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Even though I`d had a completely trouble free day at Cadwell last month I was still very apprehensive about 2 back to back days at the Nürburgring and then the next day at BilsterBerg. I had no reason to suspect there would be a problem, I was happy with my preparation but I still had those nagging doubts in the back of my mind as we left home and drove across the M62 to the ferry. I don`t really know why I was apprehensive, but I`m always the same and having 3 back to back days of abuse with no time to repair between them meant I knew that any big issue could affect the entire trip.
So far I`ve been very fortunate and despite all the abuse the Golf gets on track, the only overseas day I have been unable to drive was the Nurburgring trackday after 2 days at Spa last year. I realise that I`ve pushed the Golf far beyond what it was designed to do and accept that comes with an increased chance of failures but over the last several years I`ve found and addressed many little issues, several before they even caused a problem and that gave me the confidence to book 3 hard back to back trackdays.
After a trouble free Ferry crossing where we had a relaxing meal and beer followed by a good sleep we made our way across Holland.
Rather than go straight to the Ring we stopped off to see Chris who races in the Youngtimer series in his E30 BMW on the Nürburgring and also at various other European circuits. He had a couple of spare sets of lightly used Hankook slicks that I was picking up off him. I loaded up the Slicks but he owns a Garden centre and Lou couldn`t resist buying some plants she hadn`t seen in the UK before.
When we were close to the Nürburgring I called and had 2 of the slicks mounted onto a spare pair of wheels I`d taken.
We then filled up the jerry cans checked in at the guesthouse.
After unloading the Golf, Lou and Cat walked up the the Lindenhof for beer and to chat with Martin whilst Matt and I made sure the camera SD cards were formatted, unpacked the tyres and plants from the Golf and then walked up to join them. We were going to go to La Lanterna for a beer but Martin recommended a new Italian in Adenau next to the Bredischeid bridge.
The service was good and the Pizza was delicious although there was nothing on the dessert menu that really jumped out at us. Once I came to pay I found out they didn`t accept cards. Thinking nothing of it I drove into Adenau to call at the cash machine, but the town Fest was on and the centre was closed so I had to walk into town instead which was a bit of a pain. We all enjoyed the meal and we wouldn`t hesitate to return.
After we`d finished we popped across to the Comfy Corner to say hi and have some icecream. We`ve been going several times a year for the last 12 years now and it just feels like popping down to the local pub.
After a very leisurely Sunday morning where I actually managed to sleep in for once, we wandered down into Adenau to the Icecafe where we met Steve and Helen. We usually sit inside but it was already very hot so we took the opportunity to sit outside in the shade.
Signing on was at ROTEK as usual and we started setting up at 14:30. We have a streamlined system where we get everything ready for sign on. For once we had finished everything before the first driver turned up to sign on which is unusual as there is usually someone who is very eager to get signed on as soon as they arrive in Nurburg.
The queue for was pretty small and whilst Matt, Claire, Cat and Helen were doing the signing on, Lou and I were on the door welcoming people and checking they had filled in the indemnity forms before they queued. It always surprises me how many regulars still go to queue, then when you ask if they have filled in their form they realise they haven`t and go and do it. At least by intercepting them as the arrive, it saves them queuing only to find they have no paperwork filled in and then have to do it afterwards.
Initially there was a slow trickle of people arriving and they were signed on without needing to queue, but most people seem to arrive within a 30 minute window which invariably means a bit of a wait. As there were 4 people signing them on it didn`t take too long and people were happy to stand and chat whilst waiting anyway.
A rather varied selection of cars parked up outside as the drivers were waiting for the briefing to start.
Darren wisely gave the briefing outside in the sunshine.
Not everyone is a driver, a large number of attendees were passengers but they often hang around for the briefing as they are travelling with the drivers. Once finished, the drivers briefing bands were given out and the unlucky few who arrived after the briefing started were given details of the next drivers briefing the following morning.
Once we had tidied everything away around 30 of us drove down to Adenau and had a very enjoyable evening in the Comfy Corner. Sam and I were giving each other the usual banter about his M3 vs my Golf.
A particular highlight was when he was bringing out his usual argument that my power to weight is better, as if that explains why a MK2 golf is quicker than a top of the line E46 M3. By now Sam had drunk a couple of beers and was getting into this argument. I recalled him saying he had 280hp/ton when we had this discussion last time.
