Honing Track Skills at Kirkistown

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Conditions couldn’t have been better at a sunny Kirkistown Circuit on the Newtownards Peninsula for the first Trackskills bring-your-own track day.  There were clear sunny skies and despite the low temperatures the grip levels were good.  

The turnout was decent for the first track day of the year too: 206 GTis, an RX8, a v10 M5, Leons, Fiestas and a Z4 engined 3 Series compact among others turned out along with myself in the Lotus Evora and an M135i (above).  

I’ve driven here several times on and off over the years but following on with what some of my friends have done at the ‘ring and got some pro tuition I thought why not do the same here.  On chatting with Donal O’Neill, one of the event organisers he arranged for me to get some hints and tips on driving the Kirkistown Circuit from a race competitor. 

Greer Wray hopped into the passenger seat and before I knew it I was putting in faster and smoother laps than ever.  Turning and braking points were finessed and my confidence grew enormously especially when approaching the debtors kink at maximum attack.  I’d highly recommend this to anyone – just speak to Donal and the guys on the day.

Trackskills returns to Kirkistown on Sunday 11th March.  

Photos by Jimmy Graham

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

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GT_MAXER 11:12 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
was down for a wee nosey, it has been about 7 years since ive last been and it was nice to be back. i don't know if it was just the first day or what but there wasn't the same high value cars that there used to be, probably less disposable income but those that were there definitely were enjoying themselves and giving it some beans. clios all looked great, the minis were consistent and quick. great battle between the white bmw 1 series and the red bmw (unsure what engine was in it). i hope to get to these more often this year now the house is built.
Cooper 11:42 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
On the RMS Blog: Conditions couldn't have been better at a sunny Kirkistown Circuit on the Newtownards Peninsula for the first Trackskills bring-your-own track day. There were clear sunny skies and despite the low temperatures the grip levels were good. The turnout was decent for the first track day of the year too: 206 GTis, an RX8, a v10 M5, Leons, Fiestas and a Z4 engined 3 Series compact among others turned out along with myself in the Lotus Evora and a M135i (above). (Read the Full Article Here) https://rmsmotoring.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/27785369_2048519745159915_1297122216_o-1.jpg Read the Entire Article Here
GT_MAXER 12:14 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
good read and i would definitely avail of the tuition to control the Scooby the next time i go.
Marc 12:53 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
| great battle between the white bmw 1 series and the red bmw (unsure what engine was in it). i hope to get to these more often this year now the house is built.
Red BMW was my car, its got the 3.0 from a Z4, same as a 330i/330ci (y) the white BMW was approx 100bhp up on mine, but Mikes car was fully road-going trim and very impressive
GT_MAXER 13:13 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
yes the 135 was rapid and i honestly think you both were quite matched, how did you fair compared to it on the back straight, you could brake later and harder!
Marc 16:44 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
| yes the 135 was rapid and i honestly think you both were quite matched, how did you fair compared to it on the back straight, you could brake later and harder!
it had a LOT more go down the straight and through Debtors, but I have the advantage of less weight to stop as my car has quite a bit of interior removed and 2 fixed back seats in it, and with the LSD fitted I am able to get the power down out of the hairpin and was getting more of a run out of the corner. Its a good little wagon, would love to see how it would go with an S54 from the M3 in it :D
Dan.86 17:43 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
Got to go down with a mate as passenger in his blue clio. Great fun for the clios first outing and the mates lap times were getting better every session.
gav525 19:16 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
Looked like a good dry day! Pretty sure I’ll have the Mini at the March one for a pre-European road trip shakedown, can’t wait!
Jonny F 23:05 | Mon 05 Feb, 2018 | Report
| Got to go down with a mate as passenger in his blue clio. Great fun for the clios first outing and the mates lap times were getting better every session.
What sort of times are the clios running?
Dan.86 08:09 | Tue 06 Feb, 2018 | Report
| What sort of times are the clios running?
He ran a best of 1:13.1 on one of those lap time app’s with me at 100kg so accuracy Maybe wasn’t at 100%. He did shave a second off by the end.


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