View Full Version : Snetterton 300 Trackday 17th March 2013 Report.

22-03-2013, 02:45 PM
As we were in the area supporting Stace in the Trackday Trophy (http://www.northloop.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?45869-Snetterton-300-Trackday-Trophy-16th-March-2013-Race-Report.&goto=newpost) race, doing the trackday on the Sunday made sense. It`s 3 1/2 hours to Snetteron from here, so seeing as we were going anyway, it seemed a great opportunity to take the Golf and do the trackday, the fuel to get there was already paid for....

That`s what I told Lou anyway http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/lol.gif

It was a Javelin event, we offered our services helping with the signing on process to spread the load a bit. There was a period of 10 minutes where everyone seemed to turn up !

After the briefing, the sighting laps ran then the pitlane opened.

Conditions first thing were just as bad as Saturday, I decided to give it 10 minutes, let the queue die down and then go out. As I was joining the pitlane to get on circuit, someone dropped about 3/4 of a tank of fuel all around the circuit. It took the staff 30 minutes to clear it up. Frustratingly, Colin nor the circuit staff couldn`t find the culprit http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/shrug.gif

This meant the usual long queue in the pitlane you get after a long Red Flag. Fortunately, even with a couple more later in the day, it was the last queuing in the Pitlane, the rest of the day flowed smoothly.

First session was on my Silverstone `wet` tyres (silver wheels). These took a bit of a beating at Brands when I ran them in the dry/damp, I`ve had the fronts swapped side to side, the outside edge was buggered, but they are fine on the rear http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/thumb.gif

It started to dry a little so I put the Michelin PSC`s on the front, but left the wets on the rear. The rears weren`t getting warm so it seemed worth trying.

Piman didn`t want to wear out the Apex`s...

Took Pye out for a session, it`s been a while since Ian was out with me, he`d never been round Snetterton and seemed to enjoy the laps. He even said I was pretty smooth, which I took as a good thing.

Had some really enjoyable nose-to tail laps with this guy. He commented afterwards that he wasn`t used to a Golf cornering so well http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/wink3.gif. We were both stuck behind a Civic for several laps, he`d move over on the straights, then nail it and pull ahead, before almost coming to a stop on the corners. The guy in the Caterham said he hadn`t followed a driver like that for some time...

Hannah`s filthy MX5 sat in the pits.

I took Hannah out for a session, she was going to drive in the afternoon so I showed her my lines, admittedly the MX5 lines would be different, but a late turn in seemed a wise precaution in the slipery conditions. As it turned out, she didn`t go on track in the afternoon.

Daniel was struggling on his tyres.

There were another couple of Golfs there.

It was drying more, so I fitted the PSC`s to the rear as well as the front. First lap out of the pits with warm fronts and cold fresh rears, made the hairpins entertaining http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/happy_61.gif

Bacon butties for lunch, then back out on a damp but drying track.

I tried to put Dan off with a smokescreen.http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/a007f448.gif

The rear of the Golf was pretty mobile.


Switched to Slicks on the front and left the PSC`s on the rear as a dry line formed. Slicks on the rear wouldn`t have worked, I was struggling to get heat into the fronts, to the cups on the rear made sense. Experimenting with differing compouunds front and rear is something I`ve been meaning to try for some time and today was a perfect opportunity. Cold ambient temperatures meant the rear was always going to struggle to heat up, but the long corners helped heat the fronts.

Sometimes it moved around more than others.

ALL the way around...http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/lol.gif
I reckon all the good drivers spin exiting Coram. http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b207/wh00sher/gifs/a_whistle.gif

My new GoPro mounted on the splitter gave a different view.

Daniel was pushing on.

I tried to clip the mirror on the Bale at Hamilton. Its a corner I often struggle with, but I got it spot on a few times today !

The gear selector locked in 4th 3 times during the day. A quick fix in the pits. This time, it stuck in neutral, so a quick trackside repair was needed.

Trying to get back onto the track was difficult. It was soaking on the grass..

Had some very good fun laps with Daniel, this session was just after lunch with the track still damp. His M3 powered away on the straights, so he agreed to lift on the 2 main straights to make the rest of the laps entertaining. Through the corners, it was give and take. By dropping to 2nd, I was able to pull a slight lead out of the tight corners. Over the entire lap, he was quicker, but without the 2 long straights, it was much closer.


Daniel put together a small video of our `moments` he caught on film..


The front pads were low, they finished the day with around 2mm of friction material remaining. The braking wasn`t as good as usual, I needed more pedal pressure and the disks were starting to glow. Fortunately it was still damp / cold. If the day had been dry, I`d have swapped them at lunchtime.

I`m not really sure why people dislike Snetterton so much, I always enjoy it.

Finished the day having managing 215 Track miles, some memorable lapping with Daniel then loaded up ready for the 3 1/2 hours drive home.

Next outing is at Anglesey (http://www.northloop.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?45622-Anglesey-GP.-Bank-Holiday-Monday-27th-May.-%A3175-NL-discount-price.)in May. Plenty of time for some tinkering before then...

22-03-2013, 02:54 PM
Great pics Nige :thumb: always enjoy your reports :happy: Rear end was quite mobile!!!!

I like snetterton too, its just at the rs end of the world for me:shame:

22-03-2013, 03:15 PM
I had a proper little giggle at the spin at 1m 15s :lol:

Great report :thumb:

22-03-2013, 03:26 PM
Great report Nige, I didn't go out as I was very tired after the B&B dramas and I was being a big girl!

22-03-2013, 03:29 PM
That's a shame. Great circuit :thumb:

Did you even get any sleep there?

22-03-2013, 03:33 PM
That's a shame. Great circuit :thumb:

Did you even get any sleep there?

2/3 hours I think after barricading myself inside.

22-03-2013, 03:39 PM
Report it. That will happen to someone else if you don't.

22-03-2013, 03:42 PM
At least get a refund (did I mention I was from Yorkshire)

Tell them you'll report it if you don't. Then report it anyway :thumb:

22-03-2013, 03:43 PM
2/3 hours I think after barricading myself inside.
Not surprised with this outside your door...

22-03-2013, 05:38 PM
Was a proper laugh:thumb:. Good write up.

22-03-2013, 05:50 PM
Report it. That will happen to someone else if you don't.

Have written a review on booking.com (not up yet) and told the agent. I haven't paid anything yet.

22-03-2013, 08:23 PM
Cracking Nige.
Much lol-age at 1.24m...

Love Snetts. :thumb: