Penultimate round of the Classic Marques Speed Championship at Goodwood this Saturday. It’s free to get in & the championship contenders are going to be there. Hopefully if the outlet arrives today, I should get my MX5 done in time. If it stays dry, it should be tight between me & the S2000s, if wet the Porsches with all their electronics will disappear into the distance.
A bit of a nervous gentle drive down listening for any tell-tale noises of impending doom. The weather was a bit soggy driving over the South Downs but luckily when I got to Goodwood it was bone dry. At the driver’s briefing, we were told 1 practice & 4 timed runs, unfortunately CM only count 3 timed runs so we came to an agreement for 2 practice & 3 timed which was to prove useful.. P1 was a restrained attempt, seeing where the grip was as it was my 1st time on R888Rs at this circuit & was shifting at 6000rpm. Ended up leading the class with a 101.8 which I was really pleased with- I needed to do a 97.7 to justify the tyre change though. I made a bit more of an effort on P2 & used 7000rpm & came over the line in 98.98, ahead of the class outright & on handicap. For T1 I decided to get my prarrie canoe together & go for it. I really was trying & managed to get a good line through Lavant which in turn got me a really high speed down the straight, however, nearly outbraked myself into Woodcote & managed to save it... Over the line with 97.62, a new PB. T2 was going well until I tried to carry too much speed into St Mary’s & had a massive sideways moment- 99 secs I was up on the paddock roof watching the action when my friend sent me a msg saying didn’t I want the last run? prarrie canoe, I’d forgotten! Ran across the paddock & jumped into the car, scooted up to the holding area. For T3 think I benefitted from the tyres being warm as I pushed even harder through the corners & crossed the line with another PB- 97.06 beating the the whole class outright & also on handicap.
JamesMk3: Rear left wheel bearing replaced. What a saga. Can now hear noise coming from front right, and alignment is completely knackered. FML.
Jan 14, 2020 15:04:32 GMT
wannabe: I've had both front bearings replaced on the missus' car over the past few months and it's STILL making a droning noise... lol. Need to check if the mechanic actually replaced the correct one the second time I took it in!!
Jan 15, 2020 11:10:07 GMT
FFS Corders: Are the wheels straight? Buckles can cause a drone
Jan 15, 2020 11:41:07 GMT
wannabe: Hmmm... That's an interesting idea... no wheel wobble on the missus' car, which I would have thought was a strong indicator of being out-of-round, but I guess they could be bent side-to-side..??
Jan 15, 2020 14:34:13 GMT
wannabe: Ooooh, interesting - thanks, Howard. I'll have to get the tyres swapped round to see if it makes a difference! I will be most annoyed if it is tyres, seeing as they are only a few months old...
Jan 17, 2020 1:08:22 GMT
howardb66: If it is the tyres, don’t chuck them away, try getting them shaved.
Jan 17, 2020 12:04:28 GMT
wannabe: That sounds pervy haha.
Jan 18, 2020 18:27:11 GMT
fizbne: More build thread updating wow.
Jan 22, 2020 14:24:03 GMT
V6: I had an education in dampers today. I like expensive ones. Floaty, not bouncy for the win.
Feb 1, 2020 22:03:45 GMT
Zed.: that all depends on what you call 'expensive'
Feb 2, 2020 19:42:58 GMT