Autocross Te Kowhai, 13 December 2009.
The second leg of the MCCoA versus Minis Waikato Autocross / Gymkhana Challenge was held at Te Kowhai on Sunday 13 December. After a nice gentlemanly cruise down the west bank of the Waikato River where the weather got steadily more overcast and eventually rain just opposite Huntly, we arrived at the field of dreams, (although it could become field of nightmares for some later), to a lovely hot, sunny day. The MCCoA had taken a handy lead in the competition after the first event, so all were looking forward to defending the position and increasing the advantage, before the 2 ‘home’ events next year. It was interesting to note our Treasurer’s overalls, washed ironed and folded neatly sitting on top of his car, alongside our Club Captain’s pair, which were thrown up on the roof in a hickledy pickledy fashion. Could it be a case of a domesticated Treasurer or simply his better half in charge of him? Our treasurer drove his car 10 metres from the trailer to the park fermé, and got covered in what the cows leave behind. I guess he’ll be paying more for the ETS soon, as this is definitely not environmentally friendly.
There was the usual milling around, slapping backs and telling lies while the course was set up and we awaited the event briefing. I must say that the Waikato people are well practiced at this. We won’t be far behind soon with the appointment of RG and TD to convene a competitions sub-committee. This type of event will feature more and more on our Club calendar. Maybe we need to produce a “Women of Autocross” calender, due to the many ladies taking part it would have to be a best seller.
After the compulsory walk the course, Chris Roper felt he would get a better perspective by running around, which he did with great gusto. Unfortunately, it did him no good as he lost his around being the first out, there were no tyre tracks to help. You may think that this is easy to do, but the more powerful your motor, the more wheel spin. This gives new meaning to caressing the throttle!
Although the first round was considered a practice round, all drivers seemed to be treating it as though it was the title decider for the F1 world championship and the course was soon clearly outlined in the grass. Rudolph was there, warming up for his upcoming big night, although his bright red nose was no advantage as, unusually, there was no fog in the Waikato!
The early pacesetter was Treasurer Rex, although on his second run, ‘the intercontinental ballistic misguided missile’ Chris took 4 seconds off Rex’s time. “I went the right way that helped” said Chris during the post race press interview. An excellent round by Chris, but I suspect that the drying track also played a part. The crunch will come after the round is completed.
To be continued……..