Sunday, 24 July 2016

Donington Park Track Day - With Videos

A couple of weeks ago (Friday 8th July to be precise), the opportunity arose for an end of the week track day at Donington Park organised with Javelin events.  The weather looked great, I booked the day off work, and checked out the noise limits which was set at 98db drive by, which I thought would be easy, but just incase I swapped over to the RaceCo exhaust and packed the carbon airbox.

A two hour drive up in the morning, followed by the usual briefing and bacon sarnie and it was onto the sighting laps.

Sighting laps out of the way it was time to go out and give it the beans :-)  Slight problem... The 98db drive -by noise limit at Donington is a single strike system, so if you go over the noise limit you're black flagged and finished for the day unless you can show you've made a physical modification to your car to reduce the noise output.  
First few laps with Pipercross air filter before getting black flagged for noise.
First few laps with Pipercross air filter before getting black flagged for noise.
Within two laps I was pulled in for noise - at 101.8db drive by which the marshall said was pretty high!  So on it was with the Carbon Airbox, and I was back out again for a few 'ginger' laps... being cautious not to ruin my day by getting black flagged for a second time.
Out for a few 'ginger' laps with the Carbon Airbox fitted.
Out for a few 'ginger' laps with the Carbon Airbox fitted.
 Even though I was being a little cautious with the loud pedal I still had a bit of fun with an Ariel Atom for a few laps, video below:-

We finished for an hours lunch around 12:30, and I got talking to a current Caterham Academy Driver 'Eric Tiv'... He gave me a lot of info about the Academy and basically backed up everything a number of other (mainly Caterham) people have told me already about the Academy... Along the lines of "It's the best thing I've ever done, and I should've done it sooner"  That left me thinking....  Anyway... We wrapped up lunch and then it was off for the afternoons action.

A 1:21.100 lap time, clean lap (with a bit of traffic in the middle of the lap):-

And then onto what I think was my quickest time of the day, a 1:18.417, but... there's a huge fly splat in the middle of the screen which is annoying - so apologies about that!:-

All in all it was another great and enjoyable track day!  Thank you Caterham for developing such a weapon! :-)

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