CS19 offered me the chance to drive the 418 in SE at the Elsinore race but with my schedule I didn't have time to do any testing so it didn't happen. I've driven his boat a handful of times at the river but never really launched it or made any hard passes in it. We got some testing done last week and made it happen for this weekend at Ming. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun. I had a lot on my plate learning a boat that I had very limited time in and even more learning the lights having never been on the rope. First run was on motor and ran a 9 flat @ 115 with a .3 light. Turns out we had a broken rocker arm and that pass was only on 7 cylinders. Plan was to run SE on just motor but we didn't have much info to tune the boat on just motor so we decided to run a nitrous program. Second pass ripped off a 7.98 @125 and was quick on the lights with a .13 red. First round eliminations ran an 8.04 @ 124 but red lit again with a .12 but got lucky since my competition red lit worse than I did. Got on the slime covered rope first thing Sunday morning for 2nd round eliminations and had some ideas on how to launch the boat and what number to leave on to try to improve my reaction time. That all went to shit when I had some issues with the air shifter and left late with a .5 and ran 8.02 @125. Basically got treed on my mess up and left 1 number later than I wanted to.
All in all it was a focking kick in the pants and I can't wait to get on the rope again. Need to thank Chris for the opportunity and for trusting me with the 418. Also want to thank Bobby Jonsson for all his hard work in the pits and making sure the boat was dialed. Also a big thanks to all the racers for the support and advise, I really appreciate all of it.
Chris drove in UBFJ and 8.0 so I'll let him comment on the rest of our weekend and how it went.