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#101 OFFLINE   Mizen

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 04:21 AM

Living the dream at times - now with the race budget wiped out, having a disposable income (thus 1:18 fund!) about the same as my early 20s and maximising 0% interest rate credit card deals in order to fund that new engine it doesnt feel like it... but , it's worth it in end, definitely.

All interest in fast road cars wiped out now as well, I've noticed the other racers I know all drive crap cars and I totally get it.  The 1M stays because it's appreciating in value, but it doesn't get driven much,. The Clio 182 Trophy am looking to swap for an R129 Mercedes SL500..... much more appropriate for those long trips to circuits :)  

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 04:27 AM

On F1 - difficult subject.  They made the move to turbos because of the manufactures. Without manufacturer money the sport is dead, or at least, dramatically different to today.  Less money from them means funding from TV and sponsors only, and would that same money be available if F1 were all privateers and off the shelf race engines?   Without a more "commercially relevant" engine spec, Renault would have pulled out, Honda would not have joined, and would Mercedes be happy just to compete with Ferrari? Doubtful.

They definitely messed it up and made them too complex though - and way too expensive. The 3 new teams joined back in 2010 or so on the promise of a £40m cost cap - no way was that ever going to happen.  I remain an eternal optimist, and hope that next year's dramatic looking regs with wider tyres and smaller wings will help the show - best thing I think they can do with the engines is just not change them for years and years and let the inevitable improvements in technology and manufacturing bring those prices down.   A new engine spec just means millions more for teams to spend......
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Posted 15 September 2016 - 05:02 PM

Quick update - the engine rebuild is nearly done. You can do the really cheap option and get an old Duratec from a scrap yard and bolt the go-faster bits like the throttle bodies and dry sump on (seen someone podium doing that), the normal option and get a crate engine and refit, or the premium option and make all changes permissible in the regulations.  Went for the latter of course, but no performance gain - just more durability.

Whilst the engine was out the other jobs mount up. A section of the floor where the rad sits was a few hundred miles away from collapsing, and the other side was sagging under the weight of the oil tank, so new carbon-fibre pieces added - more durability, bit less weight, and whilst I'm only up to chapter 3 of competition car aerodynamics, a know at least that a flatter floor is a good thing!   Also replacing the clutch, getting the shocks checked on the dyno, and finally getting a proper seat made in a couple of weeks.

Target is to test as Castle Combe on October 6th, and Silverstone International October 14th - both tracks I have plenty of data from, so can check the benefits or otherwise of this rather big bill properly.

Road car strategy completely changed - Clio 182 Trophy will shortly be swapped for an R129 Mercedes SL500 for comfy long range cruising to circuits and Le Mans;  BMW 1M up for sale to be swapped for a sensible Dad Bus, to free up money for more racing.  It's addictive.  Expensive, and addictive! :)

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 02:44 PM

Jesus mate you don't do  things by halves.

Hope it all comes together and you are back on track soon!

All the best

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 08:30 AM

No driving update, but an update of sorts.  I got talking with Niels Heusinkveld (those sim racers here likely to know his name - bit of a general sim race legend:  physics developer, and component manufacturer) a while back about a simulator model of my car.  Whilst it wouldn't have been economical for him to build a model just for me, we worked out an arrangement where the MCR could be added to the simulator title "Automobilista", and sold to the general public.

Lots of data exchanged from my car, and loads more data from Swansea University from their MCR, and it's about to go live.   Is an incredible project, and ironically enough getting this sorted out is the thing I'm most proud of in this debut season. It looks and sounds fantastic from this youtube, goes live soon so can't wait to try it out...

https://www.youtube....h?v=f1e8-UZ3P4A

For the real car, hopefully back testing next Friday (7th) at Silverstone....

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:21 PM

Are you still active on here Mizen?  Haven't seen any updates in a while...

On the off-chance you still look in, your Club 100 article popped up on my Facebook feed earlier, a friend had liked it and obviously I recognised the car. Congratulations on the last two signatures on your licence - and some strong results.  Hope to see you updating again soon.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 12:18 PM

Hi Dave - sorry, i must have missed this post before.  Been less active recently as work has the Le Mans collection is nearly "collected" so pace of additions has slowed - plus work and playing with new found 3D printer toy means have had less time.

Still racing - but since last update has been a very very frustrating time.  Everything has broken, basically. So far this season after new engine install:

- DNF in both races at Silverstone International after a £3.90 spring broke within the gearbox so I couldn't change gear. Qualified 4.5 seconds quicker in P9 than my debut 12 months earlier.

- DNF at Cadwell Park after a decent qualifying of 8th place after my exhaust fell off again. I remember thinking "ooo look, somebody has lost an exhaust - they'll be getting a black flag". Followed by "hang on, my car sounds different". Following by a swearword. Lost 90% of testing also with an electrical issue, Nightmare weekend.   This left me still needing two signatures to get an A license and race Spa, and two chances at Oulton Park to get them.  Which was too much risk, so..

.... had a successful weekend at Snetterton!  Entered an "all comers" race, and had an excellent battle with a Radical SR1 on slicks in two races. Lost by 0.5 seconds in both cases, but in the second race especially the lead swapped loads of times. I'd get him on corners; he'd get me on the straights. Got to have champagne on the podium, be interviewed, and feel like a proper racing driver.

- Then Oulton Park which is an amazing circuit. Qualified best ever P6 also.  But - broke a wishbone at 110mph and somehow got the car down an escape road safely, and avoiding damage (to me, or more importantly - the car).  Got out in race 2 and had some fun from the back overtaking 20 odd slower cars.

