Trackskills at Kirkistown Circuit, March 2015

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Yet again, the participants at Kirkistown on Sunday 22nd March were blessed with almost perfect weather. Yes, it was cold, as expected in March, but the sun shone all day.  The health of this branch of motor sport can be judged by the number of newcomers sampling the joys of driving fast and safely on a closed circuit.

Trackskills at Kirkistown Circuit, March 2015

Jonny Firkin was new to the Mazda MX5 ranks and he went well on his first day. A man who also joined the growing MX5 Brigade was experienced wheel man, Malcolm Bruce, who in the past has pedalled a Subaru Impreza at the circuit.  Rafael Ribeiro took it very easy in his Toyota MR2 on his first day but Conor Hamill seemed more at home in his Westfield, as a newcomer. This is the beauty of track days. Nobody is expected to go any harder than they wish. It’s all about gathering experience at a comfortable pace.

Paul Dunstan went quickly, without trouble, in his well turned out Mitsubishi Evo.  We also had a number of Ginetta Junior drivers who were amazing, given their ages.

Trackskills are very proud of the large number of drivers who have left their ranks to go racing, over the years. Included in the list is the outright lap record holder at Kirkistown, Philip Shields. Philip comes back every now and again and usually brings one of his immaculately prepared Ferraris. Such was the case on Sunday. He spent most of the time on track giving passenger rides to some lucky folk, in his race prepared 458.

Philip Shields in his race prepared Ferrari 458

Philip Shields in his race prepared Ferrari 458

 

The trend towards competition continues and this year we have Roy and Paul Stewart, Desi McGlade and Jonny Forsythe joining the Kirkistown Fiesta class. These four plus Niall O’Hanlon and Cahal Nugent were a great sight to watch as they racked up the miles in close company all day in these evenly matched cars.

A few people didn’t have great luck on Sunday. Tony Traub’s DC5 refused to run cleanly. A fuel starvation problem is the likely cause. Raymond Grimes’ MR2 gave up the ghost half way through the afternoon and Loris Nikolov discovered what it feels like to suddenly become a passenger rather than a driver when he had a suspension failure in the chicane.

The Locaterfield people have begun to come out of winter hibernation, perhaps attracted by the sun! It was great to see the return of Paul Keys and Jeff Rutherford in their Megabussas. Father and son team Richard and Chris Kyle brought theirs as well as did David Murray. Davis Buick brought his Reis Aero variation back after a long absence.

An interesting phenomenon is that of Nicolas Wood and his Princess (Elise). Ever since the Honda heart transplant, this car just gets quicker and quicker and yet Nicholas becomes more anonymous! It must be the extra concentration required to go round so fast. We hardly know he has been there! We’re missing your craic, Nicholas!

Nicholas and his "Princess" Honda powered Lotus Elise

Nicholas and his “Princess” Honda powered Lotus Elise

 

Special mention has to go to Brendan Cumiskey who drove his beautiful Mini Clubman 1330 hard all day. It was a pleasure to see this rare machine being driven properly. Another beautifully turned out machine was “Roxy”, the extremely sexy Mazda RX8 belonging to Norman McNaught. This car is ready to race and we are encouraging Norman to take the plunge and join the ranks of the Kirkistown GTs.

Thanks to the marshals and also thanks to the new crew from St John who dealt with the Loris Nikolov incident quickly and efficiently.  The wait until our next date is shorter this time. It is on Sunday 19th April. See you there!

Trackskills at Kirkistown Circuit, March 2015

Thanks to Marc Whitford for the Photos.

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RMS Forum Comments

collyirwin11 17:59 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
The ferrari was absolutely rapid, so was the white evo, it could fairly shift. Wee princess was going well too @svensktoppen Also that evo posted above was going very well
MarkM 18:39 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
another fantastic day, Clio made it home unscathed again, see you at the next one :)
svensktoppen 18:51 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
Perfect day, perfect track, one of the best selections of well prepared cars I have seen in a long time :) And yes, wee Princess was having a ball too. Just need better tyres now. Great day :cool:
Tedtiler 19:54 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
| Perfect day, perfect track, one of the best selections of well prepared cars I have seen in a long time :) And yes, wee Princess was having a ball too. Just need better tyres now. Great day :cool:
was indeed a great day. looked like we were shaping up for some battles in the afternoon but clutch decided otherwise. wish ours was self healing like yours!
StephenDc2 20:06 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
The weather certainly brings out some nice machinery at Kirkistown! I had a few handling issues with the Integra on the first session out and after making a few changes it was a bit better behaved, Had a good run with the rapid M3 and the DC5 which was also lapping well I think everyone would dream about owning a race car like the Ferarri down today
Gibbo 20:21 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
| The weather certainly brings out some nice machinery at Kirkistown! I had a few handling issues with the Integra on the first session out and after making a few changes it was a bit better behaved, Had a good run with the rapid M3 and the DC5 which was also lapping well I think everyone would dream about owning a race car like the Ferarri down today
Yep was a good run I had with you in the M3, had under steer problems today ended up with a shredded front left. Driven very well and very quick car. Was perfect conditions and great day.
StephenDc2 20:37 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
| Yep was a good run I had with you in the M3, had under steer problems today ended up with a shredded front left. Driven very well and very quick car. Was perfect conditions and great day.
It didn't seem to hold you up too much anyway but I could tell that you would have normally been quicker through the corners I would like to eventually try a set of slicks on the car but because I drive the car down I'm limited to road legal tyres, I was running a wider tyre on the front with a better compound and the car was very nervous under braking and initial turn in. I will try better rear tyres next time Main thing was we made it home in one piece with no major issues!
Gibbo 20:45 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
| It didn't seem to hold you up too much anyway but I could tell that you would have normally been quicker through the corners I would like to eventually try a set of slicks on the car but because I drive the car down I'm limited to road legal tyres, I was running a wider tyre on the front with a better compound and the car was very nervous under braking and initial turn in. I will try better rear tyres next time Main thing was we made it home in one piece with no major issues!
That's the main thing, all safe home and a good days driving, yes it was v nervous under braking lol seemed to have tons of front end grip though, we had to man handle the M round today but still good crack. Here's the front left at the end of the day, have go pro and photos from the camera to upload later on80061
svensktoppen 21:41 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
| was indeed a great day. looked like we were shaping up for some battles in the afternoon but clutch decided otherwise. wish ours was self healing like yours!
Still cannot believe how quick that old MR2 is on your hands, well done :) I thought you were just teasing, pulling over and then passing again, lol - I blame Pete the Elephant in the passenger seat :p Sorry to hear about the broken clutch, just how it goes sometimes.
Gibbo 21:52 | Sun 22 Mar, 2015 | Report
I have uploaded the pictures from today at the facebook page link below, some half decent shot of most of the cars today including @svensktoppen @MarkM @Tedtiler @jagged https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.433795673453107.1073741846.303451079820901&type=1


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