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Headline:Evo Trackday (2)Date:04/09/2002
Source:FastSaloons.com   (Click Here for more details).Ourthoughts
   
Review:Continuing from the last review:  
In the morning we went out 3 more times, the weather stayed dry. Rich had a moment of excitement whilst racing an E46 M3. He was gaining on the guy down the start / finish straight and was up close around the first corner. Unfortunately he pushed things a little too much and ended up spinning onto the grass. Not that this put him off.

Things stopped for lunch and we grabbed a bite at the Café. Over lunch it started to rain - not the best of things to happen…

Neither Rich or I rushed back onto the track and decided to grab a couple of passenger rides. After this Rich decided he'd had enough fun and as he had a bit of a trek home he decided to leave it there.

I wasn't in any particular rush to leave, and about 3.30pm it stopped raining. This coincided with my urge to get back on the track. In addition the wet track had put quite a lot of people off. So when I did go on the track it was quiet (apart from the prodrivers who were enjoying the wet track).

The car handled the wet track pretty well, the rear end was more liable to stray on corners but it was easy to control. Also the wet track was easier on the car and so I was able to stay out for more laps. One thing I was worried about, other than tyre wear, was brake fade. However this didn't seem to be a problem and the Alp's brakes seemed to remain strong all day.

Traction control on the car was still not intrusive, even in the wet and I was able to switch it on and off as I needed. I actually span the car in the first session of the afternoon. I was on the inside of Coppice, letting the Caterham R300 past and I decided to see how I kept up. Unfortunately when I put the power down I end up spinning the car - although I caught midway round and ended up sideways on the track. The funny thing was I actually had traction control switched on when this happened. Talking to other people I found out that Coppice has a reputation for being slippy - something to do with aviation fuel. Not sure if this is true or a myth - but the Alp did spin pretty damn quickly, and uncharacterictically. So it suites me to continue this myth…

In my second session of the afternoon I did about 15laps in one go. The car was going well and I was getting more confident. The track was also getting dryer again.

The only other incidents I can recall was me nearly taking out a Caterham - I moved over to let one past and didn't realise another one was behind it ! So I was mobing back onto the racing line, oblivious to the other car. I swerved quickly and nobody noticed (ok at least two people in the pits did !).

The second incident was also with a Caterham - and was more down to the wet track than anything else. The Caterham overtook me on a corner, he was very close to me and didn't really take into consideration my rear end stepping wide - and so he nearly got a surprise !!

In summary
Fantastic day, thoroughly enjoyed it. Thoroughly recommend it.
I left:
Wanting to ring Mr. Alpina and tell him how much I love my car.
Not needing new tyres.
Not needing a bodyshop.
Wanting to book another trackday - WATCH THIS SPACE.

Lap total : 53









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