The Best Photos So Far
We are always eager to see what photographers can come up with a couple of weeks after shooting one of our events – especially anticipating whether we will see one with our own car in it! But Circuit Club have always been big supporters of great photography, so here are 5 that really did it for us over the last couple of weeks.
JDM YARD Honda – This photo really captures the anticipation of heading out for your first shakedown laps in a freshly finished car. Car and driver waiting for a gap in traffic and the team collectively standing there with worried looks on their faces…
S12 Silvia – What a rare car! Not only is it nice to see the less popular, neglected siblings of iconic cars, but the mid-corner stance of this car suggests its also very nicely sorted too!
R31 Pre-Apex – Matt Mead said it all when he posted this on our FB page – This thing was sick! Great photo – a very difficult one to shoot too.
No Speed Limits – Beautiful shot, but more interestingly, great to see the difference between a high-powered car on the brakes and the less powerful Honda still on it at the apex of Turn 1!
Maximum – This RX-7 is just doing it all – opposite lock with the rear tyre hanging off the very edge of the racetrack. If this car isn’t on the limit, then what is?!
New Zen = More Zen
This week we dropped in for a casual hello at Zen Garage to check out the progress of the new shop fitout. After only a year, they’ve decided to change things up and the progress is already looking stunning. Somehow, they’ve reconfigured the space to make it look and feel so much bigger!
There is more to come though – supposedly there might be some grass coming?!
Our first Trackday of 2013 has come and gone and the Honda Fanboys have gone wild! We recap our Australia Day Trackday, Ask JDMyard how it felt to have an 8-year project finally run and see how fast a FWD car can be…
Q&A with JDMyard
JDMyard, after a hard weeks work (following 8 years of anticipation), finally got their Mugen-kitted, carbon-doored, spot welded DC5R out onto the circuit. Here is what they had to say:
Q. The JDMyard DC5R
FINALLY makes its debut on the track = Honda Fanboy’s minds blown. How did it
feel after so many years sitting in the warehouse?
A. *Multiple fist pump*, yes, yes ,yes ,yes, the same feeling and relief Mark Webber got when he won the German GP back in 09.
It's been a love/hate relationship between the DC5 and JDMyard, pushing it in and out of the workshop everyday for the last 8 years has taken its toll on us, at one point we almost loss interest in it, just because its been such a long build (we've moved shop 3 times since the build started). There's an on going joke in the shop about it being the "Hardpark King". Mind you, the goal has always been to finish it and go racing, but with just so many other projects on the go, we left the DC5 in a dark corner of the workshop and focused on other stuff. You know, nothing ever stays constant, its always changing so we bit the bullet this year and decide to finally get it done. With more space at Smithfield, and the right team members in place; it was a good feeling to finally see it out there at Wakefield on Monday.
Q. Natsoft recorded 1.09, though in an untimed session, you guys posted a 1.07.98 – is this where you thought you would be?
A. TBH in morning while loading up the car we said "if nothing breaks, it would be a good day". 1:09 I think was during a semi-wet lap; every time we went out for a timed session the weather would turn bad on us. Adam Casmiri is a young, up and coming talented driver; definitely one to look out for and was responsible for the 1:07.98. After coming into the pits from the first session, the expression on his face was priceless. "its such an easy car to drive, I think there's more in it guys"
Q. What did you learn on the day and what’s next?
A. In the pits we actually joked about it after posting the 1:07, saying "all it needs now is another 200kw and it should be good", LOL. In all seriousness the alignment and shock settings on the day was set to "safe". Based on the tyre temps and wear, it could do with a more aggressive setup to make the most out of the tyres. In the coming weeks we'll be doing a full spanner check on the car and fine-tuning the suspension.
It’s amazing how rain can be such a deterrent...
With the flooding in QLD and hectic storms approaching, many were cautious about making the drive down to Wakefield Park on Monday Morning. Before a Trackday, we always get the questions in our inboxes: “If it rains, will the Trackday still be on?”
OF COURSE IT WILL BE! We drive rain or shine… just not hail. So if you wake up to a rainy Sydney, we have 2 things to say:
Almost breaking the 59sec barrier…
BYP Racing and Developments also came down to our Trackday to just run some checks with a new cooling system they installed and to make sure it all worked properly. So they weren’t actually in a serious mindset when the following lap occurred. We can’t wait till they hit 59 seconds – its not a matter of if, but when!
Welcome to the CC Week. This week, we ponder on the new control tyre situation at WTAC, Tim is in awe of his new helmet and a DC5R scrambles for track time.
On only being allowed to use Yokohama tyres at World Time Attack…
So the new rules for 2013 WTAC came out a couple of weeks ago and supposedly there has been lots of talk about it on the interwebs… Which, I’ll admit, I haven’t read much of except for whatever is written on Ian Baker’s Facebook status.
ANYWAY, I don’t actually know how the decision went down to make Yokohama the sole tyre supplier for the competition, but I thought about the following scenario myself:
I have a marketing budget for World Time Attack and I could:
If this were the situation, I’m glad that they went for option b. Remember, Yokohama has spent a lot of money promoting the event too, which for sure adds to the success of the event. Plus, a little control tyre with limits on use (ala F1) definitely adds that element of strategy making things more interesting!
Tim in awe of his new helmet…
A couple of weeks ago, Tim was lucky enough to visit Super Autobacs in Tokyo and got himself a new Arai GP6 helmet to replace his GP5. Here is what he had to say:
“Classic example of Japanese engineering… The helmet is pretty much exactly the same as the GP5, I mean, it’s already the best. But I love how they just focused on improving it in the details – there is harder wearing nomex on the bottom because the old model would start to fray. You can now remove cheek pads inside for a better fit, and now there is a small kink at the bottom of the helmet to match the introduction of the HANS device! Brilliant!”
Lesson learnt: Never rest on your laurels - you can never be the best unless you constantly try to make yourself better.
Behind the scenes at JDM Yard…
Circuit Club has been on the lookout for cars with interesting stories to tell. Sitting in JDM Yard was the stillborn DC5R, infamous for its build, but never driven.
A small prod convinced the boys at JDM Yard to finally get it ready for the track. They have a spot at this Monday’s Trackday, but having started working on the car only last Monday, can they get it ready in time for a shakedown?
Here is the list of prep work needed to be done…
Engine bay ?
Suspension & brakes
Fingers crossed they show up!
Circuit Club was founded in 2003 with one goal in mind, to make motorsport accessible through Trackdays. What started out simply as a bunch of mates with a love of cars and driving fast has rapidly grown into a community of track-goers keen to share their passion. Since our very first Trackday at Wakefield Park, we have held over 50 Trackday events in New South Wales and Victoria and played a bit part in shaping what is now a very active track community. Over the years over a thousand drivers have found a passion for track driving through Circuit Club and we take great pride in knowing that many of these people are now driving competitively in events such as Super Sprints and Superlap Time Attack.