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  1. As some of you know I've jumped in with both feet and decided to go proper car racing this year . As a couple of folk have asked how things are going etc I'll keep this thread updated with progress, if it all goes horribly wrong then maybe I won't! Like a lot of you, car racing is something I've always fancied having a pop at. It's never really been the right time, and/or I've never had the right chances, but that changes now. I'm not getting any younger and, frankly, I've been to too many funerals of people my age and less. I figure if I don't do it now I never will. Saloon car racing is really where my interest is and earlier this year I got wind of a Fiesta ST which was going to be available to hire this season. It's owned by a guy I know called Chris Milford and he's off to race for Team Hard in the VAG Trophy this season. His car is a good one and he got some decent results last year, including a win. We came to a pretty relaxed and easy arrangement, including him coaching me as and when he can, and I'm going to try to race the whole season in the car. To get a race licence you need to get a 'go racing' pack from the MSA. Once you've digested the basics it's time for a rudimentary medical and then the ARDS test at the circuit. The test was no problem, our examiner on the day spent a lot of time going over all the relevant things we needed to know and answering questions. A short driving assesment and a written test later and you're a racing driver in waiting! Next step was to buy all the gear. I went to Turner Autosport who are not that far away from me. I wanted to try things on rather than buy mail order. They had everything I needed and gave me a good deal on the whole package, the prices were just as good as buying online. All the gear and no idea I needed to get some seat time pronto. There was a test day organised for Friday 10th March, one week after getting my licence, so I booked that. It was just for a couple of classes of racers and was afternoon only. Nice and quiet on track, 6 x 20 minute sessions with about 20 minutes between. Actually driving the car was pretty intense. I'd never driven it before so was starting from nothing. I think I made a reasonable progression and by the end of the day was lapping about 2 seconds off a winning pace. I did spin a couple of times, purely down to my own mistakes, but I'm glad I did in a way. One less first for me to have. The car has fantastic grip and awesome brakes. I know I'm not braking hard or late enough, that's something for me to work on. I need to concentrate on getting my lines right and developing some consistency and confidence before I actually have to mix it in a race situation. On that note, testing is booked for this Saturday (18th) so I'll be looking to get some improvements then if I can. It'll be a busier session with more cars from more classes, so with a bit of luck I might be able to learn something from others on track as well as from reviewing the in car footage between sessions. Until then.....
  2. I actually had to press him quite hard to sell me the car, it wasn't really his plan at all. I had another car lined up, cheaper, but probably not as good. After a bit of thought it was going to work out better paying a little more for this one and not having to pay for another full on body repair right now. The repairs are already done for me going to Oulton next week. I can get it tarted up later in the year if required. As for the crash, I actually took less kerb than normal and wasn't pushing as hard as I could. I wasn't cruising, but I wasn't flat out either. I think it's been cold tyres on a cold track followed by an over correction. I've had way worse slides down there at higher speeds and driven out of them no problem. I think the one word explanation is inexperience.
  3. Ok, here's the onboard. There's no sound, I think I inadvertently set the camera to mute. I didn't lift off, the rev counter backs me up even if there's no sound. Also, I've just agreed a deal to buy the car I've been racing (and rolling). I'll be back out racing it next weekend at Oulton Park.
