This season of the Prowear NZ Superlap has drawn to a close. For many, it has been a tough season, yet incredibly successful in terms of development. Last season it seemed as though Kat’s BurgerFuel Mitsubishi Evo was kicking and screaming, reducing Kat’s track time down to only a couple of sessions per round as the newly-powered power-house had a few teething issues.
This season though, most of those faults were ironed out and it was time to fine tune the staunch setup and find out what it’s capable of. Kat fills us in with how she found the final round of the Superlap Series and what we can expect to see next season. Over to you, Kat.
The final round of the NZ Superlap Series brought us back to Hampton Downs Raceway for the third time this season, after the last round at Pukekohe was cancelled due to resurfacing. We had a good run here at round four setting a personal best of 1:12.1 seconds, but we knew there was more in the BurgerFuel Evo and me, the driver.
Although the car was topping out down the front straight - losing us a lot of time-the data from our Aim dash and Link ECU setup told us where we could make up some time by taking a different line out of turn three’s hairpin, into the turn four dipper. The trick was putting it all together and getting used to what felt like an unnatural line to take.
The suggested line had me braking much later into the hairpin, squaring off the corner to the point you are almost running wide to carry more speed through the corner as opposed to getting through the corner with a shorter line.
Straight out of the gate, I was able to match my personal best from round four. After pushing that new line in the afternoon we managed to smash our best time twice, finally ending with a 1:11.7-second lap time.
I can’t wait to change the final-drive in the off season so we can push the top-end speed past the current 236km/h the car is topping out at now. Along with this, we have a raft of other upgrades happening .
Currently, the brakes are at the end of their life, so we’ll be working with Endless Brakes for a new race package and changing the final-drive in the Kaps dog-box. We also want to play with the alignment settings. Adjustable control arms are on the list, as at the moment the factory alignment is maxed out.
I can’t thank my sponsors enough for supporting me this season and I can’t thank my followers and supporters enough too. We are looking forward to continuing our development next season and we’ll see you all there!
It truly has been an honour covering Kat and the BurgerFuel team this season. Thanks for having us Kat! As soon as dates for the next season are announced, we’ll keep you posted and up to date.