The annual trek to the Free State for the annual Phakisa 200km race took place last Thursday as we hit the road to the cold, flat piece of the country where we race in this longer, but super fun race.
Friday morning I set out for the first practice session, and the car felt good, it was just quite bouncy, but this was to be expected as parts of the circuit have a few bumps, which keep you honest. Particularly those in the braking zones.
But the car felt good, and I managed to set a time of 2.07:180, which is a little off what we have done there previously. But with an underpowered car and 200kg overweight, with the rather hard suspension, causing slightly more bumpiness than desired, this was a time we were happy with. We knew we could maintain this for the long race distance on Saturday.
This was more evident with the day’s sessions continuing.
Session 2 and a little slower with the quickest lap being a 2.08:676. Session 3, Wouter decided to go show me what we should be doing and did a 2.08:169! (he sure showed me)
In the last session of the day, I was back in the 7’s zone with a 2.07:245.
After a few rounds with borrowed cars that are not quite the right thing for SuperHatch, this past weekend saw us take to the tarmac in the Silver bullet VW Polo… lots of development still to do and unfortunately having to run in class A due to the car having a turbo, BUT being on track and off pace, it always better than being a spectator….
Friday saw us get in one short session and the car fits like a glove, which is always a great start, being totally comfortable in the seat makes the world of difference.
Race day saw a short early morning warm up session and a qualifying, and then 2 heats of 8 laps each combined with the 111 Sports & Saloon class E cars, so a nice big field of 32 cars and as always super close and fun, fun, fun.