Tony from the Northloop
forum was quickly found in the carpark, after all there
was only one V6 clio there all weekend. A pax lap was
arranged for later in the weekend, something Gary would
later regret, but more of that later.
The guys also met
Nozzer, Hugh and Mark from the Northloop forum and took
them out for pax laps during the day.
Dave having spent
the last couple of weeks moaning about the handling
of the Porsche managed to fine tune his suspension which
was found to be miles out from one side to the next.
This was to make a vast difference to Dave's weekend
and lap times.
Just as it was 2
weeks ealier, the track was so empty, everyone managed
to get in those nice, fast satisfying laps that you
look forward too. Even the Astra in the hands of Emma
and Clare seemed to be doing its fair share.
Dave was particularly
keen to adjust his turn-in at Quiddelbacher Höhe
where the new tarmac had taken away his lift/brake point,
so much so that 2 weeks before he managed to put a wheel
on the rumble strip twice! This was irrelevant in the
pug as it is flat out anyway!
Dave managed 2 achievements
during the day;
1) Slashing a whole
8 seconds of his best BTG and going under 8.30 for the
2) Managing 200
laps without crashing! Not to be outdone Gary broke
9 mins for the first time in his French clutter. This
reassured the guys that they were back ‘amongst it'
for the year.
Gary who is re-knowned
for his ability to talk to all and sundry in the car
park, restaurant, petrol station, anywhere for that
matter, managed to complete his Top Gear photo set with
a picture with Richard Hammond. He was a really nice
guy and much more approachable than the lanky curly
haired one. Later they had a chat about the 205. Richard
commented on the fact that it looked like a hoot to
drive. Gary made his mind up to let him have a lap in
it if he wanted too.