Ok, absolutely tons of seat time had over the past few days, things have been very hectic, but a lot of fun!
On Saturday afternoon me & Ryan Pothecary set off for Snetterton for the SXOC weekender. I followed him up with my Land Rover and s14 on the trailer. Its so much nicer going to events now and towing, rather than driving the s14 there & back!
We arrived in the dark, was very foggy & cold, and got the cars unloaded, gazebo setup all ready for the morning. I slept in my Land Rover, actually had a decent night sleep considering! Got into the swing of things and remembered how much I love the Snetterton 100 circuit, then randomly my handbrake begins to fail, which is not ideal when ploughing into the 180* left hander at 90mph+
I came into the pits, removed calipers & discs only to find one shoe had completely cracked! I didn’t take any photos as I was annoyed & just wanted to get back out there, so for the rest of the day I ran with it de-adjusted and didn’t touch my handbrake.
That night, a mate of mine (pit crew) swapped my offside shoe assembly with Ryan’s (as his sil80 uses a hydro working off discs/pads), and as my car wasn’t completely broken, I bought a ticket to drift on the bank holiday Monday too.
With the handbrake adjusted, a few laps down and it bed itself in, and I really settled into it. Managed to chase Ryan down, with my mate taking 1000’s of photos from the passenger seat. So good!
Started to rain, and me & Ryan got a little too friendly. We both spun into the double-apex right hander (Oggies), and ended up smashing into the front of his car with the offside rear of mine. Bugger!
Luckily only cosmetic damage though, so I did a couple more runs, although it was fairly stupid as the track was like driving on ice! Very tired, by around 4pm I had packed up & was on my way home. 3 days & 2 nights at Snetterton sleeping in my Land Rover, I was broken, certainly more than the car!
As always, here’s a full incar video from Snetterton (in the dry). I have to say myself here, but I am really happy with my driving over the 2 days. From looking back at my previous Snetterton attempts, you can clearly see an improvement, which is something I always aim to do.
And then the wet track version, along with the crash at the end
Tuesday saw a “day off” (fixing car stuff, sorting tyres, etc) ready for Santa Pod DWYB on Wednesday with a ton of friends. Pod was fun, although I was very tired still I didn’t put in my best performance by any means. Its also very noticeable how incredibly different Snetterton is to Santa Pod – almost a completely different driving style has to be adapted to suit.
Either way, I had fun. My main aim was to get some real close tandem runs down with my mate Adam, who’s also in our team Throwdown. I think we succeeded :)
It was all good fun. Half way through the day I pushed a little too hard and actually hit Adam. I don’t regret this as its something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – make contact while drifting and carry on!
It was on the same offside rear corner that I hit Ryan as well, typical. At least I didn’t replace the rear light between Snetterton & Pod lol
And again, incar video :)
Anyway, finished up at Pod a little earlier than normal as I was so tired. The car wasn’t doing its best either, a full service and some TLC are defiantly in order now. Here’s how she’s sitting at the moment
Phew! What a hectic past few days!!