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Floyd
13-03-2011, 04:06 PM
Jamie and I went to Silverstone today to do a quick trackday :racing: Before we went on track we managed to get a tour of the new facilities thanks to Janet at the SRC :thumb:

So here we are:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011011.jpg
308m long, 38m high and 20/22m wide!

In we go:
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Pit garages - there are 41 and they will have dividers for the racing days:
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Only 7 weeks to finish it...
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011019.jpg

Pit exit:
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This is also the new 1st floor entrance to the exibition area.
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Floyd
13-03-2011, 04:11 PM
More pit exit:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011027.jpg

Hospitality:
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011031.jpg

Looking down into the pits:
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The door ways here will lead to press areas viewing:
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011040.jpg
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Drivers are briefed here:
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Post race drivers are interogated here:
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Floyd
13-03-2011, 04:15 PM
Bernie sits here in his office:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011051.jpg

His view is:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011048.jpg
Hopefully better when it's completed!

This is the area where the drivers will collect their caps and watches after the race:
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And walk down these stairs to the podium:
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Podium is here:
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Floyd
13-03-2011, 04:18 PM
Race control is here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011055.jpg

Pit lane:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011059.jpg

Random car on circuit:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011063.jpg

Top viewing balcony:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011071.jpg

Wing!:
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011077.jpg

View from under wing:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011076.jpg

Floyd
13-03-2011, 04:26 PM
Jamie had never driven the Subaru before so he borrowed a helmet and I gave him 10 seconds to familiarise himself with the car before he went out on track :whistle: He followed a '10' plate GT3 with me giving instructions - "just go faster" etc.
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I couldn't wipe the smile off his face afterwards B) I think he's hooked :whistle:

I then had a go. It's been 11 years since I last drove this part of the circuit but enjoyable all the same. Hopefully I'll have some PB logs to review later if it worked :rolleyes:

Overall, a grand day out :thumb:

Floyd
13-03-2011, 04:35 PM
I nearly forgot that there were some other cars driving too:
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Car of the day was a Fiat 500 Topolino racer B) Sorry no photo :(

Plus the usual Astons, Porsches, Ferraris, Lambos and Massers B)

Faffmeister
13-03-2011, 04:39 PM
Ace Banana Floydie. We had a track day up there a couple of weeks ago on the Arena GP track in the wet. The new circuit is awesome, The outside of the new pits look fantastic so really good to get some shots of the internals, should be great when finished.

Looks like da boy is going to cost you a lot of money.............

Chris D
13-03-2011, 04:43 PM
Looks like a good day out, Floyd. I wish my site visits were at places like that, instead refurbishment works on run down airfields :rolleyes:

Looks like Silverstone has had a massive change since my last visit.

Floyd
13-03-2011, 04:45 PM
It's massively changed Chris :o

When I saw this seat I thought 'Faff sits here'
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v27/FloydM/Silverstone%20Mar%202011/SliverstoneMarch2011004.jpg

Gary Kinghorn
13-03-2011, 05:25 PM
Good stuff winkle, looks like a good day out :thumb:

Darren Langeveld
13-03-2011, 05:47 PM
:thumb:

Dan
13-03-2011, 08:29 PM
:thumb:

Nige
14-03-2011, 08:01 AM
Thats looking very nice.

Sounds a great day out :thumb:

Simon
14-03-2011, 08:30 AM
Looks like a grand day out for you both :veryhappy:

Ollie_247
14-03-2011, 11:35 AM
when i was down there 2 weeks ago the marshells dont think it will be finished in time.

did you see how many people have been off into the grass by the new pits ?

Floyd
14-03-2011, 11:39 AM
There weren't that many people there and 7 weeks will fly by. I know that the last bits will be a real test to complete but I guess the project plan will show where they are and if they'll make it.

I didn't see any grass marks there.

Ian H
14-03-2011, 12:18 PM
Nice :thumb:

So, will he be a regular now at track days?

Humpy
27-03-2011, 10:59 AM
A good day out :thumb:


Originally posted by Ollie_247@Mar 14 2011, 12:35 PM
did you see how many people have been off into the grass by the new pits ?
I was there last Thursday (24th) having a PAX lap. We were following a white M3, unfortunately he lost the back end on the corner before the new pit straight and binned it into the pit wall head on :( He bounced off the wall and back out in front of us and another car, fortunately we stopped in time. After this, I noticed there are a lot of crash marks on that first part of the pit wall.

Russ_F
27-03-2011, 07:12 PM
Humpy, i was there too last thurs and saw the white m3, shame really ! What were u in?

Darren Langeveld
27-03-2011, 09:56 PM
Did I, or did I not mention the exit of Club and the pitwall in the drivers briefing?

Humpy
28-03-2011, 11:14 AM
Originally posted by Russ_F@Mar 27 2011, 07:12 PM
Humpy, i was there too last thurs and saw the white m3, shame really ! What were u in?
I was there for just over an hour, visiting some friends driving a black E36 328i (with orange wheels) and a blue Noble 3R. I have video from both cars (including the crash). What car were you in?

Gary.H
28-03-2011, 09:05 PM
Originally posted by Darren'Teffers'Langeveld@Mar 27 2011, 09:56 PM
Did I, or did I not mention the exit of Club and the pitwall in the drivers briefing?
Every briefing at Silvestone does. Along with the exact spot on the pit lane wall that you'll hit when you oversteer across the pit straight :nono:

Russ_F
28-03-2011, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by Humpy@Mar 28 2011, 11:14 AM
I was there for just over an hour, visiting some friends driving a black E36 328i (with orange wheels) and a blue Noble 3R. I have video from both cars (including the crash). What car were you in?
I was passengering in the Orange E46 M3 race cars and did 5 laps in my soon to be gone Silver 996 GT2

:thumb:

Dan
28-03-2011, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by Darren'Teffers'Langeveld@Mar 27 2011, 10:56 PM
Did I, or did I not mention the exit of Club and the pitwall in the drivers briefing?
Yep. I saw a M3 last June bin it there.

Floyd
29-03-2011, 06:40 AM
Originally posted by Russ_F@Mar 28 2011, 10:28 PM
I was passengering in the Orange E46 M3 race cars and did 5 laps in my soon to be gone Silver 996 GT2

:thumb:
I thought you were going to keep it at one point. What's next? :D

Humpy
29-03-2011, 09:04 AM
Originally posted by Russ_F@Mar 28 2011, 10:28 PM
I was passengering in the Orange E46 M3 race cars and did 5 laps in my soon to be gone Silver 996 GT2

:thumb:
Saw the GT2. Nice :thumb:

Floyd
29-03-2011, 11:53 AM
I was at Silverstone again on the w/e and I don't think they'll get the new complex finished in time...