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Old 25-08-07, 07:50
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Aintree 8th september

anyone else doing this one?
will be my first attempt, can not wait, really excited about it, lol
been looking through previous results and it looks like the man to beat in my class (1c) is the fellow with the sierra cosworth, does anyone know if it is the 2wd or 4wd version? or have a clue what sort of power he is making?

Jay
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Old 25-08-07, 08:27
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Well have a good day. Don't get carried away and bring the car home in one piece.
Steve Wilkinson is the forum Aintree man so I suggest you have a word with him for all the inside news of the venue and buy him a bacon sandwich in exchange for a guiding hand.
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I guess you are referring to Mark Wallwork. His car is 4WD & in fact he managed 4th BTDBTDBTD at the last do there, which was wet, though it is pretty effective in the dry too.

Dunno if you have seen it, but there is a Speedscene "Drive It" article at:

http://www.hillclimbandsprint.co.uk/pdf/at.pdf

My somewhat slower version is at:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/dennisdoyle/aintree.htm

& there are some on board videos at:

http://www.oldlinkssurgery.com/ACTIV...intree4web.mpg

&

http://www.davesgonemental.com/?cat=7

See you there & do come over & say hello.

P.S. blackx is right. To paraphrase a famous saying: "To get round fast you must first get round". First practice just has to be taken gently.
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anyone else doing this one?
will be my first attempt, can not wait, really excited about it, lol
been looking through previous results and it looks like the man to beat in my class (1c) is the fellow with the sierra cosworth, does anyone know if it is the 2wd or 4wd version? or have a clue what sort of power he is making?

Jay
Jay, good old Dennis has spilt the beans on Mark Wallwork's Sierra Sapphire Cosworth. The only thing I can add is that on the horse power front it is a lot more powerful than standard.

I understand the car will be up for sale at the end of the season as Mark wants to go the single seater route.

The event should be a cracker as it is not only the final round of the British Sprint Championship but it is also a round of the Midland Speed Championship which is probably the best supported championship outside of the South West!

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Old 25-08-07, 11:26
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Just like to add a couple more sketchy details about Mark's car:

1. It can better 1G acceleration on list 1A tyres (to avoid confusion, class 1C at Aintree is roadgoing modified saloons over 2 litres & could have a completely dfferent meaning elsewhere).

2. I think Mark said is was producing about 500bhp last year.
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Old 25-08-07, 18:41
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thanks for the replies guys
i do have a very competitive side to me but dont want to be making a prat of myself on my first go, it is my only car/daily driver after all
looking at some of the videos (watched the elise one many times) i'm hoping i can gain a bit of time before the first corner - can do sub 2 sec 60ft on the drag strip on crap tyres and 0-60 well under 5 seconds
i see what you mean (from the link) about keeping to the middle on the last corner - one of those video links he keeps to the inside and it looks very unsettling and being mid engined it would probably swap ends before i had chance to say what oversteer? lol
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If some of us worried about what we looked like we probably wouldn't take part. Anyway, most competitors aren't that judgemental. If you did come last in class the only person likely to notice would be the person who came second last & that would be because they were relieved it wasn't them.

Equally, it's not good to be towed back in with a broken car having held up the meeting.

Neither of these scenarios are that likely to happen & the only important thing is to get the best out of youself & your car on the day.

BTW Yes, there is a bit of a hump on the inside as Beechers opens out. My Mallock used to use up all its suspension travel there. That never got me into trouble, though it's best avoided.

P.S. I fully expect to be competing at the blunt end of my class on the 8th
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