Just got back and what a weekend of racing, we lost a few races off the programme due to carnage on the mountain.... it bites big time when you get it wrong. Thankfully we had a incident free weekend and improved our times every session, found 12 secs from my first lap to my fastest lap and probably another 5-7 secs still to be found.
The masters session is a there for first timers to Bathurst and is quite handy for learning lines, brake markers , flag points etc. We went behind a MX5 with a decent steerer behind the wheel and followed his lines. First impressions of the track were, plenty of concrete walls and blind corners.
It started badly in the form up grid, I wear perscrpition sunglasses and when I put my helemet on and slide on the sunnies the metal frame broke and didnt have time to get my clear lenses back at the motel. I did qualifying with limited vision but qualified 35 out of 43, very happy as I was expecting to be last
Started badly and was swamped, was running 2nd last but got past a few cars and had a great dice with BMW all race, I kept missing 3rd gear into the chase , had a knob end in a Alfa try to squeeze me on the line and nearly ran me off the road !
Race 2(pissing down -- just like the bathurst when the GTR slid off the track)
I had some dramas with my car in this one, some monkey---me had run the kill switch cable too close to the wiper arm and motor as I was leaving pit lane up mountain straight my wipers stoppped working and suddenly my engine died... what had happened was a clip had worked loose and the cable tangled round the wiper arm loooped round it seized the wiper and killed the engine.... I then had to drive and change gear with one arm, while the other arm held the kill switch on in pelting rain at Bathurst with no wipers!!. I was just trying to keep up on the warm up lap and get round to the pits... I nearly aquaplanned off at the esses beacuse I hadnt been warming the brakes I hit the pedal, panicked and locked the fronts, thankfully I got grip turned and headed straight for the pits. About 12 cars pulled in within 2 laps because the conditions were terrible.
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This race was shortened due to a big accident the race before
I started from last position due to the DNS the race before made a reasonable start but was squeezed at turn 1 and could pass many cars had some great battles with a couple of BMW and a jag.... The highlight of the race for me was I was nearly brave enough to hold it flat through chase curve I finished34th out of 45 cars so very happy, the cars went back on the trailer undamaged and felt a massive sense of achievment to finally race at Bathurst
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What I have learned from the experience is I need a close ratio gearbox, the mountain is fantatsic and if you get the chance race on the track. I will be back with a better knowledge of the track and a car with a few improvements, hoping next time for a low 50 high 40 with the box, a engine freshen( its a import motor which is stock), better tyres and brakes and a slightly more balls out attitude, not too much though the top is scary and it bites hard...
Sharperto Racing-- IP Racing Corollas