March 30, 2017
I was at an all-time high coming in to Round 1 of the Super GP national championship. It was at my home track and I was aiming for the perfect weekend.
Lead up to race day
We had spent a lot of time and energy off season preparing the RPM Centre/ Sandton Auto BMW s1000RR, making sure that is would be ready to rumble. During Free Practice one I ran into gearbox issues. We decided that the safest bet would be to swop the race engine out for the spare engine and access the gearbox after the weekend back at RPM Center workshop. We missed Free Practice 2 and 3 working flat out to change the engines over.
We managed to be ready for qualifying on Friday after. We managed to put in 2 solid laps that would gave us a double 2nd place on the starting line up for race 1 and 2. The team was happy with that considering our limited amount of set up time.
After the warmup on Saturday morning we held high hopes that we had made some head way with set even though we only had one full session worth of data. We warmed up on used tire as well and we managed to lap the same pace as in qualifying and in P1.
We got off the line with what we consider to be an average start dropping back to third. We took a lap to pass Greg and then saw a 1.5 second gap to first place. We pushed hard to close the gap but we only seemed to maintain position. We persisted all the way to lap 12 not making any head way toward the lead.
“I had already set my best lap time around Killarney at 1.10.6 so I rolled off to bring it home safe having a 7 second gap to 3rd.”
We made a few changes to the set up with the aim to fight for the win. Again we got a poor start which left us stuck behind Greg for 3 laps. Once again, after passing Greg, we managed to close the gap from 1.5 seconds down to 0.9. We still did not have enough pace to close anymore.
“I am happy to have set the fastest lap in race 2 at 1.10.75 and take another 2nd place.”
Overall it was a positive weekend for RPM Centre/Sandton BMW at our first national out on the BMW S1000RR. Next round will be East London Grid prix circuit on the 29th April until then we will be working on the S1000RR to find the edge.