Yeah good result....but an even better result from the UK team
Nice trip guys, really enjoyed it.
Special thanks to Guy for the organisation, excellent as usual.
Extra special thanks to the missus for her suggestion at 10:30pm thursday that I should go.:smokin:
Yeah thanks Guy. Great Hotel by the way. So glad you knew where you were going.
Must say thanks to all the guys:
Cem (Blowdog) 34
Ronnie 33 (well for 50 miles anyway)
Glen (T9KYO) 34
Mark (AbbeyMotorsport, well handy man)
Lee (Fast Nurburgring rider. Had to take him incase we went round )
Paul 33 (Skylining)
Andre Twingo (Somberg)
Nissan/GTR Mag people:
Numerous Nissan Factory people along with parties from GTR Magazine who where endless in their interviews and pics. Also a big thanks to Shin for arranging the GTR Magazine photo shoot and interviews. Shin was a great help with interpreting and also getting us a good look around the Falken car. Many thanks to Paul (Skylining) for arranging getting us in the pit garage and getting a quick chat with the Falken guy and for getting us those great jackets. Yeah definetly next time Paul.
We kept the GTR flag flying all across France, Belgium, Germany by travelling at high speeds wherever possible and looking really cool whenever parked up.
Cem took masses of pics and vids so no doubt he will post up here when they are on his site.
Everyone mentioned made this trip and I would like to say thanks to you all.
Thank you all for your co-operation at Nurburgring.
It was great trip and I didn't sleep during the race.
I was so glad to see you and Japanese friends including Nissan, Nismo, Falken, Shift and GTR Magazine again there.
I am still tired, though...
PS. GTR Magazine would like to make interview with GTR Owners by email. If there are anyone who could kindly help us, please send me email.
The site of 5/6 GTRs cruising at serious speed will remain in my memory forever. Its quite somthing to be passed by a GTR when you are doing 150mph yourself.
By the way, Blowdog has told me that my 3am '200mph' run was recorded on video, I have yet to see it, but apparently it's awesome........... (Blowdog was stationary on the hard shoulder as we went past)
I had one of the most incredible weekends of my life last weekend. I’m only just starting to recover.
All was a bit disorganized to start with partly because I was not able to keep in contact with Robert Brungs before the race (I’ve just moved into a new house), and the lads turned up just at the start of the race so we weren’t able to clarify where we were meant to be. Sods law just as the lads left Robert told me where to get their VIP passes . Anyway I spent most of the evening with the owner of the number 21 racing R34 GT-R, he explained that he felt that as the owner-driver, that the car had not had enough racing preparation in the months leading up to the 24hr race although the car is in excellent condition.
The pride in the success of the Falken/Nismo car was immense, fifth overall, third fastest overall, and the fastest car under 3 liters. If not for a couple of incidents would have finished third and if it had rained could easily have won.
I can only hope that Mr. Watanabe of Nismo will decide to race again next year.
The photo shoot the next day was fun too. Lets hope even more of you can come next year and we are able to get some track time in. And sods law again the track opened at just after 5 pm when I saw a couple of the new BMW 6 series prototypes look real slow compared to a GT-R no competition there then.
I know that Robert was not available to meet the UK owners until the last minute on Monday, but he has some great plans for next year.
I’ve so many people to thank for making the weekend so special, but I’d like to mention a an extra person thank you to Robert, Arthur, Dirk, Isamu, Hiroshi, and Mr. Watanabe, from Falken/Nismo. Guy, Glen, Henry, Dino, Cem, Mark, André, and Shin from the Register, me mate David (Skyline owner to be) my wife Boo and my daughter Nicole.
I am in tune with all the sentiments above and I have to honestly say that without Paul (Skylining), many of our privileges wouldn't have been granted. He made extra special effort to make sure we were able to do lots of VIP things, such as visit the Falken pit garage, chat with the mechanics and then speak with Robert on the Monday. I wouldn't of been a proud owner of a Falken race jacket if it wasn't for him and his close relationship with all the important people there. It was due to his efforts that we were almost able to take a flying lap of the ring in a convoy with Dirk Schoysman, but that was unfortunately brought to a halt because of track maintenance.
Top marks to Paul, thanks again. Hopefully next time we can spend more time together.
For what it's worth, 185mph felt utterly surreal and if it wasn't for the coins rattling in my ashtray, then the car would have felt utterly planted. Things go past at an astronomical rate, I should imagine 200mph would feel pretty close to Enterprise Warp 10.
The car was totally stable throughout, though I should have put the back wing flat as apparently it drops the drag co-efficient quite a bit.
As for brakes I have stock discs and DS2500s all round, which is fine for the road. When I did the big run (we did 195mph twice the day before) we were at about 190 mph when a car pulled out about 500yds ahead, we had to stamp on the brakes and lose about 90mph. We then re-accelerated to 200mph and had to slow due to our motorway exit. I stopped the car and waited for the other to catch up, it was only then that they told me of the smoke from the pads, there had been no fade at all and they still worked perfectly.
It was fun, although probably the most exhilarating part was entering the corners at speeds of over 150mph and feeding in the power to exit at 170mph+, driving corners hard at those speeds is an amazing and scary experience.
The stability was helped (top speed hindered) by the presence of two passengers (Mark from Abbey and Warren) and a totally full boot (including Marks toolkit!).
PS I would also like to say thanks to Paul (Skylining) for the help at the circuit.