  4. Time for another update... The car came back from the bodyshop the Tuesday before race weekend (last weekend) so there was not much time to get it back up and race ready. That said, it was ready for testing on the Friday. Chris, the car's owner, was available that day so it seemed like a good idea for him to take it out for a shakedown first. Over the course of the three sessions we were battling multiple abs issues and also a problem with the cooling fan, but by the end of the day it was pretty much sorted. The Friday sessions were just mixed saloon car groups so I have now had the dubious pleasure of being out on track at the same time as John Cleland in his Vectra touring car. The wee Fiesta is quite quick, but the Vectra passed me like I was going backwards.... Saturday morning had one test session available, so I took that too. Just as well that I did, more abs issues, more fan issues.. Sunday. Race day. We were the first group of the day to be on track, qualifying started at 0830. By 0835 the session had been red flagged because of, wait for it, me upside down in a gravel trap.. I lost the back end going down Duffus Dip, probably over corrected, then slid round the lefthander sideways and onto the grass. By this point I'm a complete passenger, looking out of the drivers side window knowing full well that if I make it to the gravel the car will likely roll. Which it did. Why I lost it I don't know. Cold tyres? Damp track? Fluid on the track? All of the above? Either way, I lost it and failed to catch it. I was unlucky that it rolled, but that seems to be my thing. I don't really know what the damage is - I just went back to the garage, got my bag, and left. The pub was calling and I answered. It doesn't help that the marshals rolled it back onto it's wheels via the pasenger side, that side wasn't damaged until then. No point in arguing the toss about that though. So, like the title says - what could go wrong? Rolling the car seems to be the most common answer so far. I spent the next few days pretty much pissed off and in the huff, not knowing what to do next and whether I should just call it a day. By midweek I'd made a decision, there was only one thing I could really do...... Yes, that's right, I'm going to buy a car instead of renting one and just dig as far into this hole as I can get! News on the car will follow, it's not clear what car I'm going to buy, I have a couple of options. Hopefully I'll get that all agreed today in time to get ready for Oulton Park next Saturday!! I think I may have actually lost the plot. None of these decisions are remotely sensible I'll post the onboard of the crash shortly, I'm waiting on youtube to update an edit.
  5. I know what you mean, I've been on track nights here in the Volvo and been irritated by the racers using it as testing. I did have to make a conscious effort to remember that I wasn't on a test session last week, but it's hard not to just go all out. I wouldn't choose to do it again, but it is a lot cheaper than designated test days..
  6. Joking apart, the mental aspects of racing are something I need to work on as much as the technique. I've done some reading on race specific mind training as well as more general positive thinking and mindset kind of stuff. It sort of sounds like a load of tosh, but to be doing this properly you really need to be fully relaxed and not really thinking about it. It almost needs to be a subconscious act. I'm a long way from there, and may not get there in the time I'll have racing, but I do find it quite interesting.
  7. Doesn't time fly..... Next race meeting is this weekend and I haven't even posted an update about the last one. The last meeting was uneventful, which I guess is good, qualifying starting & finishing in sixth (last of the st class). The crash was actually a little more on my mind than I expected it to be, so getting back in a car (and not crashing it) was probably an important step. Unfortunately the car I was in was not as fast as my other car so there was no way I was going to get anywhere. A race weekend without rolling a car was another worthwhile first so I was happy to take that. Fast forward to last week.... I've been nagging the boss at work to try to arrange some driver coaching for me. With nothing arranged, and with time running out, I managed to get him to sign me on to a track night last week and we took out the car I raced at the last meeting (with a passenger seat) for a little one to one tuition. We didn't have much time, and it was a busy track, but I can definitely see I'm not fast enough. I'm braking too hard and too early, killing the speed of the car. I need to learn to make braking and cornering one transitional action rather than two discrete actions. I also need to man up and just carry more speed, primarily through turn one. That said, it was interesting to see that I was a lot faster through the corners than a lot of track day drivers in faster cars. I see the difference between racers and track day guys now Back to the present day.. The crashed car got back back from the bodyshop yesterday and will be ready for this weekend. It's a really busy meeting which includes old 90s super tourers (volvo s40 anyone?) so testing is limited. I'm hoping to get out on Friday for an initial shakedown and then out again Saturday to get back into it. Qualifying and racing is Sunday. In other news, my entry for Oulton Park on Saturday 17th June is in and confirmed!
  8. Buckle my shoe
  9. Thanks for pointing that out about his YouTube comment thing. I'm clear on this, it was his fault. If I fancied an argument I'd say that by him hitting me he damaged my steering and contributed to my big off. However, I just need to concentrate on going faster - that's what this is all about.
