Run and won for another year. I have to start by saying thanks to Goober putting up with me as ballast again. Also it was great to see a 100% finishing success for the Ferrari marque.
What an event though! After watching the various TV vids over the years, and doing a recce, nothing prepares you for the truly mammoth task of completing Targa. The rain and changing conditions throughout the stages really made for treacherous going in places. The 360CH in Goober's careful hands managing to complete the course successfully with complete reliability. It was a stage by stage event. Firstly to get past Sheffield, then Day 1, Day 2 etc. It was great to get to the end after seeing all the carnage through the stages.
The stages appear to build in complexity and intensity, appearing to culminate with the morning of Leg 4 where Mole Creek (4.5km) is the warm up for the Cethana (37km)/ Gunns Plains (15km) and Riana (36km) stages, in a combined competitive/transport total distance of 250km prior a lunch break.
The 360CH seems to be a good example of a "green" competition car, fuel economy ranging from 18-23 litres/100km over all the stages. I don't think that is too bad, OK, certainly not Priousesque economy, but certainly not too bad on a thrust/economy basis.
In addition to Goober for providing the ride thanks must also go to a few other people.
Fred, for finally debugging the car and correcting a number of issues from its racin
g duty days which appear to have compromised its past reliability. Hopefully now it will just be normal maintenance and age related issues that will require attention.
Also, thanks must go to Steve G (Beama) for invaluable advice provided during the recce for the 2009 TT. A lot of which was used this year. I know he isn't able to log in directly, but his advice was greatly appreciated! Thanks Steve (and also thanks to his nav Tony W.)
Waz and Alex for trailing around after the car. They didn't have to do a lot, but it is handy knowing that help shouldn't be too far away.