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Old 10-09-2018, 02:37 PM
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Default Pistonheads Sporting Tour 13th October

Afternoon folks, I just booked this. 120mile drive out and two timed stages.

This is WR1 territory alright - bring it on.

https://www.pistonheads.com/news/gen...--update/38651

There 120 places Iím number 90 so itís selling quite quickly. Iíll probably drive up on the Friday and book a hotel somewhere.

Book it you know you want to!


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Old 10-09-2018, 02:47 PM
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Now that looks fun, no satnavs and a proper road book. It's the wife's birthday that weekend though so I'd probably get it in the neck if I signed up!
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Now that looks fun, no satnavs and a proper road book. It's the wife's birthday that weekend though so I'd probably get it in the neck if I signed up!
Claire would enjoy that..
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:23 AM
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Probably should give that a miss Steve if you want to stay married.
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Old 18-10-2018, 03:45 PM
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PistonHeads Sporting Tour

In Brief
Was it fun - yes
Would I do it again - no

Hello, so I did the Sporting Tour avec mon Bro who was the co-driver for the event. The mainstay of the event is to follow a predefined course using something called Tulip navigation language, something like this. You are obviously not allowed to race as it is public roads. At the lunch stop there were two timed events. You go off in the sequence which you booked. Were 90 so had to wait until 1030, which is ok as we just checked out the other motors. Some real nice stuff there, 911 GT3 RS, R8 2WD, M4, E92M3’s, FK8s’, Mclaren, Lotus, Integra, M2, Hawk Eye and a Legacy from the Scooby stable. Off we went @ 1030. The Nav was not too bad, we did get caught by a Fiestia St on the route and whilst your not supposed to race, you kind of do a bit so tried to shake him of with whilst keeping it semi legal. The terrain was mainly single track or narrow lanes, I really thought my carbon splitter was going to be a casualty of the day but it survived. The first leg was at least a couple of hours and a bit later on we caught up with a gaggle, McLaren, 911, Bentley and a few others. Made it to the lunch venue which was an air field. Test time. TBH the test’s could have been way better an longer. First test was through a few cones and back to the start. I nailed the start. Big old bump near the first cone but got round it and just got as much power down as I could. My time was 17.1s which was 5th fastest overall. Beaten by the R8, 911 GTS, EV0 8 and something else I can’t remember, out of 120 cars that was pretty good. I think the 4WD helped get it off the line. Similar kind of test for the second. You had to go round a cone twice and then round a further cone. I could see others doing it and they were loosing a lot of time just understeering. My sensible head said just go slow and I think that would have been the way to do it. My I’m going to win this head said set the DCCD to the rear try and get the back out and just gun the throttle. So I went with option two. I think I have only used the DCCD once in the snow. So I gave the beans and off we went. My plan of the back coming round failed it just pushed on making a massive understeery circle around the cones as the clock ticked. Would not have mattered any was as I went the wrong way round a cone…..Bit annoyed, but no harm done. It was in this state of mind that I binned off the rest of the tulip navigation in favour of getting home - it was more of the same in the afternoon and I’d done enough in the morning that I wouldn’t get anything extra out of the afternoon stage. It was around Suffolk so a 2+ hours to get back home. It was good, could have been much better with less nav and more timed events and for longer.

On to the next driving thing, whatever that may be………
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Old 18-10-2018, 07:34 PM
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Sounds like fun
So why would you not do it again ? Was it because of the people? The organisation? Or just because you have done it and don’t feel the need to do it again ?
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More your last point - if it were the same format you'd be doing nav x-country for probably 5 - 6 hours with less than 60s of timed events. If it were say 4 hours nav with say 30 mins track type stuff then I'd defo do it again. I think they had the balance wrong. But it was their first and I'm sure they will revise the format. Met some decent car guys to have a natter to on the way.
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