Mallory Practice March:
My birthday, and a great way to spend it. I took the 500 Daytona and the triumph outfit ( bat) and Phil took the 350 Triumph. Chris and Colin were also there with the other Triumph outfit. This was one of the only times this year that Team Wildcard have all been together. Werner met up with us there to go in the chair for me. The Bat had been resurrected over the winter and had a series of minor but annoying problems throughout the day, but I suppose that is what testing is all about.
The Daytona was going well until the swinging arm adjuster bolt on the rickman frame came loose leaving the rear end flopping about. Quite daunting coming out of Geralds at full chat. Fixed that easily enough but followed up with the gearbox camplate pivot coming out! Phil had his usual trouble free day completing three good runs on the 350 Triumph.
Mallory Park April:
We all made it to Mallory for a dry weekend. Exciting news - not using Edwina's so back to a more original Mallory track which proved to be so much better and more fun. Due to delays, Phil only had one race on the Saturday, but it was a good one, and he finished 4th, behind Ian Henshaw.
I took the Daytona out for a couple of races and the bike was running well apart from jumping out of fourth. I am still looking for that last couple of mph to make it more competitive. Werner chaired the BAT outfit with me and we went out a couple of times as well, but the outfit wasn't running right in top. Despite that we had a couple of good races and managed to beat Wickett/Colin in one race!
Sunday was more of the same. Phil had a busy day with three championship races and the over fifties race to fit into the day. A sneaky adjustment to the exhaust timing saw the 350 Triumph running really well. Once again there was close racing with Henshaw and Leather and Phil had 4th, 3rd and 2nd finishes. He also knocked one and a half seconds off his personal best lap times, although it is difficult to compare with the lack of Edwina's.
I took the Daytona out for two more races and the bike was running well. I think we managed one more race on the outfit and that was it. Wickett finished all his races and the outfit was looking and sounding good, although they had a lot of initial trouble getting through noise testing!