He told us his weight and power and we agreed it was 280HP/Ton
'So Nige, how heavy is your Golf.'
"It is around 996kg, call it 1,000 Sam"
'And how much power do you have ?'
"Around 280 HP."
Sam does then mental calculation, scowls a bit and starts doing it on the phone...
'But that`s 280HP/Ton.. But, er, hang on, let me do this again.'
He punches the number in the phone and comes up with the same number. By now everyone at that end of the table was in hysterics as we all know the Golf is somewhere between 320 and 350HP but Sam was utterly confused and didn't realise what we were laughing at.
"So Sam, we have the same Power to weight. So why am I faster ?"
'Something doesn't make sense here. Give me a minute.....'
I`ve been doing trackdays for over 12 years and in that time I have driven over 2,100 laps of the ring and well over 100 trackdays. It would be fair to say I know what to expect on an event and am pretty comfortable with what I`m doing. Why is it then that I still wake up so bloody early before a trackday ! I woke up at 04:45. That is an hour and fifteen minutes before my alarm was set to go off and once I woke, I just couldn`t get back to sleep !
The nervousness had gone and I was just excited. . Does this ever stop ? I can`t even imagine how early I would be waking up if I ever went racing
After breakfast I drove down to the carpark, unloaded the Golf and dropped the trailer off in the overflow carpark. It was starting to get warm already and it was only 07:15. The forecast was for a hot clear day and tomorrow was to be even hotter.
As usual we spoke to all the drivers who were going out for their sighting laps to remind them of the overtaking rules and I took the Golf out for a sighting lap at 08:40. By the time I arrived at T13 my stomach had settled, the butterflies had gone and I started enjoying myself even though it was at sighting lap pace. After the last trackday nothing had needed doing but it is still pleasing to get that first lap out of the way.
I did 2 back to back laps and then came into the carpark to set the tyre pressures. Once they were dropped to 28psi all round Lou said she wouldn`t mind a lap. This is very unusual as she did not really enjoy her lap at Rockingham. At all.
The sun was already beating down and the track was bone dry so I built up to a good pace almost immediately but kept a gap to any other traffic. We have discussed it since that Rockingham lap and she is OK when it is just me on track but the part she really does not enjoy is if I get close to other cars, even when just overtaking them. The lap turned out to be very clear and we only came across a few other cars on the entire lap, although I suspect me getting air at Pflanzgarten was pushing my luck a little bit
I then took Matt out for a couple of laps where we did our usual lap of talking about what had changed since last time, what felt different and if any changes I'd done had changed how the car was behaving. Absolutely everything was working as expected and by the end of the second lap with him I'd forgotten all about the pre event nerves.
I often find myself with a long list of people wanting passenger laps and I had spoken to Duncan online and then again at the signing on where he'd asked if I would take him for a lap. I explained I was taking Matt out but I would take him when we came back. When we returned I walked round the whole carpark but couldn`t find him so took Cat for a couple instead. I spoke to him later and he had gone for a couple himself and we just ended up being out of sync for the entire day. It always amazed me how often this happens. I arrange to take people out and some issue pops up where I have to do something else and then never have a spare seat when they are available for the rest of the day. We are hopeful we will get him out for that lap in 2018....
Alex had brought his old friend Bob out for the event and they were sharing the driving of Alex`s E36. Bob hadn`t been for several years and was keen to get plenty passenger experiences whilst Alex was out lapping. We had a decent lap which he appeared to really enjoy. By now the cabin was getting very hot indeed. I was warning passengers to avoid the tunnel with their feet as it was so hot. This is all down to the external wastegate I fitted and the pipe from it running close to the tunnel, properly heatshielding it is at the top of the list of jobs I need to do over the winter. I was sweating more than I ever have at the ring before and decided that stopping after every lap to get some fluids inside me and cooldown a little was going to be the best way to get through the day.
I have done plenty trackdays over the years when ambient temperature has been high but this was one of the hottest I can ever recall. I was running a pair of Hankook slicks on the front and the Toyo slicks on the rear. The Hankook`s felt to have stiff sidewalls when I was handling them and that was evident almost immediately on track. The front end was as responsive as it has ever been. So much so that I was actually having to concentrate to move the steering wheel a tiny bit at a time. That only took a lap to get used to but that directness made it a delight to drive. Rather than having to wait a moment after turning the wheel whilst the sidewall flexed and then settled, the Hankooks were far quicker to respond and gave me a lot of confidence when driving. I still have a weird vagueness around the straight ahead yet when wiggling the steering wheel a tiny amount this can be felt if holding the front wheels which I believe is down to steering alignment and I plan to tweak that accordingly.