  10. I won't buy you lunch though, that can be your treat to me
  11. Alternatively, anyone from the forum who would like tickets please ask. I have a competitors allowance of tickets
  12. Cheers Chris. I've got to learn not to be so harsh on myself, I see missed opportunities and lack of pace but I guess for my first ever race weekend it was pretty good - apart from binning the car.... I'm peeved there's no footage of the crash. That cost me a lot of money and I'm not going to do a retake in a hurry. Anyway, testing Saturday afternoon in my replacement car then racing Sunday, let's see what that brings! Thanks again for your support and encouragement 👍🏁
  13. Channel 545 on Virgin Yes, I guess finishing is the objective - I particularly don't want to destroy someone else's car, I'll soon run out of people to rent from! Just to add to the mix, another staff member at Knockhill is renting a fiesta for Sunday's meeting so all I'm hearing about is this big showdown between us. The pressure is on....
  14. Well, doesn't time fly.... The next race is a week away and I've had word today that the car won't be ready  - however..... I'm still racing We're going to get another car prepped for race weekend so I'll definitely be out, my entry is in already. I'm not sure what'll be in this coverage, but for those who have motorsport TV (used to be motors TV) the first races are due to be shown on Monday. If they don't have footage of the crash I'll be so pissed off, I ain't doing that again for nowt!
  15. Don't be sorry, you've done nothing wrong. I'm the fool who thought he was doing the right thing by including all the spares with the car, plainly I was wrong. It's a courtesy I'll think long and hard about extending to anyone in future.
  16. Awesome. I should have sold these to Chris when he asked. Silly me.
  17. First off, sorry to see you having an issue of any sort Did I not put two hose clips on that small hose, or was that another hose? I recall that when the water pump failed at Combe we initially suspected a small hose, hence the extra clip as a precaution. I never replaced it as it never leaked, plus the problem turned out to be the pump. The pump might still be under warranty....
  18. I've never bothered with a project thread before, probably because I didn't really want to be reminded how much time and money I spend on old cars, but that changes today... Last week I bought a 2005, 55 plate, 06 model S60R 6 speed manual in Sonic blue. It's a one doctor owner car with full main dealer history, mileage just under 118k at time of purchase. I know doctor owned S60R's are maybe not a good thing... It came up on ebay and was pretty local to me so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be. I've seen the car many times going about Edinburgh, although I don't know the owner. It was traded in to the main dealer against a brand new XC70 and I bought it via an independent trader with contacts at Murray Volvo. It won't be on the road for a week or two while I juggle number plates and insurance policies, but that'll give me time to give it the once over. I didn't inspect it as well as I should have before purchase, but it felt right. I know that isn't scientific, but I had a fair degree of faith that it would be fine. The fact there are service and parts bills for the best part of £2k this year alone showed me that it was still being looked after. The tyres are literally brand new, the timing belt was done in February, etc. etc. I did inspect it and drive it, and I did speak to Tim about a couple of points. I haven't taken any of my own pictures but the ones from the ebay ad are below:
  19. That's the car away to it's new owner It's staying within the forum and this thread may well be used to chart his progress, that way the car's history is all in one place. It's been a great car and I hope it continues to provide great service for years to come.
