Sunday, 26 February 2012

Snetterton Shakedown

On Friday 24th Feb after a 5.30am wake-up we headed over to an open-pit lane trackday day at Snetterton for our shakedown test.
At the briefing meeting the organiser commented that the paddock resembled a race meeting rather than a track day due to the number and range of race cars participating. 

Everything from Ford Fiesta's to Britcar Ferrari's and Aston Martin's to Radical's were present and running on track together with an array of road cars.
After the mandatory sighting laps we got out on track and the car proved to be mechanically sound.  There were a lot of significantly faster cars on track so getting a clear set of laps wasn't possible until later in day.  Initially we had quite a lot of understeer which was reduced by lowering the front ride height and increasing the suspension stiffness.  We also dropped the tyre pressures consitently throughout the day.
Whilst still being reasonably slow compared to race times we did improve both car and driving ability significantly throughout the day.  Fuel usage was over 1 litre per lap over the approx 45 laps we completed.  A positive note was that the stopping power of the Brembo brakes and race pads was excellent.  We did manage to overheat the brakes at one point which will require a change of actual fluid and we will also upgrade to more expensive racing fluid at the same time.