Published Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Karen Phillips Racing | E-mail this post
Following a frantic days racing, Karen and Richard relaxed overnight in the Pembrey Caravan Park. The journey home then began on Monday morning and they were home just after 1pm. First order of business was unloading the car off the trailer. Unfortunately, the engine just didn't want to start!
Having phoned their local friend Lance, the three of them man-handled Rexy off the trailer and into the garage. Richard checked over a few things during the week but couldn't figure out why the car wouldn't start. Chief TenguDo Motorsport mechanic Mike visited on the following Saturday to try and figure out the problem.
Between Mike, Richard and fellow racer Darren all the usual suspects were checked until it was decided the only thing that could really be preventing the engine running was timing. The radiator was removed and Mike removed the cambelt covers. It soon became apparent that the cambelt had slipped on the crankshaft pulley! Quite why this could have happened is unknown, but it may have been something to do with having the car in gear on the trailer. Some movement on the trailer may have caused the crank to move and the belt to slip. It was decided that the cambelt tensioner wasn't in great condition and may have contributed.
The car was recovered to the TenguDo Motorsport workshop and Mike has since got it running, but he is still waiting on some new parts to ensure this never happens again... As well as us not leaving the car in gear on the trailer ever again!
About Karen Phillips
- Karen races her Impreza WRX in the Classic and Sports Car Club (CSCC) Modern Classics series, with her husband Richard as a 2nd Driver. The races are mini-endurance events involving a driver-swap. Karen has previously raced in the Nippon Challenge, a race series for Japanese and Asian cars. Karen has been racing since 2006, having started in the MR2 Challenge.
- Please check this site regularly for updates on Karen's progress through the season and developments with her race car.