After a nice flight from Gatwick we
arrived at Ring Racing to collect our cars at 12 noon.
We had already asked them to get our cars ready, but
clearly thay had bigger fish to fry with some VLN cars
Oh well, we could at least watch the
VLN race and walked around PG taking pics and talking
At 4pm we went back to ring racing
to collect the cars.....still no one was about. 4.30pm
came and went and a few cars started to appear, but
none of the Kleen gang. Around 4:45 we spotted Uwe who
promised our cars would be ready in 15 mins.
15 mins turned in to 45
My cars appeared first and appeared
to start fine, and had none of the nasty vauxhall engine
rattle from last month.
A quick trip to the apartment, to get
rid of all the tools and rear seats/carpet from the
car, put a litre of oil in and get some petrol.....and
I made it to the track for 6.15. Although the roads
leading up to it were jammed solid as the track was
still not open. I think it finally opened around 6.30.
The first 2 laps I did were just stupid
and we were already queing to get off the track!! Clare
took the 3rd lap, which was a little clearer in terms
of traffic. As the track was still open I hopped in
to the drivers seat, with Jochen taking the passenger
seat. This was a real nice lap where a 968 was following
close behind, I was not sure if he wanted to over take
or not, but I let him past around FP and stayed right
on his bumper. At Kesselchen I kept in pinned and used
the extra 50 bhp to its advantage and drove around him.
He then stayed on my rear bumper for the rest of the
lap. As we were slowing down along Dottinger Hohe, he
pulled along side and gave the thumbs up. It's laps
like this, that make me smile a lot, perfect
I thought this would be the last lap
I completed as my clock was reading 7.27......wrong,
the track was still open. Knowing I was one of the last
cars to go out, I thought I would time a lap. In the
end it was an 8:30 which was not bad considering there
were a few hold ups and it always takes me a while before
I am "in the zone".
The normal evening followed, food and
I was a little latter
getting to the track as I wanted to set up my electronic
moving image device to the bumper of my car. I managed
to do one lap before the first closure of the day, a
mini on its roof just after Wipperman.
After the closure I had a pretty interesting
lap with a german registered Subaru, while I could stay
right behind him easily, when he let me past, I certainly
did not pull away, it was a pretty cool lap, and it
was on video At the barriers I noticed some french clutter
belonging to Gary, time for another lap on camera then
Then came another closure, Clare did
a few laps and it was time for a bit to eat. After lunch
Clare wanted to do some laps, so it was time for a tank
of fuel and another litre of oil. Clare was keen that
we videoed one laps of hers..only at some point I rewound
the tape like a dumbass, and we recorded over part of
the Subaru lap from earlier
I say recorded over part of the lap,
as my rear suspension broke between SX and Amemberg.
Luckily no harm was done to us, or the car. I thought
the bolt had come lose as it had done before, but unfortunatel
for us, the rear mounting point had broken completely.
Bugger, weekend over.