  20. With regret, I've decided it might be time for me to sell the S60. I have an expensive year ahead and a more economical car might be in order. Also, I'll be getting my track fix in abundance this year and it won't be in the Volvo - so I don't really need something like this right now. I will sell this car for £6000. I *might* entertain a part exchange with a V70 D5 (manual or auto), 163, that has been well maintained. I've tried to tell the story of the car below, but I have no doubt that I'll have missed something. If I remember anything I'll add it on later. My 'project' thread tells the story of the car in my ownership, that thread is here : I have nothing to hide as far as this car goes, and I'm happy to answer any questions. So, off the top of my head....... 2006 model year S60R, first registered 14th November 2005 Sonic Blue, Nordkap leather, manual gearbox MOT expiry 13th October 2017 Current mileage approximately 128k Owned by me since December 2014. One previous owner. Full Volvo dealer history until my ownership. Current registration for MOT/history check is 769WAE, will revert to SK55CDV. I bought this car in December 2014 from a small independent trader who mainly deals in trade in vehicles from Murray Volvo in Edinburgh. It was in excellent condition with excellent history. In my ownership I have had the odd issue, all well documented in my project thread, but the car has wanted for nothing maintenance wise. Every issue that has arisen has been dealt with properly. This isn’t one of those sad R’s that’s never been maintained properly once it’s made it into the hands of ‘enthusiasts’. All maintenance and repair work in my ownership has been carried out by me, Tim, or a Volvo dealer. The car is in good overall condition but is just over 11 years old with nearly 130k miles. I haven’t taken pictures just now as 1) you all know what it looks like, and 2) its winter and the car is filthy and still on it’s winter wheels. I’ll have the car professionally detailed prior to sale and it will be on the summer wheels – 17” genuine pegs fitted with Yokohama AD08R sticky tyres. Apart from maintenance the car has been modified as follows; MTE Stage 2 remap Block shimmed D5 oil cooler VXR injectors Do88 intake pipe Full custom exhaust from turbo back with sports cat Powerflex top engine mount Powerflex ‘strut brace’ bushes Powerflex front wishbone forward bushes Sponge subframe inserts Motul RBF600 brake fluid Carbotech XP10 front & XP8 rear pads Genuine Volvo rear side window blinds & rear screen roller blind I’ll try to list the work done in chronological order; January 2015 Block shimmed, spark plugs, expansion bottle & cap, front & rear discs, rear shoes, TCV, D5 oil cooler, top PCV hose, oil & filter change, wheel alignment February 2015 Bosch S4 battery (D5 spec) April 2015 Wheels powder coated Air con recharged Haldex fluid & filter changed Rear diff fluid changed Angle gear fluid changed Fuel filter changed MTE map applied June 2015 2 VVT pulleys replaced along with cam seals & gaskets November 2015 Oil & filter change December 2015 Rear windscreen replaced April 2016 Do88 intake hose fitted May 2016 Upper engine mount replaced Non return valves changed in PCV June 2016 AD08R 235/45/17 tyres fitted @ 123,421 miles Water pump replaced with genuine parts @ City Motors August 2016 Carbotech XP10 front pads fitted Brake fluid changed to RBF600 Track rod end changed Gear oil changed Oil & filter change September 2016 4 wheel alignment New angle gear & collar New angle gear oil New TCV I have various spare parts which will go with the car; Spare DMS cartridge and dock (digital jukebox) Full set of new genuine brake discs Fuel pressure sensor Original green injectors – professionally refurbished Original downpipe/cat Various brake pad sets MTE softloader Genuine hard boot floor cover
  21. That's the car off to its new owner I hope very much that it gives good service and I'm sure it'll be looked after properly.
  22. Thanks, I appreciate it 👍 I've been over that incident with quite a few people today, experienced instructors and racers, and they all agree. It's racing, the move might have worked for him but it didn't. I shouldn't have allowed myself to have been distracted by it, that won't have helped my focus, but I guess that's down to experience.
  23. It's a plausible excuse so I'm going to use it
  24. Yes, I'm the blue car in front. He came alongside, I was at the extreme left hand side of the track, his course was to the left effectively squeezing me off. We were approaching a right hander, he had no need to move left, if he'd stayed in the middle or the right he'd have made the pass. Forcing other cars off isn't allowed, despite what Jason Plato does, and I held position. We touched, he span. In his defence, as the video shows, his left hand mirror is folded forward and he had no vision down that side. He's said himself that he didn't realise I was there. I feel sorry for him, we sat our Ards course on the same day and it was his first meeting too. I don't feel guilty though, I'd do it exactly the same again.
  25. I'll post up this video without giving my take on what happens, I'm curious to see how it looks to others. This guy is chasing me, I get the chicane wrong and that gives him the chance to try to pass. The drama is at around the 2:30 mark.