View Full Version : 30/06 -01/07 @ the ring -Andrew Mulholland

Andrew Mulholland
30-06-2007, 07:16 PM
I've a really nice run around as mentioned else where..


So the first thing I did was to enter it in today's RCN race....


(just kidding Thorleif! :D )

I did spend the morning however taking photos, practicing with my camera, doing panning with as slow a shutter speed as I could.... more below..




more here: http://nurburgr.ing.me.uk/v/RCN-300607/

Got bored of taking photos, so I wondered if Rent-racecar, had anything available to rent. :D

So I wandered down to bike world to pick up a cheap lid - my helmet is helpfully in the CSL, 160km away.

Rented a E36 318Ti for the evening session (6pm->7:30pm), 230 euro, so a bargain. Had a slight initial problem as the drivers door was sticking... cured this by taking all my clobber out of the door pocket -then it was fine.

Went out, and did 3 laps back to back, it was great fun, being able to take schwedenkreuz flat was amusing - must remember not to do that when I get the CSL back from being serviced. :eek:

Then took Torgeir out for a quick lap too - with the idea then I'd pax in his car... first part went well, but the ring closed just as we put our helmets back on... so part deux will have to happen tomorrow.

After the last two weekend's busyness, it was suprisingly quiet - even in the 140bhp "monster" I was only over taken twice in the 4 laps I did today... once by Sean-Paul breslin in his 996 RS, and once by a pair of bikers, who were riding very well, sparks flying through miss-hit-miss from their knees touching the ground. :D

I also met up with Brian Loft - who was visiting, and chatted in the carpark

Speaking of the carpark I saw a green CSL - not of the M3 variety, an original 3.0 CSL, which had just been restored.... very stunning car.


Interesting thing - the 318TI had Hankook semi-slick tyres on it, and they were marvellous, got nice and sticky pretty quickly and only started to go off at the end of the 3rd lap.
Very progressive too, kind of nudged you to let you know they were about to loose traction, then gripped a little bit more, then slide slightly - in a slow and graceful manner.

Apparently (according to Theo @ Rent-racecar) their wet performance is quite good too...

As its hopefully dry tomorrow, I've opted to rent the E36 M3 from rent-racecar... its got KW suspension, brembo brakes, 3.0 engine, with evo head and is stripped - rather like my GT in spec really - so will be good practice for that.
If its wet in the morning, I can change my mind, and have the E92 325i, but naturally I'm hoping for it to be dry!

All in all, a great day. :D

Steve Gill
30-06-2007, 07:20 PM
Sounds great Andy, have fun tomorrow :thumb:

30-06-2007, 07:28 PM
Sounds like a fun day, and more to come!!!

01-07-2007, 08:22 AM
You wouldn't want to go round in that green thing as you'd be having to get out of the way of everyone else.

Presume the other 'loaner' is being used Steve for fcuks sake.

Gary Kinghorn
01-07-2007, 09:56 AM
People who decide to rent a car on the day and go out and buy a cheap lid as they dont have theirs with them have FAAAAAR too much money in my book :thumb:

Fair play Andrew ;)

01-07-2007, 12:52 PM
Have fun, and nice car you have :thumb:
Nice race or what.

Andrew Mulholland
02-07-2007, 10:48 AM
Originally posted by Thorleif@Jul 1 2007, 12:52 PM
Have fun, and nice car you have :thumb:
Nice race or what.

I took the Rent-Racecar Red E36 M3 round, it was lots of fun, still not over endowed with power, but it worked.... did 16 laps or so, and was passing some well driven cars, so seemed to be pretty quick.

Had some sideway/slideways fun at Adenaur Forest, very easy to do so by dropping down to 2nd, flooring it with a bit of lock on and then catching it and holding it round the bend... Drifting at papenburg last weekend definetely helped there.

Had one moment, which Theo thinks was due to possibly some air in the brake hoses, as I was coming into breidscheid, with Ed as a passenger, and had no brakes.... 'oh s***!' were my words, but I managed to scrub off enough speed, and avoided the kerbs, and wall nicely, so all was well.

It was dry all day, track was empty, although there were two lengthy closures - one due to a idiot who crashed at Hatzenbach, and drove on with fluids and oil pissing out the back of his car (guess what it was... ) until he was stopped (by Johannes in a golf pulling in front of him and forcing him to stop).. biker went off on the fluids, but was OK.

Second closure was due to some idiots over on a "nurburg or bust charity rally" - although it wasn't clear what charity they were collecting for, anyway they spend the day driving round at 45mph, all over the shop, weaving around and generally being dangerous. Anyway, one of their party decided it was a good idea to stop at the bottom of pflanzgarten II in the middle of the road.... A marshall on a bike came over the crest, and went into the back of them. He has a shattered leg as a result. Nice.

After the busyness of the last few weeks, it was nice to be there for an almost empty weekend, at 7pm the carpark was empty....the track was still open... and it was still dry.

Only downside for me is when I dropped the M3 back to rent-racecar, Theo's wife was there and clobbered me for the extra mileage - theo managed to talk her into halving the cost... but it was still an extra 80euro :(

I also had two great passenger laps with Dave in his elise, which was lots of fun, I do love the way a well driven elise goes round corners.

Then was out to PK for dinner last night with Jochen, Ed, Torgeir + his family, which was fun, although quite a few large beers were consumed, and my head feels a little fuzzy this morning.

Am working from the ringhaus, as hopefully picking up the CSL tomorrow, which has proven interesting, as they've had problems with the internet, its now working, but their accesspoints are refusing to let my macbook sign onto the wireleess...
so I'm connected via ethernet to the accesspoint bessides the playstation... it works, but damn annoying when kids are playing GT4 :)

oh well...it could be worse I suppose :D

now a break until 20th July....

02-07-2007, 11:07 AM

Nice report. We saw you all sitting at the table nezt to us.
We had a great time to on the Ring. I thought I saw a rent a racecar somewhere on the track. But I dont know who was passing who?

Greetz from Robert

Andrew Mulholland
02-07-2007, 11:37 AM
Originally posted by Bad Dragon@Jul 2 2007, 11:07 AM

Nice report. We saw you all sitting at the table nezt to us.
We had a great time to on the Ring. I thought I saw a rent a racecar somewhere on the track. But I dont know who was passing who?

Greetz from Robert
lots of rent racecars were out yesterday

both 318TIs, the 320SI, the golfs, the megane, and me in the red m3.

took me a while to get up to speed - whilst I found the grip levels, the traction levels, and how the car broke away under power - as I wanted to ensure I kept it straight.... it didn't have the CSL's mtrack mode safety net.