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  1. Rob Thomson

    172 Cup seat retrim?

    Hello, The bolster on my driver's seat is getting worn - any ideas how/where to get it repaired? The foam has failed, so the metal is rubbing on the cloth, which is now looking a bit thin. Think it needs new foam and some new cloth too. Guess it's the kind of thing a good upholstery company...
  2. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    That looks great. Well done for being so close to the others, that seems a really good effort particularly for a first visit to the circuit. I did a track day at Cadwell in about 2009 in my 205. Such a fabulous circuit. Would love to go back. What was the course? Pit exit to pit entry? Any...
  3. Rob Thomson

    Sluggish Clio RS 200

    How does the VVT work on the 200? Guess it's a bit more sophisticated than the 172/182s?
  4. Rob Thomson

    Sluggish Clio RS 200

    It felt crap in March. Probably got worse now it's got old fuel!
  5. Rob Thomson

    Sluggish Clio RS 200

    Yep, I appreciate it's heavier than the Cup but it felt crap to me, particularly when pulling away. Really gutless. Definitely didn't feel right, and brother's adamant it had changed.
  6. Rob Thomson

    Sluggish Clio RS 200

    Timing was done just before he bought it, so maybe February this year. I've lent him my timing tools, which he's checked it with. Cheers.
  7. Rob Thomson

    Sluggish Clio RS 200

    A few months ago my brother bought a very tidy low mileage 200. Initially he was very happy, but it seemed to lose performance. I had a quick drive in March, and it seemed really sluggish pulling away (no torque), and a slower than I'd expect at high revs. My 172 Cup felt night and day more...
  8. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Enjoy Cadwell! I did a trackday there years ago, absolutely amazing circuit. I haven't done any Javelin events - for some reason I have a deep unquestioning loyalty to Motorsport UK! RaceChrono looks interesting. A couple of years ago I bought an Aim Solo2 DL lap timer and data-logger thing...
  9. Rob Thomson

    172 Cup brake bias - rear brakes compensator fault? Not the MOT issue!!

    Just to conclude this one in case it helps anyone else... Turns out Renault still sell the Cup compensator, for not much more than the ECP part linked above. Now fitted the brakes feel much better. I haven't competed yet, but it feels much happier and more stable on the brakes.
  10. Rob Thomson

    172 Cup brake bias - rear brakes compensator fault? Not the MOT issue!!

    Those look a great idea... but I need to keep mine standard for the class regs. Anyone got any experience with the ECP regulator, or any other ideas for what might be wrong with it? Cheers.
  11. Rob Thomson

    172 Cup brake bias - rear brakes compensator fault? Not the MOT issue!!

    Hello all, I use my bog-standard Cup for hillclimbs and sprints. For obvious reasons it hasn't seen much use this year, but has done two events since lockdown and it's locking its rear brakes more than it used to. At Curborough on Saturday it tried to spit me into the barriers... Got away...
  12. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Well done James, that was a seriously good effort to find so much time from last year! You're right with us now. I reckon there was only 0.52s covering the top four in SC, so competitive. This was my mistake in T2 -
  13. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    See you on Saturday. 😊
  14. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Remember that Uphill Racers thread when you asked what pads to use and I said "Renault"...?! 😂
  15. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    #Cough #NonStandard #Cough
  16. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    I think I can do 7, maybe 8 rounds. I'm doing the HSA championship too so permission slips are at a premium! Really looking forward to it, it's brilliant that the SC class is so popular and so competitive. And I'm keen to see how much time I can find by getting really familiar with a venue. I...
  17. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Are you doing Curborough championship again this year? I've sent off my entry!
  18. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Haha, those springs are mental.
  19. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Excellent, proper springs are going to make a load of difference. Definitely worth fitting new struts and top-mounts while it's apart. I'm a bit jealous of the steering wheel and seat... Can't bring myself to swap mine, feels like the start of a slippery slope!
  20. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Yep, HSA is first two timed runs. Sodding annoying when you're trying to beat in three runs a target time that was set in four.
  21. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    One practice and three timed is fine if the three timed runs all count towards the results, but many championships only count the first two timed runs. If you're chasing a target time it makes it much harder.
  22. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Non-standard gear knob. Cheat.
  23. Rob Thomson

    M100CUP - RB 182 Sprint and Hillclimb Car

    I thought you said I had dibs? ;) Shame I missed you at Wiscombe yesterday, but it was nice to see the car on the hill. It looked like you were going well. What's on the shopping list for a replacement?
  24. Rob Thomson

    M100CUP - RB 182 Sprint and Hillclimb Car

    Graham, is there an entry list anywhere? Might come to watch.
  25. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    That's crazy fast. I've done 2-lap once and did a 68.97. I reckon I might be able to work that down to a 68.0 but another second off that is insane. I really fancy doing the Curborough Championship next year, sounds like a proper challenge.
  26. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    A camera is so useful, you'll learn loads. If you've got a Mac, iMovie is brilliant for doing split screen comparisons... If your competitors are stupid enough to upload their own videos to YouTube you can download them and do the same.
  27. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Yep, it's familiarity. I've easily beaten the fast Curborough Fiesta ST at other venues. It's rare for me to be challenged in the SC class. In the last couple of years I've only lost once, at Curborough at the end of last year when I was beaten by the ST and by another Cup. My first time at the...
  28. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Yeah, my understanding is that Standard Car category had a year 2000 cut-off due to the perceived safety of more modern cars. This was because the original intention of SC was to also relax the PPE requirements, e.g. no overalls, but that didn't happen. Of course, you can enter a standard 205...
  29. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    Funny you say that, I fitted a new Klarius (spelling?) exhaust from ECP to mine on Tuesday. I haven't had that much fun since I had my ingrowing toe-nail pulled out. To be fair, it fitted loads better than the previous one which needed the flange modifying with the die-grinder to fit the CAT...
  30. Rob Thomson

    Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car

    I must stop putting my onboard videos on YouTube... ?
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