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Spa 6 Hour Race results 2019 - 4th / 7th / 10th overall

PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:45 am

First Elan home and an incredible 4th overall out of 101 entrants (preparation by Ebbs Classic and Competition).

This car also won its class and did a 2:57.663 lap time (Lap 89 - damp conditions...in the dark!) :
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:48 am

Wedel car (retired, but is usually a very active competitor at the front). The second picture shows the repairs after the car was clouted by the very careless Halusa E-type.
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:59 am

Raceworks doing a gearbox change after the AP clutch plate broke after about 3 hours:

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Quick test on the jacks before sending Andrew Lawley out...


This car was shared with Tomlin / Meaden and finished 72nd.

The combined clutch and gearbox change was completed in just under an hour by 5 mechanics and the car set a 3:03 lap time as the track dried after this intervention (Lawley).
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Extraction complete with radiators...
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Refitting about to start...
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:05 am

Photos of the nicely finished Penson car (retired after the first driver, who will remain nameless (but it was not Penson or Hoy) buzzed the engine with multiple 10,000 rev downchanges!)!

This car is a very early S1 Elan with good attention to detail.
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PostPost by: innesw » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:04 am

Thanks great pictures!

I see a few Elans have multiple stripes of ducktape or similar across the rear screen.
Is that just to help reduce getting dazzled by spotlights?

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:14 am

Yes Innes. I'm not sure it helps.

The best strategy IMHO (having done the 6H race 7 times back in the nineties and noughties is to fold mirrors away to avoid being dazzled.

You can usually sense when someone is behind you (by being floodlit !) and on the track it is their problem to overtake not yours. It is best to stick to the line or clearly indicate.
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PostPost by: innesw » Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:13 pm

bigvalvehead wrote:What wheelarches are on the Penson car?


Via Instagram it's says they are custom hand made arches by Neil Myers grafted on to the Bourne body.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:58 pm

Courtesy of forum member Clark Lance:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ViNOlBt4oQ
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:13 am

Excellent video...it very accurately shows how a wet track makes it very difficult for powerful cars to escape the smaller engined cars.
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:18 pm

If you would like to read more about the 6H race meeting (yes, I'm about to honk my own horn), I have done a write up in Via Retro, which is a website / blog for fellow anoraks.

Please note that the really good exterior photos were done by fellow Forum member "Mike Spence":

https://viaretro.com/2019/10/spa-6-hour ... lefeuille/

I hope you enjoy this and will sign up for future articles.
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