corsasport.co.uk
 

Corsa Sport » Message Board » General Chat » My first Mini race weekend


New Topic

New Poll
  Subscribe | Add to Favourites

You are not logged in and may not post or reply to messages. Please log in or create a new account or mail us about fixing an existing one - register@corsasport.co.uk

There are also many more features available when you are logged in such as private messages, buddy list, location services, post search and more.


Author My first Mini race weekend
AK
Member

Registered: 5th Jul 00
Location: Aberdeen City
User status: Offline
9th May 17 at 20:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Had my first race weekend in the Mini now

Second time out in the car (in the dry) for testing, but on a new setup that feels a fair bit different.

Testing went OK, no lap records but just out bedding in brakes/tyres and getting a feel for being in Mini traffic. I was pretty sure it wouldn't phase me, but was still surprised at folk sending it up the inside during testing Good fun though.

Qualifying - I didnt have great expectations but wanted to be mid-pack'ish. I did a couple of 64.0 laps that were enough for 18th on the grid. Not great but not a disaster. Found it hard to either get clear track or latch on to the back of folk. Sure that'll come with seat time.

Race 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1CB6x0VjtM

Race 1 - Started 18th in the middle of the track. Ok start, fun first few laps battling with some of the DSR cars, loosing places through daft over aggressive braking/lines, but able to catch up again to keep it interesting. Safety car out and ballsed that up a bit, and got left behind a bit First ever safety car restart! Caught up with the tail of the pack in front again and continued pestering the 2 DSR cars. Made some stupid attempts at passes braking into Hairpin and over shot the corner - I'm used to better brakes and wasn't quite happy with their inability to pull me up :/ Made an error on the last lap at McIntyres - Caught two cars down duffus and they both slowed a lot for McIntyres, more than I bargained for... cue me running into the back of Mike Courts and busting my rad. Finished 14th but was called up to stewards and penalised for the move (wasn't a move, but prob appeared that way) on Mike. 2.5s time penalty for 'unfair advantage' which dropped me to 15th. Fair enough. Happy with the pass at 11m 20ish though

Some repairs were needed for race 2, so the ALM guys were kept busy whilst also doing an engine change on Dave's BMW! Great effort by them to get everything sorted out in the time available




Race 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYPyZLv7YTM

Race 2 - OK start again, but lost a few places on the opening laps trying to keep out of trouble. Hindsight suggests i was being a bit too 'nice' Things got a bit cloudy and slippy after Taelor nipped by. I think she was spraying oil as the car was coated after the race. Second half of the race was much the same as the first. Able to keep up, but making daft moves that cost more time I need to reign in my enthusiasm I think. No fresh damage, so happy enough despite finishing.... I dont even know where i finished but it wasn't where I wanted to be. Still trying to work out how to drive these things!!

Race 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrRheMfmho

Race 3 - Well...... Great start.... and thats about it. Dom Wheatley had a moment down Duffus and ended up side on at the exit of McIntyres. I came round and collected him unsighted in all the dust and cars. Managed to get a bit of angle on it so it wasnt a straight on T bone, more of a glancing blow. Still.... not great. Anyway.... its fixable.




I dont have any sponsors so this bit will be short

Had a great time, and was good to have ALM (and Fee!) supporting me and working on the car Hopefully I can give them less work and better results next time. Much more seat time needed, but I know I can do 63s If I can just be consistent. I need to go slower I think..... to be quicker.
chris_uk
Premium Member

Avatar

Registered: 8th Jul 03
User status: Offline
10th May 17 at 17:56   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

oops

are your a048's a control tyre?

[Edited on 10-05-2017 by chris_uk]
Ian
Site Administrator

Avatar

Registered: 28th Aug 99
Location: Liverpool
User status: Offline
10th May 17 at 18:13   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Looks fun, must be frustrating when you've got pace but need to keep it slow because of traffic


Corsa B lap belts required
AK
Member

Registered: 5th Jul 00
Location: Aberdeen City
User status: Offline
10th May 17 at 20:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

aye, I'm not as quick as i'd have hoped, but I am quick at certain corners. Great fun

 
New Topic

New Poll

Corsa Sport » Message Board » General Chat » My first Mini race weekend 23 database queries in 0.0149269 seconds