Breezemount Motorsport: Winter Hibernation
February 1, 2013 by Stuart Parker
Just because there isn’t any racing during the off season of winter, doesn’t mean there is no work to be done, just the opposite in fact. The cars are always in need of attention either due to component lifing measures or due to the plain fact that TLC is required to some tired looking parts. Driver safety and car reliability are the number one priorities on every job list issued throughout the year, but during the winter a further strip down of the cars can be undertaken so hidden components can be inspected, overhauled or replaced depending on their state.
So what exactly goes down on a standard job list for the mechanic? Well before I can answer that question it is imperative to have an up to date service history for the racecar. Each car that comes into Breezemount ownership receives a team service log book, and it is here that every outing with a mileage count is documented along with a complete service and lifing log. The log book accompanies the car no matter where it goes, it is a means of keeping on top of the cars health and as a performance gauge if something
flags up as a worry. Now that we have a bang up to date service log, the aforementioned job list now has a direction of required tasks to be completed depending on mileage accumulated. The job list so far will have any lifing issues to be resolved referenced from the log book, secondly any known complaints or breakages from the previous outing , and finally those mechanic pleasing extra tasks added once a thorough hands on and visual inspection has been completed of the whole car. It can be seen that the job list is very much an active list constantly being updated as work progresses on the racecar.
The extra downtime of a winter re-prep allows us to address a lot more of the cosmetic and time consuming issues which will not necessarily be a priority between races and testing. Depending on the state of the car an excess of over forty individual tasks could be listed awaiting the mechanic and engineer to address. There is another job list that is hidden to most during this winter stage and that is the upkeep of all the pit and service equipment, from high torque wheel guns to the race truck. Whether its reorganisation of storage and restocking of bolts, to changing the oil in compressors and vehicles, it all needs to be looked at. If something is going to fail then let it be a matter of an act of god rather than lack of care.
Well February is now upon us, we have suffered the snow with crossed fingers for no more; of course snowman/woman building is a joy of mine. The hydrocarbon contamination in my veins is now aching for some circuit outings. Our friends in the rally fraternity have already got their kicks recently at Kirkistown so I do believe it’s our turn. Our pre season testing schedule is shortly to be started and of course I will keep you all updated.
Until then, drive safely no matter where you are, track or road.