As promised, a more thorough run down of Swede Team Motor’s racing last weekend at Mantorp Park.
This was a big event as it tied in with a round of the Swedish Touring Car Championship. It was also a big weekend for STM as it marked the debut of their new V6 Biopower 9-3 Sports Sedan.
The first race commenced at 13.00 on Friday afternoon and was a six-hour affair. STM only had one car entered in this event, the race-proven 1.9 TiD number 93 car. The conditions were unusually hot for Sweden, with temperatures around 28-30 degrees C. STM prefers slightly damp conditions as their tyres are semi-slicks. Despite the tyre issues, #93 managed to once again prove its value. With only one stop for fuel and one unscheduled tyre stop, the TiD managed to secure first place in its class and third place over all in the six-hour event.
That’s what I call a good start to a weekend’s work.
Saturday was the debut day for the e85 V6. The race was a 3-hour event. Not only did they have the new e85 racer (#39), they also entered the 1.9 TiD (#93) and their older 2.2 TiD (#930). Three STM cars, all painted in Swedish air force grey – a formidible sight. The theory was that the 1.9 TiD would do it’s usual competitive thing, the new e85 car would get it’s first miles on the track and the older 2.2 TiD could “run interference”, within the rules of course ;-).
20 minutes into the race the troubles began.
The first call was from the 1.9 TiD. They reported that they couldn’t get 5th or 6th gear at all. A little trouble-shooting by the mechanics in the pit area indicatd that this was going to be a biggie – an engine-out job.
With #93 in the pits receiving its diagnosis, they then got a call from the e85 V6 car, indicating “no power”. The e85 came in as well and the machanics began work on the diveshaft, which was changed in quick time. e85 was back on the track.
Then the older 2.2 TiD called in and it too was unable to select 5th gear. A quick stop to adjust the gear change cable got it going again.
Amidst all this they discovered the actual problem with the 1.9 TiD and performed a quick fix to get it going again.
More 2.2 TiD problems with 5th gear. Car to the pits – problem fixed for good.
who at this point would like to volunteer to run a race crew?
The 1.9 TiD pulled again with it’s gearbox problem persisting and a decision was made to end the race for #93.
Shortly after this the e85 car pulled in again. A fuse for the oil cooler pump had failed and the without this the oil in the gearbox had risen to around 160 degrees! The fuse was switched, the oild drained and refilled and out it went again. Shortly thereafter the car reported only having 4th gear and had to pull in again. The car was later put back onto the track in order to pass the chequered flag.
Although it appears the old 2.2 TiD finished the race (I can hear Fred cheering from here…), I’m unsure as to it’s position.
All up that sounds like one hectic (and slightly expensive) weekend for Swede Team Motor. There were some good things to be taken from it though. The 1.9 TiD performed well on Friday and the team seems to be pleased with the first up preformance of the e85 V6. There’s still some more horsepower gains to be made, but when it was running effectively it was just about matching the pace of the competition.
The positive thing is that when comparing the lap times with our competitors in the class where the E85 car is, we are not that for off. A few more horsepowers and adjusting the brakes we will be among the fastest in the class…
The next race meeting is around 7 weeks away, on August 9-12 at Poznan. That gives STM plenty of time to repair and retune the cars. Here’s hoping for some greater gearbox reliability and good results for both the Diesel and e85 V6.
I reckon I’d just about volunteer my leftie to get along and be part of the crew. You guys are sensational and doing a great job – a credit to yourselves and your sponsors (one of which, I’m pleased to say, is Saab).