Prepping for the Mull Targa 2020

Prepping for the Mull Targa 2020

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thepawbroon

743 posts

136 months

avenger286

402 posts

55 months

Sunday 15th March
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Well done! Plenty of time to turn it into a stage car for October now 👍

thepawbroon

743 posts

136 months

Monday 16th March
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A shot of the beast in action....



More photos on this page:

https://www.facebook.com/carlgrayphotography/

Cheers,
Duncan

Ranger 6

6,120 posts

201 months

Monday 16th March
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Well done!!

dc2100k

Original Poster:

29 posts

97 months

Monday 16th March
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Safely home now, and just put the child seat back in!

First of all, a massive thanks to Duncan and everyone on the organising team for putting on an exceptional event, and to all the marshalls that braved the rather moist weather! Everyone was really friendly and helpful, and the whole event was lots of fun.

The car was brilliant, didn't falter once despite taking quite a pounding. The last minute suspension change made all the difference and the car didn't bottom out at all. I've got a loose exhaust heatshield (which I'll have to rip off) and one of the rear brakes was slightly binding yesterday morning so I freed off the caliper sliding pins in Oban and now it seems fine again. As everyone said beforehand in reality with M+S tyres on the wet forest tracks you can't really get the power down and actually a small 1.3 or 1.4 is probably optimal for FWD cars.

The rally itself was challenging but the route and navigation was fair and not likely to catch out the participants. The forest stages were awesome, with more grip around corners than I expected but less under braking. My biggest problem was inability to execute a proper handbrake turn around the 270 and 360 cones, especially the really tight ones. I'm going to do some autotests to work on this skill. The regularities actually went pretty well, I think we were about 3 minutes out over the 5 sections which was better than I expected and I think with another stopwatch, a more accurate trip meter and a bit of practice we could improve on that. Overall, I'm really pleased to get around the course with no navigational errors and doing every test without any maximum times.

The winners in their Rapier were very impressive, but they were too far away from us to see them in action. I did however see the 2nd place finishers in the MX5 in action and they were really, really quick.

I would like to do the Berwick Classic in May but my gut feeling is that we won't be able to compete due to worldwide lockdown, so will try to get out in the summer at some point, and definitely will compete in the Saltire in November.

Thanks again everyone for all your help.




velocemitch

2,837 posts

172 months

Monday 16th March
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Well done and really glad you enjoyed it.
The pace of the top crews on these events is something to behold. I've known Andy B for a while, he is quick in that Rapier, but you should have seen him in his RS 2000!. I reckon he would be in contention for the quickest in the country, certainly top 5.

thepawbroon

743 posts

136 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Our very favourite Scottish Rally journalist, John fife, has written a report - here:

http://www.jaggybunnet.co.uk/2020/03/25-mar-mull-h...

velocemitch

2,837 posts

172 months

Wednesday 25th March
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Great report...