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AndrewH
08-11-2008, 12:18 PM
A quick report on Rockingham for all you chaps! I went with Mazda on Track, who (of course) i would highly recommend!
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Been a busy few weeks at work for me, the 1st chance I’ve had to type this one up.

Twas my 1st Uk trackday, and was slightly uneasy about this Uk trackday rules thing. So I set my alarm for 5.30am, enough time to walk the dog, have a coffee, pick up Al from his house and head to Rockingham. Alarm went of and a confused dog went for a walk – But then I realised the clocks went back and hour and it was infact half 4 – Fail. So I spent an hour dosing in front of the tv, then left!
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Arrived at Rockingham at about 8.30 – Met up with a few other MX5’s there through Mazda on Track. Signed up, listened to the rules, and defiantly didn’t like two of them… Overtaking when braking, well that’s where I overtake everyone normally, and no drifting ☹
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So, I started slowly, loads of racing driver excuses at the ready, It was fun, and completely empty, only 25 cars or so signed on, and none were out at the same time. The track itself was interesting, some corners took the whole day to build up the courage to do flat, but, as any other person with a nurburgring addiction, I was comparing it to the ring – and therefore, was not impressed. I found myself doing countless laps, and every corner the car would be doing exactly the same thing, like reading a book, it would juts grip, loose grip, slide grip go, and by lunch I got a little bored.
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The afternoon dried out, and it started making a little sense again as I really worked on the lines, and mastering the track. Finding more corners I could take flat, and just starting mucking around with grip, the copious amount of grip available on a new circuit with new tarmac.
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So, as a track was it interesting?
Yes and no, it was better than some I have seen, some corners were interesting, the S at the end, and a few of the tighter hairpins, but a lot was just foot to the floor and sitting back.

Would I return?
Possible at some point, but would not jump and go straight back, leave it a year or so

Would I recommend?
Yes, if you have a lot of power for the banked corner, and you have an empty track day opportunity like that one. It was interesting, and very enjoyable.
So, Uk track days – This one was very good, I did no get blacked flagged so I could of tried a little more sideways action – I only span once, and that was due to really chucking the car into the corner.

If you are really bored, look at the video, but remember, the race driver excuses!
VIDEO (http://www.vimeo.com/2088493)

Simon
08-11-2008, 03:14 PM
Nice little report, Andrew :thumb:

Floyd
08-11-2008, 03:31 PM
Some lean on that car :blink:

AndrewH
08-11-2008, 05:47 PM
Lean, yes

Standard suspension + a corner with an uphill exit + a wide track + foot to the floor = LEAN

Floyd
08-11-2008, 07:23 PM
Reminds me of a 2CV ;)

Gppd report :thumb:

Nige
08-11-2008, 07:31 PM
Thats not a bad report Andrew ;)

Suprised you didn`t enjoy the twisty infield section much, I thought that would suit your nimble car.

its a track I want to do next year :thumb: