Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by toomanysabres » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:06 pm

Must have happened in practice since the results of that show just 7 laps. What a shame.


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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by CNHSS1 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:15 pm

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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by toomanysabres » Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:21 pm

Must have had some advancing symptoms as they show as second to last in practice which was Friday. You have to complete 3 laps to qualify. I suppose it was to buy time to make a repair if possible.
http://www.ris-timing.be/~circuit//6hspa/2013/index.htm


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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by Simon Drabble » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:37 am

Hi - sadly we did a pretty poor job of flying the Sabre Six flag at Spa! As has been said earlier the weekend was pretty torrid from the off on Thursday morning. My son had never been to Spa before so we put him out in the first free practice t learn the track before the madness of the sessions later in the day.

He came into the pits after a couple of laps saying the gearbox was making some pretty horrible noises but thinking he was exaggerating sent him out and next lap came passed us sounding like he was running out of fuel - and he then ground to a halt at the top of Eau Rouge. Sensing a déjà vous from the Classic we expected to just check wiring again.

However it transpired a thrust washer had worn and input shaft bearing cracked. Trip to the motor factor in Verviers sorted that only to find the condensor packed up.... Basically sorted all that out be the end of Thursday only to hear an ominous clicking sound and oil pressure down on a test drive..... So we went into qualifying knowing that current engine was not the hottest in the world and probably terminally ill... As suggested above we wanted to get both drivers qualified and then assess the situation. Post qually dropped the sump and based on the metal in the oil cut our losses and pulled out of starting the race. Great disappointment but there is always next year.

Some positives however.... The Porsche 356 I qualified level to at the Pre 63 GT race at the Silverstone Classic did a 3-17 at Spa and chatting to the driver (a very old friend) seemed that the car was running as well as it was at Silverstone so to target 3-15 or better on Avons for next year sounds completely realistic. That should ensure a half decent finish.

So pretty gutted right now and certainly first two outings in it have not been great but for all that when its working its a lot of fun and if we can work out how to get some of the excess weight we should be in good shape!



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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:10 am

Hi Simon, welcome to the forum, glad to see you made it here ok! :D

Sorry to hear about the various problems that you had, sounds like you'll be busy over the winter, but as long as you have some positives to focus on, that will be encouraging. If you get the time, I'm sure I, and many others, would be interested to hear more about the preparation work as it proceeds.

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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by CNHSS1 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:28 pm

Sorry to hear of the problems, sure youll get the old girl sorted and ready to fight again soon


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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by philhoward » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:34 pm

Shame it was over before it begun almost!

Gearbox and engine problems - not related in any way??


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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by Simon Drabble » Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:04 pm

Phil - more than likely to be connected... I think it is slightly our fault for not pulling the car apart when we bought it and going through it from back to front. That is what we will now do and at the same time try and put the car on a diet. With a homolgated weight of 787 kg it is somewhat galling to see it 100kg over!

Interestingly someone told me at spa that they would be co driving an FIA Sabre Six next year so it seems I will have competition!



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Re: Spa Six Hours 20-22 September 2013

Post by toomanysabres » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:33 pm

Homolgation is with oil, water and spare wheel but no fuel and with/without Jag or Ford overdrive. So you could save weight with no O/D.
Do you have to race with the spare wheel in?


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