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aka_dk

And game of two halves...

i all,

Today I had a great day out at Bedford Autodrome!
I went with my best mate in his Corsa VXR and another mate in his track only BMW which he actually races competitively.

Pics of the beemer:


Only had 2 laps pax in the beemer then the prop shafts let go but that was the end of the day..

So, iv got 3 cars....which did I take???!

Well iv decided to put the Cupra back to stock and sell it, so with Bedford being notorious for big wide open track and quite fast I though the R8 would be perfect for the job!



Early start and feck it was cold!....-2degrees first thing, but dry!

:bowdown:

So out I go for the first session....iv not tracked the V10 before and only tracked ASBO at the Ring in the soaking rain.

WOW!!!

This car is just made for the track! Simply immense



Now, about 15mins into my session I get one of the Marshalls show me the NOISE! board  :drink:

Now this is not them showing me their appreciation for my V10 glory...

The static noise limit was 101db which passed with ease with my Capristo valves shut....BUT the drive by limit is only 87.5db....a big drop!

Now Bedfords noise rules are one strike and you're OUT! So I knew I would be cutting it fine

Session 2.

Mindful of being close to being black flagged,  I managed to get a very knowledgeable and experienced chap to pax with me so he could give me tuition and show me the NOISE monitors.


Session 2 was just insane!   My pax man Dave was ace and really helped me get the best out of the R8....damning this car is just so capable! Easily the best 30mins iv had on track in my whole life

Got to 140on the back straight and it had more!

Brakes phenomenal and handling just so perfect.

We scouted the noise monitors and did our best to creep past em...



So. My energy is sapped now from beating the V10 round the track, so we decide to come in.

Get back to the pits only to be immediately met by a Marshall with a certain color flag in his hand
:fuck_you:

Yup, despite my best efforts I had tripped the noise monitors and I was black flagged

:boohoo:

So...what do now?!

Well it was coming up to lunch break and I had one of my other cars about 20miles away..

There was only one thing for it... :jump:

And so 1hr later I returned just before the afternoon sessions opened....In this!



Venga was BACK!

Only picked up on Weds fresh from his turbo repair post Oct Ring trip

:bigwave:

So, was able to continue to enjoy the day.

The little Cupra is lots of fun and just highlights the beast the V10 is!

Let my mate drive the Cupra and I drove his VXR, good little car!

No pics of the Cupra on track as photography man not out in the afternoon.

So, great day had by all!

Some more pics







Thumbs up!



Alex@Fontain

The lack of replies is because we're all jealous and seething

Bringing it to Sunday Service this weekend?
Ian_C

You've finally sold that yellow B6 S4!  Cannot be many in that colour
RSPaul

I was there on that Saturday in the Golf R. I kept meaning to come and find you for a chat, but the day just flew by!

Shame you got black flagged for the noise though, it sounded fantastic to me as you went past the pits....

I was with my pals with the Honda NSX, Focus RS and Audi S5 sportback. The NSX was sublime on track, so well balanced and for a 20 year-old car, so far ahead of its time.

The Focus is running over 400bhp and was a proper handful on track in the cold conditions, but still great fun.

The surprise for me was how good the S5 was on track - I was expecting it to be big, fat and heavy with a load of understeer, but actually it handled and gripped pretty tidily. It has an MRC remap and is running 444bhp and has so much punch out of the corners and then has the legs down the straights too - seriously impressive stuff. Even the brakes held up to the abuse quite well!

I am really tempted by a B8 S4 Avant now with the remap and the sports diff etc. That engine and s-tronic box is a great combination.
Alex@Fontain

Ian_C wrote:
You've finally sold that yellow B6 S4!  Cannot be many in that colour


Yes, was very funny - the chap that bought it was with his wife who vetoed it on the grounds of the colour. He came out with 'well I like it so I'm buying it'.  
aka_dk

Paul, should have said hello!
I had the zorst valves shut all day so imagine how it would have sounded valves open!!!
aka_dk

Alex@Fontain wrote:
The lack of replies is because we're all jealous and seething

Bringing it to Sunday Service this weekend?


Yes I'll be there...come and say hello

brasiliangringo

Whats the little beemer like, whats its spec ?
ollys

RSPaul wrote:


I am really tempted by a B8 S4 Avant now with the remap and the sports diff etc. That engine and s-tronic box is a great combination.


Me too!
Ian_C

Alex@Fontain wrote:
Ian_C wrote:
You've finally sold that yellow B6 S4!  Cannot be many in that colour


Yes, was very funny - the chap that bought it was with his wife who vetoed it on the grounds of the colour. He came out with 'well I like it so I'm buying it'.  

Haha fair play to him!
Syvee

Looks like you had fun... Nice thumbs up to the camera man on one of the photos!! Car looks great.
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