We all loaded up and headed off very early Friday morning leaving Adelaide 4:30am mainly so that we could get there around lunch time and set up our marquee and pits. On top of that i had some last minute prep work and wheel aligning that needed to be taken care of mainly because I just ran out of time!!
It was around then that we noticed a strange noise... a tick tick tick noise was heard while the engine was idling and when driving it around the pits you could hear a whistle out the exhaust. We gave it a rev and then shut the engine off and all you could hear was the turbo making some weird and bad noises... not a good start!
Friday night was spent having dinner, discussing options with turbo's and having some drinks with some of the Hit and Run guys
Sat morning rolls around and we get to hit the track after a drivers briefing. The judges told us that they wanted us to hit all the outside clipping points this suited me to a T as I much prefer that style of driving anyway. So... car is warmed up and at the start line and I'm waiting my turn for the first practice session, I boot it off the line and then boom.. no boost! Feeling a bit deflated (no pun intended) i drove around the track and back to the pits assuming the worst, popped the bonnet and found that it was just a cooler pipe! quick fix later and i was back out on the track nailing the lines on old 2nd hand Achillies ATR sports. Just as i was down to wire blazing 4th gear...boom.. no boost again! back to the pits and checked for cooler pipes hanging off and found none.. this time straight away i knew it was the turbo :(
We asked everyone just about if they knew of any turbos.. a few very helpful people put us onto Tao from Hypergear whom said he may be able to help us.. so after removing the busted GTX3076 we went travelling around Melb in search of possible turbo's. Hypergear was not able to help us in the end with a turbo and so we left and at this point pretty much admitted defeat so we thought stuff it.. time to eat a late lunch and stumbled across a pretty decent charcoal chicken shop it was during lunch that Tao called back and said he spoke to the owner of Rotomaster, a shop just down the road, and he was willing to open up shop for us and help us out with a turbo! We rushed down there and sure enough being a Garrett distributor he had plenty sitting on the shelf!
My wife Jenna got on the phone pretty quick to make sure that we were going to back in time to refit the turbo and make the qualifying. Another quick dash back to Calder Park and we got stuck into it. Draining the oil making sure that it wasnt full of turbo bearings, Fitting the new turbo, and checking the Data Logs on the Haltech ECU
I had a slight issue of not having any tyres left to do several laps on so i went and saw the ever so helpful guys from Wheeltech and they gave me a pair of Nigels old federals and fitted them for free! Theres some awesome people in the drift scene which is why i still hang around!
Rain had set in and the track was super wet.. i didn't care, I have had plenty of wet weather experience and i knew Nigel wouldn't have any issues either so we went straight into it and did two super close clean runs. the crowd went nuts and a OMT was called. Another two close runs later and eventually after some miscommunication Nigel came away as the winner. Nevertheless i had fun and put on a damn good show!
Many MANY thanks to Declan from Garage 7 (and his missus Kim for letting me steal him for the weekend) my wife Jenna for being so helpfuf and supportive, Luke Terbeeke from LTM for assisting with the team and the photo's, AM Performance, Origin Australia and All Type Crash for their continued support. Thanks guys!