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12-10-2013, 07:51 PM
For once i actually remembered to get some photos so i could do a report when i got back, When i say "I", I mean Willie took them while i drove LOL!
Mix of DSLR and rubbish phone pictures so i apologise for the quality of some:wink:

Anyway, The trip for me began just before 10pm on Monday night.
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Willie had been staying down at Sherwood Forest Centre Parcs with his missus and her family so we worked out it would be best to pick up him somewhere down south instead of coming all the way back up to come back down, Picked him up just before 3am at a Travelodge at Pontefract services, quick fuel stop just South on the A1(M) and we got cracking for the remaining 4 hours down to Dover
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M25 is boring
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Getting closer to Dover
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Arrived in Dover just past 6.30am and parked up for an hours sleep while waiting on Nick and Andy to meet them at BP, Was a lovely morning
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Headed over to the Docks for the 10am Ferry and thats when it felt like the trip was really beginning
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Bon Voyage!
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Had a very entertaining Ferry journey thanks to Big Al, What a character:thumb:

Then the journey that side begun
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Stopped for lunch halfway just before Brussels
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Didn't see much in the way of interesting traffic for once, THink this was as exotic as it got LOL!
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12-10-2013, 07:55 PM
Getting closer to Spa, First Signs
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Almost there
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You might of heard Me and Nick coming through the town.....
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Made it to the Radisson and parked up, The Focus isn't with us btw.
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View of our cars from our room

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We then headed over to the track for a look round and to see where to go in the morning

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That corner
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Good old phone Panorama

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We then headed back to Spa for some dinner, Pizza in the place next to Le Titti Twister was in order, Back to the Hotel where Willie and Al retired to the rooms and Myself, Nick, Andy and Emily headed to the bar for a beer before bed as it had been a looonng day, For me and Willie anyway.

Alarms set for 6.15am to be up in plenty time for showers, Breakfast, last minute prep and some fuel then over to the circuit for Sign on/briefing
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Signed on, Wristbands on and stickers on the car and it was time for the briefing, Top work Darren and amazing hair:thumb:

Weather was looking good on the sighting laps and i managed to get in a few dry laps and was loving how much speed you could carry through some corners, Pouhon especially was well over 100mph in the dry:shock:

Willie then headed off to grab some photos while i abused the baguette and rinsed through 3 full tanks of fuel

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Stupid Lamborghini racecar that was there, but you all probably know about the issues and problems it was causing.....
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12-10-2013, 08:33 PM
Some good pics, even managed to capture one of my mates who was there in his silver Scooby/red Radical standing around in the pit lane.

12-10-2013, 08:36 PM
was just getting into a groove and getting comfortable with the car at those speeds at Spa in the dry then the rain came, Started off as just a shower which made the track very slippy then it eased off and looked like it was going to dry again, Unfortunately it wasn't to be.

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I spent most of the day on track, Only to leave to get fuel, Probably was on track more than the majority of cars there, Wet conditions meant everything was staying cool and i was doing 35-45minutes minimum at a time on track, Was really struggling for grip in places, especially Bruxelles which was annoying but i still had LOADS of fun, Actually really enjoyed it in the wet as there is a lot of grip even on non cheating race wets (Cough Floyd) and it is nice to say i have done Spa and in the pissing wet.

Visibilty was laughable at times, One of the best moments for me was chasing Ian in the Turbo Mincer along Kemmel with wipers on full and not being able to see more than 2 metres in front :lol: But the rush from doing so was immense, would love to be able to do it in a full on race car with aero! Had a lot of fun trailbraking the car and getting it to rotate, Ian caught an excellent slide on video!



Almost binned it at Blanchimont when the Lambo racecar shat its coolant round 3/4's of the track on the racing line, First noticed it was slippy when the back end came out at Les Combes avoiding a 996 which was facing me but though there was enough grip later on, Massive slide and tankslapper but held it then decided to come off and let the track clear up before going back out.

Had a couple smaller slides and spun it on one of the last laps before the track was flagged at the end of the day but had so much fun, 100% changed the way i view wet trackdays now!

