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Let's get 2014 in full swing, we have our initial dates up:

 

EventLocationDateSound Limit What is this?Format
Fast February Curborough Sprint Course Saturday, 22nd Feb 2014
(1 month away)
105db Open Pitlane Read more about this event at Curborough Sprint Course
Easter Eggstravaganza! Curborough Sprint Course Saturday, 19th Apr 2014
(3 months away)
105db Open Pitlane Read more about this event at Curborough Sprint Course

We will also be bringing you information on Paul's participation in the puma Cup. Details to follow soon!

 The wait is over our new dates have been announced!

 

EventLocationDateSound Limit What is this?Format
Valentines trackday Curborough Sprint Course Saturday, 16th Feb 2013
(2 weeks away)
105db open pitlane Read more about this event at Curborough Sprint Course
March Madness Curborough Sprint Course Saturday, 23rd Mar 2013
(2 months away)
105db open pitlane Read more about this event at Curborough Sprint Course
May the fourth be with you............. Curborough Sprint Course Saturday, 4th May 2013
(4 months away)
105db open pitlane Read more about this event at Curborough Sprint Course
Llandow Lunacy Date TBC Llandow Circuit Thursday, 13th Jun 2013
(5 months away)

We are very pleased to announce we will be returning to the fantastic Lalndow circuit this year!

 

Ignis Sport at Castle Combe Showing Promise

 

After fixing the car from the last round at Castle Donington, we had the tracking and set up checked by EMC motorsport in Birmingham ready for 2 more races but this time at Castle Combe Circuit on Sunday 17th in the Nippon Challenge.

 

We arrived about 6.30pm on Saturday night and it was raining hard, we waited for a space to appear from the Lotus teams that had raced that day.

 

Sunday morning the sun was out, but still very damp, so we left the Federal road tyres on and qualified 20th on the grid. The track had now dried out, so we changed to semi-slicks. We had a great start in the first race, kept swapping places with an Mr2 and gained me some space, finishing in 16th with a good lap time of 1.26:129.Came 4th in my gt150 class which was great, I was very pleased and felt a lot happier with the set up and gained lots more confidence in our Part-box.com Ignis sport.

We fitted our new key fob spy camera to the dashboard; with just a mobile phone memory card we were able to gain some footage of race 2 before the 1 GB memory card was full.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In race 2 I did not get a good start on the outside lost a few places, but did o.k. had a great race with another MR2, which was holding me up.

Short clip Watch on YouTube

Tried very hard to overtake at every opportunity…. late braking and with greater corner speeds, to try and pass, but did not have the grunt to make the move stick. I finished 16th again overall and 6th in my class, so was very happy with my new found trust in this funky little car.

I will be at Silverstone Circuit in July so need some extra power for the straights, hope you enjoyed this write up has much as I did taking part.

 

Paul Dolan

 

 

Co-ordSport’s Budget Racer completes 1st Race

Well guys, as you may know I had my first race in the Ignis on Sunday 20th May
It was a battle to get the car ready but we got there in the end……after many late nights we were ready to back up the Superstars at Donnington.

The scrutineering was funny, was asked for the fog light and I had no idea…. we found it behind the roll cage, the scrutineer was taking the micky out of me for leaving the rear wiper on.
We hired a lap timer, another £30; got new tyres fitted and put them on the car….. which looked great!!!

We were called to the circuit and queued up ready to start our 15 minute qually, the circuit is just over 2 miles long, so we would only get 6 or 7 laps to get 3 qualifying laps in.
My first lap, on new slick tyres and a car I had never driven full chat before with its new set up …to say the least was a handful!!! getting the tail out at every corner it seemed ….too late for adjustment now so carried on, on the 3rd lap managed to spin the Ignis 2 full 360 turns, lucky to be pointing the correct way …set off again for my 3 timed lap which I managed after knowing now what to expect………

Back in the pits after 15 minutes qually, we checked the car and decided to soften the rear dampers and stiffen the front by 4 turns each.
The time did seem to drag after this, but we had fuelled up and double checked everything twice.
Our Part-box.com Ignis Sport was again lined up to have a single warm up lap and then ready to line up on the grid.
I had just stopped at the rear of the grid and the 5 red lights were up and out and we were off, I had an ok start and set off down the straight.
The first 2 laps were a little close, 3 abreast a couple of times, which even now is something you would be shocked at, wing mirror to wing mirror at 90mph going into corners!!!.
I lost a place and made it up again and managed to get past another and another, only because of altering the damping rate after qually …our 115hp Ignis was cornering great and had some great runs out of corners, made some stick but on the long straights our 1.5ltr Ignis was bait to all bigger powered cars.
In the end we came 13th out of the 18 cars in our class GT150, which made my day.
This put our Ignis higher up in the grid for the second race which was short lived after a manoeuvre to stop being hit by a broad sided Hyundai taking me out at the hairpin put me wide and on the grass … which worked until I was taken out by another Hyundai making it back on the circuit
So it was all over for both cars after the coming together and I watched the race from the marshalls post on the straight.
We limped the car back to paddock and we had some repair work to do …I was gutted …but loved the whole experience of it all……

Many thanks for the help from the guys who made it such a great day!!!……..you know who you are……
See you all at the next round of the Nippon Challenge at Castle Combe on the 17th June….

by Paul Dolan

 

 

November warmer

 

Our November Warmer event saw the first outing for the Co ordsport Suzuki Swift. The mapping on the car is still to be fully finished. The event allowed a shakedown of the car to see how the development had transformed the car. Please see the below video link to see how it got on around Curborough:

 

http://youtu.be/rvWHivEw83Q

 

Trackdaydrivers.com are enthusiasts through and through with all of us been involved in cars since day 1. This blog page will do what it say's on the tin. We will use it to show you what is happening with ours car's, event's and anything relevant.

So allow me to kick it off with some cracking news. Firstly our very own Paul Dolan will next year be taking part in the Suzuki cup. He will be racing a Suzuki Ignis. The car will be under development over the winter and at our last sprint day of the year on the 26th of this month. So please come down to see Paul testing he's new car:

Alex was given a very rare chance to drive the LFA Supercar at the world famous Silverstone. The V10 £350,000 Super car is a very rare beast boasting 60% carbon fibre on the whole car, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and is 1 of only 2 in the UK. The V10 is a very well balanced engine with very smooth delivery, the sound at 9,500 RPM is amazing and surpassed anything I have driven before. The experience allowed me to really appreciate what the car is about. it may be a Lexus but this car is through and through developed to show the peak of engineering and capability.

 

 

That's all for now so keep checking back with us for more.

 

Thanks

Alex



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