RAC Round 1: Not such a successful weekend…

A total of three laps is all the weekend lasted for the DBS Motorsport team… dissapointing! On Friday morning we took the car out for first two laps in order to get some drive unit oil pumping through the system, brought it in, topped it up, and went back out. On the following lap exiting Siberia in third gear a strange sound accompanied by a roughness came through the driveline. My initial thought was that it was a diff issue, but I continued through the rest of the lap and all other gears felt perfect. Rain started to fall and we were on slicks, and as I exited MG I had a spin. The car didn’t stall, but when driving off the car again struggled in third gear. We pulled into the pits, inspected the car and couldn’t see an issue.

Simon then took the car out in the next session, and confirmed third gear was causing issue. It was still selecting, but didn’t sound particularly nice, and he pulled the car in.

Unfortunately as the Hayabusa engine shared common oil between the motor and gearbox the replacement of the gear is an engine out job. The motor needs to be inspected for damage caused by debris, and so with the help of Ben and the Radical team the engine was removed and will be making it’s way back to England for assessment and repairs.

With 2 days of prep work on the car prior to the event, and a mountain of time dedicated to organising the weekend, packing up all the required equipement, unloading it at the track, and the money already sunk into the weekend to have it end so abruptly was crushing.But such is motorsport…

The weekend was great regardless, with some excellent racing and great weather. We would have loved to be out there, but we’ll have to save that for next time.

Big thanks to Ben for pulling the engine out for us, and Gartha nd Wazz at Radical for assisting us where possible. Also a big thanks to Matt Bray for his assistance on the weekend, was very much appreciated.

So now we regroup, and ensure that we’re ready to go for our next round.

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2 Responses to RAC Round 1: Not such a successful weekend…

  1. BenM says:

    That sucks mate! Do you have to wait for it to come back from the UK or can you grab an engine from the pool available?

    • phunky89 says:

      Indeed it does mate, but thems the breaks I suppose! They only had a brand new engine left as someone else had grabbed the last refreshed unit in stock. It was an option, but we were already pretty down on the weekend and with the added cost I decided it was better to be safe than sorry and find out exactly how much dmaage has been done.

      Having said that, they can turn it around from the UK within 4 weeks or so.

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