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Yazza54

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125 months

Thursday 10th January
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Worth following the facebook page which is where the formula is marketed the most regularly with general news, driver updates, newcomers etc.

https://www.facebook.com/rgbsports1000

BertBert

12,813 posts

155 months

Sunday 13th January
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Saw the Spire on the 750mc stand on Friday and it looked very nice!
Bert

Yazza54

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Monday 14th January
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BertBert said:
Saw the Spire on the 750mc stand on Friday and it looked very nice!
Bert
Yep, that's the sister car to mine that Richard will be driving.

Some good news, my blue Spire has now sold to a newcomer to the formula - Tom Johnston. Very pleased that it's staying in the formula and some more new blood is coming in.

Tkjracing

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7 months

Tuesday 22nd January
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Yazza54 said:
Some good news, my blue Spire has now sold to a newcomer to the formula - Tom Johnston. Very pleased that it's staying in the formula and some more new blood is coming in.
Some new blood indeed! I’m chuffed to nuts to have picked up such a well taken care of and developed car. I hope I do it justice and continue it’s onward development.
It feels like I’ve got a mountain of admin to get through before the season opener at Brands and more importantly some much needed track time in the Spire. Not only am I new to the RGB formula but I will be wearing my novice cross with pride as I’ve never been involved in any form of racing until now. Certainly a learning curve to climb but I can’t wait to get stuck in.

Yazza54

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Tuesday 22nd January
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Tkjracing said:
Some new blood indeed! I’m chuffed to nuts to have picked up such a well taken care of and developed car. I hope I do it justice and continue it’s onward development.
It feels like I’ve got a mountain of admin to get through before the season opener at Brands and more importantly some much needed track time in the Spire. Not only am I new to the RGB formula but I will be wearing my novice cross with pride as I’ve never been involved in any form of racing until now. Certainly a learning curve to climb but I can’t wait to get stuck in.
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Yazza54

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125 months

Saturday 16th March
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First test of the year Thursday just gone at Silverstone on the national circuit.

Woke up at stupid o clock, didn't sleep very well due to the excitement and anticipation of driving my new car biggrin but I had to be up early anyway to make the 2 3/4 hour drive to the track.

Arrived around 7.15am, Paul had already got the cars in the garage the night before so they were sat there ready to go and glistening, beautifully prepared.





First sessions were mega wet, the car was inspiring a good amount of confidence and lovely to drive. These cars don't run full blown race wets, they are just an Avon road tyre and they don't really ever have a good amount of grip in the wet, as the cars are too light and the tyres are too hard to really generate any decent heat...but they clear the water well and are much safer than the A048s!




Thankfully it dried out later on and we got a bit of dry track time. It was quite useless for trying to put a hot lap in as there was a lot of traffic, I probably didn't get more than 2-3 clear laps, and that's not in a row!! Very mixed bag, a few very quick cars and a lot of slow ones.

As test days go though it was most useful as it was great familiarisation time with a new car in a few different conditions.

Pace was promising considering I felt rusty, greasy track, unable to settle into a rhythm for catching historic race cars every corner and on old testing tyres... More to come with more seat time etc.

Oh I managed to photo bomb mark blundell too rofl



Tom was also out in my old car which was great to see, had a good run in the evening, the grin on his face after which was priceless! Have seen an onboard video of his and am impressed with his driving. So a good day all round.

Next test day is next Friday at Oulton Park which is a track that I've always loved so I can't wait, fingers crossed for some decent weather!!





Edited by Yazza54 on Saturday 16th March 08:04

Yazza54

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Saturday 30th March
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Forgot to update this after oulton, test day was going well... Well under the old lap record but this was to be expected considering it was about 15 years old!! But ended up finding some Gremlins with the car that meant I only did half the third session and missed the fourth session. Was a shame as I just posted a fairly quick time on some very old knackered rubber, we fitted much fresher tyres for the third session and the car felt instantly better. But it is what it is, and that's why we test... Better to find any possible issues now than on race day!

Here's some pics my GFs father took





Roll on brands on 13th/14th April, if anyone pops along be sure to come and say hi.

BobToc

294 posts

61 months

Saturday 30th March
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Can I be terribly rude and ask what your all-in cost of a season in? Its so hard to get a sense for how much racing at this level really costs but you make it look very accessible!

