After a boys weekend away last week,
Clare was feeling a little left out so, Dave managed
to plan a meeting in Germany for the Monday which would
allow time for a quick visit to the 'ring.
The week before consisted of making
sure the car was ready and that included some spare
front pads and a new set of rear tyres to match the
When they got near Dover there was
massive traffic problems starting around 1 mile from
the end of the M20. This traffic jam was still apparent
on our return, not sure if it is caused by the schools
breaking up or the extra checks taking place, but the
best advice would be to use the A2. After leaving plenty
of time they were 5 minutes late checking in for their
ferry, but a little bit of sweet talking and Clare fluttering
her eye lashes got us on the ferry we had booked. The
check-in clerk made Clare and Dave laugh when he was
handed the booking details and passports, he told them
"I don't want those [passports], the frogs should
have checked them!". How very PC.!
The ferry was also a little late docking,
but they were on the E40 by 12 noon. After a conversation
with Ross and Euan, Dave thought he would give the E42
a try instead of the "road to hell". This
route saved 15 min on the journey time, so is definitely
recommended, even with a diversion which was far from
clear to follow.
They were staying at the Jung Stroof
for this weekend, so the bags were dumped and a jar
or Marmite was delivered to Karl, although he was in
the pub, so a cup of coffee with Claire was enjoyed.
As usual for Saturday evenings, the
track opened later the planned at 5.50pm so Clare and
Dave went out and did a couple of sighting laps each
and get familiar with the car on new tyres. During Dave's
2nd lap, he had a good lap following a German Integra.
After a fairly even lap, Dave finally overtook him just
before Stielstreke as he kept a higher speed through
Mutkurve. Nothing more was thought of him until a Mercedes
held Dave up at Hohe Acht, and the Integra was right
behind the Clio again. He was right on it's tail through
Wipperman before having the mother of all tankslappers!
Both Dave and Clare really thought he had lost it, and
in fact slowed down to watch it all in the mirrors!
The track was closed on return to the car park.
After a short closure the track reopened
and Dave and Clare thought they should have enough time
for one more lap each. In fact Clare managed to sneak
in 1 more on what was to be interesting lap to say the
least! A British GT3RS was very close behind her though
Fucshore and it pressured her take it faster than ever
before! Quite how she kept the car on the Black stuff
after the fast right is anyone's guess! After Adenau
Forst it looked as it the GT3RS was about to overtake
Clare on the right resulting in some colourful language
in both cars! Dave managed to grab a word with the driver
in the car park and clear up any "misunderstanding"
they may have had.
The day was finished with a nice meal
in the Pistenklause, followed with some beers in the
Lindenhoff with Soren and Johannes.
Clare, as keen as mustard was awake
at 7am and was desperate to have breakfast so that no
track time would be missed! Dave began to wonder just
what had he created! Before they went to the track,
they filled up with petrol and tried a slightly higher
tyre pressures (up 3psi) to reduce some of the instability
the new tyres were giving.
The Clio got to the completely empty
car park at 8.15am and Clare went straight out and did
a sighting lap, and then Dave did 2 laps. The tyres
were certainly feeling a lot better, not great, but
After a short break, Clare followed
Karl around for a couple of laps and were both held
up by an Austrian Porsche driver who did little to let
the Golf and Clio pass. Later, Dave took the 'Kellogs
accountant' out for a lap and then Dave and Clare took
it in turns to do 2 laps each on a really nice clear
track. During one of these laps, Clare was timed and
she did a very respectable 9.22 with some traffic. During
one of Dave's laps, he followed 2 bikers in to Breidscheid
only to watch one of them "do a Ross". Fortunately
he went in to the tyres very slowly and got straight
Lunch was taken at the Pizza place
on the 257, although this turned out to be at the wrong
time because the track was closed when they returned.
It opened 20 mins later, but closed after one lap due
to 4 crashed bikes and a car around Wipperman. The track
was closed for over an hour, with the ADAC helicopter
flying over the car park.
By the time the track reopened, the
rain had started and Clare went out to do a lap with
Dan the Man following in his DC5 Integra Type R. It
was raining at all sections of the track, but there
was still some grip around, but the rain on the windscreen
made Dave feel rather uncomfortable!
By the time Dave went out for a lap
the track was pretty well soaked, although he thought
he would drive around anyway because he could! On the
2nd of the slow wet laps, Dave and Clare came around
Schwedenkreuz to find a red Peugeot 205 GTi on it's
side in the Aremburg gravel trap. They stopped just
before the bridge and ran to help the owner push the
car back on its wheels. As they got near, they could
see there was still someone else in the car who was
still trying to get out - it was the driver's girlfriend.
When she finally emerged Dave was expecting her to be
quite distressed, but instead she was laughing hysterically!!
He was both impressed and dissapointed at the red 3
series that came around the corner sideways as we were
putting the car on it's wheels. Impressed that he held
such a nice drift, unimpressed that he did it at that
After a few more laps it was obviously
not going to clear up, so they made a move at 5pm to
drive to Bielefeld.