TWR GTR 2014

 

The following is a series of photographs and brief notes on everything I’ve done to my GTR and any events I may have participated in during 2014…

 

More to come, so keep watching this space…

 

2010-08-01 Goodwood 01

 

I have now repaired the coolant issues by replacing the header tank and removing the complete air con and heater systems…

 

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And also replacing the battery.  It was time to get another noise test, just to confirm the new Moroso silencers actually work?  I braved the potholes and traffic to drive down to Goowdood on Saturday to blag yet another official noise test – at a GRRC Trackday

 

2014-04-12 Noise Test Results

Max RPM:

6000

dB(A)

8000

dB(A)

3/4 Max RPM

4500

103

6000

N/A

 

This was the actual reading with no allowance for mechanical noise (Goodwood would allow 2-3dB(A) for mid engine cars).  Though the noise test is only valid for the day it is conducted, I am confident mine will pass again in the future.  So some good news at long last, I now finally have an exhaust system that does not rely on any packing, but uses sound deflection/spiral flow to reduce noise without restricting flow, each silencer is rated at 800cfm.  I can now finally use my car on track (105dB(A) or higher limits), which is just as well seeing as I've already entered the GRRC Spring Sprint at Goodwood in May.  Here's what the exhaust looks like;

 

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GRRC Spring Sprint – Goodwood Sat 10th May…

It’s a good job I like to challenge myself as this will be the very first time I’ve driven this car on any track and in competition, a steep learning curve then!!  To make matters even more interesting the weather conditions for practice were far less than desirable, it was extremely wet and windy!  Okay, I could have changed the settings… disconnect the ARB’s, wind the shocks off to full soft, adjust the rear wing and even change the wheels/tyres but I knew the weather was forecast to dry out and frankly, it would have made little difference to my performance in practice, so I decided to stay on the dry settings with the Kumho tyres if for no other reason than to bank the experience on how the car handles on those settings in these conditions for future reference.  I’ve been on a start grid on dry settings and slicks before now and it’s started to chuck it down just before the race starts – there is little worse than not knowing how a car will handle in those circumstances.  As you might expect, there was an amazing variety of cars of all types and disciplines in attendance and some very tough competition for me in my class.  Here’s how the day played out for me…

 

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Courtesy of LuckyP at www.pistonheads.com

Practice:

This would consist of a timed standing start single lap continuing to complete a second lap, which is also timed.  The start was from the pit lane (a new format for this year) and after crossing the finish line, you have to slow very quickly in order to exit the track just past the pit lane (in the race form up area).  “Extreme caution” was the order of the day, especially for a wet practice on dry settings as Goodwood is ‘very’ unforgiving if you come off the circuit, often resulting in serious damage!!  Getting the power down off the line was difficult enough, let alone getting around the corners without incident.  OMG was it slippery or what?!  Daring to carry as much speed as possible through the corners, with plenty of unintentional drifts, slides and sideways moments on nearly every corner and even some straights, it was very scary to say the least!  As a consequence my times were a little slow.  Not a very good start to the day but I didn’t expect much in these conditions and I now had some serious catching up to do??

 

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Courtesy of LuckyP at www.pistonheads.com

First Timed Run:

Thankfully, it stopped raining and dried out in time for everybody’s first timed run.  This would consist of a timed single standing start lap.  As I had a lot of catching up to do, I had to push as hard as I dare whilst still trying to get a feel for the cars handling for the first time in the dry!  I had a little trouble starting the engine and it was coughing and spluttering at low revs, but drove okay at high revs.  The front end seemed quite stable, but the rear felt loose with a little too much over-steer?  Bear in mind my shocks were only set at 25% (10 clicks) all round, anti-roll bars set to stiff on the front and medium on the rear with tyre pressures at 18psi front and 21psi rear with only one lap so little chance to generate much heat!  I was reasonably pleased with my improvement from practice with the move up to 4th in class behind three Nissan GT-R’s.  I decided to leave the settings as they are and just try and get a better feel for the cars handling.  I changed the spark plugs to overcome the poor running at low revs and added a little more fuel for the next run.  I knew I would struggle to close on the GT-R’s and frankly I wasn’t worried, I was there to test the pace of my car and myself, bring the car and myself home in one piece and above all, enjoy the event!  I didn’t care where I finished, so long as I had a good day.  That said, I was of course trying as hard as I dare!!

 

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Courtesy of GeorgeW

Second Timed Run:

I was obviously pushing a little harder this time and as always, the run felt a lot faster than it actually was.  The engine ran faultlessly with the new plugs and my second run was at least a ‘slight’ improvement on the previous run!  That was the competition bit over, but we then had the opportunity to complete additional runs which would not count toward the results.  I needed to add a little more fuel – trying only to carry as much as necessary.  Feeling a little more confident, I decided to take another run in an effort to just practice my lines and corner speeds and see if I could improve on my time.

 

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Courtesy of GeorgeW

Third Timed Run:

I did improve my time despite losing the back end in a ‘very’ big slide through Woodcote corner (before the Chicane) and taking out a marker board on the outside of the track, but managing to gather it up and keep going with thankfully no damage!  It was time to count my blessings and call it a day then.

 

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Courtesy of LuckyP at www.pistonheads.com

My results:

Class D - Road legal cars built after 1979 with engine more than 2000cc

 

Pos

No.

Intermediate

Finish

 

Practice 1

7

24

129.83

250.47

 

 

Pos

No.

