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Engine woes are a thing of the past for Matt Hall Racing

At the season opener in Abu Dhabi Matt Hall Racing put their skills to the test and managed to bring a very sick raceplane home in fifth place. But to be competitive for race two, here in Kazan, a lot of work was needed to get them back on track.

Talking just before Friday’s Free Practice sessions, Hall spoke about how the problems seems to be a thing of the past and he and his team can focus on this weekend’s race. “We believe our engine issues have been sorted now. It was one of those things where you do what you can to fix it and now the engine seems to be producing the right amount of power again,” explained Hall. 

When David Finch, Hall’s technician, stripped back the engine it wasn’t instantly clear what was causing the problems. “There was no ‘magic’ one thing that was misbehaving, so we found a number of things not necessarily wrong with it, but they weren’t right, but we’ve sorted them,” said Hall. 

Being the professional motorsport athlete, Hall has an intrinsic knowledge of when his raceplane is in good condition for the race. “One of the things we noticed straight away was that the engine is running smoothly again, so I can go out there and race,” he said. “In Abu Dhabi the engine was vibrating and shaking the raceplane – and it doesn't normally do that. Now it’s running as smooth as silk again, which is an indication that we’ve fixed it.”

And now with a fully functioning raceplane, Hall laid down an early marker by setting one of the fastest times in FP2, finishing just behind Martin Sonka and Yoshihide Muroya. “The raceplane is running well and the team is super focused, so we’re going to go out there and perform,” Hall concluded. 

Hall has one more Free Practice session before this afternoon’s Qualifying, which starts at 16:00 local time. You can watch all the action right here on the website. 

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