Did the taster sessions yesterday evening, were good fun! Got to the circuit at about 4pm (having been on the London Eye at 11am!) and went through the noise testing, briefings etc. before I managed to nab a garage near the front of the queue
Started the session with 3 sighting laps then the safety car pulls in and we're straight into our session. Jumped 2 cars straight away on the run up to Druids as they were going a bit slow. It was a bit of a dodgy move, especially on cold tyres, and I avoided doing it again.
I spent most of the session stuck behind an MX5 who was faster out of Druids than me (my fault, was shifting down to 2nd rather than holding in 3rd and couldn't shift fast enough so often messed up the braking zone) so pulled out enough of a gap that I could quite get him down the straight. I was about 5mph faster by the end but it wasn't enough.
Unfortunately the car had very little grip, understeered everywhere and made, what I thought, was a lot of tyre squeal. For those that have done Club MSV (and possibly other) trackdays before, tyre squeal is frowned upon and will get you black flagged. Obviously I didn't want this as the session wasn't very long so I kept backing out to minimise the squeal. When I spoke to my family that had come with me, they said they couldn't hear any squeal at all so apparently it wasn't as bad as I thought!
The car is running essentially stock suspension, just some Eibach front lowering springs, with old Michelins so the lack of grip was not surprising. Another unfortunate is one of the front discs is pretty warped resulting in some dramatic steering wheel movements during braking!
My fastest lap ending up being a 1:06, it being the only clear lap I had without the MX5 in front of me! There is definitely a lot more time to find, about 1 sec in Druids alone. My Brother went out in the second session and got a 1:04 but I think we could both get down to the 1:03s if we were to go out again.
In summary, happy the car was mechanically sound; the engine ran like a dream with no temp issues at all. Unhappy that I got a slower time than my Brother.
Future plans are still roughly the same. The cage is the key thing to get first, hopefully that'll help the handling. Following that, a complete suspension overhaul with uprated parts. Then some new tyres, I've already got a tyre in mind so will see how that goes.
Couple of questions:
I'm thinking of getting a Safety Devices 17-point weld-in cage. It's a lot of money but should be good enough, thoughts?
In terms of suspension, I'd love some KW V2s but can't afford them new. Would getting a used set be a good idea? Are there other kits at a lower cost that would be good? Perhaps Spax RSX?
EDIT: Pics and video to follow, uploading them tonight when I get home.
Rallye Race Car