- And then Spa - a bittersweet weekend. Work stopped me from testing there, so straight out into qualifying and just didn't have the time to get comfortable, and sadly didn't have balls to take Eau Rouge flat.  qualified 17 from 52. But - I spent hours on youtube and with data and I *know* i could have found many seconds and also taken the big one flat out.   Next day on the assembly lap for Race 1, i noticed my feet slipping on the pedals - looking down to see the cockpit full of fuel. Never a good thing - drove back in 5th with one hand on the fire extinguisher!  Mechanic worked literally all night to patch the leak, and I got out in race 2 - but track was wet, and call to use wets was wrong one (51 of the 52 drivers made the same call however!), as it dried rapidly. Had fun - overtook 22 cars, but still only 17th in the end. Such a shame didn't get to do race 1.

And then it *should* be Castle Combe this weekend, but - the work to fix the fuel tank properly has been huge, and the car is prepped at a workshop near Silverstone, and the GP means the place locks down for the weekend so my mechanic (he prefers "race engineer!") struggles to even get to the car, let alone fix it. So - we're out.

On the bright side, I am qualifying well, and as everything has broken now - there really isn't much left to break. So car should be better going forward.  Last close-season we focused on weight lost and more data sensors, and we took 20kg out with lots of carbon fibre - this close season  a total but and bolt rebuild to make those DNFs go away.

Next race will be another All Comers weekend at Snet on August 12th/13th - 4 races, and a good chance of winning as short of a Radial SR3 /PR6 there isn't another close wheel car that can really touch an MCR at club level.

Then Brands GP on September 10th - and then, budget has gone! :)
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 02:09 AM

Next update, as for once I've had a run of better luck and also have won a race!

After the disappointment of missing out on Castle Combe I entered an MSVR "All Comers" race weekend at Snetterton 300.  The format is excellent - basically, if it's closed wheel and meets MSA bluebook standards (protection, fire extinguisher, etc) it can race. In the regs it pretty much says you can run a bus if you want!  Any fears on driving standards didn't materialise at all - these races more at the amateur end of the scale, or people testing, so there was a lot of respect on track - good as i was 35 seconds a lap faster than the slowest car!

Got a P2 and P3 on Day 1. Both races won by a heavily modified Radical OSS car with a new driver - that thing was nearly F3 pace, so even with a rookie it was still comfortably faster than the lap record for my car.  My car is much more closely matched with the other Radical in the race - an SR1 with slicks and modified aero, i beat him race 1, he beat me race 2.  Same car i battled with in May.  Quick on the straights, slower than me in corners.

On day 2 got my first win!  Came in 12 seconds ahead of the Radical, and also on the Sunday qualified P1 with a 1:59.4 - a good second quicker than my best at Snet last year, despite ancient tyres.  Final race a P2 as the tyres were nearly down to canvas, and just couldn't find the grip and he got away after a lap 1 spin.

Those All Comers races are great because they cost nearly the same as testing, but whilst on paper you might get more track time testing - you never do.  Red flags are common, and I rarely do a full 30 min session in testing (come in for a breather!), whereas in All Comers - every 20 min session is under 100% race conditions.

.... all of which was good prep for returning to Snetterton 300 again for my proper Sports 2000 series.  On new tyres, I did the single fastest lap of my career so far - a 1:56.5, which is within 101.5% of the lap record, and good enough for P5 on the grid with all the fast boys turning up (have a P6 before, but a few key names missing). Lap was also the 2nd fastest MCR behind the champion. Still got 1.5 seconds to find to match him, but likely 0.5 of that is in my car (older, heavier) - the rest, is just pure talent and balls.

I got boxed at the start and did my usual awful start, but recovered from 12th to finish best ever P7.  Best part i think is now some of the other drivers who would normally say "hello" and that's it, were talking to me as an actual peer level racing driver...

One more race to go at Brands GP for a solo 50 min endurance.  Never driven the circuit or driven the car for nearly an hour so going in with "managed expectations".  Now i'm pushing the car properly in high downforce corners it's physically getting harder - couldnt life my left arm properly for 2 days after Snet!

After Brands the car will miss the final race of the season at the Formula Ford Festival, as it desperately needs a complete strip down and rebuild to stop those little niggles from causing DNFs.  At the All Comers race the rad sprang a leak in the final few laps, and at last weekend's race the clutch had gone completely by the final lap - so whilst it's finished now 6 races in a now, in each it's been close to DNF-ing again...

Couple of videos from Snet:

https://www.youtube....MfUQ7XmG0&t=27s

https://www.youtube....CL5Atfw6K8&t=8s
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:18 PM

Final 2017 update as car off the road for a full rebuild for now for 2018, so missing final race at the Formula Ford Festival (will watch it instead - still one of the world's biggest races).

Did Brands GP Enduro - and P5, with third in class and first Sports 2000 trophy.

A crazy race - i was one of 3 from ~25 cars to gamble on wet tyres from the start. spent 10 mins or so completely destroying £700 worth of tyres on a dry track, and then the rain all my weather research said was coming, came. Not quite heavy enough to take out the absurdly brave leaders who kept bashing on with slicks (although both were lucky to keep cars goings after spins), but enough to get me from P18 back to P5. Most fun behind the wheel ever.

So - season started badly, and ended well. And results every time i finish get better. Roll on 2018.

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