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Butler
03-06-2009, 12:51 AM
Not really knowing what to expect initially I wasnt that excited about the trip, more worried about the effects it would have on my car (Clio 172 Cup). Needless to say I have been well and truly bitten by the bug and cant wait to go back again.

Not knowing the track I didnt expect to get any quick laps particularly, I foolishly timed my second lap out and from then on had something to work on. My last lap being my quickest which was a 9.21 (thats with a stopwatch, not some time I made up in my head...) with a coach holding me up half way round, and an M3 that just wasnt commited enough for my liking. Ive no doubt I could have gone quicker, with a clear lap I reckon even in the 8s. Baring in mind this is a standard clio with just a decat.

I surprised myself though, and the car was brilliant. I cant really put into words how well the car was handling, its just fantastic, so chuckable and great fun, I felt very confident with it.

I would list all the highlights for me, but thinking about it theres just loads! It was all in all a fantastic long weekend!

Not seen many pics of myself on track yet. The bikers were ridiculously annoying on a flying lap, not to mention dangerous. I think some of them must have a screw loose for going out there, especially at some of the speeds I saw them doing.

http://images.mw-sportfoto.de/galerie/photopath/2009/touri/20090601a/20090601touri0416.jpg

Anyway heres my pics, taken with my new 500D. I would have liked to have got more, but spent most of my time at the track eager to get out myself to be honest :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27439865@N06/...57619126137231/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27439865@N06/sets/72157619126137231/)

jon_r
03-06-2009, 08:49 AM
Ah you're on ClioSport hence the fascination with timing! ;) Seriously, don't worry about how fast you're going.

Regardless, great pics, looks like you had a top weekend and now you've caught the bug, be prepared for endless planning of trips and scrimping together money for the next trip!

:thumb:

Butler
03-06-2009, 10:01 AM
To be honest I dont use cliosport much. I was encouraged by a friend who ive always shared a mutual passion for wanting to race one day. It was only when one of the guys I was with spanked it on the Monday it really hit home how dangerous it really is.

Neil Mac
03-06-2009, 10:05 AM
good work :thumb:

Simon
03-06-2009, 11:18 AM
It is rather addictive to say the least B)

Nige
03-06-2009, 11:30 AM
join the club :D

Don`t get hung up on timing, it often ends in tears... ;)

Butler
03-06-2009, 12:26 PM
I can imagine! One of the guys in our group that I was staying with spanked his CTR on his first lap out, cost him 1500 euros for closure, track repairs and just to get the thing off. Thats when it really hit home. Luckily that was at the end of my stay after id completed all my laps. I wont be going back without cover on the track though.

Butler
03-06-2009, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Jun 3 2009, 11:18 AM
It is rather addictive to say the least B)
So much more than I anticipated!

Weeman
03-06-2009, 12:33 PM
CTR, If I had a pound for every Uk one of those I'd seen in bits I'd have about 15 quid. Most notable the new CTR I watched drive to the barriers with his passenger getting the phone ready to time. Two minutes later I went out myself, and low and behold it was cuddling the armco on the inside of the Karrusel, FAIL.

rossm
03-06-2009, 12:51 PM
Originally posted by Weeman@Jun 3 2009, 01:33 PM
...I watched drive to the barriers with his passenger getting the phone ready to time. Two minutes later I went out myself, and low and behold it was cuddling the armco on the inside of the Karrusel, FAIL.
You gotten quick

Tim in Yorkshire
03-06-2009, 01:33 PM
What's a CTR for the ignorants amongst us :fish: ?

Tim
03-06-2009, 01:48 PM
Civic Type R

JamesW
03-06-2009, 02:10 PM
got to admit, the most crashed car i've seen at the ring is the civic type R

edit, probably about equal with 911's

good photos there, maybe see you out at the ring some day :thumb:

BCA
03-06-2009, 02:24 PM
:o My best mates just about to buy a CTR... I thought they were pretty safe handling cars, or is it just the kind of school-boy owners that they attract?

rossm
03-06-2009, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by BCA@Jun 3 2009, 03:24 PM
:o My best mates just about to buy a CTR... I thought they were pretty safe handling cars, or is it just the kind of school-boy owners that they attract?
More the owners, more than the car is usually the problem

Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 06:45 PM
They are great because they oversteer like mad.

Welcome, btw :thumb:

Floyd
03-06-2009, 07:05 PM
Civic Type R as in the one with the gear change that looks like it has been invalid adapted?

Jim Cameron
03-06-2009, 07:10 PM
Breanvan. Yup :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
03-06-2009, 07:14 PM
Thanks for sharing your report and pics.


It's worth remembering the bikers aren't mad - well some maybe :whistle:

Butler
03-06-2009, 10:22 PM
I think youve got to be bonkers to attempt the ring on two wheels.

I have more pics coming, these were only the ones I got on my SLR :)

JuniorGT
07-06-2009, 02:17 PM
Originally posted by BCA@Jun 3 2009, 02:24 PM
:o My best mates just about to buy a CTR... I thought they were pretty safe handling cars, or is it just the kind of school-boy owners that they attract?
its the school boy owners, who make school boy errors while trying to drive them :lol: