Club Motorkhana - Sydney Motorsport park. 21.10.2017

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Club Motorkhana - Sydney Motorsport park. 21.10.2017

Post by petew » Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:12 am

Off with my car club today doing a skidpan motorkhana...

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It was a gorgeous day really. As per usual, I had by far the oldest car there. For once though, no one whined about me having a thrash in a classic. Just as well, I tend to give them lip.

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This is my second motorkhana in the car with new setup (drivetrain and suspension) and I'm starting to get a feel for it. Avoiding understeer on 165/80 R15s on stock rims is a challenge. So I'm using an old trick. 48psi in the rear tyres and... 25psi in the front. :wink:

At the beginning of the day we get given a sheet of tests. We did 8 across the day. This one messed me up. Overthinking and then I thought I'd screwed it up and gone the wrong direction. Turns out I hadn't, but then ruined it anyway.

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The trick with most of the tests is to find the simple bits. So, in the test above nearly ALL the test is left hand turns. There's only 1 right hand turn. Then you memorize the shape by drawing it in the air in front of you. A friend managed to video one of the tests I got right.


http://youtu.be/kGxbAzL-6ks


At the end of all 8 tests, they setup a shoot out.

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Two of these tests would be set up side by side. Cars would race side by side. I beat my friend's son in a new Suzuki swift, then a V6 Commodore wagon (like the GTO you guys get). I was surprised how quickly the beetle pulled away from both of them. Unfortunately, then I was lined up next to a supercharged AWD impreza. He only just had me in a straight line, but I overcooked the first turn and it was over. Still a great day. Here are the results for the first 8 tests.

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I'm 2/3s of the way down the field, but it's an improvement on last time for sure. Last time I came 9th in my class, this time it was 7th. Small gains and I am 8 seconds off the pace, but it's a lot of fun and not hard on the car. I could really do with some more front grip. Got a few plans about what to do about that. I'd like to put a better tyre on the front, but I have no idea how. Good news though, the car has plenty of power even with only 6psi of boost and the handbrake worked really well this time.
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