I’m not a great fan of Superleague Formula but I just got sent this by the Minardi team who run one of the cars in the series. It’s well worth a read:
How to save a season in just 8 seconds: User manual by Davide Rigon
Winning the title in Superleague Formula Davide Rigon continues to take stand in motorsport, both within and outside national boundaries. The firm Rigon has not gone unnoticed among engineers Menard Competition Technologies Limited (MCT), the company that designed, engineered and created the heart of the Superleague Formula car license plate, a 4.2-liter V12 that delivers 750 hp beauty .
By controlling the telemetry of the car dellAnderlecht MCT V12, engineers were particularly impressed by the prompt reaction of the sample in contact with the car Venetian white-green of Beijing during the early stages of the second race on the track of Navarre (the last round of the season ) had hit the championship leader Rigon sending him off the track, making the engine stall. At this point, it would be fair to say that most drivers would have detached the steering wheel, climbed out and gone in search of the nearest bar. But not Signor Rigon from Thiene
Rolling backwards, with a stalled V12 engine and a gearbox in auto shift mode, he had the presence of mind to select the manual gearbox mode, shift down through the gearbox to select reverse, and then bump start the engine. And with just enough momentum and backwards speed, the MCT engine fired into life. From this moment, he recovered to finish 11th and score vital championship points.
If one looks at the data, with the left hand numbers being seconds elapsed, the sequence of events is not only complex but extraordinary in terms of the sheer speed of thought needed. Indeed, in just over eight seconds, Rigon turns his day and his championship assault around.
So, for those number crunchers amongst you, heres the sequence of events,
0.o sec Collision with Beijing car driver lifts off the throttle and starts to brake
0.5 Driver brakes heavily engine stalls
1.385 Zero road speed displayed, wheels are locked
1.925 Brakes released car is now rolling backwards
2.050 Wheel speed displays 39 kph backwards the system cannot differentiate between forwards and reverse
2.925 Steering lock applied wheel speed displays 24 kph (backwards)
3.610 Clutch depressed, engine speed = zero, wheel speed displays 20 kph
4.105 Full steering lock applied
5.305 Steering lock reduced wheel speed displays 16 kph (backwards)
6.245 Manual gearbox mode selected (auto mode will not shift whilst the
engine is not running and will not select reverse in any event) wheel speed displays 15 kph (backwards)
6.415 2nd gear selected wheel speed displays 14 kph (backwards)
6.875 1st gear selected wheel speed displays 14 kph (backwards)
7.165 Neutral selected wheel speed displays 13 kph (backwards)
7.535 Reverse selected wheel speed displays 12 kph (backwards)
8.0Throttle applied wheel speed displays 11 kph (backwards)
8.07 Clutch released, engine rotates wheel speed displays 11 kph
8.235 Engine fires, 683 rpm wheel speed displays 9 kph (backwards)
8.360 Engine starts to run, 1228 rpm wheel speed displays 8 kph
8.710 Engine speed rises to 7872 rpm the chase begins
In short, a new demonstration of the talent of a young man of twenty-four years this season, as in all others, dominated the scene by winning the title, leaving behind yet another highly experienced pilots in the world. With this latest Rigon seal is confirmed as the great reality of international motorsports, despite the lack of an important economic support.
We hope that the pure talent of Davide Rigon not go unnoticed among the most important team managers, who are always on the hunt of the young promises to be launched in Formula 1.
We thank David Price and the Menard Competition Technologies for permission to use the data or for the person to Davide Rigon.
Ufficio Stampa Minardi