View Full Version : TA's 2008 ring trip

25-08-2009, 10:17 AM
As you would imagine, there were highs, there were lows but the overall trip was amazing and I will be doing again.

The trip started off with waking up at 11pm at night and then meeting up with most of the team at 2.30am on the 9th.

At 3am we set on our way to dover to catch the ferry, all went fantastic with not one hiccup on any of the cars.

The convoy down was great, the empty roads making for a easy journey and when the sun rose to a fantastic sun sky and we looked forward to a great few hours driving in the sun and on actuator settings and a gental trottle I was amazed to see I had done 230miles in only half a tank!!! I never knew a gt4 could do that in ¾ tank! Lol

We reached dover at approx 6.45am and straight into booking in……… this however is where the first of many problems went wrong.
Whilst waiting for passports to be checked the skyline decided that it wanted to randomly overheat… a problem which had not been there in the last 3 weeks, much to the amusement of many ferry passengers we got the skyline onto the ferry in the pouring rain which had begun when we hit port.

We arrived in Dunkirk to rain and basically… crap weather, great.
Thankfully we had radios as the skyline was clear… it wasn’t going to make it to germany without a few stops to refill coolant as it just wouldn’t stop overheating and coming out the expansion tank.

Matt in the omega with trailer and a mk1 fiesta with a rsturbo engine transplant set off 3 hours previous due to no room on our ferry… we had travelled for a few hours then another disaster struck.

Mat rang one of the lads and the omega was not in good shape, they had broke down in germany,the water pump bearing had basically gone tits up, the belt had shredded and the car was not moving.

The convoy motored on, we reached the campsite and no matt in the omega and no skyline as it overheated big style on the way and steve stayed back to provide support.

An hour later the skyline appeared but no omega in sight.
The omega had had it though, so the omega and trailer where abandoned and the fiesta finished the drive to camp in the rain and dark.

A new day dawned and a new belt was ordered from Vauxhall the next day and amazingly, the sun was shining.

We all put in a few laps and the track was all I hoped for, the most challenging and amazing place that I have ever driven, just like the team said, addictive isn’t the word, the rest of the team having been the previous 4 years i think.
The cars there, well there was a lot! You name it, it was there, a merc slr tonnes of Porsche lambos and the alike.

After dinner the belt was picked up, not all parts were there though!

So this time we decided to tow the omega and trailer back to camp, phill in the gt4 provided the towing and pulled what was a rather large omega and trailer all the way back to camp, a funy sight i would imagine on the road!

Rain stopped and fast laps the next day and I went in the rain, lethal it was in the rain, sideways, and all kinds of directions were achieved! Lol
The next few days where good, we fixed the omega, the skyline appeared to be runing ok and many laps where put in.

Another minor hitch occurred when my brother over cooked it and went backwards toward a kerb at 40mph, amazingly we hit the curb, bounced back and ended up straight! The damage to my amazement was minimal, just a slight kerbing of the alloy, jammy git!

Later on in the week we decided to run the skyline, this however proved to be a big mistake, at bang on the 13km marker the skyline decided to give up the ghost, proving to be a costly bill being picked up.

On Monday morning I had my last lap, what was meant to be a slow lap ended up being my fastest by an era, smashing past 3 skylines, 2 r34 gtr’s and a 33gtr along with multiple 911’s and bmw’s.

Nothing could of prepared me for how much i was to learn about my car on the ring due to the various kinds of bends and hills, I will be needing a wrc wing for next year as the car passed 145 over the brow of a hill on my last lap and the rear wheels basically left the floor, scary it was!

The trip home was meant to be on Wednesday, however jo and I left early to make sure that the skyline had cold air over night and left at 10pm on tues. the car made it to port with barly and problems…. Sods law! However my car suffered a slight mishap on the autobahn when my front section of under tray wanted to detach itself from the car at 171mph according to the road angel! Oops, so that, was in the back of the boot for now!

We caught the ferry and again made it home with not too many problems on the skyline.

But all in all, a great trip! And after 14 laps on my first trip it was amazing

Some pics from the trip.

phill on track

my brother




and george

25-08-2009, 10:18 AM
dogs driving cars?? lol


mk1 fezza with rs turbo conversion..

one evo + flames + wood = fire


chris and mroe flames


zakspeed viper

at the docks

25-08-2009, 03:45 PM
That mk1 fiesta is awesome!

I was there that weekend, don't remember a massive amount of it :lol:

Looks like you had a good one anyway!

Pete R
25-08-2009, 04:39 PM
Always loved the GT4, I have a real weakness for the homologation cars. How did it go while lapping? Any tweaks done to it?

Some really good pics there and sounds like a great weekend :thumb:

26-08-2009, 07:50 AM
hey up guys, the car ran fantastic, my brothers is one of the homologation cars, mine obviously is not but his at the time of the ring his was standard bar a apexi induction.

Currently we are rebuilding his WRC with :

86.5mm Weisco pistons
Crower conrods
Polished crank (just came back from machinist and perfect, just needed polish)
Rising-Sun-Racing Front mount intercooler conversion using Forge motorsport core
ACL race bearings
Aussie tubular manifold
Garret 3071r external wastegate turbo with 4inch intake and .82ar exhaust housing
Tial 41mm external wastegate
Custom downpipe with wastegate re-routed into pipe
Aussie 3 inch front pipes
Blitz Nur Spec-R exhaust
Motec M4 ecu
Blitz DSBC Spec-R (easier to control boost)
Wolfkatz top feed fuel rail (standard is side feed)
870cc injectors
550 lb/ft capable clutch
Mocal oil cooler ( as soon as its run in and ready for track use)

fair few bits more but thats the engine spec from off top of my head, we are aiming for approx 450+bhp at 1.5- 1.6 bar boost. turbo is capable of 480whp so should be do-able with the mods.

As for mine at the ring, mine was on:

apexi induction
aussie ceramic 3inch downpipe
aussie 3 inch front pipes
Blitz Nur Spec-R exhaust
Blitz DSBC ( i was running 1.2 bar for the 14 laps i did)
TRD thermostat
Tein Springs
EBC red stuffs
One off in country FMIC conversion from my friend at rising-sun-racing retaining all oem equipment in the proper locations whist using a 780mm x 80mm x 320mm forge motorsport core.

shes running pretty good bhp at the moment and shes topped 100,000 miles!

Was in banzai magazine with the cat still in place, 1 bar boost and the charge cooler she ran a 304Bhp and 300 lb/ft torque.

so now with the downpipe, fmic and 1.2bar id imagine its at a good 320-330+

she ran very well though, although i would like the raiser blocks from a wrc if i go again as although mine was alot faster than my brothers you could feel that the WRC's rear end is alot more planted to the road than the small spoiler, and i did nearly poop a brick when the wheels came loose. haha

lapping wise all the cars did well, brakes were fine, i did 2 or 3 laps in quick succession and no brake fade or failure.

Thanks on comment guys! :)

26-08-2009, 04:30 PM

our notorious R32 at the bottom


My GTFour with a tt supra

our campsite

broke liner

the begginning of taking the liner apart


me chasing down a bike... he wopuldnt move over and slowed me down.. i was not happy.

some off road fun!