Peter Watt wants to put misfiring season behind him

Peter Watt has his sights set on a World Championships appearance this year after misfiring on 2021.

Tuesday, 8th February 2022, 10:51am
Peter Watt wants to put misfiring season behind him

The Kirriemuir formula II racer enjoyed a solid end to last season after struggling with car problems during the first part of the campaign.

His vehicle suffered a misfire which Watt admits took “ages” to resolve.

"We literally replaced all the electrical components and then the fuel system but still struggled,” he said.

"It was only after the crankshaft sensor was changed that the car ran properly.”

The Angus racer works for a national company as a security fencer, a job which can take him anywhere in Scotland.

That doesn’t always allow for him to work on his stock car, but he’s hoping to hit the ground running when the new season begins after a frustrating 2021.

“Over the first few weeks of the season I struggled with the misfire and that included the World Championship qualifying rounds at Crimond and the Cowdenbeath Racewall,” he added. "At Crimond on the Saturday, it was my first time there, the car ran well in practice, but the misfire raised its ugly head during the meeting and I had to retire. The following day I was at the Racewall and I managed to qualify for the final through my heat, although the car did cut out at one time.

"The final was a disaster and I didn’t manage a full lap.

"Going into the pit bend Dean McGill and I tangled and crashed out. It took a long time to separate the cars and had I not had damage to my steering I would have restarted.”

The misfire was a thorn in the side of the Angus driver until a solution was eventually found.

Watt said: “One night at the Racewall, Aidan Scrimgeour was helping us and one of the items he suggested changing was the sensor.

"After that the car ran well and without the misfire.

"I started to get some good results, more so at Crimond where I was consistently in the top ten. I picked up my first win there, it was a grand national, and I was really pleased to have done so. I am still struggling to get my set up at the Racewall sorted out but hopefully this season we will get on top of it.”

Watt headed to the World Final meeting at Skegness and things didn’t go quite to plan, his car ending up back in the garage following a big shunt on the Sunday.

“The white and yellow challenge final turned out to be my last race of the season,” he added.

"The track had a wet patch on the turnstile bend and quite a few of the field got caught out. I was one and hit the wall but was then collected by another three cars.

"There was a substantial amount of damage and unfortunately, I was very busy at work and didn’t have time to repair the car.

“I have rebumpered the car and am waiting for my axle to be returned from KMR who is my chassis builder. I would like to qualify for the World Championship final this year at King’s Lynn.”

Watt is helped by dad Alan, Dean Sievwright, Garry Sime and Dennis Middler. Sponsorship comes from Newtyle Commercials, JB Corrie, Westfield Motors, Doug Scott Engineering and C&Y Contractors.

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