Better tell Steve the driver here not to go through turn 1 in 5th then, not me, I'm just observing. And as I was faster around Lakeside than you and Jason plus the experience of knowing how the faster still blokes like Neville in a 260Z went I think my comments have some validity.
260Z /280 Z. 2 Seater - Race, Tarmac, Rally Or Road
Posted 16 June 2016 - 09:11 AM
From what I can see, Steve drove extremely well.
Can't we just enjoy the vids without giving driving tips?
We don't know what the condition of the poor old 195/60/14 r-rated tyres were.
We don't know what were around and behind him, often how you drive in a race depend on the cars in front, besides and behind you. It's a race of 30+ cars and not a sprint.
Posted 16 June 2016 - 08:13 PM
Jason any links you have would be helpful. will pass them on.
Richo, i'll be sure to introduce him to this forum, and the prior posts about elegibility of parts etc.
Posted 16 June 2016 - 08:51 PM
And referencing two cars that have no comparison, one a turbocharged V6 Sports Sedan, the other a 4.1 litre Sports Sedan!
Neither of which actually race, let alone have experienced EC T1 ! ( sphincter pucker suction marks on seat bases ! )
Prior to Retro, Steve did a test day at EC to dial into it, got a text from him, he was very pleased, and improved his PB by some 4 secnds!
Years of Group S Alfa racing certainly shows experience and ability to give it some, and push it hard, as seen by a few touches of oppy lock!
Bloody good to see it going hard!
Brett, James F and I have spoken plenty re the elegibilty of stuff, and getting stuff accepted, we just have to use what we can
Noticed the ex Rob Switzer Black/Silver ( recently Gp S Lgbooked, but not raced) 260 was running regularity in the hands of Kyle Alford ( Donut Tony's young fella) hopefully he'll move up into Group S ranks!
Posted 17 June 2016 - 09:38 AM
thanks fore the comments re the turn one at EC gear used. The car was 100rpm off the rev limiter at the 50m mark. I gave the brakes a gentle brush and gently trail braked to just short of the apex - trying to save the brakes for turn 2. The car felt like 4th was too low to use here - not too sure though and I will try an a practice day using 4th. Also the front right tyre was shagged all weekend - I actually had to use badly scuffed backs each race and managed to destroy five front right tyres (two ended on canvas). The biggest issue was understeer going in at turn 5 and the old turn 9; the ARDC insist that if all four wheels cross the outside line then a 5 sec penalty applies. The Shelby in front of me earned 35 sec penalty in the last race. The oversteer coming out of 4 and 9 was easy to control and perhaps was a function of a big right foot with a lot of lock on. I played with tyre pressures at the front and what I though were ridiculously low pressures seem to work better, but by the time I worked this out the track temps had dropped and the tyres back and front were very sad. By the way the brake issue is interesting - I warped a set on Friday practice and cracked a set on Saturday. Had to get a little less enthusiastic on Sunday and the brakes held up in the two long races.
Posted 17 June 2016 - 11:28 AM
Jason, forgot to mention my fastest lap was in the last race - tyres buggered. Looks like there might be more in the car if I can get the driver to come good earlier.
Posted 17 June 2016 - 03:29 PM
Just a bit more footage from the weekend from another Z, in Regularity. The chap in the E type was lucky to escape with a tiny bit of blue paint on his front guard after the Mustang apparently blew his clutch!
Posted 18 June 2016 - 09:12 PM
Posted 19 June 2016 - 12:48 PM
I discovered after the event that some porkers are known to lift mid corner to balk the guy behind. Doesn't work for me as I wasn't ready and had the peddle flat to the floor.
Posted 19 June 2016 - 01:06 PM
Geoff. Was that an original Broadspeed Mini you passed on the last corner of the last lap?
Posted 19 June 2016 - 02:28 PM
I believe so Peter, I think it was supposed to be the ex Laurie Stewart car.
Posted 19 June 2016 - 03:39 PM
I recall seeing that race at Catalina... that must be a good 5-6 years ago I'd reckon!
Posted 19 June 2016 - 04:08 PM
Posted 19 June 2016 - 06:31 PM
That Mustang looks like it has a heap of power, I can just imagine how it quick it would be if it actually had a decent driver in it.
Posted 19 June 2016 - 07:42 PM
It needs to be kept in perspective, it is Regularity not racing and the Mustang (and the blue one and the E type) had nominated slower times than me but on the Saturday they didn't grid us according to our nominated times and as such I had to start behind them. The Mustang is the genuine Shelby article and worth quite a bit more than my old Z that I drive to and from the track!
Posted 19 June 2016 - 07:57 PM
The Mustang looks like a nice car don't get me wrong. But after watching a few of those videos, granted the Mustang is much heavier than the Z and it is not going to corner as fast, but the driver is constantly missing the Apex, and not driving the line. All I'm saying is that I think that maybe if you swapped cars with him, I think the Mustang would lead the pack by a long way.
Posted 19 June 2016 - 08:15 PM
Ha ha thanks Jeff I appreciate your sentiments, I think you might need to put Stevez in it he is younger than me:)
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Posted 09 July 2016 - 06:44 PM
Knew about the shmoo on the guard, didnt know the door had been kissed!
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