Castle Combe Finals 2017

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As is tradition I am posting this a couple of weeks after the event 🙂

As you may have gathered by now my Castle Combe race posts rarely contained commentary of the day’s actual racing but more me ‘rambling’ on about my day… reason I say this is because I have been asked a few times ‘who won’… to which I generally reply with ‘I have no idea’… as to be honest I don’t actually follow the racing as such… I am there to support Bill if he needs it, to see friends with similar interests, soak up the atmosphere and take photos…

I don’t really feel inclined to become a journalist, there are plenty of other resources out there should you want to know more about the actual racing but for me its a day out with good friends indulging in my interests of cars and photography..

So… nice early start!… Bill took the Badgerwagon to shake her down after all the recent issues… the aim of the game was to finish in one piece with no major issues…

Was good to see the car there after all the issues…

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

…and of course Tony and the gang were there too…
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Qualy was at 9ish so didn’t have time to walk round the track and settle down for the day… ended up watching from the pits…

Bill got round unscathed with no issues (other than handling was a bit off) but Tony wasn’t so lucky… a coolant leak from Scaramanga’s car at Camp Corner caused Tony to spin and get t-boned to boot…
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Disappointing… so went and had breakfast and wandered off for the rest of the day to photograph the racing…

Bill had a decent day… car (despite not handling fantastically) survived the day and he ended up with 3rd in class… there were some nice cars there so I won’t ramble on anymore… here are a few pics from the day…

A few shots from the Porsche racing..
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Castle Combe Finals 2017

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Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Saloons…
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Castle Combe Finals 2017

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Castle Combe Finals 2017

Monoposto’s… these were quite fun and a couple had motorbike engines… they sounded awesome 🙂
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Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

The GT’s of course… some nice machinery on track 🙂
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Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

…an Aston was there too… much love for this beauty…
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Castle Combe Finals 2017

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Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Unfortunately one of the silhouettes had rather a nasty crash just as I about to move from Old Paddock corner… was not the nicest thing I have ever seen…

The car in question was this one…
Castle Combe Finals 2017

Castle Combe Finals 2017

Thankfully he got out of the car ok… a little shaken up and went to the hospital just for a check over but shows how ‘safe’ (in relative terms) the cars are…

All in all though it was a good day’s racing and a great end to the season… looking forward to next year 🙂

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Audi Driver International 2017

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ADI was a little earlier than usual this year but I have been pretty busy of late so I am posting this a couple of weeks after the event 🙂

Wasn’t really feeling it this year but was a chance to get to meet a few old friends and to give the Badgerwagon a shake down after various issues meaning Bill missed the last couple of races…

Basically ended up walking around the track at Combe with my great mate Mark and his family stopping at Quarry, Old Paddock and Bobbies taking pictures…

This year was probably the quietest I have seen ADI… not many people there at all but I did take a few pics so here are a few of them 🙂

Early start and the weather looked promising…
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Starting in the paddock we have Kieth Murry’s rather impressive R8 that runs a turbo 2ltr valver engine!..
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Audi Driver International 2017

The rather rare aluminium blocked 1.2tdi A2…
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Quite possibly my other favourite car on the day…
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Audi Driver International 2017

Off round the track now…
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Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

Audi Driver International 2017

And of course the Badgerwagon being put through its paces…
Audi Driver International 2017

Was a nice day all in all even though it was a little undersubscribed… not many cars on track so made it a little tricky to get much ‘theatre’ into the pics but was nice to spend time with great mate Mark and his family, taking pics and watching cars 🙂

Mark being taught how best to get a panning shot…
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Audi Driver International 2017

Was the little ones first day out at a track
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Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

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After the rather nasty off in race 2 you would be forgiven to think that it might take a while to get things sorted… as it happens… no it didn’t!…

After a rather impressive turn around from Craig at Darkside Customs we had the car back looking straighter than it did from the last excursion into Tower corner…
Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

The day started off ok… weather was looking iffy at best and then it started spitting with rain in qualy… Bill got 7th on grid with a 1.16.320… not too bad considering the greasy track and a few nerves hoping the brakes will hold up this time…

Not everything was going as well though… Keepo had started the weekend with issues managing to break off a bleed nipple from one of the front calipers… after sorting that out the alternator bracket came adrift and the oil cooler split during qualy… keepo was not having a good day..

This was compounded by the heavens opening and then would you believe it!!.. the solar panel farm caught fire!!!..

