With the first 'real' on track event coming up this Friday at Castle Combe circuit, the Caterham team have been pretty specific that unless the cars are 100% race ready, we will not be able to go out on track.
As the race decals are part of the requirement, they have to be fitted for Friday otherwise I won't be able to partake... So time to get a move on, and get the decals applied.
First things first - clean the car (after Spa it was a little grubby) to remove any grit / dirt, tyre debris etc etc. I found autoglym intensive tar remover to work the best at removing tyre rubber.
|Car washed prior to decal fitment|
I mixed up a bit of fairy liquid, and water into a spray bottle, got the decals out and worked out where everything would go before getting stuck in... I decided to start with the front of the car, and found that putting plenty of lubrication on the bodywork and the decal would give plenty of slip, giving more than enough time to line everything up. With the decals positioned correctly I squeezed out all of the water, and then used a heat gun on a low setting to dry the decals and make the adhesive go off.
|2017 Caterham Academy Car nose cone with sponsors decals fitted|
|Three different yellows, all not 100% right, but the 9807-00 Pro SL was what I decided on.|
|Side Decals Fitted|
And today I took this picture of the car finished and 'race ready':-
|My 2017 Caterham Academy Car with Sponsorship Decals fitted and Sprint Race Number|