I wasn`t too surprised when the water level in the expansion tank dropped a little and needed topping up. Even though I was running the cooling fan in the carpark, the water temp still rose to around 100°C after a lap as there just wasn`t the airflow to cool everything down. When opening the bonnet to give everything a once over I was hit by a wave of heat coming from the engine bay. I guessed it had probably spat some water out in the carpark when idling so when it only took 250ml to top up I thought nothing of it.
Back out for a lap with Cat where we had almost no traffic and I put together a very smooth lap which she really enjoyed. I approached the Mini Karussel the water level light flicked on again. I assumed it was an airlock after filling it up before and seeing as I was coming in at the end of the lap I never gave it a second thought and topped it up once I was parked up and it had cooled enough to remove the cap.
I have known Alastair for several years and since I added the Turbo we have been pretty equally matched on many UK circuits. For some reason I`m quite a bit quicker once we are over 110mph the Golf easily closes up and once past 130mph I pull away. We don`t really know quite why this is the case. Power to weight is not that different between the 2 cars but it happened every time we are out together. When we first started doing chase laps he spent far too much time looking in his mirror. Now we always have a chat before we go out and unless the chase car puts on their headlights, we know they are not going to attempt an overtake. We needed to clarify that as with me being FWD and him being RWD, there are certain corners where the lines are quite different and it can appear the chasing car is actually lining up for an overtake when they are just taking a different line into the corner.
We are both very comfortable being followed closely by the other. I had Justin in with me and he was fine with me following close so that's exactly what I did for almost the entire lap. I knew it was a hot day as the oil, water and intake temps started to creep up by the Karussel. This is very unusual when following the Elise, it usually only happens when I am in close formation to a Porsche as they seem the throw a huge amount of heat out of the back but the very high ambient temperatures and lack of time between laps never really gave the Golf a chance to cool down.
A thoroughly enjoyable lap, these are the ones I enjoy the most, close lapping with friends.
At the end of the lap the water warning light was flashing again and it took half a litre to top up this time. I also spilled quite a bit on the floor as you can see.
The amount of water use was concerning so I jacked the car up and checked for leaks. I am very aware of the hazards around dropping fluid on track and even though I only run water with no antifreeze, I will not drive on circuit if I am dropping fluids.
Despite removing the front wheels to have a very good look around the underside of the engine we couldn`t find any signs of water leaking externally at all. I went out again whilst Cat had a lap in the Schirmernator2 with Sam, when he finally turned up..
By now it was after midday and everyone was seeking shade if they weren`t on track.
The Devils Diner was doing a roaring trade in icecream and cool drinks.
People were standing under trees just to keep out of the blazing sun. I need to be careful here, do not for one minute think I am complaining it was sunny, I had a wet trackday back in May and I would take sunshine over that any day of the week but several drivers commented they were struggling to keep temps under control and many drivers were feeling the effects of the heat.
By mid afternoon I had taken loads of people out for laps and Ross, one of Alastairs friends came out for a ride. As we exited the pits a very nice 911 passed on a flying lap. I decided to try and tag onto him. I`ve had laps with this car before and if it is the usual driver, I know we are pretty evenly matched over a lap. I purposefully left it on low boost, if I flick to high it gives me enough of an advantage on the straights to close up a little. I wanted to do that myself without 'cheating' as many of my friends call it. It took me a long time to close up but Ross really enjoyed it even though in a couple of places I started trying that little bit too hard, kallenhard being the most obvious. The only frustration was the datalogger overheated and switching itself off which means no Throttle or RPM traces.
One of the more enjoyable laps of the whole trip but sadly the driver was nowhere to be found in the paddock afterwards. I was looking forward to having a good chat about such a great lap.
Unfortunately it wasn't just me stopping regularly for a cooldown, the Golf was needing a drink after each lap too and the amount it was using was increasing. After a day without a problem, I had an issue and it didn`t look good.
