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#16 Allrounder

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 09:17 PM

So how did you get on. Did you enjoy it. Do you have any results yet??

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 09:39 PM


Hi Allrounder- that video is great! Looks quick. Do you have a 'special' car or just your normal roadgoing mini? I see you have a wheel with the 'turney knob'

I have booked an autosolo at grands hatch in sept. I think this might be more my thing.

My car is a bit of a modified special. Road car yes, but because I use it for multiple disciplines it has some extra features. ATB diff, power steering and a torquie engine as well as the jockie wheel you spotted.

But still has all it glass, interior and steel body so not light weight at all.

Think you'll really enjoy the solo, not done the bands hatch one as it's the wrong side of London for me but they are extremely good fun and not as hard on the car as a grass autotest (unless their using the rally stage as on YouTube).

Hi Allrounder, yeah the car looks really good. I saw at the AutoSolo that you can make the rear have positive camber to make it more likely to step out. Have you done this as well? His car certainly behaved totally differently to mine which has horrendous understeer. What final drive do you have?

Anyway - yes thought the AutoSolo was great and will be doing it again. Did I remember you mention the Abbingdon CARnival? I would like to do that next year and see the other events too.

I tend not to adjust the suspension set up at event other than the damper stiffness as checking it would be too much effort for the benefits. I never had positive camber but did run some toe out on the rear. Turned in lovely at autosolo speeds but a nightmare on the road so now run a small amount of toe in with 1 degree negative.

Abingdon is a great event to do. But there is still time to put a entry in for the oxford event at finmere on October 7th.

#18 Trissy B

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 07:16 AM

I finished the event in 31st out of 64 cars, but only 43 seemed to finish. Happy with that.

 

In theory I was third in class but there were only 3 in class A!

 

I agree with the above and don't think I would like to do that to my car. The guy in question used it only for Autotests and Solos i believe and he lives quite locally... but wouldn't have particularly liked to drive like that on the road!

 

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 10:43 AM

Outstanding result for your first go. Keep it up.
I use a 3.44 diff in mine. Did try a 3.1 but wasn't the ideal for autotesting.

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 07:44 PM

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#21 Trissy B

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 07:30 PM

Tried to write some text for the above photos but it deleted it!!… here goes for the second time..

Took part in my first event of the year last weekend; AutoSolo at Bordon, organised through Farnborough District MC and a round of the regional ASCMC championship.

I did say to myself that I would get involved in all sorts of events in 2019 but this hasn’t really happened!! For various reasons, but I think I’ve learnt a few things for next year like a) stop working on the car and get to events and b) know what events you want and sign up for them asap.

Bordon was an interesting venue being a parade ground in a large MOD area. This was a single big area of old tarmac which was a bit loose and broken up it places. This was all quite different to the smooth paddock at Brans Hatch (my only other AutoSolo). The courses were really fast and not very twisty.

In general, I found the event pretty difficult and didn’t do well (37 out of 46 in the end!). The car was a lot more ‘lively’ than what i’m used to and as I was pushing it more and more I was getting a lot of oversteer. Whilst this was fun! It was not quick and was probably learning about the limits of grip and exacerbated by a bit of aggressive driving and loose surface.

The day started out OK where I got a few good runs in the morning when I was full of energy, coffee, nerves and a bit of adrenaline. This all tailed off after lunch and I got a number of wrong tests probably due to heat, tiredness and frustration!

Despite a few performance upgrades over winter (car is now running great), the driver is definitly the limiting factor!!

Another fairly stock mini was there doing fantastically, finishing third overall beating all sorts of MX5’s, Honda S2000’s, Subaru WRX and a Citreon rally car etc. It would have been nice to watch how he did it and the best way around, but unfortunately I was in front of him.

It was a bit of a struggle to keep the car cool in the hot weather, particulary when queuing up for runs – think I might need to invest in an electric fan, as well as an oil cooler which will allow me to get the sump guard back on.

Fun day in general and I’ve got a few other events coming up too.



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:05 PM

Nice to hear about your experiences. I'm going to try and get my car sorted out and get to the Boanerges autosolo at Finmere in October. From what I can tell it looks a little faster than the Abingdon one (the only one I've done) so I'm not sure how well I'll do with my 998. We'll see I guess.

I also might have a go at a daytime 12 car rally, which I predict will be a disaster as it's all about navigating and timing! We'll see



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Posted 15 August 2019 - 12:56 PM

Nice to hear about your experiences. I'm going to try and get my car sorted out and get to the Boanerges autosolo at Finmere in October. From what I can tell it looks a little faster than the Abingdon one (the only one I've done) so I'm not sure how well I'll do with my 998. We'll see I guess.

I also might have a go at a daytime 12 car rally, which I predict will be a disaster as it's all about navigating and timing! We'll see

 

Hi Buzzword - is that in the Oxford area? A little too North for me.. they always seem to start at 8am so it always is an early start!! How did you get on at Abingdon? I would like to do that next year.

 

I would also like to have a go at 12 car rallies. My club is organising some navigation training and beginner rallies at the end of the year so hopefully I'll have a pop at that with my friend. There is some useful information about navigating on the Southsea Motor Club website if you need some pointers. I think they give beginners a 'marked up map'. 






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