It was a very eventful day… the race proved to be even more eventful… very very very wet but Bill did good… held 3rd place right up to the last lap… then aquaplaned into… you guessed it… Tower!!!…

There was a short period of panic and disbelief as the commentators weren’t exactly sure what was happening with car 55 at Tower so we walked back to the paddock only to find a very straight looking Badgerwagon parked up… thankfully there was a new ‘tyre’ wall installed at Tower that pretty much cushioned his entry in… there was a small dent in the rear from contact with another car on the way in and a broken door mirror…

Best bit of it was that he finished 3rd in class after making his way back on track!!… result 🙂

Anyway… as the weather was crap and I care far too much about my camera kit I didn’t take too many pics… here are a few of the ones I did though…

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 3

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Weather forecast was threatening rain (showers at the very least)… rainy race days are not the most fun if I am honest but we had wets and was hopeful the rain would hold off long enough…

Thankfully the rain did hold off and all was looking good in qualy… Bill managed a 1.14.896 which placed him second on grid…

Unfortunately towards the end of the session he was approaching Tower corner and went to brake… the pedal just hit the floor and wouldn’t pump up in time to make the corner… he ended up going backwards into the tyre wall at Tower 🙁

Was a concerning 20 mins while we waited outside the medical centre for him to be released but released he was rather battered, bruised and a little sorry for himself…

Thankfully the damage looked worse than it was and the car has now gone off to be sorted… will require a bit of pulling and Bills donor Ibiza to provide panels to replace the bent ones… may even take advantage of the opportunity to do a wide arch conversion on the rears too 🙂

I think Bill had come to the conclusion his car was lost but after support from the community at Combe the Badgerwagon will return stronger than ever 🙂

Pretty sure the car suffered massive pad knock off so at the very least we need to look at ways to mitigate the effect to at least stand a chance of gaining control… this happened so fast with no warning there was no chance of a safe recovery… looking at the logs he was doing 115mph at the point he lost the brakes… the second pump managed to lock up the OSF wheel but the NSF didn’t do a thing… a yank of the handbrake managed to drop the speed to around 60mph and span the car round where the car came to an abrupt halt in the tyre wall… Ouch!!!… the force of the impact broke the front mountings of the seat too causing Bill to head his head against the roll cage as it leant back… double ouch!!!

Not a good start to the day and he was doing so well 🙁

Shame as race 2 saw the return of Tony Hutchings and his TT after the big crash last year so would have made for some interesting racing…

The mood did pick up though and the rest of the day went well with Tony bagging a 1st in class in the GT’s and 2nd in class in saloons…

Hopefully we shall be back ready for Race 3 🙂

Some pics from the day…

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Castle Combe 2017 Race 2

Keepo trying to have a pee up the fence… probably… 🙂
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And of course the result of the accident 🙁
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Onwards and upwards

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 1

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First race of the year… didn’t really get many images on the day as I was making sure I was available to support Bill and train up the new guy 🙂

Anyway… race went fantastically well… Bill qualified second on grid with a personal best lap time of 1.13.9… race got off to a good start and Bill came in a solid 2nd in the race and in his class only missing out on the lap record by 0.2 seconds and slashing his personal best with a 1.13.6…

Was a great start to the season 🙂

Castle Combe 2017 Race 1

Castle Combe 2017 Race 1

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 1

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Castle Combe 2017 Race 1

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Audi Driver International 2016

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Little bit late posting this up I know as the show was mid October but been very busy at work and not done much photography of late…

So… the lead up to ADI was mostly me detailing the S3… in fairness I haven’t done a full detail on her for a fairly long time and she has picked up a few scratches along the way..

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So proceeded to snow foam, wash and fall out clean the car… followed by a clay bar of the panels I was working on…

Started on the wings and bonnet first… used 3M Fast Cut Plus with a yellow pad rather than a green pad to get rid of the marring.. then used a green spot pad to work out the deeper scratches.. then finished off with 3M Ultrafina on a blue pad…
Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

Not clay bar’d the roof for a while… it showed!
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But came up ok once I had de-marred with Fast Cut and topped off with Ultrafina…
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I use the Carlack Acrylic system as my protection… works rather well on silver cars giving a nice wet look…

Doors next… which again seemed to be glad of a good clay bar lol..
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Worth the effort though…
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All in all I did the whole car over the period of just over a week working on a panel a day…

Was worth the effort seeing her on the day…
Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

Didn’t take many pics that day either to be fair so here are the couple I did take..
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Audi Driver International 2016

And probably the most awesome car there (the car that really got me into Audi’s)
Audi Driver International 2016

Audi Driver International 2016

Was a good day though… met up with friends I haven’t seen for a while and generally chilled..

Hopefully will be back behind the camera again very soon 🙂

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VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

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Badger 5 outing to Castle Combe on Saturday for a VW/Audi trackday… was a little quiet to be honest which I suspect was partly due to it conflicting with one of the biggest shows of the year AITP (Audi’s in the Park)… never mind, meant the track would be relatively clear 🙂

Bill brought the Badgerwagon, the 402hp Lupo and his Mk2 Leon Cupra to use on track and y00f (one of Bill’s mechanics) brought his rather battle weary looking MX 5.

Was a good day though and despite a few little issues with the Badgerwagon losing a little oil pressure and the Lupo blowing (yet another) inner CV fun was had by all especially y00f who was like a pig in poop!… he run out of fuel and wore out a set of brake pads throughout the day and would have gone back out but couldn’t get another set of pads in time…

Here are a few images from the day 🙂

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

VW-Audi trackday at Castle Combe 2016

And finally a little shot of whats actually powering the ‘R8’… a turbocharged 2ltr valver engine (Mk3 Golf for those that weren’t aware! 😀 )
Dialynx R8

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