I feared the worst and thought the head gasket was leaking. I had a compression tester and was going to check the cylinders, I was planning to keep running it even if the headgasket was leaking. Worst case was it would damage the cylinder head and block but I have spares of each of those so it was a cost I was willing to bear if it meant I could continue lapping. As soon as it starting running badly, I would stop. Whilst topping the header tank I asked Andy to come so I could bounce some ideas off him. As it was running well
I told him it wasn`t leaking any water externally. The top of the splitter was completely dry, there was no water under the car whatsoever and the only place it could be leaking was internally. I had just finished topping it up when I heard a hiss. Andy and I looked at each other and we heard it again. The noise you get when something wet drops onto something very hot.
I started up the car whilst looking closely and spotted the leak. The water feed to the Turbo was spraying out onto the manifold and instantly vapourising That`s why I couldn`t see a leak !
It was 16:00 and I knew I wouldn`t be lapping again today. Took the car to the carpark near the trailer where all my tools were and started removing the coolant pipe from the Turbo. It was so hot you couldn`t touch the banjo bolt and everything had to be done with pliers and spanners. Whilst I was doing it Adam and the rest of the guys were on hand to offer words of encouragement.
I`m calling it encouragement although some people may have taken the comments a different way
"I wouldn`t do it like that"
"Why are you doing it that way"
"Oh, you think that way is quicker. How strange...."
"haven`t you finished it yet???"
It looked like the Copper washer on the banjo was the leaking as I had reused it so Adam gave me a couple of new ones and we refitted everything, topped up the water and started the engine. It still leaked.
I removed the pipe again whilst they looked on. It was pretty tricky to do as the whole area was still incredibly hot but after much cursing and burned fingers I managed to remove it.
The banjo was leaking from the edge of where the copper washer seats. I have never seen this particular failure before and even now, I don`t know what caused it to split and start leaking. The Banjo was fitted by me 18 months ago and the area where it is split is nowhere near the end that I welded. All I can think it was it was a manufacturing fault and was very thin from the start and it has finally split enough to leak externally.
By now Jorg had ridden up to say hello. He offered to run me up to Nurburg so I could weld up the split. His poor scooter struggled with us 2 on the back of it but it saved walking into the village.
I called into the unit next to Andy and borrowed their welder for 20 seconds and welded over the split. I then filed it back down again to give a flat surface to seat the copper washer. The correct repair would be to replace the banjo, but no one had an M12 handy and I hoped this repair would be good enough for the next couple of days.
After refitting, it still dribbled. We loaded the Golf onto the trailer and drove up to Andy`s unit where I removed it yet again and we measured it with a pair of calipers. My quick file had left the 2 sealing faces at an angle to each other so the copper washer couldn`t seat fully. They need to be parallel to ensure the washer can seat evenly.
By using a variety of files, marker pen to show high spots and the calipers to accurately measure how parallel the faces were we could drawfile the sealing face until we had both faces parallel to within 0.03mm of each other.
Yet again we had an audience and several offers of better ways to do it whilst refitting the pipe to the turbo. The fact they had all had a beer by this time just encouraged them to voice their suggestions . Once it was bolted back together I refilled the coolant system and started it up.
The leak was fixed!
I was hot, sweaty, hungry and everyone else had already gone to the Lindenhof for a drink and a meal. We parked up at the guesthouse, had a 60 second shower and walked up for a well deserved pint. I don`t usually drink when I`m driving the next day but that one pint tasted magnificent. It was still a very pleasant evening so we sat outside and made the most of it.
After eating a burger and relaxing I was feeling pretty good. I had done over 20 laps on a scorching day and what I thought was a major issue was fixed in a couple of hours. Since this trip I bought a spare Banjo and replaced this leaking one and also another spare that I leave on the trailer. It would be very unlikely for this to fail again, but if it did it would be a simple swap. I didn`t have a spare handy which is why repairing the old one took some time.
The forecast for day 2 was even hotter but honestly, I wasn`t bothered. Apart from the ridiculous cabin temps I was confident the car was coping and I was able to relax and just enjoy the evening.
The alarm woke me at 06:00. I was shattered when I went to bed last night and slept straight through which was a pleasant change. I had gone to bed knowing the car was fixed and there were no other issues which is why I probably slept so well.
That is exactly the sky you want to see before a trackday.
After breakfast we unloaded the Golf again and then set about refitting the turbo heatshield. I had a new blanket on order but it hadn't arrived in time so I had used some aluminium to make a shield. We had removed it yesterday to access the banjo and the securing fixings had been damaged. Adam had a steel wrap tool and we used that to secure the shield to the manifold for the trip.
