SATURDAY, June 20, 2015 - The Kingdom Energy Formula 1 tunnel boat team is getting ready for our second race of the season next weekend in Bay City, MI. The Bay City River Roar, home of the USF1's North American Championship, will take place June 26-28 on the Saginaw River in downtown Bay City. The hauler plans to pull out early Thursday and we hope to arrive and set up our pit area at Bay City Thursday evening in preparation for three days of F1 racing.
It will be our second trip to Bay City. Last year we made our F1 debut there, finishing 15th. Having a race weekend on the rough Saginaw in our memory we hope to do a little better this time around.
Our engine problems at LaPorte that plaqued us toward the end of the Maple City Grand Prix final has been determined, we believe. It appears the stator on our engine which produces and controls the voltage is breaking down on long runs. It appears fine on short runs with fully charged batteries, but after about 10 miles of racing there isn't enough charge in the batteries to run all of the boat's electronics. Toward the end of the final at LaPorte the engine would almost completely cut off when we trimmed for the corners, a sign that there wasn't enough power being produced and converted to DC to operate the boat's fuel injection system, trim system and other electronics. Our batteries were weak after every heat so we are hopeful that a new stator will fix the issue this coming weekend. A new rectifier early on didn't fix the issue so we're hopeful since the stator and rectifier are the two gadgets responsible for the charging system that a stator change will fix it.
We have to get some new tires on the toterhome this week and fix a flat time we had last race at LaPorte on the trailer before our 1,000 mile roundtrip to Bay City, but other than a little cleanup and uniform washing we are pretty much ready to go.
Speaking of ready to go, the Huntington Classic, home of the SST-120 North American Championships is coming together great. The event, July 24-26, on the Ohio River in Huntington, is detailed on the event's website at www.huntingtonclassic.com. The event is almost ready with all of the entertainment, vendors and other pieces in place for a great weekend of Powerboat Nationals racing action.
Our SST-120 boat, the Lamb hull we raced last year, was dropped off at Downard Marine on Friday to get the sponson pinned back on good and get a nose cone replaced. We tore up the boat pretty good on rough waters at Bay City, Huntington and Portsmouth last summer, but we're confident Gordo can have it back ready to race in a few weeks. We have three fresh powerheads ready for our F2 program that we can't wait to try out beginning at Huntington and then on to Rising Sun, Indiana to finish up our brief F2 year in mid August.
Stay tuned for social media posts to our website from Bay City!