Yazza54

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15,802 posts

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Saturday 30th March
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BobToc said:
Can I be terribly rude and ask what your all-in cost of a season in? Its so hard to get a sense for how much racing at this level really costs but you make it look very accessible!
It's do able for around 1000 quid a round testing Friday and racing sat sun) ... As for how much testing you want to do and how much you want to spend on a car, I suppose it depends on how competitive you want to be or think you can be, if that makes sense?

There's 2 top level spire gt3s like mine available at the moment for 21k and 23k and some older models like my old blue car for 15k and 17k... To me the car isn't a big deal, as long as you don't total it, it will hold a good residual value. The formula itself is quite affordable. No slicks, our AO48s last well, cost 400 a set and we have limited competitors to 3 sets a season, standard compliant engines don't cost a fortune, are in steady supply and last reasonably well... You won't go faster for less

Yazza54

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125 months

Saturday 6th April
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Time table for next weekends season opener at Brands Hatch



Live timing can be found here for quali and both races

http://www.theresultslive.co.uk/750-motor-club/201...

Yazza54

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15,802 posts

125 months

Thursday 2nd May
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Dunno if anyone's following this thread, but we are out this Sat at Silverstone on the national circuit.

Bikesports and F1000 are also racing, so a lot of fast action all jam packed into the one day.

If anyone's reading and thinking of popping along, come say hi..

alfie2244

11,012 posts

132 months

Thursday 2nd May
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Yazza54 said:
Dunno if anyone's following this thread, but we are out this Sat at Silverstone on the national circuit.

Bikesports and F1000 are also racing, so a lot of fast action all jam packed into the one day.

If anyone's reading and thinking of popping along, come say hi..
Just to let you know there some on here with an interest in cars and motorsport......even if from afar.

Good luck beer

Yazza54

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125 months

Saturday 4th May
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alfie2244 said:
Yazza54 said:
Dunno if anyone's following this thread, but we are out this Sat at Silverstone on the national circuit.

Bikesports and F1000 are also racing, so a lot of fast action all jam packed into the one day.

If anyone's reading and thinking of popping along, come say hi..
Just to let you know there some on here with an interest in cars and motorsport......even if from afar.

Good luck beer
Cheers!

Qualified 3rd and came 3rd in both races. As good as I could manage today, but more points in the bag. My first race after removing the novice cross and getting two podiums ain't so bad but I would have liked to have been able to run with the guys in front. Improving slowly and I can only aim to do my best and I think I did, so it's all good!

BertBert

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155 months

Saturday 4th May
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Sounds a pretty good start, well done!

718rsk

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111 months

Sunday 5th May
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I was Post Chief at Copse yesterday, couple of good results given the changeable track conditions, guess that was a brown trouser moment when your teammate in #11 spun in front of you at the start of the first race myself and the I/o both had our fingers on our radio buttons expecting a bit of an incident. What happened with the #1 car saw it smoking as it passed my post in practice then didn't come out for either race.

Yazza54

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Sunday 5th May
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718rsk said:
I was Post Chief at Copse yesterday, couple of good results given the changeable track conditions, guess that was a brown trouser moment when your teammate in #11 spun in front of you at the start of the first race myself and the I/o both had our fingers on our radio buttons expecting a bit of an incident. What happened with the #1 car saw it smoking as it passed my post in practice then didn't come out for either race.
Wasn't too bad, I don't tend to panic too much in situations like that, just make a decision on which way to go! Thats the beauty of Silverstone with all the run off area!

John Cutmore retired with a cracked block

Yazza54

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Monday 6th May
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Championship standings after the first two rounds / 4 races ... Got some work to do but nice to be sat in 2nd.






Edited by Yazza54 on Monday 6th May 17:00

Yazza54

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125 months

Saturday 3rd August
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Hi all

Apologies for the lack of updates, that is if anyone's reading lol

Next round is 10th / 11th August at Silverstone on the International layout. It is going to be live streamed so I'll post up the link when it's released, it'll be easy to find on the 750MC website or faceache page though if anyone wants to tune in.

As for my progress, back into second in the championship after Rounds 5 & 6 but need to pull my finger out if I want to stay at or near the sharp end of the table.



