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leaod
10-07-2009, 11:27 AM
Yeap. Another trip to the ring and as always everything felt quite different.
After the last trip wich I had just two days, of pure fun, this trip had to be longer, so I could have even more fun.

Mum came over from Brazil (first time she left her own country) then I took 2 weeks off to go in different places around the europe so I could show her slightly different perpectives.

And why not Camping at the Ring? :rolleyes:

Last get to the report....

We left London at 4:30am on thursday, after a good night of celebrations of my wife's birthday and some good booze, Lovely. The problem was when I realized that I had forgotten my passport at home almost a third of the way to dover. My ferry would be departing 7:00am so I have allowed some time to stop at some Service and get some fuel and coffee and make my way to dover without no rush.

Well, fortunately it was 5:10am so London had not much traffic. :whistle:

Arrived in Calais and the weather was nice and hot, so started a very slow and relaxing trip to the ring stopping every our for more coffee and toilet.

We've managed to make it to the camping site around 12:00, went to put the tent in place and went to Adenau to get some food. The ring was closed until 2:15pm and we went to the camping to eat and rest until the next day so I would be able to do some laps.

No noise at the camping and we got a very good spot close to the toilets, sunny day, camping chairs, beer and some snacks with the soundtrack of some nice engines going down the road close to the camping. Not bad.

Friday morning, I woke up at 9:00am, had my breakfast, and went to the track. But yeap, it was closed until 14:15. :huh: .

Fine, I went back to the camping to get my camera so I could experience some different spots at the ring with that beautiful sunny day. Then I got this:

http://www.leandroleao.com/july/photos/IMG_4532.jpg
It was quick and looking good though. Buses can be sporty. :D

Went back to the camping to pick up my mum for some lunch and by the time we we're back to the camping it was raining quite heavily. This was around 1:30.

So I left the camping at 2:15 to see the track and see how many enthusiasts would be there with that sort of rain. Few porsches, and a misc of FWD and RWD standards cars, not sure I can say that Miguel's (mjrc) Subaru was to only 4WD, but it definitely felt like it at that time.

I did my first lap and the rain was very strong, very few cars on the track, I could pay attention in controlling the car in that sort of conditions. It was incredible slippery, and all the my blue elephant wanted to do was keep going straight at the corners at very slow speed.

Finished the first lap and stayed by the gates to watch what sort of car was lapping, Miguel was arriving from a lap as well and invited me for a pax lap. Cool, never being inside a Subaru before :blink: and had the opportunity to see how it would do comparing to my FWD elephant.

Every time I do a pax lap I figure out my blue elephant can't handle that thing, it was bought for road trips.

During the lap I have offer to Miguel a pax on mine, just so he could see how boring things can get. So we went for a lap and It was interesting some how.

Went back to the camping site after those laps to see if my mum wanted to come for a pax, the weather became better, and around 5:00pm the track was dry again, however we decided to get some booze and stay in the camping.

Friday was a interesting day, I could see better the people which have power but not much skills and the trying hard people which doesn't matter the weather will try to have fun anyway.

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My elephant looking slow as ever.

Saturday morning we had this race:

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will post more photos of the race later.

In the afternoon, around 14:30 finally took my mum for a lap, and was nice how excited she got after that. Track was very very busy and we had lots of supercars lapping (including ferraris and lambos) and lots of tourists as well. It was plenty of adrenaline for her as we have being overtaken but we overtook loads of people as well.

For me it was a dangerous lap with loads of bikers going mental, sorry if any biker is reading this ,but god, they were nuts.

Left my mum at Pflanzgarten so she could enjoy some track watching and went for more laps...
First one was nice, but the track was too busy still, and we had a couple of cars breaking down as well as one bike accident. Full of arrogant porsches thinking you should not do your line and stop the car for them to overtake. I always leave people to overtake me but when its a right place to do it.

I've heard Sabine in one interview once saying the ring is a place to have fun, faster cars should as well respect other people instead of asking them to get out of the way. So I just gave this buggers a big f*** off and did my line anyway and if they really are that fast they should be able to overtake me anyway.

Came back to the car parking and waited for around 30min until my next lap, which was very nice indeed, I had a white C4 VTS following me until Pflanzgarten where he overtook me going down the hill and I kept him close to me until the end of the lap. That was nice, but I felt my rear left tyre was a bit less responsive.

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Rear left tyre - Dunloop Sport 9000 with plenty of tread in the middle but not really good at the side.

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Went back to car parking did some more watching and then I found this:

http://www.leandroleao.com/july/photos/IMG_0055.jpg

At this point I had about 2 laps on my card still so decided to go for another one and leave one for sunday morning.
Too busy.

Sunday morning, I woke up 8:am and went to the track 8:30, it was good, not that busy, but as we know, bit dump under the trees so I waited for some people to come back and listen to see what the bikers were saying. Around 9:00 I went for a lap, it was brilhant. Track was perfect, and I felt very confident about using less the breaks. At Ex-muhle the back felt very light so I went over the kerb and very close to the wall to correct it instead of putting the foot at the break. Scary.

Finished the lap very happy and almost went to buy few more, but we had to go to Amsterdam and Brugge so needed to save some £££.

Conclusions of the trip....

I need a new car, this is now time for the blue elephant to go, I love it, but it is just not made for this sort of thing. Mum was happy with the whole trip, and incredible impressed with the place (Black forest) and the petrolheads.

Camping is definitely the way forward, 4 camping days = 1 hotel day.
My mum is a coffee addicted person.
3 ring trips a year can be possible.

Thanks for the reading, get yourself a coffee.
:wave:

Nige
10-07-2009, 11:46 AM
Originally posted by leaod@Jul 10 2009, 12:27 PM
Camping is definitely the way forward, 4 camping days = 1 hotel day.
:smug:

Simon
10-07-2009, 12:08 PM
Good report, thanks for sharing :thumb: . The tyre could well be under inflated if the wear is on the outside edges.

Nige
10-07-2009, 12:09 PM
Enjoyed reading that Leo :thumb:

leaod
10-07-2009, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Jul 10 2009, 12:08 PM
Good report, thanks for sharing :thumb: . The tyre could well be under inflated if the wear is on the outside edges.
You're right Simon. My lack of experience still bringing this sort of result. What's the best tyre pressure for dry and wet conditions?

Simon
10-07-2009, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by leaod@Jul 10 2009, 01:14 PM
What's the best tyre pressure for dry and wet conditions?
Different ones :thumb:

rossm
10-07-2009, 01:35 PM
Originally posted by Simon@Jul 10 2009, 02:25 PM
Different ones :thumb:
You're about as useful as the words chocolate and teapot in the same sentence

mjrc
10-07-2009, 02:16 PM
Nice meeting you Leandro! :wave:


Até á próxima! :thumb:

Jorg
11-07-2009, 06:49 AM
nice to meet you again in the carpark :thumb:

Juanjo
11-07-2009, 11:30 PM
Originally posted by Nige@Jul 10 2009, 11:46 AM
:smug:

...starting to think Nige's got some shares on that camping... :D

leaod
12-07-2009, 02:02 AM
:lol: if so, nige could you convince them of not charging a full day when you leave the camping before 10am? :D

still better price then hotel though.