Location: Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire Date: 06/04/2019
Weather AM: Dry,cold,windy Weather PM: Wet,cold,windy
The first round of the RRG Toyota Sprint Series & Japanese Sprint Series 2019 was at the fantastic Cadwell Park Circuit in Lincolnshire.
Traditionally having changeable and challenging weather, it was a
pleasure to have some blue skies “well until the afternoon anyway”.
It was generally dry and cold and windy throughout the day but in the afternoon the rain descended to make it very slippy on track.
The day consisted of two convoy runs and one practice run and finally six timed runs.
As expected, there was a wide variety of cars, from the modern and sporty GT86, the economic yet well handling Yaris, and more classic Celicas, Corollas,
MR2s, and Starlets.
RRG and Japanese Sprint Series put on a great event and a very special thank you goes to all the marshals and Vicky as she is always available to answer any questions us teams have throughout the day plus all the others as without them we could not hold these events. “Thank you all”.
Team Ya’race finished 65th & 67th from 73 other drivers which wasn’t too bad as we were up against a lot of faster cars but within our J16 & E-street group we had a 1 and 2 finish. Driver1(Neal-mk1 Yaris) got his fastest lap on his 4th run of the day a 1:56.49 and Driver2(Steve-mk3 Yaris) got his fastest lap on his 4th run of the day to a 1:57.63 a difference of 1.14 seconds.
The best parts of the day was not the inner-team rivalry but to be faster than cars that on paper are higher performance cars outright and we did too such as a Yaris Tsport, Celica, MX5 and a GT86.
A great day was had by all, thank you everyone involved with Team Ya’race including our sponsors:- Opie Oils
Ulter Sports Exhausts
GRS Engineering RRG Toyota UK
Team Ya’race also used this day as a test session for the modifications we have already got on the MK3 and to see if the car has improved or needs more work and if anything needs to be modified further.
This was the second time ever the MK3 had been pushed and pushed fully and used on track in this way and I had to modify my driving style massively from my MK1 sprint car to the MK3 which was very difficult at first but after a few runs I start to get grips with it but this was made harder by the very slippy surface.
The car felt really good through the tests with a very positive turn in. I was able to carry lots of speed through the corners and the car never felt out of control or unbalanced at anytime.
The car also felt a lot less asthmatic and wanted to rev through the rev range when accelerating hard out of the corners and from a standing start too. Overall the grip level was very good but I still feel that a few extra tweaks and parts are needed to complete the goal the team are aiming for.
The induction noise was also good to hear and also the Ulter Sports Exhaust was sounding nice too plus the Nankang tyres were also doing a good job out there too.
Overall this was a very positive experience with lots of data obtained and notes made and exciting things to come from Team Ya’race and for the customers of Team Ya’race Ltd.