Bucknum Sticks With 3.0
Having qualified at Lime Rock Park with the 3.4 litre Willman6 engine,
then switched to a 3.0 for the race, Team Bucknum will run with
the 3.0 for the foreseeable future.
the 3.4 because of its power and the speed it produces,” commented
Jeff Bucknum. “The last two qualifying sessions we’ve
had the field covered by a big margin, but, we have tried everything
and we still have consistent block cracking that is resulting from
the block and chassis received upgrades to mitigate flex,’
says the Bucknum statement, but ‘cracking, albeit on a smaller
scale, still occurred.'
has obviously been aware that there have been issues with the Bucknum
car, but tactfully points out that “we haven’t seen
any problems with any other chassis. The Bruneau car, which uses
the similar JPX engine, has never shown this problem.”
comments that “as far as I know there have been no signs in
the handling of the car that there is any flexing."
a Willman6 engine to the Epsilon team, to run in its Courage C65
at Le Mans – where the car-engine combination didn’t
have any of the problems the Americans are experiencing - the Bucknum
team seems to have made its collective mind up as regards the root
cause of any engine issues.
But Jeff Bucknum
is confident that the blue and white MP91 will be competitive with
the three litre engine: “I think we’ll fare well at
Infineon this weekend because of all the turns. Where we’ll
be challenged is on the long courses, where we’ll have to
prevail with reliability.”