Round 1 – Dyno Runs at GNG
Round 1 of the Michelin Cup series kicked off with a dyno day at Perfect Power / GNG Developments on the 28th January.
It seems that the news of how good the 2016 series was has spread, as this year we saw at least 100 entries for the event, the most to date. Entrants of the Michelin Cup series register and then they get to tell the organisers which class they'd like to be running in and what power their cars make. This is why the dyno day is the first event in the series, it gives everyone a chance to prove what power they make, and based on the results, this will ensure that the cars compete in the right class to make the series fair for all. This is a good way to make sure the next event at Red Star Raceway sees the maximum action between competitors. At the dyno day there were 100 entries, and even though the weather was a little on the damp side, the majority pitched up for a couple of runs on the rollers, which were quite stingy if comments heard on the day were anything to go by.
Be that as it may, it made no difference if guys made less power than they're used to as everyone was on the same rollers on the same day under the same conditions - a level playing field. There were many competitors seen from last year's event, as well as some new ones, but at the same time some familiar faces were missing. Still, for this year, the spread of cars is brilliant, from cars making some really big power to cars making just a little more power than the bigger cars do at idle. In the lower rungs there was a hard-fought battle not to be the lowest-powered car of the day but Marcelle Joubert's Suzuki Alto managed to push out 33.9kW to beat Marko Mandusic's 33.6kW in his Kia Picanto. At the top of the ladder we saw some great power figures from some interesting cars. The strongest front-wheel drive car seen on the rollers was Riaan Esterhuysen's Honda Civic that kicked out a very impressive 325.9kW, and that was with the boost turned back a little. In the 4-wheel drive class the top dog was Feron Lee Somiah's Subaru STi with an insane 306.4kW. One noteworthy mention is also in the 4-wheel drive class, Feroz Ebrahim's car for this year, a Mitsubishi Evo 9, made 289.9kW. The strongest rear-wheel drive on the day was a BMW E36 328i Turbo with 331kW - also the strongest overall on the day. With power figures sorted and classes configured properly, the rest of the Michelin Cup series for 2017 promises to be even better than last year's one. We'll catch on the 25th February at Red Star.