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Quoting Chris's race report here...
If any other teams have race reports and/or pics please post or send to me and I will post.
jonescg wrote: Thought I might do a little race report of round 2 of the eFXC at Winton Raceway last weekend, thanks to team O'Hanlon Electric Motorsport ;)

Pottz and I landed in Melbourne on Thursday morning after catching the Redeye. We drove up to Benalla and when crossing the range I recognised a familiar cloud formation, last seen in winter in Canada... Yep, it was going to be a cold weekend.

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Mike arrived that afternoon so we could prep the bike for Friday practice. Varley had arrived with their bike in JP Special livery, back in black and gold. Through scrutineering (electrical and mechanical) in no time, we were ready for some laps. We had some new 1.2 mm springs in the forks, but the re-vale didn't seem to be behaving like we'd wanted it to. We are still trying to suspend a 238 kg bike on them when hard on the brakes, so it's not going to be easy, but still, the handling is a vast improvement over Round 1 at QR.

It began to rain, then hail, and possibly snow (any ice falling from the sky counts as snow if you ask me) but there were the odd dry spells where we could go out and slowly learn the circuit with the 250s and 300s. It must have been frustrating for them, as we could nearly double their top speeds in the straights but they'd embarrass us in the corners. Pottz was the only one to qualify, but at 2:38 it wasn't exactly amazing :lol: It was so good to know that our 700 volt battery powered electric bike could be ridden in the rain with no fear of electrocution or faults. We cranked the regen torque up to 80 Nm and it seemed to feel pretty good, but it was really too wet to make much use of it and test it properly. We also took the ramp rate down to 30 Nm/s for a slower throttle rate, but as it turned out 35 would have been about right.

Saturday race one was a cracker, with Danny Ripperton and Danny Pottage duking it out for first. My old lap record from Voltron 1 was smashed by ~16 seconds, first by Pottz with a 1:42.529 on lap 2, only to be bettered by Ripperton on lap 3 with a 1:42.396. Which was great to see :) Voltron Evo held a convincing gap until Pottz went into turn 1 a bit hot and ran off track, through the grass and rejoined behind Ripperton. He took second nonetheless. Unfortunately the Varley machine steered by Jason Morris was playing up after three laps, and had to retire early.

The track stayed cold all day, and by the time we were up for race two it was simply bitter. We turned the regen down to 40 Nm as the rear was chattering like crazy in race one, but it felt like ice out there. After a tight start Pottz had an inverter fault which called for a re-boot. This takes about 3 seconds, which is about 4 hours in racetrack time :lol:. By then the field had left so it was a case of go hard or run wide trying. The track was beginning to seep water again, and from a riders perspective it's not really confidence inspiring. Alex Pickett nearly had a shot at second place, but the straight line power of Voltron Evo meant he was pipped at the line.

Sunday morning was a tiny bit warmer - the ice was limited to shadowed puddles. After a good sleep and some more track knowledge, Pottz was feeling confident. Ripperton had a controller failure at the start line, causing him to limp around on reduced power. Pickett was riding on a dislocated shoulder but still managed to put in a 1:45.672, which is pretty amazing. Danny P took the win, putting in another 1:42.884 on the last lap. Alex came second and Ripperton third, lapped after the race end.

Race four was an interesting situation - Alex had to catch a plan from Melbourne, and if he raced in eFXC he's miss the flight. So Simon Galloway who was pitting with us agreed to a joyride. I recall some pre-race agreement about what to do with points allocation, but it clearly caused some tension afterwards - most notably cause Simon bloody near won the race! It was a great race to watch, with Pottz taking the win, Simon second and Ripperton coming third despite his controller issues. Much has been said about Galloway's performance, but Pickett was putting in some seriously fast laps all weekend, all with a busted shoulder. Sadly Varley were a non-start, with some serious electronics bugs to sort out again.

It was on the Motorsports TV web stream, but the last race seems to have been trimmed :? You can find most of race three here: <a href="http://new.livestream.com/itvl/events/3 ... s/58176703" rel="nofollow">http://new.livestream.com/itvl/events/3 ... 8176703</a> and a ripped copy of race 4 here: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpzvVMzP4y0" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpzvVMzP4y0</a>

Another great weekend of electric racing, despite the very testing conditions. No-one likes mechanical issues spoiling an otherwise close race, but hey, that's racing. Voltron Evo is handling the corners pretty good for a big fatty, but with some more suspension tuning it can go faster. I have some great front and rear footage which I will put up soon. The rear is planted, and appears to have no trouble keeping traction out of turns. The front on the other hand...

Massive, massive thanks to Mike O'Hanlon for getting us on track and for funding most of this years' campaign. Also have to thank Kaneg for providing Danny with accessories like warmers, stands and break-off bits like footpegs. Danny is riding the wheels off this thing and it just keeps getting faster.

O'Hanlon Electric Motorsport were nominated for the AMCN "Best Presented" team - but the Yamaha at the end was the prettiest. The paint job was pretty nice.
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Courtesy of Danny Ripperton:

video here
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So now it gets interesting.
We are about to travel to Sydney for the second last round at Wakefield where Danny Ripperton is very strong.
The Varley bikes are reportedly sorted and running well.
Catavolt was looking fast and has a trick or two up their sleeve for more power.
We are slowly getting a better setup on the mighty Voltron-evo and I am slowly learing how to steer her.

On top of all that a newcomer has entered. It looks like a punter on a Zero has joined the mix and on this tight track should handle well and reliably, who knows it could show us all a thing or two.

Will the Varly guys finally have a good weekend after all the hard work?
Will Danny Ripperton close the points gap and possibly take the championship lead?
Can the Zero bring some serious competition on the "factory" bike?
Will Catavolt blast out the box with more grunt?

