I think reversing the track was a great idea, the idea of finishing the back straight(?) heading towards the armco would be pretty sketchy and the reason I didn't bring my MOT this year (after seeing someone stuff their sierra last year!). The proposed track layout previously in the thread looks good. The drifting was a great laugh. The changeover time didn't really bother me because we weren't sat watching the track all day. It's one of the only places you can see stock cars and stripped out racers in the same place. I think maybe some other challenges (if theres time) such as a handbrake parallel parking/j-turn challenge or donuts! From a spectators point of view, very good. Would be good to know how the points system worked though. Well done!
Would be good to know how the points system worked though.
Secret special formula - my good friend Max Mosely advised me on it after it wasn't adopted by F1 on the grounds that it was too simplistic - it accounts for every possible variable - bhp [clarkson]torques[/clarkson] car weight inc fuel, driver ability and tyre compounds - if I explained it I'd have to kill you for security reasons ;D
We had to adopt this system in order to comply with the local authority restrictions on the Haynes track useage which forbids any form of timing
Post by Mystery Machine on Aug 13, 2010 8:57:11 GMT
This was my first time on the track and my first ever track event!
I simply loved it. ;D Many thanks for arranging it and running it so well.
The layout of the track was about as good as you could get and the cones were a great help rather than a hindrance. Especially the ones that gave you a wider approach on the tight bend. Having the chicane on the second lap was a brilliant idea and certainly something you should think about repeating next year.
Just like LukieJ, I was nervous about the fast straight leading to the armco/tight bend as used last year, but reversing the track completely removed this from the equation and made a complete novice like me feel a lot safer about tackling the track.
I was in session 2 (11>20) and was late because I couldn't hear the tannoy from the middle of the show field on the club stand. I know this was my fault because I should have kept an eye on the time, but I was up to my eyes with getting the stand set-up when I suddenly realised it was 'roughly' my time. I do apologise about the delay but also might be worth considering having a PA speaker further into the event field? Pretty much as soon as you got past the catering area you couldn't hear anything. This would also help with people hearing David announcing other things to do with the event.
As for running less cars, I personally reckon most time was lost between sessions (briefing etc..) so, as suggested, if there is a way of running the briefing/vehicle check with another marshall outside the track while the cars are lined up then this will save a lot of time. Once the cars are in they can then get straight on with the action. Using the line-up area outside to brief, check and ready the cars would be so helpful.
Once ten cars are in then it runs pretty quick and the time between runs proved very good for letting the car recover, letting the (beginner) nerves recover, watching the others in your group and also grabbing a drink.
I really liked the stop box but agree with Mantasport that a more clearly defined 'stop' area (as he says, tape along the stop cones) and a defined finish line (flags?) along with a marshall raising a flag to indicate a stop would be awesome and really help those who weren't sure.
Overall, it was amazing, the layout was great and the team sizes perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ;D
What can I say other than I thought it was spot on.
Ian, comments about briefing before entering the track are quite valid I think, maybe make sure everyone is lined up to enter the 'compound' 15 minutes before their track time begins and have someone briefing them there. Then when the gate is opened the first person can pull straight up to the line ready to roll as soon as all the cars are stationary and parked.
I would happily put my hand up to do some marshalling / briefing next year if you felt more hands were needed on deck
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