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So we had a total of 5 MR2’s on this damp day, not a bad turn out really considering it’s a Friday and the weather was meek.

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First session out, the SlushDub decided after just half a lap, the intercooler hose should no longer be apart of the intake path.

Thanks to BEN77 for the spare hose clamp!
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The best place for a P Plater to be getting to know their car and their limits.
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Red ones go faster!
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Ben found out what happens when you come into a corner too fast in the wet…. Lucky it wasn’t Mt Nebo…
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Graham also found his way off the track, but didn’t bring half the field home…

Eric back in after a session of chasing Excels…
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Goodbye head gasket!
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The main reason why the SlushDub did so many circles…

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This event turned out to be a pretty good event for the first ever Downshift track day, big thumbs up to these guys for organising an event that was not only good for the competitors, but the spectators. The Holden Driver Training facility is a really well setup facility and the Norwell Park Circuit itself is a great designed track with a good mix of high speed corners, switch overs and hair pins.

Well all the preparation work for the TrackDub went well for this event, bar a small wiring problem that reared it’s ugly head 10mins out of town, but it was fixed quick enough.

All ready to go!

Times.
The TrackDub is car D18 on the time sheets.



My best lap of the day was a 1:07.7 during the 3rd session, went to my head in the last few sessions as I tried furiously to beat it, only to end up with over shooting braking points, missing apexes, over steering corner exits and a high speed off track experience on the final corner.

Have a few things to sort out on the TrackDub that are holding it/my potential back.
– Brakes, think I need to do a full system flush again as I think I have air in the lines somewhere, it was causing some insane squirrel braking that proved interesting. Other then that, the Hilux 1″ master cylinder made the brakes pedal feel awesomely better.

– Oil temp / pressure, need to get myself a digital temp and pressure gauges rigged up on the car, I’m getting some pretty crap oil pressure readings and I need to find out if it’s oil related (too thin), heat related (thinning the oil out) or mechanical related (oil pump is rooted).

– Race seat, Recaro seat out of the SlushDub just doesn’t cut it, time to blow some cash on a Sparco Sprint V fixed back seat and throw my harnesses back in. I’m pretty sore today from bracing all day yesterday.

– Tires, I’ve got the R888’s but I really don’t think I’m getting the full potential out of them and I need to learn more about setting them up correctly in regards to pressures. I never get the tires over 60’c (75’c is suppose to be a nice spot for R888’s IIRC), but they definitely felt like they were baking a few times when I was pushing hard. I’m tempted to just buy some Federal 595RS-R’s and do some back to back laps to see how well on the street tires. If my times are similar, I can save some cash by using the street tires and focus on learning to drive better instead of leveraging on a better quality tire.

– Suspension, I’ve got a rear tie rod that has some slop in it, so I need to replace it and I need to finish off my camber plates to allow some better adjustment of camber to allow quick adjustments during a track day. I need to look at my sway bars as well, I think the rear one might have to come off

Till next time!

A couple of weeks later, I received my photo pack from sirck.com.au of the DownShift Track Battle.
Good photos, just none of the good action, except my off at turn 7!













Once again, our trip involved 40+’c heat and thunderstorms that brought traffic to a crawl….
But after 10+ hrs, we made it home!

 

SLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPP……

So it was time to head home… Sadly… We’d met some great people, made a bunch of new friends and had an awesome time on the track, but now we must head home.
We loaded up the cars.

Blessed the AW11 at the Wakefield Shine (front gates), and began the trip home.

Into Goulburn…. For Breakfast, a massage (2 days of laps annihilated my shoulder 🙁 ) and some shopping

And found me a new race helmet

Went and had the R888’s removed from the AW11 and the KU31’s refitted

Then we left Goulburn behind *sniff* and headed to Windsor and Parramatta to catch up with some Toymods members for a Beer O’Clock. I also happened to pick this up from one of the AW11 Anons…

Yep… An AW11 tow bar…

It’s the full circuit today, so…

Fk ups and sketchy moments…
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56mins of full circuit laps..
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You like hellaflush, you like stance? Well fk that ****, this is how it’s done

Started ripping into the R888’s now!

The awesome trophies that Steve organised, and the two Ken took home!

The winners

After the track day, what else is there better to do then pack up your gear, head back to the cabins and get some sleep? Going to the pub, having dinner while talking cars and consuming some beverages, that’s what’s better!

The Hibo Pub has what they call, The Hibo Hero Hot Burger… This meal requires you to sign a waiver of your life and comes with gloves and a glass of milk.

Tree, decided he was man enough to consume this meal… 550+ people have tried, these boards show those who have made it… (Doesn’t say if they have survived though…)

And from here, it was all down hill…

And he quits… Good effort…

The evening continued with more drinking and partying back at the Wakefield Cabins.

Day 3 – Let the Racin’ Begin!

So Much Win…  Just photos for tonight.

















And some videos!

Special Stage!
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Short Circuit Session
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Fly bys on the short circuit
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We made it! Now chilling out in the Cabins at Wakefield Park.

 

Day 2 – Afternoon Update!

Around 3PM, MR2’s started arriving. Trav, Brendon and Ken arrived with Ken’s AW11.

And his insanely wide tires!

Tree and friend arrived at the same time.
Then The Pearl arrived shortly after.

Which after some investigations needed a clutch bleed

Tree was eaten by his car.

And eventually, Steve arrived.

Nearly ready to turn in for the evening to get a good nights sleep before the event (What, sleep before a track day!?!?!?!).

Been an interesting day.
First up, some twat forgot to secure the oil cap correctly…

Amazing how far a 4AGE will go with half a sump full of oil… <facepalm>
Drove 150km with the oil cap sitting on the rocker cover, was only when I gave it a blast at Highfields (Near Toowoomba) that oil ended up on the rear window and gave me a brown moment. Spent 15mins at the car wash “degreasing” the car and engine bay, at least it wont rust in there any time soon…

Pit stop at Glen Innes for fuel and drinks

Another pitstop at Tamworth, no photo due to iPhone, inverter and GPS all over heating. We suffered 44’c temps from Tenterfield to Muswellbrook before running into torrential rain that slowed us down to 40km/h on the highway 😛 TrackDub ran a little hot a few times along the ranges, but that might have been because I was flogging it along to overtake caravans, trucks and grannies in Mazda 6’s.

Now chilling out at Singleton in air conditioning!