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    Some extra photos of the day




    Chasing a buddy Mike through Eau Rouge and up to Radillion. He rented from RSR Spa. A good outfit to rent from if you are looking for more car choice.







    In the esses at Les Combes







    This track is all about the corner - Eau Rouge



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    Trying to scare Anand, Rahul's cousin with some good laps. He was with me on my fastest lap around this track.




    There is a lot of elevation change between the different parts of the track





    La Source turn - turn 1 after the F1 start line




    My passenger Jeff (JBH on this forum) looks rather perturbed?


    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    Heading towards Pouhan corner with the F1 pits in the distance









    Coming through Les Combes at the very top of the circuit


    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    Beautiful pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post
    If you like warm weather then check out the Bookatrack Iberia trip in late-September. Its a very social week exploring 3 tracks - Jerez (Spain), Portimao (Portugal), and Ascari (Spain) - all open pit lane, max 40 cars and the Caterham SV rental would work well on those tracks. Hope to see you at another event.
    The Iberia trips sounds like fun but I dont think it will fit in my schedule this year :-( Maybe next year.

    I got my BAT pics as well and uploaded them to https://www.flickr.com/photos/rnair/...57690632866553

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    Croc: the pic of you and Jeff in your helmets in the Cat is a keeper! You look so relaxed and happy, and he looks like he just realized the world was ending!
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    Yes he does look concerned as we head out for some initial laps. I laughed a lot at this pic.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post
    My rental car for this trip was something really unusual. Who of you has heard of a manufacturer called “DS”?

    So I had a DS7.



    It’s part of Peugeot/Citroen group but is a unique vehicle line. It was mostly well equipped - no power seats or rear vision camera. It was really quite nice to drive except...it had a 1.5L diesel. No turbo. It was sadly lacking in the engine ferret department. Glaciers have moved quicker.
    May be that DS means ‘diesel slug’.
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    Diesel Slug? Sounds about right. It left snail trails behind it.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    Finally logging in to this site...
    A few thoughts:
    1. Spa is a magnificent track with a layout that just flows from one turn to the next. Nice long straights with time to check the gauges and relax my breathing.
    2. The Ginetta is a great handling car, but way down on power (138 hp). At 1850 lbs, it is very much a momentum car. I think it was the photographer that put the second Ginetta into the wall at Campus. Sudden lift or sudden power will spin it (no I didn't spin)
    3. There are some really fast Caterhams, even in the rain.
    4. I think I did more laps the second day in the rain. Best way to learn how to drive in the rain is to drive in the rain.
    5. Bookatrack runs a really good event. None of this is cheap, but arrive and drive with an open track format at Spa Francorchamps...well, I have some really great memories. If you want to drive in Europe, they are a good choice.
    6. The town of Spa has a really great spa, but that's another story.
    7. That's a funny pic of me sitting with Mike on the first session of the day. I was really excited, but certainly not scared. Croc is a very good driver and he knows the track.
    8. Finally, many thanks to Croc for all his help in setting up and guiding us through the trip.

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