Goal fail

So much for blogging more.  It’s been just over a month and I haven’t put fingers to keyboard.  Whoops.

However, it’s not been all fails.  The busy times have started.  Dual event weekend back in mid Feb with Millstream Road.  Nice piece of gravel road up near Dannevirke.
Lesson learned from this particular event.  Actually a couple.  Double check the route the GPS is trying to take you on.  And make sure the vehicle has enough fuel.  Not the race car this time either.  Nearly ran the Ranger out of diesel.  Apparently it doesn’t like that very much as it cut out twice on the desperately gentle crawl back to Dannevirke where I put 68 litres into a 70 litre tank.  Whoops. Not gonna do that again.  Probably.

Second event for the weekend was a grass autocross at Tauherenikau with two different courses over the day.  Sarah also had a drive at that one and did really well, coming in 11th on the first course.  Unfortunately due to having to leave early, she didn’t get the chance to put down a fast time on the second course but still ended up with an awesome final result given she only drives the race car occasionally.  I managed a good result with some consistent placings in both runs (first course, second course) and ended up first in class and I think, 3rd overall.  Unfortunately the next two rounds of that autocross series clash with gravel events I’m already booked to go to so hopefully Harbour Capital Car Club can organise another series later in the year.

That was the first weekend I’ve trailered the race car to events so that’s been an interesting experience.  Resulted in upgrading the front brake pads in the Ranger so hopefully it’ll stop a little better now.  But it towed nicely.  Makes a difference getting the car positioned correctly on the trailer to balance it properly.  Thanks to Garry at Upper Hutt Hire for the loan of the trailer.  Go see them if you need a trailer, or in fact most equipment and party hire stuff.

The last two weekends involved first aid events with the rescue team.  Karapoti Classic was first up with what is always a very long day out in the Karapoti bush.  The team proved it’s worth with a couple of injuries serious enough to require evacuation of the patients.
Upper Hutt Summer Carnival was last weekend and Summer finally turned up to join the party.  A fairly low key event from a first aid point of view but still, those who did have reason to come see us were glad we were there.

Coming up in the next couple of weekends are Pattison Rd gravel sprint this weekend, somewhere in the middle of nowhere near Waipukurau.  Then the Clubsport National Champs in Taupo the following weekend.  That consists of a motorkhana, autocross and sprint with the overall champion decided at the end of the weekend.  Two away events in a row.  Fun times.

That’s all for now.  I’ll try to update again soon.