I have been playing a lot with the setup and learned a great deal, unfortunately a lot of the time I've been learning what not to do because things I've tried haven't gone to plan... Ultimately it's still learning though and I am understanding and interpreting what the car is doing better as time goes on. It's always easier to analyse and evaluate after a race meeting - that's obviously too late, but at least it can be applied next time!

Last time out at Snetterton I did some rather good times in testing but went the wrong way on the settings and ended up chasing my tail. It's difficult with limited funds and testing opportunities, and very easy to find yourself going in the wrong direction on a sessioned test day and finishing the day no better than you started or feeling unwilling to go back to something you didn't like earlier even if it was faster, particularly when making all these decisions on your own.

All that said, I do feel like I'm starting to get somewhere, even if the results haven't reflected that yet.

The most I've been able to do in a lot of the races is just do my best, bring it home in the best position I could on the day to bag the points and that does work to a degree, but when you drop 2 scores you really need some big ones in there to bolster the numbers, as it stands the best finish I've had is 3rd place, 5 of them to be precise.

So, a bit of a race report for last run out at Snett. Qualifying did not go well, not only did I go the wrong way on the setup in testing and continue down that route for qualifying, the front ARB broke on the second lap (I think) which made the car handle considerably differently (worse!), completely changing it's balance and the best I could do was 7th, rubbish.

Into Race 1, not really being sure whether the setup or the ARB snapping or both in equal measure were the main causes of my lack of pace, we just fitted a new ARB but left the setup alone. Long story short, struggled, had very little pace and just about managed to bag 3rd by the end of the race but it was hard work. Video below...

https://youtu.be/jc2LUi2ypDY



Race 2 - put the car back to my settings from very early in Friday testing as I came to the conclusion I needed to accept I'd cocked up the setup. It was supposed to be a dry race but it chucked it down minutes before the race as we were all sat in assembly area on dry setups/tyres.

Having never been in this situation before I had no idea how much grip there would be available. The answer is almost zero, and I even spun on the sighting lap trying to get a feel for the car. Again starting from a poor position I got an awful start and was almost last by the first corner. From there I just tentatively got a feel for it and built up to a pace that was safe but allowed me to make progress, ending up 2nd on the road through a combination of overtaking people and not making any foolish mistakes whilst others had excursions off track.

I did however pay for the earlier foolish mistake of spinning on the sighting lap. Apparently there is a rule that if you drop to last on the road on the sighting lap you should start from the back. Not knowing that I just started from my qualifying position, I was given a 10sec penalty putting me back to 3rd, as I was only 6 secs ahead on the road.

Video below, it may be like watching paint dry but it was bloody hard work...!

https://youtu.be/tH5AVUFCqNw



So there we have it, 2x 3rds. Felt like I made life hard for myself, and a little hard done by in the 2nd race given I was almost last by the first corner anyway, but rules are rules and points are points.

You may also note that my engine on the start line sounds like a transit van, unfortunately that is the dreaded Honda death rattle, the older engines had no heat treating on the crank primary drive gear and they are prone to chewing up and breaking off.



Luckily I managed to source a good replacement and Paul Nightingale got straight to swapping it over, and we managed to save the other engine before it went bang.. and that's us up to date.

Fingers crossed for some good weather and some good luck at Silverstone... Tune in to watch on the live stream or if you can make it by all means come and say hi. Cheers..!




Edited by Yazza54 on Saturday 3rd August 18:11

AWRacing

1,504 posts

169 months

Saturday 3rd August
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Wet race looked fun!
Couple of comments, hopefully seen as constructive...
1 - try staying off racing line in corners in the wet, usually find more grip off line.
2 - heal and toe, try and practice it as much as possible as it’ll help keep the car settled under braking and downshifting and also reduce risk of locking the rear wheels on downshift in wet.

Yazza54

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15,802 posts

125 months

Saturday 3rd August
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We don't really have that issue, the motorcycle slipper clutches take care of the back - torque.

As for lines, I suppose it's that fear factor of the chronic understeer having me off if I enter too wide, as these cars do have a tendency to plough on severely in the wet.. but also trying to turn the car in tight means having loads of lock still applied while trying to get out of the corner and wind on the power which is also not remotely favourable.

Edited by Yazza54 on Saturday 3rd August 20:38