alone again.... naturally....
"bog walk" is a gravel stage in Jamaica and "roller coaster" is the nick name for the Longdenville stage behind Abel's plant that TTRC used some years ago.rcadiz wrote:Pace notes done. Mike has just arrived and me and sobby running him through the stages now quick before it gets dark. Izquierdo blew engine in testing. John lending him parts of the old engine to hopefully fix tonight. Our Car is good got a fan. Ceremonial start is at 7:00, 9pm your time.
Stages are very fast, pieces of bog walk, and roller coaster. Switches to Tarmac in both stages for about 2km
Stages have 3 different surfaces, gravel, kind of a clay and Tarmac. Smooth and flowing mostly but some areas will rattle your teeth with bumps.
They have everything - open , tight, and 3 water splashes so we already warning John
Weather is great. Sunny and about 28 degrees
wagon r wrote:sweet...! Best of luck to Penti and Mike..
rcadiz wrote:Rally started almost an hour late. Seems there are some tarmac sectios of the stage that pass through some housing areas and the marshalls were having issues with residents and spectators.
John started second this morning.
Top contender Izquierdo destroyed 4 pistons last night - he runs on pump fuel and ended up running too lean. Izquierdo's team tried to repair but was unable to do so in time. They are out of the rally.
2 drivers to look for in the top running are not NACAM competitors but local Costa Rican stars: José Montalto - a young Pirelli test driver in a very well prepared N15 Subaru (Montalto started 3rd behind John with Trevino first in the seeding order at the start of the rally)and another young driver in a Subaru N10, will find out his name soon.
All group N cars are allowed no dog-box so they are on regular/stock gearboxes.
Weather forecasts for rain - but right now it is clear skies and sweltering heat.
1st stage is now complete.
Love hearing stuff like this. Real sportsmanship there, especially as John's a foreigner in another country. It shows how true he is to the sport.rcadiz wrote:Pace notes done. Mike has just arrived and me and sobby running him through the stages now quick before it gets dark. Izquierdo blew engine in testing. John lending him parts of the old engine to hopefully fix tonight. Our Car is good got a fan. Ceremonial start is at 7:00, 9pm your time.
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