Slowcock's Racing - VRRA 2017 Rd.2 Calabogie Race Report
Round 2 of the VRRA season found Slowcocks Racing at the beautiful Calabogie Motorsports Park. A racing facility that is known for being one of the premier racing surfaces in all of North America.
The track is composed of 20 technical corners, that are meant to confuse and trick riders and drivers alike. As a result, it is very difficult to achieve a sense of comfort out on track, as many of the corners look the same and there exits are usually hidden at corner entry. However, once the track is learned, then it is like no other racing experience.
The weekend started off for the guys with the delivery of Thomas's new, Tim Voyer built, P1-350 race bike. The bike consists of a heavily modified Honda 350 frame, built up CB350 motor with .5 over Wiseco pistons and Kibblewhite valve springs, Works Suspension, PVL Ignition, and a slew of other trick parts made by Tim Voyer #840.
Friday practices went pretty well for the guys, with everyone getting some decent track time and setting a fairly consistent pace.
After practice, next up was the endurance race, the CB-1 needed a quick rad fluid change before the race, but other than that she was ready to go. As the race was about to begin, Andrew hit the starter and the dreaded sound of silence feel upon the CB-1. Something was broken, but what was it? As the race started, the guys were in the pit trying to fix their apparently broken bike. After 15 mins, the problem was traced back to a faulty fuse, the plastics were put back on, and the guys were ready to go. Other than the minor fault to start the race, the race went smoothly for the guys. Everyone getting a good amount of laps in and times consistently dropped as the race went on.
Saturday, the real start to the race weekend. The day consists of 3 practice sessions and 2 heat races for the guys. However, the day would end up being much tougher than expected. Andrew would eventually lose his brakes and crash in Temptation Corner. As a result of the crash, the bike needed a new exhaust, but Andrew was fine, so that is what really mattered. Later in the day, Cody's bike would develop an oil leak and wet his rear tire enough to result in a crash while exiting the fast turn 4. The crash result in destroyed front end on the bike, and significant road rash to Cody's bum bum. All in all, he was in a bit of pain and unfortunately, out for the weekend.
Sunday, was a bit of a quiet day for the team as Thomas was the only rider left. The day started out with the P1-350 race, and Thomas had settled into a 5 lap battle for 3rd with 2 other riders. Thomas ended up coming 5th, as they went 3 wide into 12B and he was pushed off circuit. Regardless of the off, Thomas was happy with the result and really happy with the bike. The P2-L race wasn't meant to be though, as during the warm up lap, the 138 bike wouldn't build rev's over 8000 rpm's. Fearing he would ruin the newly built motor, the bike was brought back to the pits. The problem was traced back to a damaged fuel filter, but the weekend was over.
The guys would like to thank all the marshalls and volunteers that made the weekend possible. They would also like to thank Tim Voyer and the countless of other members of the VRRA that lent a hand and advice over the course of the weekend.