They were up till 1am adding an extra the fan and rewiring the alternator after the fire.
we've found another lucky sticker and
picked up a virgin of guadalope statue.
Covering all angles on the luck front!!
Run all stages well . Sadly the rain slowed us in the morning but we're definately getting faster.
Our main rival in Sports class is the mercedes 300 gullwing that's travelled here with three backup vans to win.
In the morning he is about a minute ahead because we really can't race safely in the rain and lose over 40 seconds to them but when dry in the afternoon
we get start getting closer
Section 7 we run 12:12.9 v 12:27.6
Section 8 we run 5:10.4. V 5:10.7
Section 9 we run 5:04.6. V 5:04.5
The last two sections beating them by less than a second!
But our morning time in the rain has hampered our efforts.
The drive into Mexico City was as always incredible. Up over the vocanuc ring that surrounds 25m people on a 6 lane freeway. Helped by catching the tail of the federal police who with full lights took us in the final 50 miles at speeds over 100 mph.
A huge gathering greeted us in the main square.
Our friend Taz is running well in Historic B in the Datsun and again takes 1st in class.
Overnight Mats' mechanics patch up our burnt out side and hide our scars with yet another sticker. They re-space the distances on the exhausts and check everything else.
Good to go.
Early alarm at 5.30am, breakfast, luggage to van by 6.00am and by 6.30 were off.
It pitch dark as we exit and we notice a thin line of oil infront of us on the road out of the hotel. Nasty!
In the dark it feels like I've trodden in oil at the hotel carpark as my pedals which are usually so grippy with their sandpaper finish against the race shoes.
Note to self: Will have to get out and clean up before we start. Five mins later it's way to slippy to even brake hard and we approach the police barriers to be let through into the starting arch area.
A quick three point turn and someone points out we are dropping water from the expansion tank . We come to a stop in line , turn off and then the engine catches fire !!!
We make the Fireman's day (and the local news) with a full on powder extinguish and reflect on the problem.
Our rear brake cylinder has leaked onto the pedal linkage ( hence the slippy feel)