Hockenheim Nitro Olympix 2008

After a lot of discussion of allowing us attending the Nitro Thunder class at Hockenheim we were finally invited. I really like this track, the audience and the atmosphere! So it was very fun to be back for the third year in a row. The rain stopped our chanses for testing the track on friday. UGH!

On saturday first qualification pass we had the same setting as in Norway and did a 6.57 and 204 mph. I felt in the end of the round that I lost power. Back in the pit I coulden’t see any thing wrong on the data logger but later after taking the engine apart I discovered that the crank gear had spinn on the crank. I also did a leakdown test on the engine and got a bad reading on one cylinder. We decided to change the engine and got ready for our second round. I got the Super Twin rider Job Heezen in the other lane. We did a fast 6,52 and 213mph. After the finish line I had a lot stronger engine brake than I usually have. Later that evening we took the cylinder head of and discover that the head was melted. We replaced the cylinder and pistons, fixed the valve seats and got the engine together at 3 in the morning.

On Sundays first run we experienced a lot of wheel spin on 2nd gear but still running 6,69/219mph, and on our second pass that day we ran 6,54/217. But this was not enough to beat the consistency of Ian Kings Top Fuel Bike. Ian also manage to take the win in the final against Lorenz Stäuble. Congratulations.

Thanks to Kai and his team and all other that helpt us this weekend and season.