Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tough weekend for both European Pro Stocks in Gordyville

A tough weekend with a lots of damages and bad luck our 2 European Pro Stock Tractors called "Rocky" and "Extreme Temptation" had in Gifford, Illinois in the USA. The two Dutch teams went with high expectations to the Indoor Pull in Gordyville, but the first outing on US ground ended in a big disappointment. On wednesday, a day before the event started, both crews made a test pass in the Gordyville hall, but it wasn't a problem free day. First Extreme Temptation blew up its turbo after a few feet and Rocky  after his nice test pass had a damage at a pipe on the intercooler. The Extreme Temptation Pulling Team drove back to the workshop of the Gallitz Pulling Team and repaired the damaged turbocharger. Also the Rocky Team could fix the problem on the pipe of the intercooler after a few hours of work. On friday, William de Vos got another chance to make a test run during the event. This time, the test pass was trouble free and without any damage. The saturday for both Dutch teams things went from bad to worse. First in front of the sledge, was the European Champion Extreme Temptation with William de Vos in the hot seat. But, he didn't really get away from the start and the IH engine shut off. Back in the pits they found some broken timing gears on the engine. That's why the engine all of a sudden shut off. Another start wasn't possible. 
The last hope of the European fans were the Rocky Team. Driver Barend Huijbregts made a good start, but after 30-40 feet, the power of the engine went down also and the engine sounded like something wasn't 100% correct anymore. Only 73.440 feet for the reigning Dutch Champion of 2017. Back in the pits, they surprisingly found the same damage under hood as before on the Extreme Temptation: Some broken timing gears. Both crews couldn't believe that, they never had those problems before in Europe. A few days later in the Gallitz workshop in Jefferson, Wisconsin, both engines were dismantle and checked. They also found some bent valves in the heads and some other small damages on the power plants. A lots of work before the next Indoor Pull in Louisville, Kentucky. Hopefully the Extreme Temptation and the Rocky guys have more luck at the NFMS Pull next month.

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