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Thread: Which corner at Ruapuna had the oil dumped on it today?

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    Which corner at Ruapuna had the oil dumped on it today?

    It caused the abandonment of the NZSBK meeting and it looked like a lot. I checked the photos on Shitbook but I couldnt work it out.

    Who knows?
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    I think the spill was across from 4th to 6th corner (Fulton Hogan). I walked over to have a look right after they announced it.
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    Do we know who/what dumped it all? I was watching the CTAS feed/stream to catch my local mates who flew over to compete in the 125 class but that obviously didn't happen (and rightly so)
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    The filter O-ring split on sidecar 99. Sprayed oil straight up and out of the catch tray.

    They tipped nearly 3 litres out of the catch tray once it was back in the pits, so a litre was lost all up.

    Though that is a lot still.
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    Last time I saw oil spilled on Ruapuna was in 1974. At the then Castrol corner. (The track was very basic back then.)

    I thought I could be smart and go inside the spill...turned out the cleaner-uppers just hadn't thought anyone would be stupid enough to try going inside the spill and hadn't bothered to clean that bit...crash at 110km/hr. I kept trying to stand back up and kept falling over again. Then I twigged that I was still sliding along at god knows what speed...faster than I could run anyway.

    No permanent damage to myself or the bike though. Bet I wouldn't survive that well nowadays!
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    Mid late seventies Onekawa there was cement dust covering just about the whole circuit. Never seen so much cement !!!!!
    Won the first with a struggle from Pole and after lunch break where they continued to throw cement around I roamed around the pits relating how slippery it was and to avoid the cement.
    2nd race , from pole again, flag dropped , push start , bang , gone !!!
    My tactics must have worked ?? !!

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    I wonder if the option of continuing with a shortened circuit was offered...There's a cut through from the hairpin to the dipper entrance which would avoid the affected part. It's been used for club racing many times - often when there weren't enough marshals as it cuts out several points.

    Edit - I remember turning up for a Canterbury club day and finding that someone had wiped the sump off a Formula Ford on a kerb and anointed 2/3 of the track.
    Took us about 2 hours to get it usable. I believe we got a partial refund from the Car club too.
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    Some photos if anyone is interested

    https://www.facebook.com/72522048430...4642272364002/


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    Quote Originally Posted by EJK View Post
    Some photos if anyone is interested

    https://www.facebook.com/72522048430...4642272364002/
    Thanks EJK, and here's me rambling on about cement in the 70's.
    I knew nothing of what happened yesterday.

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    The problem is effectively picking up the excess dust. The dry dust presents nearly as big a hazard as the oil did.

    Need a ride on hoover really. Or just a water cannon and a big hair dryer.
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    I've spent a lunch break out in the sun with a crew of about 15 with brooms and grit taking care of a similar oil spill at my local circuit several months ago. It sucks!

    Again, right call to can the day though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    The problem is effectively picking up the excess dust. The dry dust presents nearly as big a hazard as the oil did.

    Need a ride on hoover really.
    They exist. One-man thing looks like a cross between a Smart car and the shopping trolleys that hold kids. Sweeper/vacuum with a rear mounted bin.
    Probably powered by Briggs and Stratton - but crying out for an R1 transplant....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    The problem is effectively picking up the excess dust. The dry dust presents nearly as big a hazard as the oil did.

    Need a ride on hoover really. Or just a water cannon and a big hair dryer.
    Or a factory that can turn out quality oil filters.

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    On hearing this yesterday OI was surprised they did not have the tech to get the track race ready again in a reasonable time frame. Drews comment is interesting regarding the dust, I'd not considered that - figured it was a residue oil issue.

    So in my ignorance why is there not suitable gear to clear the track - kitty litter to soak it up, and a f-big can of brakeclean and a big brush, followed by some of those annoying leaf blowers ....... or a rideon lawn mower thing.

    Reminds me years back someone I knew ran car park sweepers in the evening - that had water jets and rotating brushes.

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