Palmer in Reverse
At the end of Saturday’s qualifying and racing sessions, the stewards opened up the Palmer course for two test sessions (open-wheel and closed-wheel) to allow competitors a chance to test driving Palmer in the reverse direction (clockwise). This is part of an ongoing investigation between the region, national office and club racing board to find alternative options for racing at Palmer.
Overall, the drivers that took to the reverse-direction course started out with noticeable caution. Braking points and apexes are all different running opposite. But at the end of each test session, it was obvious some drivers were beginning to feel some confidence and gave the track layout a fair shot.
For those drivers that ran those test sessions, the CRB is very interested in your feedback. Please contact JB Swan with any comments on your experience. We are looking for positives and negatives. What worked currently, and what might need to be adjusted in order to make a reverse-direction event at Palmer a reality.
For those workers, particularly flaggers, that were at the Pig Roast, we need your feedback as well. Were turn stations in appropriate locations? What about jersey barriers and tire walls? Is T&S easier to tape vehicles with them approaching from the opposite way?
Anyone that was at Palmer, we welcome your thoughts and opinions. Please reach out to JB and Jessie as they are collating all the feedback and experiences of everyone involved in the test sessions so that future plans can take all the information into account.