The TVR Crew
Track: Sears Point
Weather: clear, low 70's
Tires: Yokohama A032R's.
Brake Pads: Porterfield R4's
I suffered some bad luck with a now-routine wheel bearing replacement
about a month and half before this event. The right rear IPS UltraSport
upright was mangled while getting the wheel bearing pressed out. Both
uprights were sent to Hamlin Fabrication at Sears Point (707 935 6825)
and they were nice enough to fix up the mangled one and add plenty of needed reinforcement
for both of these WEAK IPS units.
The new uprights came in handy as yet another IPS supplied HAL shock
lost its valving at the start of this N.A.S.A
event, leaving me with nothing but a 450lb spring in the left rear to take
the abusive bumps at Sears Point. Since the track configuration is mostly
right hand turns, this made for some harsh noises while the left rear
upper control arm slammed into the frame of the car....and some tire
scrub. Unbelievably both wheel bearings held up, something that they
wouldn't have done before. :-) Rob also informed me that I was
lifting the right front tire through some of the turns....unfortunately he
didn't have his camera running as I'm sure it would've looked pimpy with
the some 3 wheel action through Turn 5. :-)
than the shock giving up, I had a great day. The weather was perfect (low
70's) and I had some fun with a Porsche 930 and a Ferrari 360 Modena.
Lap 3 and 4. Lap 3 starts off with me following a nice
Porsche 930. Lap 4 is when I spotted the race prepped Ferrari 360.
It's not every day that a person gets to run door to door with a car
of this caliber....so I made sure to get some close-ups.
During lap 7 a Porsche 996 goes into Turn 7 a little too hot while
I'm passing a BMW M Coupe. Evasive action was taken and I continue
on with a clear lap.
Lap 3 and 4, Rob and I making our way through the afternoon
|This is the NASA
Group 4 Instructor, Al Butterfield doing his version of the Scandinavian
Flick through Turn 7.
This is me following Rob out during our warm up lap.
TJ (passenger) is now getting the view of a lifetime. I show Rob the
nose into Turn 9 and then we proceed to pull a patented TVR move on
a 300Z. Seriously folks, this is teamwork at its finest. During the
second lap, the Porsche 930 and I then make an inside pass on the
Ferrari 360 through the Carousel.
Lap 1. Rob's technique on "passing during corner entry"
does not pay off in Turn 7.
Lap 4 - 6. (large file!) Following the Porsche 930, Rob regains his lost
position and passes me through the Carousel.
Lap 8. A clear lap.