Wednesday morning was a game of two halves. Not many vehicles on the short course today, and fewer since the Universidad La Salle machine ate both the toothed belts used in its final drive system. And Valina again failed to get Bluenose very far down the road. Better news for Russ as he got a wind-legal 55.4 mph and a new Hat, and for Karen who got a wind-legal 41.86 mph and a new world record for women's arms-only. A whopping 17 mph increase over the previous one.
|Russ steams gently after a Hat-winning 55 mph run in Greg's Milan SL|
|Lifting the lid on ARION 4 after Karen's record-breaking run|
Being surplus to requirements in timing now that Danny Guthrie is here I made myself available as an official observer in a chase vehicle; in this case riding with the Liverpool crew following Ken Talbot. The wind was now at similar levels to those encountered yesterday afternoon at the start, but it stayed calm enough for long enough for Larry to get a wind-legal 57.59. Calvin had chain issues on starting, which required untaping Eta Prime, relocating the chain and retaping. and sticking him back in the line behind Fabien Canal in Altaïr 6. All very frustrating for Ken, stewing inside ARION 4 but we try to avoid having machines pass one another on the course. Worse yet, both Calvin and Fabien pulled up on the course before the wind could blow them into the sticks. Ken was having to steer hard left just to stay on the road, which eventually led to his front tyre rubbing on the wheel cutout in the body and letting all the air out. We forgot that Mr Supervisor Friel was recording the whole run on his phone. They'll have to edit out the Bad Swears.
|Matthias receives some last-minute coaching from Hans while Ralf cleans the windscreen. Again.|
|Arnold consults his electronic clipboard while Ken waits to start.|
|Jennifer brings VeloX 8 into catch after a white-knuckle ride|
|It all proved a bit too much for Scott Wilson...|
Then Andrea decided not to run.
Just like last night, the wind died to nothing for heat three. With Andrea sitting it out, Calvin got another go and did a 76.78, scattering catchers in his wake as he came in to land in the gathering dusk somewhat faster than optimal Even Barclay Henry fell over. Ishtey's 60.85 was only a fraction slower than his record-breaking run last night while Lieke's 74.3 is getting ever closer to the record. If it gets warmer again towards the end of the week...
|Staging for heat three: L-R Eta Prime, CO2, VeloX 8|
|Guarding the Ligtvoet Mustang against marauding, er, cows|