Cliffe content with early run-out for new-look car

Norwich-based Tristan Cliffe, Monoposto 2000 front runner, declared himself satisfied following his pre-season shake-down test at Norfolk's Snetterton Circuit.

Norwich-based Tristan Cliffe, Monoposto 2000 front runner, declared himself satisfied following his pre-season shake-down test at Norfolk's Snetterton Circuit.

The winter months have seen Cliffe's Omicron team take advantage of new regulations for 2010 and have converted the red Dallara F398-Toyota from carburettors to fuel injection.

Cliffe said: "Today's task was to make sure the fuel injection system was working properly, so this was tested under a number of different conditions. The weather was wet for the first session which was useful in being able to judge how the system coped with wheelspin.

"There are a few things to tweak and adjust but I am happy with the car. It's been good to get out of the workshop and back on the circuit!"


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Sadly Cliffe's first session ended early following a broken throttle cable, and the second session was missed while repairs were made.

However, he was back on track for the two afternoon sessions and completed a number of longer runs which gave useful data regarding fuel consumption as well as engine temperatures and pressures following fitting of an enhanced oil cooler system and changes to the dry sump scavenging system.

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Cliffe won the Monoposto Classic Championship in 2008 with a Reynard 883 in only his second season of racing, before changing car for 2009 to contest the 2000 Championship.

Despite missing three races, he finished third in the championship with two wins and a number of fastest laps to his name.

His first race of the season is at the Brands Hatch MSVR meeting on March 28.

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