You guys make me so happy. I didn't think so many people would have responded.
There are a few things which I can/would like to expand on. Please bear with me.
Thanks buddy. I think driving on the Estoril track would be soo much fun, but it all can go so horribly wrong if you have an accident. Fortunately most of the drivers on the track with me were very professional and didn't take un-necessary risks.
Damaging panels in Alfa sprints days is known to have happened before, but mainly due to over-enthusiastic WRX & Nissan GTR drivers. Suffice to say that those people have not been welcomed back.
Good to hear from you. The victorian guys are excellent in their organisational side of things.
My preperation lists to pass scruniteering was as follows:
A fire extinguisher AS 1841 (save 1841.2 which are not permitted), rigidly mounted with metal bracket and readily accessible. (BCF / Halon types are illegal).
A blue triangle with sides of 150mm on the bodywork indicating the location of the battery. We shall have them at driver check in for purchase if you require.
Headlights, fog lights etc. to be covered by a transparent adhesive film.
A safety belt or harness complying with Schedule I of the2003 CAMS Manual, particularly validity year.
Be fitted with a return spring on each throttle in the event of the throttle linkage becoming detached. Fuel injected cars are exempted from this requirement.
Bonnet Catches: Cars must be fitted with at least 2 independent fastening system, of adequate strength and limited extensibility, which simultaneously hold the bonnet or panels closed. Bodily unmodified production cars manufactured after 1/1/1973, and other cars as specifically approved by CAMS and which are fitted with forward hinged bonnets may utilise the original, unmodified manufacturer's component for closing the bonnet, without the use of a secondary restraint mechanism.
My main worry was the mounting of the fire extinguisher in the cabin. I didn't want to drill any holes inside. I purchased a fire extinguisher (& bracket) from Autobarn for A$40. After a number of attempts, I found the best solution was to utilise a metal brace that runs along the length of the glovebox (underneath, near the hinge). That metal bar/brace is screwed using 3 screws, so I just utilised them.
Apart from that I would strongly suggest fitting the Brake Pads. I am sure that the originals will be fine for a couple of laps, but after that I am sure they will start to fade. THAT IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO HAPPEN, as you are approaching a corner at 170km/hr.
Email me if you need more info Kev.
Stori, I saw you pull up into the car park, but at the time I was out on the track at Turn 10 doing flag marshalling. The damn marshalling went for 2 hours, and as soon I got back to the pits, my race was on in 5 min. So I didn't get a chance to look for you.
Great to see you there....Some excelent pics too. WHO NEEDS BINOCULARS INDEED wink
From the marshalling point I was, I saw some excellent racing, and picked up huge number of pointers, which helped me for my runs later in the day.
That Grey/Silver Falcon was an absolute disgrace of a car...As he was braking for the hairpin corner I was on, his rear wheels would always lock causing the axel to thump up and down. Thanfully he was pulled of the circuit ue to noise emissions.
My favourite was a gorgous Alfa GTV 1600 Sprint. Not the fastest but themost beautiful going around.
Anyhow, I would love to catch up with you guys still so see if we can organise something.
I had anabsolute bal, so I am hooked.
Very good question regarding ASR. I forgot to mention that before. I did indeed switch off ASR on all my runs, except for one. I only remember that half way through Turn 3
Another point which might interest you, is the use of paddles vs the gearshift. I had 5 runs on the track during the day. For my first 4 runs I used the Paddles exclusively and that was excellent. Hands on the wheels at all time so I felt good.
But I eventually found that using the gearshift whilst approaching the 2 hairpin corners helped a lot more. What I was finding was that sometimes, the paddle system would fail to shift all the way down to 2nd gear from 4th, when I was slamming on the brakes on the corner entry. But using the gearshift would do that perfectly all the time.
The Selespeed system is GOLD in my opinion. You guys who talk the Selespeed system down all the time, should realy try it on a track condition. Its vastly different to driving it on the road. Since you are shifting gears above 6500RPM in all gears, the shifts are always lightening fast and smooth.
I actually did change the settings to full hard (from 3/4 hard on my intial 3 runs) for the last 2 runs. I found the car to understeer a little more with the full hard setting.
I really encourage you to get your 156 on the track, as you will realy learn a lot about its ultimate potential. Also (just like me), you have done a lot of modification to your car, so you should get the full enjoyment by seeing the fruit of your labour on the track.
Trust me when I tell you that the streets are not where you will feel the difference of your suspension. On a smooth track, you will finally feel the huge difference the proper Eibah Spring/Koni Damper Set up makes.
There is a Sprint day coming up in a couple of months and I would love to see you there with me.
Call me to talk about what's needed.
You have to be a member of an Automobile Club (not necessarily of Alfa Romeo). The CAMS License is nothing. Its only a level 2S License which you have to fill out and hand in on the day of the race:
As I said email/call me so we can discuss futher.