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Old 14-04-17, 06:48
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Quite pleased with the dry weight, considering I've added the larger intercooler and turbo, paddle shift, plus all the electronics. It's around 20kg less than last year. The removal of the diolin side impact protection boards accounts for 16kg reduction alone.

Ignore corner weights, my floor isn't level.
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Old 18-04-17, 08:16
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12th place in my first BSC runoff this year, and 11th overall.

New PB 14s quicker than last year. Very pleased.
I reached 139mph and my best start was 2.14s.

Just needs a big chunk of aero now so i can stay on the gas around the corners.
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Old 18-04-17, 08:27
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Good result there Graham! Great time by Simon as well in the OMS
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Old 18-04-17, 11:56
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Forget extra aero G, get those corner weights sorted, they are a mile out.....
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Old 18-04-17, 12:13
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Did that at Sunday evening at Croft David
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Old 20-04-17, 09:15
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At Croft I struggled to get comfortable in the car as the steering wheel had moved 22mm towards me after the fitment of the paddles/spacer. So I've today shortened the column by 22mm, and its having a replacement slug welded in the end, to hopefully return the steering wheel back to its original position as that will allow me to move my elbows again, which were locked in the chassis tubes and pressed against the body work on Monday. Most uncomfortable.
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Old 22-04-17, 07:22
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Steering column is back from Altiss Engineering who again did a really great job of the welding. Now the column places the wheel an inch further away i should be able to turn the wheel without jamming my elbows in to the bodywork. I'm still showing the bruises from Croft.
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Old 08-05-17, 18:30
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Drove over to see Del and his team today, over in deepest N.Derbyshire so I could take a spare front crash box over and we could start thinking about how we could fit the front and rear wings on my car. Was great to see my wings in build, no hope of getting them on for Snetterton but Pembrey in June could be a possibility.

Simon Mcbeath is doing the sums at the moment to work out how much I need to increase spring rates by. Looks like I'll have around 4000N downforce on the rear, and 2830N on the front, so the mounting brackets are going to need to be pretty substantial too.
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Old 16-05-17, 09:39
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It was two more rounds of the British Sprint Championship at Snetterton at the weekend, and I really needed to start making big improvements in my times to challenge for points, as it was a full turnout, with multiple champions in attendance, and 6 V8 engined cars.

Arriving Friday afternoon, the paddock soon filled up, and as the outer track was being used by the F3 Cup teams for the weekend, we milled around their pit area, watching the F3 team mechanics setting up the cars, and making our paddock area look very 'club' level. They had articulated lorries, motor homes, caravans, team clothing, banners galore, it was quite an eye opener to see how these arrive'n'drive teams operate. There's definitely some money to be made preparing other peoples cars for them.

On Saturday, in changeable conditions, I improved enough on my previous years times, to qualify 11th for the Top 12 run offs, where I yet again finished 12th after two faster, but not quite fast enough runs. Pleased with the performance, and another point in the bag, the evening was spent checking the cars, and socialising in the paddock, and after an indian takeaway, and several pints whilst watching a brilliant live rock band in the restaurant, the focus turned to Sunday with more to prove.

Despite a heavy downpour in the morning, the track soon dried out, and with Northampton Motorsport in attendance, some tweaks were made to the Life ECU as I'd been suffering from traction control issues the day before, which turned out to be a faulty front wheel speed sensor. We changed the software to ignore the front left wheel, and made a few more tweaks to some of the settings, and after lunch, I turned the traction control down to setting 5, and I launched the car off the line, to record a 0-60 in just 2.2 seconds, and I recorded my best run of the day with an 86.35s run, which was 5.1s quicker than the fastest time I set in 2016.
I was over the moon with the run, however, it wasn't enough for me to qualify for the top 12 run offs, I was 14th fastest. The V8's totally dominated the event, and in the run offs, Heather Calder smashed the track record with a 74s run in the 680BHP V8 Gould (itself a multiple championship winning car).

I finally #beatpete by almost a second, and I'm now far more confident with the car. The aero is still unlikely to be fitted in time for Pembrey, so I'm aiming for either Aintree in June or Blyton in July.

The next event is Pembrey, on June 3rd/4th, again two more rounds of the BSC, and a track I've never visited before.
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Old 18-05-17, 18:05
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Photos and video clips, from Snetterton last weekend

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