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Post by Markl17 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:05 pm

I have just booked a track day for October and it’s a Japanese only.it is only a hour and a half from my home and the track looks good,I am looking forward to it a lot,it will give my French a good workout :D
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Post by nightfire10 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:25 pm

Markl17 wrote:I have just booked a track day for October and it’s a Japanese only.it is only a hour and a half from my home and the track looks good,I am looking forward to it a lot,it will give my French a good workout :D
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Post by mrspiller » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:30 pm

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Are you joining us in spa ?


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Post by GreySilver Beast » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:38 pm

Mark and Wayne am planning on driving Spa in 2020 :P
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Post by Markl17 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:49 pm

I can’t do spa this year as I am to busy at work,the joys of self employment.
Working all the time really pees me off I thought life was surposed to get easier as you get older.
I am going to book early for next so I have to go.
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Post by GreySilver Beast » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:52 pm

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Post by Markl17 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:59 pm

Will do,thanks
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:25 pm

Hi I have booked another track day today for the 14th September track looks good and is 3.8km long so should be able to stretch it’s legs it might makeup a little bit for missing spa.need to get the bucket seat and harness back in the car.
I will do a write up and pictures.
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Post by NeMFO » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:53 pm

GreySilver Beast wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:38 pm
Mark and Wayne am planning on driving Spa in 2020 :P
Can I possibly get in on this? I am planning to take few days off next year to visit Spa and the Nurburgring in one week.
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Re: Track day

Post by New Duke » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:59 pm

Markl17 wrote:
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Hi I have booked another track day today for the 14th September track looks good and is 3.8km long so should be able to stretch it’s legs it might makeup a little bit for missing spa.need to get the bucket seat and harness back in the car.
I will do a write up and pictures.
Mark
You're lucky to have two good tracks so close to you! Please do post up how you get on Mark and what you think of the track. I'm thinking of a track day at a 'local' style circuit in France next summer. Hire a farmhouse or somewhere with a pool for the day before/after, that sort of thing. Val de Vienne looks like my favourite so far based on videos online.

Any other tracks over there that you've already done you'd recommend?
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Post by Markl17 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:27 pm

Hi new duke.
I will certainly let you know how it goes. Also the Vienne is a nice region for a holiday plenty or rural holiday lets with pools and stuff to do. As for other circuits there is the Bugatti circuit at Le Mann there are one or two smaller ones but are more like go-cart tracks. I am using local track day provider called Speed Monster but they haven’t posted next years dates. If you decide to do this I will certainly come and join you. The only thing with French track days is you must have track insurance but this can all be done on line very simply.
If you decide to do this let me know and I will help where ever I can.
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:22 am

Hi
Here is my write up from my track day yesterday at circuit Val de Vienne.
I think this is the first time that this track has had a write up on here.
So I will start with the facilities
The track is quite modern, there is lots of tarmac car parking, purpose built on site cafe, plenty of loos and wash facilities all modern. The pit garages are well laid out. Pit lane is quite wide.
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The track is 3.8 km long with a long ish start finish straight and long flat out straight with a kink in it.
I found the track quite difficult to master as 2 or 3 of the corners were late apex and you needed to brake all the way into the apex. Also the twisty stuff was quite a challenge as I spent the morning attacking it too hard. In the afternoon I got it a lot better by going in a gear less and hitting the apexes better.
I think it’s a circuit you will need 2 or 3 days at to get right.
I enjoyed the day open pit an hour for lunch and only 2 red lags in the day. The over taking was a bit of an eye opener as they came at you from all angles. So it wasn’t the same driving standards as in England. I did my last run at 3.30 in the afternoon as it was 33 degrees air temperature & about 45 degrees in the car, as I have no air conditioning. After 5 laps the sweat was running into my eyes. So maybe not the best place to do a track day in the middle of summer or make sure your ac works.
All in all the event was well organized and Bruno from Speed Monsters was a nice guy. I am out again in October at the circuit haute santonge so hopefully it will be a bit cooler. Car was great, track was great, I was a bit rubbish.
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Post by New Duke » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:37 am

Love me some late apex bends. Thanks for the write up Mark.

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Post by GreySilver Beast » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:29 am

Thank you for the write up on this track Mark and well done flying the RX-8 flag on European Soil :thumleft:

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Post by Markl17 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:46 pm

Hello.
It’s two weeks until my next track day another new circuit for me but looking on the internet I think it will be a little easier to learn than the last one.it s also Japanese only and car show so should be a fun day,it is open pit lane so should be plenty of laps.
I think I am also going to go back to the circuit Val de vienne in November as I think I can drive it a lot better.
Oh no I think this might be the start of the addiction!
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:36 am

Morning
I have just down loaded a lap timing app for next weekend it is called rt chrono,it is a gps lap timer,has anyone got this app or used it if so any advice would be welcome as I am not very techie the basics look simple enough but there is a lot of other stuff on it.
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Post by nightfire10 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:28 am

Markl17 wrote:Morning
I have just down loaded a lap timing app for next weekend it is called rt chrono,it is a gps lap timer,has anyone got this app or used it if so any advice would be welcome as I am not very techie the basics look simple enough but there is a lot of other stuff on it.
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Post by casey » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:00 am

I use race chrono, the free version; seems to work well on my android phone.
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:46 am

Hi Casey
Thanks for the reply does it log the laps automatically or do I need to set something?

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Post by GreySilver Beast » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:39 am

I keep meaning to download the App on to the Car Phone, but never get round to it :(
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Post by casey » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:21 pm

Markl17 wrote:
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Hi Casey
Thanks for the reply does it log the laps automatically or do I need to set something?
You just have to select the track, which it should auto detect, based on your location, then set it running, which you can do in your garage before going out on the track. Once you pass the S/F line it will log laps automatically. Works well in my car with phone in arm rest cubby hole. Out of the box it works well, very easy to use. It has one or two traps set around the track for inter times, which you can play with (the trap positions) and adjust if you wish. The recorded data also shows speeds around the track.
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Post by qwakers » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:42 pm

what are the limitations of free racechrono vs the paid version?

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Post by casey » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:20 pm

No idea, my needs are basic and it does the job for me :D
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:31 pm

I paid for it so I did not get advertisements and it was less than 5 euros,I think it was good value,but I will find out next weekend.
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