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27-05-2010, 08:28 AM
Circuit Days Evening session at Brands Indy, last night.

Friend John with the white Clio 200 Cup invited me for some more thrill rides, and fun was had.
John had recently had it set up (corner weights, DS3000s and comp Fluid) by some chaps in a Clio Cup team, and picked up some extra slicks.

Started in South London, I showed up just as John had finished strapping the Clio down onto the trailer, alone :whistle: I was actually early, but I guess he was excited and eager.

Trailer was a practice run for the next week or so, he's doing a bit of a trackday tour so a few of you might see him and the car out and about in the UK over the first week of June.
Car was on full slicks too, so not road-legal.

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Turns out it was something of a Ford Owners GTG, and some pretty fruity stuff showed up.
There were 3 or 4 caged Sierra RS Cosworths, the odd Sapph and Focus RS, but the older stuff was much nicer. This Mk2 Escort Van was kicking out about 360bhp, with an Atlas axle and all sorts of other kit.

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First things first though, it's a Ford after all... :fishing:

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Anyway, I'll shut up for a bit.

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27-05-2010, 08:33 AM
Sighting laps underway, I barely took any on-track pics because I was usually out pax-lapping with John.
Most of my pics were in the Pits, and tbh I prefer it that way.

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Thought you boys might want to add this to 'the debate';
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27-05-2010, 08:37 AM
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There was quite a lot of this behaviour :rolleyes:
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27-05-2010, 08:43 AM
F'ing loved this car. Bloke took his wife's old Canadian E21, and stuck an S14 in it.
Rather fantastic cage inside it too.
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So, all in all a good night was had. By most of us.
If you recall that lovely red 205 GTI further up the page, it lost a fight with Paddock Hill Bend and that was that :(
No casualties or damage to other cars, thankfully.

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Session ended slightly early due to spillage on track, so it was off back to London Fields to find a boozer. Sod finding a proper parking space though...

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Thanks for reading!

Weeman
27-05-2010, 09:37 AM
Awesome pics, some nice cars there :) That cortina is SEX.

re the harness bar, it looks like a sparco one, which are perfectly fine I think, they mount in to safe points and cost around 300 quid ish I think.

Dan
27-05-2010, 10:14 AM
Some nice cars there. :thumb:

I forgot that was on as I was going to book onto that when I got paid yesterday :(

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27-05-2010, 10:48 AM
It was quite packed, 50 cars and many novices. Tbh we thought one proper 'off' was quite good going.
Lovely weather for it, just wish it was a longer session!

Gary.H
27-05-2010, 10:58 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@May 27 2010, 09:37 AM

re the harness bar, it looks like a sparco one, which are perfectly fine I think, they mount in to safe points and cost around 300 quid ish I think.
EFA - nope, it's a Brey Krause R1010 Harness 'guide' bar.

It mounts to the factory seatbelt points on the B pillars. It's intended as a 'guide' bar for running harness 'over' (to maintain the correct angle of the belts and relieve the stress on the seat backs) before they attach to the factory rear seatbelt mount points.

This is how it's being used in this photo :thumb:

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It should never be used to mount the harnesses directly to :nono: (although people, usually Americans, often do :()

HTH

Graham88
27-05-2010, 02:55 PM
I didn't realise this was on, I would have popped down. A few cars I recognise their, Jays blue MK1 Cossie estate, what a weapon! Shame about the 205, Paddocks a tricky one, had a bit of a scary moment there in my old Fiesta

simon_davis
27-05-2010, 05:17 PM
I was at this event - if I'd have known a special member of NL was there, I'd have said Hi... :wave:

Anyway, it was an OK event. Not too sure about some of the flag skills of the marshals - some were waving yellow, others red for the closure with chappy in his French clutter...organisation generally wasn't great. There was fluid down before he crashed and I tried pointing that out to a marshal, but they didn't bother checking on it/doing anything!?

Track was OK, but quite worn in places. For a 'proper' track, I was expecting better TBH. I've done airfield days with better tarmac than the stuff coming out of Paddock Hill bend! Still, I did like that corner at high speed... :thumb:

I had a good few runs chasing the guy in the R500 Caterham and the bloke in the Gulf colours kit car was also pretty quick, but his car is much lighter than mine. :rolleyes:

Overall - not bad, but I wouldn't bother with an evening session again.

Next trackday for me is Hullavington airfield tomorrow...yippee! :D :thumb:

Si

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28-05-2010, 12:05 PM
Originally posted by simon_davis@May 27 2010, 05:17 PM
I was at this event - if I'd have known a special member of NL was there, I'd have said Hi... :wave:
Hey, I'm not 'special' :lol: There's always a 'next time'.
Nobody on here would really have known I was there anyway because
- I've never met another Northlooper
- I wasn't in my own car
- My car doesn't yet have an NL sticker on it because
- I've still yet to visit the Nordschleife... :shame:

I didn't personally see any slack marshalling but I do think that half of the novices had forgotten what the Blue flag meant by the time the session got underway. Still, we managed to avoid carnage!