A DAY AT THE RACES
Every race car has to pass scrutineering. This is purely to ensure that the cars on the track are as safe as possible, bearing in mind the mental deficiencies of many of those behind the wheel. Scrutineers have the ability to make even the most seasoned campaigners incontinent cos if it doesn't pass you aint racing!
We will be called up for our practice session, this is preceded by a noise test. The cars must not exceed 105decibels, I normally scrape through by one decibel. The accepted wisdom is to be early on to the track to ensure a clear space for a good qualifying time, without having to manoeuvre around slower cars. The first rule of qualifying is to complete three laps. If you complete less than three you could find yourself on the back of the grid with a ten second penalty. After the first few laps I try to gradually crank my speed up hopefully getting my fastest lap towards the end of the session.
After practice hopefully you are not having to rebuild the car, and can spend the next couple of hours lying to all and sundry about why you had not gone faster.
You are called up for your race about half an hour before the event itself. Marshals will line you up in grid order, in the "collecting area" prior to being escorted on to the grid itself. here you are given a count down of the number of minutes before the green flag lap. This is where you are led round by the pole man to warm up your brakes and tyres before reassembling back on the grid again
With 5 seconds to go the starter raises a board, which surprisingly enough says 5 seconds on it. After this the red lights go on one by one, and the engine revs rise, Off....and away. I
The thumbnail above shows me spinning in to oblivion. (Mr Oblivion being the name of the marshal who's foot I parked on.)
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