Track Day: Brands Hatch GP 04.05.2017


Met James Foard at Brands on Thursday to give me some experience before PBMW Round 2. As it was the GP circuit the day was split into 3 groups of 20 minute sessions each. First session was learning the lines of the GP track. I have done Brands Indy a few times now but the GP bit was all new.

Session 3 and I was picking up the pace. With James in the car, on a damp track, I did a 1:53.6. Happy with that. I am expecting the Top 10 qualification times to be in the 1:50s to 1:51s, so I am on target, as the weight & damp cost us around 1.5 seconds. I will push as hard as I can on the day to get 10th on the grid.

The final session of the day I went out on my own to see if I could replicate everything I had learnt. I had a close race with an E36 that was running in a different race championship. I was actually a lot quicker than him round the back through Westfield and Dingle Bell. We had pretty much the exact same power to weight, and we were level down the straights in terms of raw speed. It was good race experience following a car really closely. In the end after 3 laps he relented and I passed.

Overall the day was productive. I had some major gripes though. It was oversold, overbusy. The group we were in had some frankly hilarious cars on track. Honestly, a Nissan Qashqai!! WTF was that about???? Moron for bringing that on track and then holding people up through the bends, pure dangerous. Next up in the idiot hall of fame was a bog standard Audi A6 Estate??? I was behind him and was flying, put him under pressure, he then goes off into the gravel as shockingly his tank doesn’t corner very well. Darwin Award nomination right there. Then we have all the Red Flag brigade. At Cadwell Park I had to sit through 5 red flags. Here it was 3. And right at the start of my God dam 20 minute session. If you can’t drive keep the f** off the race track. My love for track days has run out. I understand the need for them to be profitable but there surely MUST be a car restriction for the pure nonsense driving around at 15 miles an hour. I come to the track to avoid these slow twats on the road and OMG they have come to the track to drive slowly around HAHAHA, it would be funny if it wasn’t tragic. Other option would be to have a 1 hour slot where fast drivers can book on the day and have a limited number of cars in that slot. If I was lapping with 10 others then it would be good, you want some hot lap time, even if that cost a bit more.

No video for the track day as the RoadHawk camera is now mounted but the passenger chair obscures the view.

Roll on PBMW Round 2 on 21st May.

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