Forge Motorsport Performance Car Action Day

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The Forge Motorsport Performance Car Action Day is always one of the highlights of the Action Day Calendar as Forge bring a whole range of additional exhibitors plus track action to the table!

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The Morning at Castle Combe Race Circuit was very dim and foggy but that didn’t stop the guys working on the cars and having there breakfast, while looking at the cars coming in for the club side.

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Castle Combe has such a great feeling and welcomes people from all over the world to enjoy the fast track with some tricky corners, but keeping in mind the support by all the spectators close to the action and cheering you home after a few laps on track.

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The Red Honda Civic Type R which is owned by Chris Hogg took a turn for the worse at Castle Combe, on the final corner, where the driver missed the apex point and lost control. The rear of the car decided to spin, and went side on into the crash barriers with force at about 50mph

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To avoid such damaging results like the photo above we have a run through of the track in how to take the corners and how to get the best lap times

We start of from the Pit and you head off down to the first turn which is Quarry Corner

Quarry Corner
The approach through Avon rise makes this one of the most challenging corners in the UK. It’s approached at maximum speed and Avon Rise curves and crests just where you want to start braking. This gives you a choice, you either brake just before the crest and release the pedal again as you go over the rise, or you squeeze it on hard and late once the suspension settles after you’ve crossed it. This is dependant on the car and it’s power-to-grip ratio. Those cars that brake early also tend to take the more conventional line into the corner, while those cars that brake later will not be able to get all the over to the left before turning in. The clipping point is late to open out the exit to allow you to get back on the power as early as possible.

Despite there being very strict noise limits Castle Come continues to be popular with racers, track day drivers and spectactors alike. The high banking may not allow much run-off but the crowd is close to the action, creating a very personal, rewarding experience. The venue’s popular with families and the charming olde worlde Castle Combe village is characterful and also worth a visit.

Quarry corner
The approach through Avon rise makes this one of the most challenging corners in the UK. It’s approached at maximum speed and Avon Rise curves and crests just where you want to start braking. This gives you a choice, you either brake just before the crest and release the pedal again as you go over the rise, or you squeeze it on hard and late once the suspension settles after you’ve crossed it. This is dependant on the car and it’s power-to-grip ratio. Those cars that brake early also tend to take the more conventional line into the corner, while those cars that brake later will not be able to get all the over to the left before turning in. The clipping point is late to open out the exit to allow you to get back on the power as early as possible.

The Esses
You can brake later than it first appears because the right-handed first section is faster than the tighter left. In fact many racers don’t brake until the start turning right, trail-braking through the first part of the turn. On the exit some cars don’t run right out to the exit because they need to open out the following curve as much possible to ensure it can be taken flat out. During race meetings plastic posts are positioned just inside the clipping point to prevent corner cutting, so don’t use this extra track when they are not there for test sessions.

Tower Corner
Another fast approach and this time braking is extended because the track is falling downhill. The turn point is later than it might first appear as the corner turns through more than 90 degrees. This also means that the apex is a long way round and there is a drain right there, so this can be used as a marker. Exit speed used to be critical, but this has been reduced by the chicane that follows almost immediately.

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Most cars tend to be caught between gears as you approach the braking point, so a choice has to made whether to go a short burst of 4th before braking and shifting down to 3rd again or to just hold onto 3rd. The line through the corner is obvious but the exit is crucial and it’s not uncommon for drivers to run wide onto the grass-crete.

We have seen many novice driver’s at Castle Combe who think they are Professional Driver’s and can drive like Lewis Hamilton, but the fact is it’s all well and good having fun out on track, but if you are not experienced, then in our professional opinion, go out with someone that knows the track and can teach you.

At Castle Combe they offer people Experience Rides, and have ago at driving on the track with a qualified Instructor. You will feel much better in how to take the track when you come back to take your car out.

