Saturday was random drive day, so we headed off for Luxemburg, after visiting its understandable that no-one wanted to claim it.
Few pics of dowtown:
We were then looking for somewhere else to go, this prompted comment of the week from TD "I think we should just head to the Luxemborg border and take it from there":
The building in the back ground was the Luxemborg border.
Well after days of anticipation it was finally time to take the cars on the ring.
We were advised that although the track opened at 8am, to leave it until around 9 before going out to let it dry out a little, although grip once dry would be good due to the racing over the previous days:
I decided to do 1 lap initially to get a rough idea of the track, 20km later and I was lost. From there I bought another 4 laps, after my 2nd lap and a couple of close calls later Idecided that Id had enough, been there done that, didnt like it going home. After a quick trip out for petrol I had a few words from Turbodave, went along the lines of "pansy, poof, get it sorted".
So it was back to the ring for lap 3, which proved to be my quickest of the day at 10min 8secs (not bad I felt for my 3rd lap which was my first fast lap ever on the ring). After that the track got a little busy but still managed to average 10min 15s for the rest of the day. After the 3rd lap I was hooked like an addict. In total I managed 9 laps on the ring. It did highlight a few of the Vectras weak areas hopefully improving some of those and some more trips to the ring will see the times come down.
Few pictures from the carpark, there were Proscher GT3;s, BMW M5;s and Audi;s sitting about as 1.4 Astra;s do at Tesco:
Unfortunately the day was not without incident. After parking the ST200 up, I went out for a pax lap with Dave, unfortunately Dave went out like he was on an Afganistahn attack mission, this resulted in clipping the grass area with the rear passenger wheel sending the car into a sping before the passenger side went into the barrier (it hurt). After an "oh F**k" moment we moved off and came of the track at Adenue to inspect the car:
although the damage didnt look as bad as thought (I expected the doors and 1/4panel to be crunched), the mechanical damage was relatively bad. Front drivers wheel was straight whilst the passenger sat in at a severe angle. After some investigation by the marshalls (luckily the barrier he hit was at a post section and thankfully didnt damage the barrier), we limped the car back to the B&B:
Unfortunately it was cold and wet so we called it a day.
Monday it was up early and off to see our new best friend Oliver at Nurburg car services where the Vectra was rolled in to be assessed:
The list read as: 2x wheels, 2xtyres, rear trailing arm, steering rack, front strut, track rod end, bumper, wing, headlight & indicator. Oliver was able to adjust the track rod end enough to straight the wheel up enough so it could drive without assively scrubbing the tyre.
After that it was the ST200;s turn to go on the ramp:
long story to this that I wont go into but it had to have the front wheels balanced as well as further investigating which then resulted in it being A1 again (well until it got to Ijmuden on the way home and now has a suspected EGR problem).
Monday was limp back to the boat time:
few pics before we went of the various test centres:
Waiting to be loaded up again:
Thankfully the ferry back was far better than the one we went out on, although I think next year Ill drive down to Dover rather than Newcastle.
All in an awesome week, planning 2/3 trips back next year, hopefully Iron the Vectra out a little and bring the lap times down.