After Pete and Rebecca got the pits set up ready for the weekend we decided to partake in the unofficial practice that was available on Thursday. On about the tenth lap at max rpm and speed on the main straight there was a big bump like hitting a speed bump in the road. After a quick look n both mirrors to verify that all I could see was flame I decided to let the car roll along and hope that the flames would blow out. After 100 metres the flames had largely gone out and I braked to a halt. As I hopped out I could see that this was really really bad. There was a large pool of oil growing under the car. I could see bits of the block scattered around on the under tray and one of the rods was out too.
Once the car was recovered on lifted we could start to gauge the full extent of the disaster. You could see through the block from one side to the other. Clearly we were out for the weekend.
We started to look at the other opportunities for a drive for the weekend and finally settled on using the 96d from hocking motorsport. We set about changing the car again to suit me. The experience from Darwin was useful and the car was ready for qualifying.