I owe that man a beer.
The 07:30 clouds of yesterday were gone, there was no doubt whatsoever today was going to be even hotter.
Winter cosmetic work is to repair the diffuser strakes and cover the slots in the tailgate where the rear wing bolts in place. The 'temporary' install has been like this for a year now and it looks tatty.
When I finished driving yesterday the front tyres were 29psi HOT. After cooling overnight they had dropped to 16psi. I pumped them back to 23psi cold and then adjusted after the first few sessions. I will probably give Nitrogen filling a try next year as that amount of drop is huge and I wasn't comfortable starting with such low pressures.
The Belgian F1 GP had been at Spa on Sunday and Nico Hulkenberg hired this 911 for some laps on Tuesday. No PR stuff, he just wanted to drive the Nürburgring with no fuss and enjoy some clear fast clear laps.
Matt and I went out to do 2 or 3 laps on the bounce before the day became too hot. 3/4 of the way round the first lap I heard a whooshing noise and the boost pressure dropped. If a hose pops off it drops to zero but this was still showing 0.4Bar. It took about 5 seconds to spot the split turbo boost hose once we returned to the carpark. The jubilee clip had weakened it and the pressure finished it off.
Fortunately, I had a spare 57-51mm silicone reducing elbow in my spares box so it was a simple matter of swapping it over.
That was an old elbow and when I returned to the UK I bought a new one and wrapped the portion that was close to the turbo hotside with silicone coated fibreglass matting to protect it from the radiated heat and the pinching effect of the jubilee clip.
Perfect track conditions, almost no traffic and a car that is running as sweet as it has ever done. Time to try high boost on Dottinger Hohe straight. Under the bridge at 157mph on the pbox but a BMW who had exited the pits was in the middle of the track so I slowed, moved left and passed him into the dip. Wanting to put some distance between myself and someone who quite obviously wasn't using his mirrors, I didn't lift enough after the dip and when I went over the bump going uphill the front wheels spun up. When they landed it stripped the teeth off my 0.795 5th gear.
Used 3rd and 4th for the rest of the lap and when we returned drove to the carpark and removed the wheel and gearbox end cover.
The magnet stuck to the outside of the end casing had picked up a load of fine metal particles and the larger ones were sat in the bottom.
When I strip 5th gear, I certainly strip it properly. When I stripped 5th at Donington a couple of years ago, that was down to low oil level, the design of the gearbox where 5th is the first to be starved and high cornering forces, this time it was simply too much torque applied suddenly.
This time it was completely my fault. I hadn't lifted over the bump, the wheels had come off the ground and being on high boost spun up the wheels and the torque was just too much when it landed. The gears are fine is they are engaged when the power is applied but that sudden zero to full load shock was far in excess of what it was ever designed to cope with.
I usually carry a spare 5th but when I looked in the box it wasn`t there. Couldn`t find it anywhere so ran without it for the rest of the trip. Upon returning home and emptying the X5, I found the spare 5th tucked away in one of the storage lockers in the back of the X5 where I had put it for 'safe keeping'. I'm sure we've all done it, put something in a place that will keep it safe and then can't find the bloody thing when we actually look for it.
I was halfway through removing the damaged 5th gear when the circuit closed for an incident at Ice curve. I used the opportunity to have some lunch whilst the circuit was cleared. When it was about to open Darren joined Cat, Toby and James in the shade ready to check wristbands as the drivers went out.
The carpark was actually full for the first time in 1 and a half days during the closure. It did mean you could have a wander around admiring some of the very well prepared cars and spec your own Porsche should you ever want one. 'I like that colour, but with those wheels and maybe that interior' In the UK I hardly ever see them but on these events they are everywhere.
When the track reopened there was a queue of people wanting to get back on track. I haven't driven a busy lap since I stopped doing TF so I used the opportunity to take Helen for a lap. If you only do TF you will watch this lap and think it's quiet but for a trackday, it was a busy one. After all those years of having to plan an overtake a slightly slower car, it's now almost too easy, especially as for the first half lap I ran it on high boost.
Jochen moved to T13 and typically he snapped me when I ran wide and ended up a long way from the armco. Photos like this show just how much body roll the Golf has. I`m hesitant to change the front ARB as it feels fine from inside the car but I sometimes wonder if it would help.
Steve was finally able to bring the freshly built Cortina out after being let down just before the last event. He never stopped grinning and even though it was running hotter than he'd like it didn't stop him lapping..
