Intro to Sprinting.....28th Sept, don't miss out

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Intro to Sprinting.....28th Sept, don't miss out

There are still some places left on the Intro to Sprinting day on 28th September. 

If you want to find out why some of us become so addicted to the speed championship,  why not book up for the day and get a taste. 

Full details and how to book are here and booking form is here.

If you have any questions you can post on this thread.

 

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So looking forward to this!

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This idea of being addicted to sprinting; I can speak as one who's seen it all, and lived with it for years.

It starts so innocently - dabbling with the soft stuff, maybe a Golf GTI or similar, before progressing to something more hardcore (perhaps an M3). It's then that it becomes clear that only the purest form of motor vehicle will do. So you get a Seven.

I know, you may think you can break the habit, but it isn't that easy; why would you want to?

The next level is to seek out the purest, most distilled essence of driving.....   Motorsport.

At Introduction to Sprinting, you can get a taste of what it feels like to draw that smooth, fast line through Curborough's Woodside, and maybe hit the ideal braking point for Flagpole. It's a whole new level of experience that just can't be found on the road, or even on trackdays.

So, go on - try it. If you dare.

 

 

Sorry, Graham - was that a bit strong?

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fatal3rror,

I've just seen what's in your garage - there's someone who's way beyond saving!

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 you can get a taste of what it feels like to draw that smooth, fast line through Curborough's Woodside

 

That brings to mind a quote by Mario Andretti describing  what it's like to drive another Lotus, the 79 "painted to the road".

A 7 at Curborough certainly won't be painted to the road and drawing that smooth line is real challenge, thrilling as well.

Once you have tried, it is hard not to get addicted. 

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The Mario Andretti quote with which I am most familiar is:- "If everything seems under control you're just not going fast enough"

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Yes that one applies to all motor sport,  and when you have been there you just want more of it.

"Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.” ......Steve Mcqueen. 

Then you know you are a hard core addict

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And Curborough, although at first glance seemingly so tight and compact, actually provides one of the season's greatest challenges. To string together a complete lap, setting the car up to drive the optimum fastest line through all the corners is extraordinarily difficult, although incredibly exhilarating (Class 2 cars are crossing the finishing line at 90mph). Many (myself included) have been drawn to the venue for years, taking on that challenge.

It's a great place to start, though. Introduction to Sprinting aims to get you into the mind-set to take the step from driving at nine-tenths to driving at ten-tenths. Don't worry, there's plenty of run-off.

Paul

 

 

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Yes Paul. You may recall that in May even drivers with over 10 years experience of the venue found trouble posting a competitive time! Driving at ten tenths is not easy.

Despite all this talk of competition that atmosphere off track could not be more friendly with people always ready with help and advice. There is a real community atmosphere as we meet up at different venues.

 

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10 years addiction for me and I still haven't managed that sub-60 second time at Curborough. Won't be giving up until I've managed it though......

If you like trackdays but miss that competitive edge then sprinting is worth a try, just be prepared to find out you're not quite as fast as you thought you were and so the challenge/addiction begins to continually achieve a new PB.

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It's true that the speed championship attracts competitors holding a broad spectrum of motives and ambitions.

From ex-racers who are able to continue competing at a fraction of the cost, younger drivers with an eye on the Big Time (Matt: I still don't think it will work - collaring Toto at Silverstone and getting him to sign that folded-up drivers contract - but full marks for enterprise), and those simply "scratching an itch".

But nothing compares with the feeling of elation when your rate of improvement earns an Edward Lewis cap or a top-three trophy.

And all this while using a car that you already own.

Paul