23/11/13 Castle Combe

Mr-P

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We how did we do.

Left home at 6:30 to pickup and meet with others and it was damp, dark and chilly.
As we got closer and closer to the track the temperature kept dropping and the roadside etc got whiter and whiter, no snow just a good heavy frost which also meant some black ice.

We got to Castle Combe track and parked up in an empty paddock apart from 2 other cars and the event organisers. There was a nice shimmer to the tarmac and this proved to be very slippery under foot and the far side of the track had a fine layer of mist.

During the briefing Jensen warned everyone that the track surface was very slippery in places but would improve once the sun woke up and the cars started their laps. Also me concentrated everyones minds when he mentioned the fact that 25 to 30 % of all UK motor circuit incidents happen at "QUARRY" corner.

So off we all went on sighting laps behind one of the organisers and oh was it slippery even at a max speed of 60 mph.

So once the sighting laps where over it was open pit lap and I decided to bite the bullet and be the 3rd car out.
Nothing silly just get some steady laps in and see how the track felt and also to see how the car felt with its new coilovers. As today was the cars last chance if there was no major improvement after the last track outing then it was being outstead from my driveway.

Please to say that the track was getting better by the minute as it started to dry out, although care was need at the chicanes where the M would just light up its tyres. On coming back into the paddock being greeted by my friends all asking "and" "and" to which my passenger for the opening laps just looked and them and said "F***" that's scary and I responded its loads better than before and "ITS NOT FOR SALE"

Tyre pressures where then dropped and we carried on having fun all day and every outing was with a passenger and at one stage early afternoon I paid for some instruction "even though I have been doing track days since 1989 you can always learn something"

It was a great day and the car held its own I did just on 150 track miles and used 2 tanks of fuel, heres to the next one.

Below are a couple of pictures from the day.
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Fantastic pictures! Love the quotes from your passenger...
 
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