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DanST
19-11-2006, 02:58 PM
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After a long weekend visit to the nurburgring back in easter I decided I had to go back. Even doing the odd track day at cadwell and silverstone could not put me off making another visit....

so off i went again for a full week whereby the "toll road" was open for a good 5 days... which i hoped would be suffice for at least a single good day, in a dreary german november day.

Over last time very little had changed to the fez ST's spec bar a small power hike due to a remap and a change of pads.

Monitoring the weather prior to the trip it appeared that this november was proving to be one of the driest on record, so when i got there how peed off was I. RAIN!!! Three consequetive days of sat, sun and mon where the track was open resulted in matching downfalls of the wet stuff, which put a big dissapointment on the trip as the laps where obviously slower :fmad: However these slow laps... only 5 in all did refresh my memory from the last trip and provided a sound basis for wednesday.

A few pics over the wet days...

(follow this link for all pics- http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v23/danfezsi/nurburgring/ )

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DanST
19-11-2006, 03:00 PM
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Wednesday proved to be a lot better. Although the day started off a bit miserable it hadnt rained over night and wasnt due to all day. With a sighting lap I soon discovered that the previous weekends rain still hadnt dried off and the track surface remained wet, dry and damp in various places... exactly what the ring is famed for lol.

Waiting an hour and doing another adventurous lap to discover the conditions, things where looking good. The line was drying fast so time to figure out the ring again and do some fast laps was on the books. With it still a little damp in the morning i filmed a lap (naughty naughty!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBQ2RUSZ2SY

As the day progressed, so did the track. On my prvious trip i had managed a 9 minute 52 second lap under tuition. With experience and increasingly good conditions my times fell into the 9 minute 20's. I was happy and thankfully due to low traffic there was very little accidents or obsticles to contend with.. bar the driver training, as seen in the above vid.

Wednesday Pics....

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DanST
19-11-2006, 03:02 PM
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A top day :thumb:

Saturday was my remaining day but i had to go at lunch to make the ferry. As with the previous weekend it rained and remained slippy where you simply point rather than steer. So using up my final two laps taking my accumulative total to 29 off i went.

DanST
19-11-2006, 03:03 PM
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For a week in november where i told there would be snow.. all i can say is thumbs up :thumb: One dry day makes up the disppointment of the others, and I now have the confidence of knowing the track relativley well (although it still brings a few surprises!) Best advice I can give is.... get yourself there!!

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Gary Kinghorn
19-11-2006, 03:06 PM
Cheers for the report DanST, thanks for sharing


Gary

slidersguesthouse
19-11-2006, 03:51 PM
Not sure why you are complaining about the alfa course boys in the Vid.. they moved straight out of your way and never got in your way at all.....

Sign up for a course and I will show you some of the right lines... ;) ;) :thumb: :D

DanST
19-11-2006, 04:15 PM
lol not complaining at all. indeed as you say they did move other, just a shame they were grouped as they where, and at that particular stretch of track.

may just take you up on a bit of training next year as I know theres loads to learn :thumb:

Jorrit
20-11-2006, 01:56 PM
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Wow.... Black stuff :blink:

Andrew
20-11-2006, 02:04 PM
Nice report. You will have to start a thread on your ST. I would be interested to read a your review :)

Nige
20-11-2006, 02:11 PM
thanks for sharing.

Darren Langeveld
23-11-2006, 03:11 PM
:thumb:

DanST
23-11-2006, 07:21 PM
Originally posted by Andy@Nov 20 2006, 03:04 PM
Nice report. You will have to start a thread on your ST. I would be interested to read a your review :)
My Fiesta ST spec

Engine:

2l Duratec N/A
Custom Simota Filter and intake
Milltek 4-2-1Exhaust Manifold
Milltek Manifold Back System
Custom Remap

Dyno'd @ 191 bhp, 162 lbs/ft torque

Chassis:

Eibach suspension
Rear Track widened
Front and Rear Strut Braces
Uprated Calipers and 300mm Discs, Mintex Pads, Rear discs with mintex pads
Goodridge Braided Hoses

Successfully Takes Cadwell's Coppice bends at 100mph lol :thumb:


Thats about it for spec and modifications. Lovely little car, used dailey. Thinking about selling up now tho as I would like a little more grunt and would like to try the rwd game.... bmw m3 any1?

Oh and a week back nearly..... I WANT TO GO BACK!!!!!

leavingeasy
23-11-2006, 10:36 PM
Thats why it sunds so nice, I am really impressed with the grunt its got.

Duncan
24-11-2006, 11:30 AM
Nice report and good video :)