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Prawn
26-11-2011, 10:24 AM
So, a small report from Hullavington, I'm afraid the photos are lacking, because it was a bit hectic, and we were just trying to get as much track time as possible.

I booked up Hullavington with Motorsport-events a few weeks back, this was to be my last TD of the year.

Andy came up on Thursday night, having just finished his cage and fitted his willwood 6 pots, we had some grub, then went out to bed in his new brakes. Once that was done, we went to the carwash to make the ovlov look half presentable.

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd408/prawn16/ce5189e1.jpg

Job done, lots of cider was consumed, then bed.

Up at 6am to enjoy a hybrid blend of 3 pasta and sauce between us for breakfast.

7am and we hit the road, 80 miles to travel to Hullavington:

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Passed this piece of tat on the A34.....

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd408/prawn16/03cc2b4b.jpg

Heard reports of a lovely A3 heading in the same direction too, (shame the camera man appears to be still drunk)

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd408/prawn16/dda7d70a.jpg

We arrived at 0820, nice and early. There were just a few other cars there:

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The brake pedal was feeling low on the volvo, so we whipped the wheels off to bleed them

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd408/prawn16/18ee4778.jpg

We noticed at the time that the brake pads looked fairly worn compared to when they were fitted yesterday. we bled the brakes, signed on, attended the drivers briefing, and headed out for the sighting laps.

With those done, we headed out for out first session.

The A3 was going amazingly, running on the federals in the morning, they felt fairly good, and warmed up fast, conditions were a bit damp, but it was drying out slowly. the brakes felt amazing, with the new Mintex 1177 pads working a treat.

Had a really good play with a red exige, we caught him after a few laps, and were sticking to him really well for a few laps, he then let us pass, and I was amazed to find we could pull away from him, the bloke came up to us after that session, and was amazed to find out we only had ~200bhp, he admitted that he'd never thought an A3 could be faster than his exige :)

Dad and I stayed out for 12-15 laps, although we noticed after 6-7 laps that Andy had vanished. We came back in and found that Andys pads had totally vanished!

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ohps. that's not ideal. After many phone calls, a place was found nearby that stocked all sorts of pads, so Andy jumped in Dads A4 and went off to find some new pads.

Dad and I did a few more sessions, and at lunch time we swapped the A3 onto the Seat cupra wheels with Pirelli P-zero Corsas:

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd408/prawn16/69b4644e.jpg

I still think it looks pretty mean on these. when the P-zeros are down to the chords, I'll have my clio cup slicks fitted and give them a try.

Andy returned about 90 minutes later, with a set of subaru brake pads, the same length as his willwoods, that he'd taken to a garage and redrilled the holes for the ped retention pins.

Annoyingly, the pads turned out to be too thick to fit in the calipers!

Nobody had a grinder on site, so we had to improvise to grind them down:

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd408/prawn16/3e90b7c2.jpg

Yup, that really is Andy leaning out of the passenger door, dragging the brake pad on the tarmac whilst I drive around the paddock in cirlces. about 5 minutes per pad had them ground down far enough to go in, and amazingly, Andy still has all 10 fingers!

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd408/prawn16/5d9d8489.jpg

Prawn
26-11-2011, 10:54 AM
With the brake pads back in, Andy was finally able to hit the track, looking EXTRA cool in this shot:

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At this point, I'm afraid my pictures fail totally!

We had a great afternoon, Dad and I swapped over regularly and each did loads of laps, Andy was out on track bedding in his brakes, and did get black flagged once because they caught on fire!

There was one fast left hander near the end of the lap that Dad wasn't enjoying at all, although I think this is partly down to me having a few 'moments' on several laps requiring a bit more than the usual 'dab of oppo'. There was an arkward surface change (and massive grip change!) just on the turn in which really thew you.

We eventually got a few close laps in with Andy, and found that just as on the road, there really is nothing between us at all.

With Andy in front, we were evenly matched until the braking, at which point he was holding us up, then on the straights he'd pull away again, then with me in front, Andy would stay a constant distance behind for a lap or two whilst his brakes were working, then as they'd start to fade he'd fall back. Conclusion is, neither one of us is quicker at all, it really is THAT close, if andy had proper brakes, I think we'd have been dead level all day long.

Dad was flying yesterday too, he had a few good laps in front and behind Andy, pushing on really well, we both found that the car was better on the P-zeros than it was in the morning on the federals, and we stiffened the rear ARB 1 notch for the afternoon as well, which helped no end on the tight technical sections.

At about 3pm it started to rain, we carried on lapping, and with warm tyres we were amazed at how much pace you could maintain in the wet, braking points obviously took a while to re-assess, but generally, it was great fun in the rain, and a little more challenging. the track was also just about empty, as most people packed up and left when it started raining!

There is a bit more to come, but it's dependant on me being able to edit some of the HD footage we took during the day, so I'll try and add that in later :)


one final pic, all packed up and heading home:

http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd408/prawn16/decc3471.jpg

What a cracking day!

Nige
26-11-2011, 11:09 AM
Annoyingly, the pads turned out to be too thick to fit in the calipers!

Nobody had a grinder on site, so we had to improvise to grind them down:

Yup, that really is Andy leaning out of the passenger door, dragging the brake pad on the tarmac whilst I drive around the paddock in cirlces. about 5 minutes per pad had them ground down far enough to go in, and amazingly, Andy still has all 10 fingers!


Sounds like an interesting day, but mate, grinding the pads down that way, Genius :veryhappy:

Prawn
28-11-2011, 09:43 AM
Copied over from my build thread:

Small talent fail in the rain at Hullavington on Friday, I've got several hours of footage, but being avcHD it's a nightmare to edit!

had been going well through this bend all day, and was slowly increasing the pace in the rain late afternoon, sadly, this was one step too far, the changing surface caught me out, and the car just didn't turn in at all initially, then it snapped! Oh well!

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

Full session clip to come later at some point

Dan
28-11-2011, 09:54 AM
Looks like you had a lot of fun :thumb:

Simon
28-11-2011, 11:36 AM
Looks like you had a lot of fun :thumb:

This :thumb:. Good effort.

Joel
28-11-2011, 11:43 AM
Top bodging with the brake pads! :lol:

Andy_P
29-11-2011, 07:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_L0VMqxVzo

:lol:

Prawn
29-11-2011, 09:54 AM
you were pretty desperate not to let that one get away from you wern't you!

With the state of the brakes, I knew that was about to happen! was fun though :)

Kev_G
04-12-2011, 05:37 PM
great report i do love that swedish beauty tho

Chris Ratcliff
11-12-2011, 01:29 AM
Didn't realise Mr Ponting still has his Volvo! He must have had that for a long, long time now!

Peach-uk
11-12-2011, 07:33 AM
What an excellent read. Top effort on the pads too - good work!:lol:

Andy_P
13-12-2011, 02:13 PM
Didn't realise Mr Ponting still has his Volvo! He must have had that for a long, long time now!

Now there's an Alias I've not seen in a long while! Its a totally different volvo! Only had this one for 5 months and its erm, rather different from when I first got it!

This is the old one (still sat on my driveway...)

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj259/tr1als/car/general/S5800franceaug-08042.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj259/tr1als/car/general/HOLIDAYO8077.jpg

http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj259/tr1als/car/general/DSC00251.jpg


great report i do love that swedish beauty tho

Thanks :thumb:

Chris Ratcliff
14-12-2011, 09:33 PM
Hey Andy! Remember seeing you cut and reprofile the front bumper on TF. Hope to see you and Prawn at a track day sometime.