Got loads of videos i need to get uploaded eventually, Including a rear view from my car with Al Clark in his 964 behind me:wave:

Finished the day off with purchasing the photos that Nick@ Xtreme had taken including the all important Eau Rouge one

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I had noticed the photographer on the inside of La Source and said to my passenger that i was going to get closer every lap, Which i think i succeeded in doing!

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Packed up and headed back to the hotel for some beer and over to the Chinese on the Recommendation from Ian, Thanks for that it was awesome mate!

Ended up back in Nick and King Prawns room with some cheap beers watching some footage from the day and generally just having some epic banter!

Up and down for breakfast at 9am on Thursday as none of use were on track so we were just heading over to spectate and grab some passenger laps. A group of guys from the SXOC that me and Willie know had came over for the Thursday trackday so it was good to catch up with them and i managed to get some passenger laps in an MX5 which was so much fun even though it had no power LOL!

The track looked as if it was going to dry up before lunch time and i was seriously tempted to try and blag an afternoon session off Darren but decided not to when the rain started again just before lunch and we had planned to head over to Nurburg for the afternoon for a look as Willie hadn't been and i wanted a couple of cheeky TF laps. Plus Belgium is shit and i needed to get out of it for a few hours to a proper country:whistle:

Was pretty wet when we arrived which put a downer on it for me as i had hoped for some dry TF laps as the weather had been nice all day LOL!

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Had a few hours to kill before the track opened at 5pm so we went to the rip off Ringwerk just to pass the time, As much as i oppose the place it does have some pretty cool stuff in it.

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Luckily the sun came out and the track was drying but was still damp in places, Still done 5 laps though as it was eerily quiet, I passed 10 cars the whole time and that was it. Was really strange but thoroughly enjoyable even if they were pretty slow relaxed laps due to the damp patches

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Went to dinner at the place next to the BMW test centre for one of their amazing Calzones
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Then headed back to Spa managing to find about 15miles on derestricted Autobahns:whistle:

Nick and Al had went home that afternoon so we just ended up back in the room looking back through some photos and videos of the days.

Up at 9am again and down to meet Andy and Emily for breakfast before packing up and heading for Dunkirk :(
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Bye bye Belgium, See you next year!

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Must be closer to the UK now
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Ended up on the same ferry as a couple of the SXOC boys by coincidence so that was nice, bar the fact it was a ROUGH crossing then it was back up the M20/M25/A1M then the M6 for Willies at Kilmarnock. Once the nice AA man brought me some more fuel though:shame:

Got back to Willies at 2am and decided to sleep there as its still 2 hours to my house from there and i didn't fancy binning it that close from home after doing so many miles in Europe:nono:

12-10-2013, 08:44 PM
Watched the F1 Quali then headed home at lunch time, Lovely weather up in Scotland, Shame we didn't have it in Spa

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2078 miles later and 447 litres of fuel, Fin.

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That's it then, Can't wait for the next one, DN and a Spa day or two for sure next year!

Got loads of videos from Spa that i will get uploaded and have more photos of my flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamieatkinson) if yu want to have a look, there may be some of you!

Massive thanks to all who organised the trackday and the Marshalls at Spa are brilliant! Met some amazing people the last few days and made some great new friends, Apologies if i spoke to you but didn't realise who you were.


Chris D
12-10-2013, 08:55 PM
Great report. I need to take my 250 to spa.

Oh, delete Steve. Insert Ian btw.

12-10-2013, 09:11 PM
Good work Jamie!
Particularly for driving to Dover and doing it that way.

12-10-2013, 10:20 PM
Fantastic pics and write up :)

13-10-2013, 07:15 AM
Great report, these Meganes really are rather special (ChrisD's at Rocky introduced me to this fact). Sad I didn't get time to pester you for a pax at Spa. Next time, utterly agreed on combining a DN day with Spa :D (pretty please Darren :D).

13-10-2013, 07:50 AM
Nice write up. Thanks for sharing.