It sounded glorious even in the carpark. As soon as he opened the bonnet the attention to detail of the build was obvious.
As I didn't have a 5th gear I was lapping using only 3rd and 4th. The only areas that caused an issue was Flugplatz to SX, the Foxhole, Kesselchen and Pflanzgarten. I feathered the throttle in 4th at 7,100rpm (137 mph) which wasn't ideal but I revved it harder when I built this engine and I know it can take it. The only real downside was it made the sweltering cabin even hotter than usual and I limited my sessions to a lap at a time just so I could hydrate between laps and allowed the car to cool a little.
Standing areas in the shade were at a premium for those having a breather between driving.
If Darren & Jochen have smiles like this during an event, you know it's going very well indeed and Jochen is happy with his photos.
I know I had a split banjo connector and I stripped 5th but honestly I'll take that. In the scheme of things neither were day-ending issues and if I'm going to have an issue they are preferable to a major failure anytime. It burned under 100ml of oil over the entire trip but even after yesterdays drama with the water loss I hadn't needed to top it up after the first heat cycle to remove the air bubbles. The Hankooks were holding up incredibly well and the hard sidewalls gave me the most precise turn in that I've felt for a long time. The gearbox was getting a bit hotter than usual and this was causing the plate diff to open up a bit, spinning the inside wheel out of tight corners where it hadn't done before. A winter modification is a gearbox oil pump and cooler.
Freddie had never been out with me before so he jumped into the Golf whilst Matt sat in with Sam. I never realised but halfway round the roof vent on his side closed and he had no cool air for the 2nd half of the lap. He was absolutely soaking when we climbed out at the end. I still can't keep up with Sam out of the slow corners even with the plate diff. I just run out of traction but in the high speed corners the roles are reversed.
If you want to see the difference High Boost makes, watch at 4:30 when we exit Bergwerk and I flick onto the 1.25Bar setting.
I had heard people talk about the difference when driving in the shade but never really thought about it. As it was so hot today, I really noticed the change when we were driving through the shaded sections of the track. Quite surprising and something I didn't expect to be able to notice.
Then the red lights came on and we drove back to the carpark. Initially I assumed there had been an incident but then looked at the clock and it was the end of the day ! I haven't lost track of time like that for a couple of years which I will take as a very good sign indeed.
I loaded the Golf onto the trailer whilst Lou, Matt and Cat helped pack up and collect the transponders.
Usually this is the part where we park up at the guesthouse, have a shower and then go for a meal and a beer where we all reflect on the previous 2 days.
Instead we popped back to the guesthouse, had a really quick shower then headed off to Bilster Berg for the trackday tomorrow.
I sit down to write these reports and occasionally have to remind myself how far the Pinderwagen has come in the last 10 years. When I first built it as a pretty standard MK2 Golf, I never imagined it would end up here. If I was starting from scratch tomorrow I wouldn`t even build a track car from a MK2 Golf, as it's far too compromised as a platform for me to achieve what I want to. Back in 2007 it was an affordable base, was simple enough that I could work on it and I had nowhere near the expectations or knowledge I do now.
The ongoing development has simply been as a result of me trying to address an area that I thought could be improved upon. Brakes overheating ? Fit better pads and fluid. Still overheating ? Add cooling. High speed instability ? Add a splitter. It never stops but I now understand my development is reaching a plateau where anything I do in future will only be for minimal gains.
I need to keep reminding myself that I should never forget all the hard work I`ve done means I write comments like this without a second thought. "As we exited the pits a very nice 911 passed on a flying lap. I decided to try and tag onto him, I know we are pretty evenly matched over a lap."
This was a mid 7.3x BTG lap with me and a passenger in a MK2 Golf following a 911 and I wrote it without sitting back and appreciating what it actually means. This car pounded round the Ring for 2 days doing over 40 laps in some of the hottest conditions I`ve driven in since I added the Turbo and there were a fair few far newer, standard cars that had much more troublesome mechanical issues than me.
After every session I came back into the carpark with a huge grin on my face and couldn't wait to talk about the lap with my passenger. That is what it's all about for me at the end of the day. Having fun and sharing it with others, this car still delivers that time after time which is why I don't plan on changing it for a few years yet
This is my last Ring trip until 2018 but I shall look back at this trip over the winter and hope that my future trips are as enjoyable as this one.