Jeff McCoy, from Motorcyle Machine in Santa Maria, CA, had his mobile dyno at the show. You could hear the sound of Harleys running on the dyno from the other side of the show so I made sure I stopped by.
Dyno Dynojet Dynamometers.
Chris Johnson, founder of SCT, talks about his experience with the Dynojet Dynamometers. From repeatability to the lack of maintenance, SCT & JMS relies heavily on Dynojet for their services. -Power TV
SEMA 2012 was another great show. We want to thank everybody for stopping by our booth. If you have never been, this video will give you a brief glimpse of what SEMA is like. Anything you can imagine, having to do with cars and motorcycles, is at this show. Enjoy the video!!!
Power TV stopped by our booth at the 2012 SEMA show. Dynojet’s own Carl Chastain answers some basic questions about our chassis dynamometers. CHECK out the video!!!
Frank Wrathall ended his maiden season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship on a high note at Silverstone today, confirmed as the championship’s top rookie and also as the BTCC fans’ favourite driver of 2011.
Not only that, but the Dynojet Racing Toyota driver put in the performance of the day to storm from 25th on the grid in the championship finale through to ninth place at the chequered flag in a virtuoso display on his way to claiming his second top-10 finish of the weekend.
Frank, 25, went into the last of the day’s three races buoyed by having received the BTCC.net Forum Fans Trophy in recognition of his stellar performances during his maiden season in the UK’s most popular race series.
Organised by members of the fan forum on the championship’s official website, the prize is richly coveted by all BTCC drivers, not least because each of the fans voting contributes towards the cost of the handsome trophy.
The award was handed to Frank during the Silverstone pit lane walkabout by one of the contest organisers, David Hughes.
“It was a bit of a shock when I first heard that I had won,” said Frank. “I am more than pleased to accept the award, which I see as being not just for me but for the whole team. It really shows that people appreciate what we have been through this year and what we have achieved. It’s been an incredible journey from start to finish.
“It’s great that the fans feel a part of what you are trying to achieve. The support we have had from day one, when we were struggling to finish races, has meant a lot not just to me but to everyone in Dynojet Racing. Even on your worst days the fans’ support seems to give you a little lift.”
A technical problem at the start of the first of today’s BTCC races left Frank and his Dynojet Racing Toyota Avensis with a mountain to climb. After a very slow green flag lap Wrathall took up ninth spot on the start grid with an overheating engine, and that hampered his pace when the lights flashed out.
“I had a problem at the start,” said Frank. “Basically I couldn’t get full power until Becketts Corner, and by that point I was down in 19th.”
There followed a gutsy drive back into contention, the Toyota man picking off rivals with every lap to move up to 14th by mid-distance. “I had to push really hard, made some good moves, and then I got caught up in a scrap with Paul O’Neill. Where my car was stronger he was holding me up but where he was stronger I wasn’t able to get past.”
The pressure told eventually on O’Neill, his Chevrolet expiring on the 17th lap, and Frank then profited from others’ misfortunes to claw his way up to 10th by the end. It was nearly ninth: Wrathall passed Andy Neate’s Ford on the final bend, only for the Focus man to power back ahead and cross the line ahead by two-hundredths of a second.
“I’m a bit disappointed,” added Frank, “but to bring it home in the top 10 is good damage limitation.”
A first-lap incident dashed Wrathall’s hopes of a top-10 finish in the second race of the Silverstone BTCC weekend. A clash between Wrathall’s Avensis and the Ford of Tom Chilton resulted in damage to the nearside door of the Avensis which required two pit stops to patch up, leaving Frank trailing the field.
Wrathall started 10th on the grid and had picked up several places when it all went wrong: “I made a good start, passed a couple of people around Becketts,” said Frank, “and I was right behind Andy Neate when he just lost it at the left-hander at Brooklands. I had to go on the grass to avoid him and when I came back on to the track I made contact with Tom Chilton. He had already committed to turning in and there was no avoiding it. It’s all very unfortunate because the car was good.”
His nearside door flapping in the breeze, Wrathall had no option but to pit for attention. Unfortunately his first stop failed to cure the problem and Frank had to call again for the application of yet more tank tape.
Just how well suited to the conditions was his Dynojet Avensis was evidenced by Wrathall setting the third-fastest lap of the race on his way to 25th place, two laps behind the winner, Gordon Shedden.
Frank went on to put in a brilliant performance in the final round, more than making up for the disappointments of race two.
It was a brilliant against-the-odds drive, one which underlines his and the Dynojet team’s superb second-half pace in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Frank made a great start, claiming five scalps on the opening lap to move into 20th place and making up a further six places on lap two. On the fifth lap he passed Rob Collard’s BMW for 12th and then got the better of a long battle with Oliver Jackson (Vauxhall).
A drive-through penalty for Vauxhall independent James Nash promoted Wrathall to 11th, and then Frank moved into 10th when Mat Jackson’s Ford pitted with bodywork damage. That put Wrathall on to the tail of the championship front-running Hondas of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal, and Frank managed to steal past Shedden at the final corner to snatch ninth from the Scotsman’s grasp.
“I’m smiling now,” said Frank. “I was so determined to end with a decent performance. It was always going to be hard to get into the top 10 from 25th on the grid, but I made a good start, the car was brilliant, getting stronger and stronger, and towards the end of the race it felt like I was one of the quickest people out there. To pass Shedden at the final corner was pretty sweet.
“We’ve had a tough day but we’ve definitely ended on a high with that performance. The whole team can be proud of that after fixing the car so quickly after the second race. To reflect on the job that they have done all year for me, I can’t fault them; they’ve been absolutely fantastic. The Toyota has been far better than I ever imagined, and that’s all thanks to the team.”
Frank ends the year 12th overall in the championship, the best-placed newcomer in the series, and 10th in the Independents Trophy. The highlights of Wrathall’s season came at the Knockhill and Rockingham circuits, at which he secured four podium finishes, with a best result of second.
The Dynojet Racing team enjoys the backing of Angel Springs, FUCHS Lubricants, Ginetta, K&N Filters, Arai Helmets and Graphix.