Waiting for the videos ...
A brief post CTC/SSS round 4 writeup
I'm waiting on an update to my video editing software (PowerDirector 8.0, in case anyone's interested) to resolve an uploading to YouTube issue, so have a few moments to kill between editing videos for the sprint round last weekend.
I'd like to write a big report for the club teams championships last Saturday and the sprint round on Sunday, but this will be a very brief one.
CTC, a team of three of us, myself, Dino and Russell Poole are the Blackburn 'Open Masters' No.1 team. I'm the first rider, Dino is No.2 and Pooley is our third after the Wizard couldn't commit. We did ok, the event was a bit of a mess, no starting gates(!) and no split timing etc, but it was the same for everyone (except we'd spent a lot of time practicing gate starts!). We ended up qualifying fourth so we just scraped into the final, to race off for 3rd place against Hawthorn's team of The V-Train, Aaron and some other guy who's name I don't know. They'd qualified about four seconds faster than us, so we were never going to be in it, but we went a little faster and they went a little slower but it was still three seconds too much, so we had to settle for fourth place. Better than last year, so that's good ...
Round 4, I did my best flying 200 for the season, but still too slow, on a perfect day, I should, in hindsight, have used a bigger gear than 91.8", I'd felt strong during the week and probably would have done better on 94" or so, but it is what it is and 13.6s would have to do. B grade was big, 10 of us, and I was one of the slower ones in qualifying.
A very long story cut short, I beat Craig Towers, Ed Osbourne drilled me a new one, and Stewart Lucy took advantage of a huge tactical blunder on my part to win easily too, so not the best day's racing for me! Still a lot of fun and the series continues to get good feedback. There's a crew over in South Africa that want to copy the format and some in NSW as well, so that's very pleasing. Our dream of a national series is gaining some momentum! Jodie Dundas did a great job on the video camera, Lucie took ace photos and Sue ran the day like clockwork. We got help from Will Thomas on the scoring duties as Anne Apolito was unavailable.
In other news, Emily teamed up with Caitlin Ward to roll the JW17 club team sprint by 2 seconds, quick kid, that Emily ... more medals for Dino to find homes for! Thanks to the Thomas's and Bev for looking after Em on the day.
And if you haven't heard (get out from under the rock!) Mike Goldie from Carnegie-Caulfield was hurt in a low speed tumble at a training session at DISC last week, from all of us we wish him a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.