St J could still be expelled from the league for that thing about funding the team via child-trafficking. If they're still there after the last match of the season you'll get your blood money at the GTs.
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
Had an amazing time out in my new build ST, my first experience of wet weather tyres came in qualifying, just took my time to get used to them, I could tell after that that these tyres are something else, it was then I knew this would be the first time I'd ever enjoy a wet race. Used to hate them in my old XR2!
First race tried to keep up with the other ST's, great fun catching and passing all the XR2's. Delighted and amazed to find I had the 2nd quickest ST lap time in that wet race.
Second race track was drying probably should have been slicks all round but most of us had wets on back. Still managed to have a battle with Giggsy and Tony Galloway, hard but clean racing. And I managed into the 63 seconds, just! - 63.999
Really chuffed for the first time out in my new car, there were a couple of small problems with car but nothing that couldn't be sorted out. Hopefully just some more track time will help with the lap times coming down a bit.
Got to thank ICR Motorsport for all the work that has been put into the car in a short space of time.
Hope you keep that ST in good shape during the season Blair, youve done a great job with it
Quite an intresting weekend for me, managed to blow 4 valves on Saturday in my 1st session but thanks to the great efforts of Barry and Stephan I was able to get out on Sunday to play.
Qualifying was really difficult as my screen has misted up in the bottom right cornerso couldnt see any apexs to save my life, suprised that I qualified 5th in the XR2's.
1st race was really exciting and scary lol due to the spray. Got mugged by Peter C and Darryl off the start but soon Darryl and Chris Philip had an incident at Carlube so I got one place back. Then I started to catch Peter and the last few laps I was stuck to him like glue but kept screwing up at carlube as Id lock up when he braked earlier than me but he said afterwards his car was a nightmare and sliding everywhere.
2nd race got done at the start again by Dave C and Anthony then coming top the hairpin anthony went really wide and I nipped up the inside but we had a big hit at the exit, at the time I was peeved but looking back we were just going for the same road so sry to Anthony as I could of gone tighter to the inside Then set after Dave and had a great battle with him, seemed he was slow out of the hairpin and Id get a good run but I braked too early first time at Leslie's then on my 2nd pass he came out of nowhere at McIntyre's as I was too busy thinking id got the job done so I had to concede defeat. Thought I was 7th but turns out I was 6th with the red flag
Gotta say thanks again to Barry and Stephan for getting me out on Sunday after my n00b error
Qualifying was my first ever time out at Knockhill in the wet. Concentrated on getting the required 3 laps in then got stuck in traffic, once I'd screwed my head on and dropped back to get a flyer, I got a good run out the hairpin and was greeted with a chequered flag. Bollocks. Only 11th on the grid.
Race one, got away well enough and got a bit more used to the car in the rain. My set up terrible. With no experience of wet set up I basically fiddled with tyre pressures on a SWAG basis and softened the rear ARB. Towards the end I had a good run with Geoff Gillies, seriously close racing and he just pipped me.
Race two, more of them same, actually beat Geoff off the start but he slipped back past and I got a bit held up meaning the cars infront broke away. Had a good dice with Mervyn for a couple of laps but then I got my act together and took off after Geoff. Once I'd caught him I over took him twice, first time I made a mess of the hairpin and he drove past me on the straight, second I missed 3rd going up the straight and he drove past me again. On his bumper all the way to the line.
Race 3, well I was the car that wound up in the tyres at the tri-oval so not the best end to my first race meeting.
On that subject, I'd like to thank the marshals. I was barely finished hitting the cut off switch when they were with the car helping me get out and checking I was ok. The medical staff were also excellent. My apologies for the extra workload clearing up Mini bits and rebuilding the tyre wall, and I hope to never darken your doorsteps again!
emicen that is what we are here for we don't mind the clearing up passes the time lol, but the main thing is both of you are ok, from my post I only saw the mini sort of fly through the air into the outer tyre wall and thought instantly that gotta hurt but thankfully by the time I was able to get across track and down trioval both drivers were out which is always a good sight.
Dunc dont tell me you actually did some work lol. when malc and hamish went side by side through hislops I said to me mate "they had better give each other space" looks like they didnt, seconds later heard the crash and radio calls for a red and rescue, think i had started running towards railway at that point as I knew railway had no one on the outside of the track. still cant believe how far malc's car travelled, must be a good 40 yards after the tyrewall impact. just glad both lads were okay
cheers lads for the support, we try our best to clear up any mess fast, unlike the polis who shut the M80 totally after a shunt, takes them 3 hours t clear a crash, we do it in 10 minutes :-) yeah i know they have to do all their stuff but major PITA when it took me 2 and a half hours to get home
opinions expressed here are my own, isnt that what forums are for lol
It was just shy of where I'd be thinking about shifting from 3rd to 4th so getting on for 95mph when she went sideways. On the tarmac the slide would have scrubbed some speed but when it whipped on to the grass tail first it didnt lose any more till the impact so probably still around 75-80mph at the point of impact. Pretty glad I kept it pinned and it did whip tbh, the oblique angle although still a sore one was probably better than going in head on at that speed.
Would have been out the car sooner but I actually tried to limp her on to the tri-oval to clear the track then realised my throttle pedal wasnt attached to the floor anymore! Thats when I hit the cut off and abandonned ship.
Just watched the video you emailed me Chris, only on small res due to it being on my phone. Between that and the photos Mike had of it on facebook its put it in pretty clear perspective how big an impact it was. My work mate was just along from hairpin hill and saw it all happen, my mum was on the hill next to the tower so pretty much the same. Both commented they were amazed it didnt roll.