Would like to narrate below my experience of this years Speed Run organised by Zapp.
Friday 29th February 2008 - Drivers Briefing
We were told to reach the venue at 5.00pm sharp and most of reached a
wee bit earlier due to the enthusiasm and wanted to get it over with
asap. In all fairness almost all the organisers were present there at
the scheduled hour, and we were all kept waiting outside for 2 main
reasons 1> No power in the auditorium & 2> Dockets not
available from Autocar. They blame the delay on traffic jams caused by
a certain VIP's wedding at the adjacent Racecourse. Once the dockets
arrived at approx 7.45 pm there was utter chaos and they tried to let
people go inside in a orderly fashion, with no success. The briefing
was a sham all of 2 mins and then we were told that all dockets had not
come and that we would have to go the Autocar office to collect them.
I think around 40-50 guys came to the Autocar office waiting for the
organisers to return from the briefing. I managed to leave by
11.30pm(early as I knew the guys) the rest waited for god knows how
Day I - Khargar
Pit lane was more organised than last year and we managed to get our
cars scrutinised in the scheduled time frame. All events were running
approx 3-4 hours late as per the reasons already explained by F50. What
was upsetting was the I care a damn attitude by the organisers. The
Zapp team was given a private enclosure outside of the pitlane and all
their team members, helpers etc etc were having a field day walking in
& out of their paddocks and onto the staging area as if they owned
the place and that no rules/security checks were applicable to them.
Thanks to Sam I spent most of Day I in the VIP stands.
Day II - Race Day
Reached the venue at 8.00 am as told only to see chaos. As expected the
track was not handed over in time. All events were again approx 2 hours
late. I managed to bag 2nd place in the Street Stock 1651-2050 CC
Category driving Vikram18's Civic and had some pretty good runs in my
B16a as well. We were told to line up for our practice run at 3.00pm in
the staging area and just as we were to start the big boss decides he
wants to drive so everyone else is kept waiting like *****. He did
about 5-6 runs in his 4 diff cars and then the organisers decide they
want to run the foreign bikes. We were kept waiting in the staging area
for about 2 hours. Whenever GS came on track there were like 60-70 of
his guys forming a cordon even messing around with the security and
treating everyone like ****. All rules were broken(cigarette smoking in
the staging area/venue, drinking beer in the staging area to name a few.
This has left almost everyone who attended/participated pissed of and I for one am shooting of a letter to Autocar.
As far as my run in the B16 goes I was informed by the Tbhpians in the
stand that I clocked 15.12 ET in the practise run and Jitu did 17.725.
In the final run I think I beat Jitu but timing was not registered due
to some error in the machine and we had to do a re-run. In the re-run I
did a 14.12 Et and Jitu 14.66 ET (not bad considering i got my car TC'd
and up and running in 4 days flat with zero experience driving such a
powerful car for the first time on track). I was extremely pleased as I
expected the difference to be greater.
PS - All times mentioned above to be verified as this is what I was informed by the Tbhpians in the stand.