What does everyone think??
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The Varley boys and aforementioned Zero "punter" were at Wakefield on Friday to do some testing and track reconnaissance with the Varley machines doing some very respectable times before the rain came down in the afternoon.

Given the frequent rain in Goulburn over the last month there is a very good chance that it will be wet for some of the races next weekend which will make racing a completely different ball game!

Good luck to the teams in their preparations for next weekend. If you can come down to cheer Image on the riders that would be great. If you can't make it, there should be live coverage on Motorsport TV via the Formula Extreme web site.

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Yeah, wow, what a round!!

I flew in on an erly flight to Sydney and went straight to a workshop where the guys had been working furiously on a new, lighter battery pack. This pack is about 2/3 the battery capacity and about 28kg lighter. Importantly the weight was coming off from up high and the front of the bike (where the "fuel" tank is). We also lifted it up 50mm for ground clerance. The power is in theory a tiny bit less and will drop more as the battery looses power but trust me, it can afford to loose a couple of kilowatts and still be amazingly fast.
When I got there about lunch time there was still a lot of work to do. We worked all night on it without stopping and finally finished it about 4:30am. We then loaded up the bike and drove 2hrs to Goulburn. Once we got there we snatched a little sleep and arrived at the track late at about 8:30am. A few very sleepy practice laps confirmed the new battery was worth the cost and effort. We qualified 3rd but not far behind in a session we cut short so we could go to the motel and finally sleep.

Saturdays first race was great fun. Danny Ripperton, Jason Morris and myself had a great battle for the lead in the first half of the race with many position changes untill the other bikes had overheating issues and couldn't keep up the pace. We were very happy to win that one after all the hard work.

In the next races unfortunately Jasons Varley machine had issues and he wasn't up with us, Danny R and I had a bit of a race of the second one untill again I pulled away and took the win.

The third race on Sunday morning we lead from start to finish, again making changes to the suspension that were getting good results and learning the track a little better.

In the last race, off the start I got the best run I had out of T2 and up the short straight, not realising I was going a lot faster I used my usual brake marker, hit a bump, got the wobbles and didn't make the corner. The whole field came past as I was floundering in the grass. I got back on the black stuff and went on the hunt. Varley, who was still having trouble and the Zero were passed fairly quick and I went after Danny R who had good pace and a big lead. It made it an interesting race and was hard to keep a level head and not charge too hard. Every lap I saw the gap closing bit by bit and by pulling consistent 70sec laps and biding my time I managed to pass him with two laps to go, keep the lead and take the clean sweep of the round.

Again I can't thank Chris and Mike from O'HANLON ELECTRIC MOTORSPORTS enough for this unbelievable opportunity and the extremely long hours and money that went into putting the new battery together. Without the new battery I am sure we would not have had the result we did this round. The bike now feels more like a race bike and can actually be cranked over and hold good corner speed. The development and progress we are making on this is truly fantastic, every round it is leaps ahead and getting better and better. Also Thanks again to PANIC and KANEG who support me along the way.

The bike is now packed in a crate ready to be shipped back home. We should be able to get some valuable testing time and Importantly have some fun and show it off to the home crowd. I look forward to seeing you guys out on track on it soon, who knows, we may even be able to make an appearance in a race.

I have some great video and I'll overlay the GPS data to hopefully give people an idea of the brutal acceleration of this machine soon. There are also some great photos being uploaded here thanks to Tony....
https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/splinter/ ... 542026482/

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Just looking at a number of those photos and the back of Danny's bike does not look all that happy. Seems to have a fair bit of frame flex back there.

Looks like he is about to loose the front end in this one

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So, how do I do that embedding video thing so you can all laugh at me running off track??


http://youtu.be/sD_4eWm-qso

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pottz wrote: So, how do I do that embedding video thing so you can all laugh at me running off track??

You just take the gibbildy-gook part of the youtube (in this case the sD_4eWm-qso) and put [toob] in front (spelt correctly) and [/toob] after it.

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pottz wrote: So, how do I do that embedding video thing so you can all laugh at me running off track??


http://youtu.be/sD_4eWm-qso


Like this I think?
[youtube]sD_4eWm-qso[/youtube]

Yeah what he said Image
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...Oh and I'm not laughing. I think it's incredible what you guys have done - and are doing.

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http://speedweek.com.au/speedweek-ep-10 ... 14-part-2/

Skip to 33 minutes to see a highlights reel of the racing at Winton last August.
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Cycle Torque TV did a little section on the eFXC series at Winton:



GRMarks can be seen loitering around in the video too :)
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And SBS Speedweek ran a 30 second grab of the racing at Wakefield Park for round three of the eFXC. No commentary, just rolling footage and background rock music from 38 minutes Image

http://speedweek.com.au/#video-5281
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Hey everyone!

Don't forget that the eFXC grand finale will be on this weekend at Sydney Motorsports Park, aka Eastern Creek Raceway! 6 bikes are registered for the round, making it a big one! Try to get along and see some practice laps on Friday, or pay the entry fee on the weekend to watch the racing on Saturday and Sunday. We're up first thing on Sat and Sun morning, and last race of the day in the evening.

Hope to see the Sydney AEVA in full force too!

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Good to see your bike getting noticed on the Twittersphere Chris....

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Pottz set the new record of 1:43 yesterday and 1:42 today Image Right at the tail end of the superbikes times! I'd write more, but I'm a bit hammered right now... YAY wooooo!
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http://www.fxsuperbikes.com.au/?page_id=588

Skip ahead to 6 hours 38 minutes to watch the last race!

Pottz was just mucking around for the first half, then decided to clear out and put in a fast lap :)
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Put this together from the last round.
Still really happy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6uq0lE ... e=youtu.be



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