Barff In Portugal, Rollcentre Testing
Tuesday was the second day of Rollcentre’s three day test at Estoril, and Rob Barff is absolutely thrilled with the way the Dallara-Judd is developing. See what you make of these remarks:“We’ve been on track from 9 until 1 this morning, then from 2 until 6 six this evening. Dunlop has done us proud, and we haven’t had one single reliability issue with the car.”

“Ben Wood is our aerodynamicist, and he comes with the experience of being Head of Aerodynamics at Prost Grand Prix. We’ve been working through a programme with the various aerodynamic devices, as well as changing ride heights. As Andy (Wallace) explained last week, you can change the ride height to really make the aero work, and we’re finding great chunks of time.”

“We haven’t worked through any of the compounds Dunlop has got here: that will come tomorrow. All our work has been on worn tyres so far.”

“I got in 40 laps this morning, then Joao (Barbosa) went out, and Martin (Short) was in for most of the afternoon. As he points out, “it is my train set.” Martin was going very quickly this afternoon, on a damp track, on worn tyres. His feedback is excellent.”“The weather yesterday was just about perfect: 15 degrees, patchy cloud, dry all day. Today it’s been overcast, and it rained from 11am to 3pm, at which time the skies cleared. The forecast is a slight chance of rain tomorrow.”

“The car is so well designed that we can work through a thorough programme of testing: we’re still learning how to make it work, but we’re learning very quickly, and it’s a very steep learning curve.”

No doubt that curve will become a little steeper as the team grapples with a Dallara at Sebring for the first time, but two very cold days at Silverstone and now two-thirds of the way through the final test before heading to Florida, progress so far has to be regarded as very good indeed. Last time (first time) at the 12 Hours, Rob Barff drove a TVR. Mid-March is going to be a very different experience from him in 2004.


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