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Offline StephenH

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Re: Experieces in Racing an Europa
« Reply #210 on: Thursday,July 21, 2016, 12:35:07 AM »
November.... Nurburgring.....

How will you go in the snow?

Actually, I will be in China again in November, as I found out last month it is an easy trip from Beijing to Frankfurt and then a short drive to Nurburgring.
Maybe you need extra pit crew ;-)
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Re: Experieces in Racing an Europa
« Reply #211 on: Thursday,July 21, 2016, 01:30:04 PM »
The race will be on the 1st of October. In 2014 the weather was nice during this race. I hope to be lucky with the weather  :beerchug:

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Re: Experieces in Racing an Europa
« Reply #212 on: Thursday,July 21, 2016, 11:50:57 PM »
Hmm.... that might be even better, chance I have to go to UK late September or early October.
Work pays, even better :)
Stephen
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Re: Experieces in Racing an Europa
« Reply #213 on: Sunday,October 02, 2016, 02:51:06 PM »
Hi Guys,

it went quite ok this weekend at the Nürburgring. We had some trouble with the water temperature. I think the radiator is not working well anymore. Some water ports are blocked by the radiator stop leak liquid we had to use. That's the reason why we had to shift up at 5500 RPM to have a stable water temperature of just a bit under 100°C.

The worst thing was the nightshift the day before we wanted to start. Somehow from one moment to the other the headgasket was blown, while the car was stationary. I drove to the garage with 70°C water and after oil change and so on the temperature exploded to 120°C in no time. Such an operation in the night before the race weekend begins... But we managed it somehow and did the suspension adjustment in the paddock. The weight of the car without fuel is 670 kg. Unfortunately we have a disbalance. Even without driver the left side is heavier (with driver 53%). The front wheels carry 42,5% of the weight and the rear 57,5%.

Both practice sessions were wet and we qualified 22nd of 44 or something like that. In the race we could not use all the power of the engine because of the short shifting. I had to give lots of places away, but the car was okay. My brother drove the second stint and had trouble with a loosened nut at the rear lower wishbone, which made the wheel move much more and the feeling terrible. That also damaged an uniball-joint so that the wheel had play for the rest of the race. But my brother brought it home very cautious.

We were the only competitor in the two-seater-racing-car 1600 ccm class and finished. That's P1 in class. There were also two other TSRC with 2000 ccm. The first retired in qualifying and the second very late in the 4h race. That's the reason why we are overall winners of the Division 3 (TSRC). At the award ceremony we were very surprised, but it was nice. But also very funny :D

Here is a nice pic: https://www.facebook.com/curbs.de/photos/a.660281187455247.1073741950.342317552584947/660281664121866/?type=3&theater
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Re: Experieces in Racing an Europa
« Reply #214 on: Sunday,October 02, 2016, 06:46:24 PM »
Congratulations on your victory in Division 3!!!   :trophy:

I don't know if the rules allow, but you can find aluminum radiators on ebay. I found this one on the german ebay (http://www.ebay.de/itm/86MM-ALUMINUM-ALLOY-RADIATOR-LOTUS-EUROPA-1-5L-1-6L-1966-1976-M-T-/121375481745?hash=item1c428adf91:g:eKEAAOSwoydWr47A). Put a good fan with that and that should go a long way to solving your overheating problems!

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Re: Experieces in Racing an Europa
« Reply #215 on: Friday,October 07, 2016, 03:09:26 AM »
As the saying goes: to finish 1st, first you must finish.
Well done  :trophy:
Take the wins when luck also goes with you.
Stephen
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