Car #2222 – Brian Donato and Rick Bye, in the Mitsubishi Ralliart, were the first car wreck of the week this year. They took a fast uphill left curving course too wide. His right side wheels hit gravel and they were consequently dragged into a culvert. Smashing head on into a driveway over pass. Their car definitely looks like a write off and is about a foot shorter than it was earlier. The navigator Rick was injured. And Brian was shaken up. This is the vehicle Mitsubishi was sponsoring, as Brian has no use of his legs and so was operating the vehicle strictly with hand controls. It appears he took the hill too fast running out of talent at the crest.
At this time we are awaiting news from the hospital on Rick’s condition. But we were told it was nothing too serious.
Our three car team did very well, keeping it on the road. Cody and Nicole #1334 took turns driving and co-piloting. As did John and Craig #1333. Both vehicles finished the practice races penalty free. So we two start off first on Monday in GT class..
Car #9 john Hume Jr. And Justin Crant did very well in the modern division and finished the prologue practice races with the second best time overall, behind Mr Davenport’s Brand new Blue Subaru car #557.
Our team is meshing nicely now with high spirits all around. We have adopted Stewart Wigg and Simon Thomson into our team, as they have no transport to and from the arenas. They drive in GT class sporting car #1066. A 1987 Red Golf GTI . These guys are new to this race. So we are showing them a few basic how to’s as it pertains to times and speeds in each race. But not too much.
Monday looms large now. We expect rain off and on all day. We shall see what challenges the weather and road conditions bring our way.
Until then, signing off.
July 23rd already!
This past Sunday we did our Track day here in Ontario at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Formerly MOSPORT), on the Driver Development Track (DDT).
The weather was perfect Newfoundland (pronounced Newfunlnd) mix – i.e. rain, fog, wind drizzle. Perfect for practicing high speed driving on a wet, twisty slightly hilly road surface.
Our newbie to rally racing Nicole also performed brilliantly on the skid pad and slalom course. However, our poor old 2006 MINI GP, suffered a high fever with overheated brake fluid issues mid way through the day and had to be shut down to cool off the brake juice. The cause was simple, two Suicidal Ninja drivers (Nicole and Cody) combined with old worn out brake fluid. It has since been rectified and the 2006 GP now race ready.
The 2013 GP and 2004 M3 were brilliant on track each equal to all that drivers, weather and track could throw at them. Aside from being filthy dirty end of day nothing else to complain about.
Our earlier challenges with one critical and reluctant supplier were resolved when we found a replacement a new, more than willing supplier to step in. Thanks to Dave Barr and the Worden Agency. Life savers!
So, we are all set for September now, 7 weeks and counting…….
From Team Hume.
Well it is Friday July 11th. We are now 60 days away from our annual Race on the Rock.
We now have 3 cars entered this year. Our 2004 M3, 2013 MINI GP and recently purchased and now ready to roar 2006 MINI GP. There are three new staff additions to our team this year. Centennial College here in Toronto, has graciously loaned us Mr. Garrett Nalepka to accompany us as our mechanic. In case we have any breakdowns or break ups (heaven forbid!). And sharing driving and co-piloting the 2006 MINI GP, will be Cody Morch (a Targa veteran) with (Greenhorn) Nicole Troster.
MINI Canada announced the MINI Challenge is back again for Targa this year. So should the 2013 MINI Win, driver and co-pilot share a $3,000 cash award. And should the older 2006 MINI win, driver and co-pilot share a $1,500 cash award. There is bound be a strong rivalry between these two teams me thinks.
We have had a few administrative hick-ups with one of our suppliers this year, still to be resolved. But I am sure everything will work itself out before we fly to the edge of Canada.
To date we have pledged over $17,000 in donations for M S research. That is always a good thing.
All for now.