64ft

F/Speed

Finish

First Timed Run

4

24

2.93

93

98.42

Second Timed Run

4

24

3.09

95

97.86

 

Pos

No.

Run 1

Run 2

Best

Timed Runs Combined

4

24

98.42

97.86

97.86

 

Pos

No.

Run 1

Run 2

Best

In Order of Overall Time

8

24

98.42

97.86

97.86

 

Pos

No.

64ft

F/Speed

Finish

Additional Timed Run 1

3

24

3.00

97

96.40

 

At least my timed runs were pretty consistent.  I finished a respectable 4th in class and 8th overall.  Not bad for my first time out on track in this car!  I believe there is a lot more performance to come from the car but I need to spend a bit more time on the set up to give me the confidence to carry much more speed through the corners which should improve my lap times considerably.  So in conclusion, a very challenging but successful event which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Thanks to the GRRC/BARC for running a great event despite the weather.  Full results with all competitors listed can be found at… http://tsl-timing.com/?loc=club&season=2014&series=SPRINT&event=club&source=ed_sprint&eventid=141983  Some very nice pictures of mine and many other very special cars in attendance can also be found at… http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=172&t=1405518&mid=6781&nmt=GRRC+Spring+Sprint+at+Goodwood+-+Saturday+10+May  and https://www.flickr.com/photos/helensanders/sets/72157644565255446/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/lynchie999/sets/72157644554312856/  A special thanks to LuckyP and all the enthusiastic PH’ers at www.pistonheads.com braving the weather to provide some very nice photo’s.

 

Here are a few very short video clips courtesy of my son George – wind the volume up as it’s very windy and sorry it’s not much, this was his first attempt…

Wet Practice Finish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGScXUOLyMY

Run1 Start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrN8f6Ti6Yk

Run1 Finish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDntEUbadxo

Run2 Start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZOQhDstRSA

Run2 Finish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shbQg9cC3c8

I do have cameras to mount on the car, but didn’t get around to it due to the weather!  Hopefully next time we’ll have some better on track footage.

 

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Courtesy of LuckyP at www.pistonheads.com

 

Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit Track Day with Gold Track on Mon 08 Sept…

At last, another opportunity to finally get back on track and after some much needed adjustments to the set up of the car following Goodwood.  To be honest, I had already entered this event some 3 months in advance just to be sure of getting the opportunity to drive the new GP circuit at Silverstone.  You couldn’t have wanted for better weather, it was dry, sunny and even warm, like a summers day.  Driving on track was fantastic, a real pleasure.  Obviously, there was the usual vast array of different types of cars from all sorts of disciplines and of course a very wide spread of driver abilities.  That meant you had to keep your wits about you for faster and slower cars on track and obey the rules of the day, which are not at all difficult.  Though with 3.66 miles of fairly wide track in the most part, it wasn’t at all a problem.  With the exception of a little issue with the coolant swirl pot cap not sealing properly – easily resolved – the car ran faultlessly and even handled exceptionally well, providing me with the confidence to carry some reasonably serious speed through the fast corners.  A very rewarding experience, especially in your own car.  I had a great day, really enjoyed myself and can’t wait for the next opportunity.

 

Here’s a selection of video clips from the day – a little something for everybody I hope, enjoy…

 

http://youtu.be/cQ9qBYUkPFc - InCar Cam with passenger

http://youtu.be/Nbhc4qshe1s - InCar Cam with passenger

http://youtu.be/LraGY4Byc2E - InCar Cam Solo

http://youtu.be/VVK72YDkcDc - Green Noble Tux

http://youtu.be/Q-HANxBI584 - Grey White-Orange Noble

http://youtu.be/JwbITAxi_ew - Orange Black Stripe Noble

http://youtu.be/h6I7JcxRHmg - White Ferrari GT Race Car

http://youtu.be/hExW3-HuBEg - D Type Jag

http://youtu.be/GdcDsQchAQ4 - Red Grey JP1

http://youtu.be/Hh-ghtQb5fY - Red Noble

http://youtu.be/6BIf_pREvk8 - Classic Porsche 911

http://youtu.be/zUoFYhuQj1c - Radical & Lambo GT Race Cars

http://youtu.be/s_pAPtYSkkc - White Ferrari GT Race Car

http://youtu.be/nZ8irATlo9c - Solo All 3 Cams

 

 

 

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Goodwood Vee (wet) Power Sunday Breakfast Club on 02 Nov…

Having braved the weather in the Ultima GTR, the drive down was okay as it only started to rain heavily as we approached Goodwood having arrived in good time at around 7:40am, got straight in with no delays... then the heavens really opened up!!  Great turn out despite the weather and some very impressive machines.  The drive back was anything but okay, the car developed a miss-fire on any number of cylinders, popping and banging and even cutting out at low speeds - as if the weather wasn't enough to cope driving with?  Thought it may be down to getting extremely wet - seemed electrical?  Had to stop in-between biblical showers, dry out the inside of the dizzy cap, let things cool down and it seemed okay, but then started again much closer to home?  Had everything electrical running, wipers, headlights, blower (for what it’s worth)!  Symptoms were akin to the coil failing - some investigating to do over the winter then.  Even though we had an eventful journey back, we did make it home and did enjoy the event.  Thanks to all who also braved the weather to show off their pride and joy and to Rob for taking a picture of my car.

 

Courtesy of Mr Jenks at www.pistonheads.com

 

That’s it for 2014, an eventful year for me in many ways, especially finally getting the TWR Ultima GTR on track at last!  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

 

 

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