The team at H Nationals had oganised a track day at Winton and for the first time ever, were allowing an “other” class to compete. This class was to cater for the myriad of K swapped cars out there that might not have Honda chassis.
But much like the story of my entire misfit life, I was the only person not driving a Honda that had entered.
I also managed to lose the body moulding off my rear guard on the drive up.
As I walked back to my car after drivers briefing, I was pleased to find that Per-Win-kle smash repairs offered a drive in drive out service.
This track day would be the first time I’d be driving Tart with VTEC and with full revs available (at this stage, the limiter is set at 7600 rpm).
With that in mind, I had two objectives:
1) To achieve my life long dream of getting Tart into the 30’s at Winton.
2) To win a wager I had set with Kam. This wager involved getting within one second of his street tyre time he had set in the TT RS (1:38.2) in my car on the same brand street tyres (AD08R’s).
Session 1: Untimed
Unfortunately, it had been raining the entire night before and the track was very cold and still wet when we started in the morning. This resulted in multiple yellow and red flags through out the day as cars became unstuck or bogged in mud.
Session 2: 1:42.4810
As I was now able to rev the car out, I had to figure out which gear I needed to be in and wasn’t quite feeling comfortable in the car yet. The AD08’s were also having trouble getting up to temperature on the cold day.
Session 3: 1:40.7220
After some discussion with Rhys and Tom , I realised that I was using a lower gear (3rd) than I should have been (4th) when going through some of the corners.
5 speed gearbox habits die hard!
I also noticed that we hadn’t quite got the cold weather tune right yet as the motor was hitting lean cut coming out of some of the corners.
Session 4: 1:38.9470 – NEW PB!
With the new gearing advice in mind I managed to PB!
As I saw the green sectors flash up, I knew I had PB’d but I also knew it was a sloppy lap. I figured I’d attempt a back to back PB and went into turn 4 a bit too hot.
My erratic lift off caused oversteer and moved into a slide that I knew I probably couldn’t correct. I decided it was a smarter idea to let it run off into the low side of the track with the only thought being that I had to save my precariously low hanging sump from destruction.
Unbeknowst to me, the rain had turned this part of the track into a full blown swamp and I spectacularly sprayed up a 3 metre wall of mud and grass which then proceeded to coat my entire car, engine bay and parts of my interior.
I was pretty thankful I hadn’t flipped the car when it dug into the mud however, I then noticed smoke rising.
Wait. No way what is happening?! It’s not on fire is it?! Have I popped the motor?
After a few seconds, I realised that the smoke was actually steam and it was caused by the hot rotors and exhaust coming into contact with the cold swamp water.
Unfortunately, I had bogged the car so deep into the mud that it required a rescue which resulted in a red flag towards the end of group D’s session.
Session 5: 1:38.9100 – NEWER PB!
Admittedly, after the off, I thought I should count my blessings and call it a day. I had got into the 1:38’s and my car was still straight and running.
But my friends are always there to offer their unwavering support and said, “Don’t be a bitch, go out again.”
Lucky I listened to them as I managed a slightly faster PB!
By now you’re probably thinking,
“Hey Ying, you must be pretty happy you got the car into the 30’s!”
On one hand, I really am happy about it. I didn’t think on it’s first proper outting I’d already able to tick of this achievement butttttttttt… that annoying PB monster that lives inside of me knows it wasn’t the best drive.
It’s time for a new target.
How about a 1:36 on street tyres? That sounds about right….right?😛
– Claim my free dinner from Kam.
– TJB will have another look at the tune and it might be time to unlock the redzone!
– EXE track day in September at Winton Raceway.
Unfortunately I dropped my beautiful OMD camera on this day so didn’t manage to take photos of all my friends who were driving and also PB’d on this day. Well done guys!
– Team Rattlesnake/Honed Developments (DCW and TJB) for helping me build a car that ran flawlessly on this day.
– Andrew for all the non watermarked track photos and to Folk’s photography and PT works for the others.
– The team at H Nationals for putting on a fun day despite trying conditions
– Autosphere for supply of fluids
– And last but by no means least, to all my friends who came along to support and watch me achieve my long time goal!
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