May Trackskills at a Sunny Kirkistown

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Sunday 14th May was a day of two extremes at Kirkistown. Following only three weeks after the last Trackskills track day and landing on the North West weekend, numbers were somewhat lower than usual.

However, from an activity point of view, the planned arrival of the Jacob’s Supercars cavalcade was a great success. Spectators arrived in hundreds and the queue at the café was right out the door for over an hour.

Back to things on track.

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Tom Gaughran came up in his Clio Cup van that he sprints, very successfully, in England. He was using this event as a shakedown for the next sprint.

Andrew Fox went deceptively quickly in his Porsche GT3, as did Andy Cooper in his new Lotus Evora.

MX5s were out in some force and were very entertaining to watch. Eamon Joyce, plus inlaws and outlaws, drove the wheels off their model. Various drivers, including Ruth Cousins and Ray Dowds, circulated rapidly in the #22 and #33 East Engineering models. Michael Lynn took his East Engineering affiliated #44 machine at a very quick pace while Alan Hume, as always, went well in his.

MR2s were down in number because of engine woes for some regulars but Jim Kennedy, after some exhaust repairs, went well in his early version and Barry Chambers took his later model round rapidly.

Ian McAteer impressed in his smoky diesel Golf Tdi. It is interesting how quickly a well set up version can lap!

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It was great to see David Stevenson finally have a trouble free day in his Rally Corsa. The car was quick and never missed a beat.

Ross Warwick and Harry Watson were both very quick in their respective Civics.

Joey Greenan drove his Fiesta ST to within an inch of its life! Although, to some, it didn’t look like it, he had the car under control at all times and was ridiculously quick through the twisty bits. Some of his totally legal passing moves around the outside of slower cars in those same twisty bits were not always appreciated by those being passed but his car would not have had the legs of them on the straights and if he had screwed it up, he would have damaged no one but himself. Not bad for a pensioner!

It is always a pleasure to see Colin Anderson back at Kirkistown. Some years ago, Colin had the mother of all crashes at one of our events, rolling his BMW into a ball of scrap, after a brake failure. He has been back many times since that day, always in a BMW M3, which he still drives hard and very safely.

There were a few hard luck stories on the day.

Peter Doherty had brought his daughter, Rachel, home from England, just to drive his Focus. However, the gearbox broke on the opening session, when Peter was driving and their day was over.

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Antony Dempster had recurring problems with his Prelude and he didn’t get a full session either.

The famous MazdaBitz Focus had Derek Le Mahieu tearing his hair out, after various problems, mostly related to the exhaust manifold and head. The last we heard, as he was leaving early with the car on the truck, was he was looking for looking for a gallon of fuel and a match!

Lastly, El Presidente, Colin Meegan, broke down in his rapid Clio at Colonials. When we arrived to tow him in and asked if the car would start, he replied that it wouldn’t. Something to do with the gaping hole in the engine block!

Once again, our sacrificial virgin appeased the Sun God and we went home wind beaten and sun burnt.

The marshals did a great job as usual and, in particular, Fel McIlroy kept things going with little or no interruptions. Philip Brooks provided the medical services, which we are happy not to have needed, as well as helping out with crowd control.

It is five weeks until our next event (18th June), which means that it will probably be busy. We look forward to seeing you there.

Photos thanks to Tom Maxwell at Raceline Photography.

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Mont 23:43 | Sun 14 May, 2017 | Report
I was down at this as well today with a friend in his mk2 Golf TDI. We'd a fantastic day even though we had to cool off every few laps as the Golf kept overheating. Got home to find my face had been overheating too from a good dose of Kirkistown burn! Your Evora is amazing @Cooper. We were behind you for a lap or two, although really struggled to keep up, but caught a little bit of your fun round Fishermans on the camera lol qn-DT5dddu0 We followed the GT3 for a bit as well before having to take a breather to cool the temps. BJSYuRhejKo
zafturbo 00:18 | Mon 15 May, 2017 | Report
| I was down at this as well today with a friend in his mk2 Golf TDI. We'd a fantastic day even though we had to cool off every few laps as the Golf kept overheating. Got home to find my face had been overheating too from a good dose of Kirkistown burn! Your Evora is amazing @Cooper. We were behind you for a lap or two, although really struggled to keep up, but caught a little bit of your fun round Fishermans on the camera lol qn-DT5dddu0 We followed the GT3 for a bit as well before having to take a breather to cool the temps. BJSYuRhejKo
Your obviously in a well sorted golf there but does the driver of the 911 not need to take up polo or something as a golf should not be all over the back of them.
Mont 07:36 | Mon 15 May, 2017 | Report
| Your obviously in a well sorted golf there but does the driver of the 911 not need to take up polo or something as a golf should not be all over the back of them.
That GT3 wasnt moving anywhere near 100% of what it's capable of, but it's still just fun to chase something like that, especially as a 26yr old Golf with an old vag diesel engine shouldn't really be over the back of most stuff :p
thornracing 08:12 | Mon 15 May, 2017 | Report
Full 360 Degree Videos below, not sure how they open in here but on facebook you can click on HD, turn and zoom in and out Andrew Coopers Lotus 10156275590294968 Allens MK2 MX5 Supercharged 10156277230924968 Rooth Cousins in the East Engineering rented MX5 10156275867879968
Cooper 08:26 | Mon 15 May, 2017 | Report
| I was down at this as well today with a friend in his mk2 Golf TDI. We'd a fantastic day even though we had to cool off every few laps as the Golf kept overheating. Got home to find my face had been overheating too from a good dose of Kirkistown burn! Your Evora is amazing @Cooper. We were behind you for a lap or two, although really struggled to keep up, but caught a little bit of your fun round Fishermans on the camera lol qn-DT5dddu0
That is one very quick derv! Great fun. From reading online I really should have been on top of my tyre pressures to combat understeer which would have cut down my slewing about but sure it was fun!
V8 13:01 | Tue 16 May, 2017 | Report
On the RMS Blog: Sunday 14th May was a day of two extremes at Kirkistown. Following only three weeks after the last Trackskills track day and landing on the North West weekend, numbers were somewhat lower than usual. However, from an activity point of view, the planned arrival of the Jacob's Supercars cavalcade was a great success. Spectators arrived in hundreds and the queue at the café was right out (Read the Full Article Here) https://rmsmotoring.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IMGP7302.jpg Read the Entire Article Here
barry1783 17:50 | Wed 17 May, 2017 | Report
That evora does look fabulous, I was there in the grey MR2, anyone have any photos of it in action??
jordan 375 00:25 | Thu 18 May, 2017 | Report
Anyone know who the usual photographers are for this? I was down in my dc5 and a mate in his fd2 civic, we had a few good battles with Harry's grey ep3


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