Looks like a pretty epic trip

13-10-2013, 08:01 AM
Nice good old fashioned report :thumb:

Using the correct tyres is a good way to be fast :wave:

13-10-2013, 08:06 AM
Great report. Thanks for sharing it :thumb:

spa is fantastic isn't it! I've been really fortunate to always have sunny weather, but if you're there and it rains, just get on with it. You hear so many people moaning about it being wet and not going out on circuit. Good on you and all the others who stayed out there and made the most of what looks like a brilliant trip.

I knew I'd miss this one as soon as I saw the date. Doesn't make me any less jealous of you all though :wink:

13-10-2013, 08:18 AM
Great report. Thanks for sharing your adventure it just makes me even keener to get to Spa next year!

13-10-2013, 09:33 AM
awesome report Jamie :) Really good to meet you and spend a few days with you chap, I hope BigAl hasn't scarred you for life!

Spa in the rain was amazing, I think we had 1 dry session early on, then rain for the rest of the day, I managed about 140 miles on track in the rain and LOVED every minute of it, never had such an enjoyable wet weather experience.

As for the Baguette, what a car, my first ride in an RS, and it really was very impressive indeed, and well driven too!

Top trip :) I'll upload a few pics / vids myself later on :)

13-10-2013, 11:11 PM
Great report mate :thumb:

14-10-2013, 09:22 AM
Awesome report mate, thanks for the laps out in the wet, really enjoyable! Especially the bits going sideways :lol:

22-10-2013, 02:42 PM
Thanks for nice report ! Megane RS is one of the easiest cars to drive on wet track and fast too. I was at Spa last Monday in mine, went through 4 tanks of fuel and brand new R888's in front were almoust finished by evening as well. End of trackday season can't get better than this !!!


22-10-2013, 11:39 PM
Thanks for nice report ! Megane RS is one of the easiest cars to drive on wet track and fast too. I was at Spa last Monday in mine, went through 4 tanks of fuel and brand new R888's in front were almoust finished by evening as well. End of trackday season can't get better than this !!!



IS yours standard?

How are the R888's on it?

23-10-2013, 07:31 AM
Only modifications are wheels and race brake pads & fluid. Have done in it 100+ laps on NS, 5-6 trackdays elsewhere and few thousand km of hard driving on mountain roads and it has never missed a beat. Only problem has been that front suspension started to make noise recently and shocks & some supension arms were replaced under warranty.

I like R888, because you can use them also on wet, if there is not too much of water and they are in good condition. For dry grip and road driving comfort MPSC, which I used previously were better. And they didn't wear out any faster than R888 !

23-10-2013, 09:18 PM
What pads are you running? Im running Rs29's up front with soem EBC yellows on the rear, LOADS of braking power and wouldn't change them for anything else, Great setup.

I have been considering some MPSC's next year as my track wheels so good to hear they work well, even with little camber

25-10-2013, 06:53 PM
Braking power is impressive with pretty much every proper race pad, I have tried several. The best for me was Endless MA45B. Before Spa trip local (to Nürburgring) Endless dealer suggested that I try another Japanese brand, http://www.dixcel.co.jp/en/ Performance wise it worked as well, but I liked Endless more, as it was perfectly useable on street. Dixcel is similar to PFC01 or CL6 it makes lots of noise, but fortunately no squealing. Pagid Yellows are also very good, used them when I had 911.

28-10-2013, 09:44 PM
Enjoyed reading that report - thanks for posting :)

05-08-2015, 07:08 PM
Can't believe this it has been almost 2 years since this trip :shock:

Glad i took the time to write it, Good to read back over and remember what a great trip it was, Really need to get back in 2016!

06-08-2015, 06:31 AM
I just re-read this having not read the date :D

I have the Dixcel pads in the car at the mo - it came from Japan with them already fitted and don't know what version they are as the printed logo on them is covered in brake dust, and when you wipe the dust off you wipe the ink off too :loser:

All noise and no power so probably one of the road going versions, they'll be coming off once funds allow a set of decent pads to be bought.