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The final turn is fast, bumpy and has a false early apex that often caches out novice drivers. Use the pit lane entrance as a guide to braking and ensure the car is balanced as you turn in. There is a long run from here to Quarry so time lost here is amplified. Use all the road on the exit and the little kerb too. This can be nerve-wracking as the pit wall is very close and speeds are high. It’s a thrilling end to a fantastic lap.DSC_9667

Both driver and Passenger came away with no injuries and walked away with no further issues and went on to enjoy the rest of the show.

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This hasn’t been the first time we have seen this happen on track and hope that next time we see the Honda out there do a full session without coming off or causing more damage and repairs.

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With the show looking to be the best yet and with 94 Club Owners booked in we were looking at a very busy day, and gathering of other Motorsport Official’s.

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With any big event such as Forge Motorsport, it wouldn’t be the same without having the Drifting Demonstration back out on the menu for 2014, with Drift Battles as you see in the British Drifting Championships where every move and action will give you points or lose points!!

DSC_9866Acorn Infinity Motorsport & Team Falken were fantastic as always and pulling out all the stops for you guys in perfect control of the cars full of power and loves to kick out smoke from the tyres giving you the grit and tyre smoke in your teeth…….

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Last year was great, but this year we were spoilt for choice for the amount of drift cars on stand and passenger rides galore. Check out some of the images below with Team Falken pulling out some awesome moves.

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Bo Nielsen who is a very well known Racing Driver at Castle Combe, by attending a few events over the year, and Forge Sponsored Car for the Show. Bo who races in the Dutch Time Attack, came out to show what the VXR can do by offering Experience rides to Forge customers and supporters.

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Bo Nielsen who is a competitor in the Dutch Time Attack Series currently is in the lead by 3 points and with only 3 weeks away to the final we didn’t really want to put the car through its paces too much, but wanted to save the engine and car for the final. There are a couple of small issues that need to be redefined before the final to make sure Bo brings home the Championships for the 2014 season.

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Owen Development had Bo on there stand to get up close and personnal to see what all the fuss was about, and the silver astra VXR had a lot of people interested to see what was under the hood.

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There were hundreds of people that were interested, and what you could see was Owen Developments Turbo looking snug and rammed full of goodies from sponsors such as Zircotec, Forge Motorsport, ASNU Injectors, Open Track, Synionic, Biesheuvel, HedCamz, Cobra Seats.

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Next year our sponsored car and driver will back back in action again next year with a new look and a new beginning which will be revieldsoon once all has been confirmed in the run up of events for next year and new registrations of the Time Attack and Sponsors.

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Sponsorship Opportunity on the Time Attack Astra VXR 2015

If you would like your company logo on the very well known Race Car, that will be seen by thousands of people throughout the year, then get in touch with us today. If you are a business that could help with running such a car, then again please get in touch with Bo Nielsen direct or message us and we will get in touch with him. Bo is looking for a Tyre Sponsor to come on board for next season….

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Another one for the books this year and bringing some skill and Star Driver quality’s to the circuit which we were happy to see Rob Austin who races in the                                                  British Touring Car Championships  and FIA World Rallycross Star and legend Liam Doran was at Forge Action day displaying his car, which is the Monster Citroen C4 and Ford RS200.

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With some changes on the day, it meant that Liam Doran was unable to get out on track and put on a great show, but Liam is on the mend and we wish him to get better soon.

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Neil Thomas, Sales & Marketing Executive confirmed: ”We are thrilled that Rob Austin came to the forge action day and over the last couple of seasons Rob’s, & indeed ‘Sherman’s popularity has skyrocketed with British Motorsport fans and I’m sure his presence will attract much attention.

There was a great deal of Traders from the show which are here below, if you wanted to look back on there site for more goodies

Traders

A1 Auto Collectables
Devilsown UK
MCR Specialist
PC Motors
R-Tech Welding Equipment Ltd
Spraywrap
Walker Tools
Exhibitors

Cobra Seats
Eibach
Filtration Control
MAHA UK Ltd
Powerflex
Meguiars UK
Milltek
Owen Developments
Tarox Brakes
AND MORE!