Caterham Graduate Racing
Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:21 PM
Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:23 PM
Posted 09 March 2017 - 02:45 PM
Agreed on the expense side of things. The cost involved is eye watering. I certainly don't expect to be able to race year after year but hope to be able to track and at least get a couple of races in each year.
What I don't really understand is how race entry is £430 for 15 mins warm up and 2x 20 minute races. You'd have thought that with so many more drivers than a track day plus the entry fee for spectators plus merchandise sales etc. that the cost to the driver could be a lot lower to make grids bigger. Someone somewhere is making a sh*t load of money from people like me!
Posted 09 March 2017 - 03:15 PM
The pre-season track day at Donington was great albeit wet, cold and very very windy but what a brilliant circuit! I wasn't that excited about the GP loop being added in but it was good practice trying to brake down hill from 100mph into a hair pin on a damp slippery circuit whilst balancing brakes and heel/toe on each down shift. I got it wrong more times than I got it right but I was getting there by the end of the day!
Otherwise the craner curves are bloody awesome. Even in less than perfect conditions and with a passenger it can be taken flat in 4th gear in the caterham at (probably) 110mph and you feel the whole car get up on it's toes and moving around, especially while the track was still damp!
For me it was an opportunity to see if I could get on track with real racers in a car I haven't driven very much and not completely embarrass myself. Fortunately I did OK (video below). I was able to pass caterhams in the lower classes, keep up with some of the caterhams in my class and overtaken by some in the class above. Whether this will change come proper testing/racing I guess only time will tell!
One of the aims of the day was to get friends/family to get into the passenger seat and come out in the car and experience what it's like. So first job was to fit a passenger seat. I modified an old race seat and managed to sort out a spare 6-point harness (Batman - I'll get it back in the car for the next VX day!!)
- rear brake light fuse keeps blowing - I think I've sorted this as the reverse switch wiring uses the same loom and was severed and hanging down under the car!
- lower throttle position to aid heel/toe. Having looked at this since the throttle pedal was set in the closest position while brake pedal was set to middle, which explains why I had to brake on my tip toes just to be able to blip the throttle! Hoping the new position feels better on race day!
- bleed brakes- I got long pedal at Donington
- general race prep & checks
Not going to get done before race day (#racing driver excuse):
- corner weighting
- new tyres
On the day the car ran perfectly. We disconnected the rear ARB as it was wet and it really helped traction. Thanks to Stuwy for coming along and helping out!!!
Posted 09 March 2017 - 04:56 PM
I have some photos of the correct positions for the brake pedal (in my car at least) for wet and dry H&T. In the wet obviously you don't press the pedal down as far so the pedal itself needs to be lowered to compensate and allow you to H&T. I can send you the pics if you want them?
Also I wonder if the thermostat think is just a K series thing as mine deffo has one.
Posted 09 March 2017 - 06:48 PM
Posted 13 March 2017 - 03:51 PM
Really interesting to hear how your getting on... keep the thread going
Posted 13 March 2017 - 05:42 PM
Posted 13 March 2017 - 06:32 PM
Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:50 PM
Can anyone spot what's wrong in this picture?
Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:11 PM
Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:17 PM
Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:23 PM
Holly sh*t not good you ok Captain cars can be fixed you must of sh*t yourself ?
Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:47 PM
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