as he was sliding across the track, Richard caught the right front corner of Mike’s car with the left rear corner of his and that was all she wrote for both of them.  Jim continued on to finish 1st in F4 and 5th overall.  Both cars were repairable but while Mike fixed his Richard decided that he would roll his into the trailer and look at it next week as he wasn’t sure exactly what all was damaged.

Saturday evening there was a surprise 50th birthday party for Steve Adams down at the Britain West trailer after the races so we all went down there to make fun of Steve and enjoy the pasta and cake.  Thanks very much to Penni and family for the invitation.

Sunday was again a beautiful day with sun and a light breeze.  Jim and Mike both went out for warmup to check there car with Mike feeling his was fine but Jim still not happy with brakes and seeming unable at the time to track down the problem.

Race 1 on Sunday started with 7 F-Libre cars as Mario went home for some reason, Richard wasn’t running and Mike McNeil had a gearbox failure in his F1000 during warmup.  The race was fairly uneventful but must have been conducive to good traction as Jeremy Hill won the race in his F1000 with a new lap record (for him) of 1:18.2 and Jim was first in F4 with a quick time of 1:25.891 (would have been interesting to see what he would have turned if he was happy with his brakes!).  Mike was second in F4.

Race 2 was also fairly quiet with Jeremy and Mike both only ran to the 60% mark and then brought the cars in rather than wearing them out as they had no one to race with.  Jim was running with the Formula Mazda car but slower than the first race as he was still having the brake issues and was also having some problems with gearbox in certain corners.  Jim was first in F4 with Mike second.

The next race is at Shannonville May 26-27/12 so we hope to see everyone there.






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