Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

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Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

Postby notax » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:08 pm

We've managed to get and entry for this event - crawled up from 15th reserve. Zippy hopefully ready, just been put back together after our low speed off at Caerwent and booked for an MOT tomorrow.

Big entry in our class - 24 cars including 7 BMWs, they're certainly gaining in popularity! As a round of the MSN Championship it seems to have attracted cars we don't normally see in the south, including Mike Bayliss in a compact. Be good to meet everyone. Forecast looks shocking :shock:
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Re: Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

Postby notax » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:48 pm

Just home, there were some handy BMW drivers there and one who was very committed - resulting in the biggest spin I've seen whilst rallying, full double pirouette via a tyre wall. Incredibly they seemed to escape unscathed. I didn't have my mojo today for some reason and was well off the pace in the wet conditions, culminating in me putting us out on stage 5 as a result of driver error. I clipped a very low concrete block cutting a chicane at high speed, which had been hit by a car ahead of us, I took out a front wheel and snapped a front wishbone. The Mk2 30 seconds behind me apparently did exactly the same thing - with his wheel completely parting company with the car. No injuries - except to the wallet... I had hoped to meet a few other BMW drivers but it was a really full on day with very little time between stages. By the time we were towed back there had been another possibly serious incident on the track and I guess cars were stuck on stage as the service area was empty. Hopefully that crew are ok too...
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Re: Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

Postby norasport » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:20 pm

I too was sorry not to have time to say hello to everyone but we were all well spread out in the service area. We had a big spin down the last hill on the rally section and another small overshoot into the cones all on just the first stage! After that excitement, and a good talking to by my nav, we settled down to make sure that we maximised our chances in the MSN Champs where before Brands we were in fifth position overall. We have managed to finish all the MSN events so far. We managed to pick up places by keeping it tidy so a 22nd overall at the finish, given the mistakes and the conditions was probably fair.

It suprises me that our BMWs are not as good in the slippy conditions, I had similar problems at Oulton Park, as my E46 rear suspension gives good traction and should as good as an Escort's. I find that with big brakes, it's an ex race car, and a servo, in slippy conditions it requires a very light touch on the middle pedal and is very difficult to hear the wheels locking. I am thinking of restricting the servo effect, is that possible?

Anyone else coming to Anglesey or Cadwell? Do come and say hello.

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Re: Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

Postby notax » Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:17 pm

Well done on finishing - getting points at every round is good going. The rally stage part of the course is always insanely slippery - more so if it's cold. In the first few stages we had traction problems - wheelspinning a lot even in third with fully cut supersofts. Weirdly our best results have been on the more slippery, loose events - albeit usually in the dry. We're not contesting the same championship as you, so our next event is the awesome Bovington Stages in Dorset on 5/6th March. Well worth a visit if you're free, a very, very quick event which suits powerful cars. Depending on the stage set up we have exceeded 130mph there (sometimes over a blind crest which is interesting :shock:, fortunately it is very shallow so you don't even get close to getting any air) Hopefully see you at an event in the future 8)
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Re: Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

Postby Overthelimit » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:05 pm

Hi, yes it would have been good to socialise a bit more. There was not that much time between stages once things got going. We had a good day without too much drama. we had a brief transmission problem at the beginning of stage 5 - Driver forgot to put it into gear!!! Well done to Mike for overhauling us at the end.
Phil Rowland, Red E36 Coupe.
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Re: Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

Postby notax » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:19 pm

Hi Phil, was yours the rust coloured coupe? Sorry if that doesn't sound very complimentary! If so, you looked tidy out on the stages - we saw you a few times, your car also makes an awesome induction noise - mine has a carbon airbox but still doesn't sound half as good as yours. What are you running?
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Re: Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

Postby Overthelimit » Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:50 pm

Yes ours was the red (ish) coupe. Number 29. The engine is a 3 litre M52/54, with a M50 Inlet manifold with K&N filter. The exhaust is S50b32 manifold with a quarry motors/ebay exhaust system, I think it cost about £75. A lot of people say how nice it sounds.
It is quite heavy and needs more power, so I am building another engine for it at the moment. We have had it on a bit of a diet as well.
Saw you behind us at the start of stage 4 and 5 I think it was. The nav said you'd suddenly disappeared mid stage. Hope you get it fixed easily, we like the steel bottom arms, they just bend instead of snapping off!!
We will be at Anglesey, are you there?
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Re: Brands Hatch Stages 31st January

Postby notax » Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:54 pm

I'm running steel arms too - but they weren't strong enough to cope with a 70mph impact into a concrete block! Neither was my wheel which has also been written off. The car ahead of us had opened the chicane on the main straight and I clipped the 6 inch high block cutting it too fine. The car behind which was running 7th OA did the same thing and took his wheel clean off..

Our next event is Bovington in March, hope to see you at another event sometime 8)
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