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Project Unicorn - 172 Cup Hillclimb / Sprint Car



jp_lcr

ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup
Did that link above to video work out of curiosity? Never shared a video before... edit: ignore me must have from seeing my knob :LOL:
 
  Clio 172 phase 1
Looks a good Lap ..practice Is the key ..i noticed mr Goodlad was competing too ..hes really quick round Three sisters in his Cup , just shows you how important familiarity is ( with regards him being 3 seconds off the pace at curborough ) ..my green machine beat him by 100th of a second at Aintree ..nice bloke.
Yeah that was the main point of debate hard on those who are new or not been out in while. It was done with best intentions I think of torrential rain expected in afternoon but we ended up getting rain in morning :confused:

I've uploaded video to my dropbox so hopefully you can see this?

74.13 lap of Curborough
 

jp_lcr

ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup
Looks a good Lap ..practice Is the key ..i noticed mr Goodlad was competing too ..hes really quick round Three sisters in his Cup , just shows you how important familiarity is ( with regards him being 3 seconds off the pace at curborough ) ..my green machine beat him by 100th of a second at Aintree ..nice bloke.
Yeah he is a nice bloke it was good to race against someone in an identical car in the same conditions - his fastest lap was 72.35 yesterday so I wasnt a million miles off, but plenty more time to come.
 

donnylad

ClioSport Club Member
Lines looked very good mate, if I had to give some constructive criticism I would say you need to be getting into third for the first corner, then staying in third until you straighten up ready to brake into mole hill, then brake and change down before turning into that.

Second part would be on the return cross over don't brake so early, carry more speed and you will be able to turn in sooner, heading towards the cones, the car will naturally float to the right and actually miss them, giving a straighter line into the back straight going into Fradley. The crossovers might also be best in third but not sure without testing that one.

Well done thought mate, your times are dropping every round which will put you in a great position for next year.

I feel a day with the car doing confidence building would be great, adding slow amounts of speed per lap etc, although too many runs will warm the tyres up and become unrealistic to sprinting, its great to see how far the car can actually be pushed. I personally find it a lot easier to loose it when I have a oh s**t moment and lift or don't react quick enough and only practice can stop that in my eyes!

On a side not I loaded my car on the trailer Sunday then lost the key to the Clio, my one and only. So it became a bit more of an expensive weekend!
 

jp_lcr

ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup
Cheers mate for the tips much appreciated I will try to put them into action. Agree definitely need to fit in some practice days to test and push car more.

Ah gutting on key, theres always something. I had to sort windscreen washers on mine today as stopped working, stanley knife and screwdriver saved buying a new pump before MOT Thursday, hopefully not an expensive day.
 

jp_lcr

ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup
Last figure of 8 of the Championship today. A lovely day, no random showers as we pull up to start line which I think has been the whole season to date!

Bright sunshine all day and I got a new PB 72.52 seconds so 1.6 better than last race, happy with that. Timing shows how critical first corner/first lap is. Lots more time in the car but all steps forward. I came 5th out of 7 in class. Top 4 all 200 Cups and a consistently well driven Fiesta ST.

There was some money in the paddock today too lots of Porsche's, Caterham's and this Formula Ford? EcoBoost monster was FTD and pushing record I think but didnt see final run as a long day running late.
 

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jp_lcr

ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup
So last race of the season and similar pattern to before. A large class of 9 all experienced racers. Clios and MX5s.

My first run tried a slightly more aggressive start and bang bang bang wheel hop and it jumped out of gear, then more banging all the way round = 45 second lap. Top engine mount gone, engine could move 5mm+ in any direction, dog bone also looked slightly down out of position. Only fix was the hack up my ice scraper into a few wedges and pack it around the main engine mount. Tape over the top at voila no engine movement :)

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It still banged and popped out of gear once more in other runs but much better than first practice. Ended second timed run with 40.52, so slowest Clio but faster than the MX5s for 7th place before having to make a swift exit as my son is unwell.

It's been great this season I've learned lots, kept getting quicker but still a long way to go. To give an example of the class I'm in 1st and 4th in the overall Championship are from my class so good drivers in quick cars beating numerous lap records in the process.

Also nice to find out I've been awarded the "Lifeline" trophy the newcomer award for supporting the Championship / spirit of the Championship which is nice and unexpected. Hopefully next year I can keep getting faster and get some results on track (y)

Thanks for the tips on here too everyone.
 

David Stuart

ClioSport Club Member
Well done. Seems like we are in pretty similar positions. I’m competing in the A2 class in Scotland and it’s mainly clios with the odd fiesta (mx5’s have their own single mark class up here as there are so many)

I started the year dead last in a standard car. I’m still last but now only 0.4s off the next best clio driven by someone with a year more under his belt. There are 2 front runners up here beating track records with great cars and I’m nowhere near those guys.

Now with a new car with a bit more power and better setup (and importantly more experience) I’m hoping to be in the pack next year.


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jp_lcr

ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup
Well done. Seems like we are in pretty similar positions. I’m competing in the A2 class in Scotland and it’s mainly clios with the odd fiesta (mx5’s have their own single mark class up here as there are so many)

I started the year dead last in a standard car. I’m still last but now only 0.4s off the next best clio driven by someone with a year more under his belt. There are 2 front runners up here beating track records with great cars and I’m nowhere near those guys.

Now with a new car with a bit more power and better setup (and importantly more experience) I’m hoping to be in the pack next year.


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H David, seen you picked up Grahams car looks a great base, good luck with it will keep an eye out for updates.

One half of me enjoys just being involved, the other competitive half of me only wants to turn up if have a chance of winning, so I'm having to tell that side to be quiet for a couple seasons maybe!
 

David Stuart

ClioSport Club Member
H Stuart, seen you picked up Grahams car looks a great base, good luck with it will keep an eye out for updates.

One half of me enjoys just being involved, the other competitive half of me only wants to turn up if have a chance of winning, so I'm having to tell that side to be quiet for a couple seasons maybe!
I get that totally. It’s why I spent money getting a better car as a base to build from. But ultimately the biggest factor will still be me so I’m
Just keen to keep improving my own time st every event.


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jp_lcr

ClioSport Club Member
  172 Cup
After a good bit of thinking things over I'm sticking with Standard class. There's plenty of time for me to find in the car and after a 5 hour round trip last night going over the Snake Pass twice it's just proper old school fun.

The trip was to pick up my new seat, did measurements online and fingers crossed but it fits my lanky build perfect, brand new (unused) seat for half price. I wanted full fibreglass and a Sabelt one to pretend I'm a Cup racer.

So have that to fit and I'm going to spend some time refreshing suspension, bushes, mounts and maybe brakes.
 

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