I really like this circuit. First trackday in the 3.2 911...
Had our briefing, usual stuff, proceeded out for a noise check - barely passed. Limit here was 105dB - I got through at 103dB I explained to the other half why i wasn't rushing to the front of the queue to get on track straight away, I was going to give it 30 mins for everyone else to clean the track. Five minutes later an Elise didn't quite make it through Hall Bends...
I had booked some tuition, just a half hour session, totally free. Mainly because it was my first time here, and my first trackday in a 911 - you know the stories everyone tells you - pendulous handling, I was actually quite worried. I went out for a few easy laps, just to learn a bit more about the car, and the track - adorned a Novice Sticker too, just to let people know!
I gathered speed after three laps, got over the mountain and accelerated hard, the entrance to the track is just before the hall bends, followed by the hairpin, quite a tight 2nd gear bend. I backed off a little on the entrance to Hall, i found that with my very stiff front shocks, I could easily give it some stick through here, and i could feel when the front end was sliding, and power through it in third before dropping to second to attack the hairpin. After five or six laps i was giving the rear end some provocation, as its a slow enough corner to catch if you get it wrong...
Into Barn can get a bit hairy if you going quite quick, but once the tutor had pointed me in the right direction you can really make a difference. Down the long straight you dip down, and coming to coppice i tended to lift before the turn and then put the power back down once grip was established by loading the g's on the outer tyres. From there you drift left accross the track, a short sharp stab on the brakes followed by a right turn see's you into Charlies. Progressive power is what you need here into the long park straight, another stab and your into Park, you can get a really nice line here but the exit is essential, you can carry a lot of speed thru the chris curve.
Settle the car on the left hand side for the gooseneck, I was hitting the brakes with the car straight before the first right turn, getting back on the power briefly before the left braking whilst straight, following thru and power down the hill. I was finding the back end was locking up a little here, as the weight transfer is a lot more 'forward' as your braking and going downhill. Mansfield - quite a tight left hander in second exiting and back on the power before braking not too hard for the left \ right combo upto the mountain, i'd power round the left a little, get up to the right, but take it easy over the mountain - i do have some mechanical sympathy!
That takes us one lap - all in all fantastic dry circuit - wouldn't fancy it wet. Have fun thru halls, but you need a straight a line as possible, swing thru the hairpin and progressive up to Charlies. Gooseneck is great fun for learning the car handling under pressure, easy on the mountain.
I'd do it again no problems
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Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:10 pm Post subject: champion of cadwell
As a former Champion of Cadwell in single seaters, I know this circuit very well indeed. I have decided not to take my Carrera out around it as I always want to drive harder and harder. I still have a single seater, perhaps I will go out in that again one day.
Be careful in the spring and autumn, especially in the morning. It can get incredibly slippy under the trees as all the oil/sap is released. A good shower over this makes for an ice rink. Make sure your brakes have plenty of wear left and if possible rig up some extra cooling as a common problem on track days is cooking brakes.
I'm not sure of a good lap in a tin top but single seaters are looking at 1'04ish on the club and 1'33ish on full. Plenty of gear changes. Beware of Gooseneck as you unload going over the crest & on the club circuit, the hairpin is so tight it never ends and will scrub tyres at almost any speed. The montain will kick you out a bit as you unload. A small crest in the road before the hairpin can cause locking brakes. Best bits, in a single seater is completely airborne over the mountain. Flat into coppice and turning in to charlies before you can see the apex, that always made a big race difference. Last of late braking corners in to Park, power on from Park though Chris and Donnington with front tied in close and the back wanting to break free.
If anyone wants advice or tuition drop me a line I only live 20 minutes from the circuit and now semi-retired. _________________ Have Polar Silver 993. Previously had Forest Green 911SC. Raced single seaters 10 yrs, Formula Ford - even drove Hesketh F1 x-James Hunt car. Champion of Cadwell, BRSCC open wheel champion.
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