Motorsports

Cadwell Park Race Weekend Photo’s + Video Report!

posted on Sat, 28 Jul 2018 08:31:55
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Hi Everyone,

Well firstly I have to say that I have never driven Cadwell Park before and I have heard mixed reports from various people that I would either love it or hate it due to it being very narrow with the barriers very close and that you actually get airborne at the so called ‘Mountain’ well I am pleased to say that I actually loved this track, definitely one of my favourites and in a very picturesque setting it really is tough to beat.

So how did the weekend go? well in all honestly I am getting really frustrated now that I am just not quicker, everyone tells me the first year is all about learning and that I have jumped in at the deep end with a Radical but in my head I am Nigel Mansell but in reality I am more like Driving Miss Daisy :-)

So in the end it was a weekend of highs and lows, one minute I love being in the car and the overall speed, then I get frustrated as I want to be quicker then I relax and love it again, one thing is for sure, this motorsport thing certainly challenges you emotionally as well as mentally, it really gets in your head, which is crazy really as this is supposed to be fun but you just can’t help getting caught up in the whole thing and putting yourself under pressure, which I guess is only natural.

Overall though Cadwell was a great experience and I learnt a little more, now I just need to to teach my brain to get off the brakes a little earlier and get on the power quicker, how hard can that really be :-)

Off to Donnington Park next for my 50th Birthday weekend over the weekend of September 8th, hopefully I can have a breakthrough here and really get on top if this car which really is easier said than done, loads of PMA needed :-)

Please keep an eye out as I will be announcing a pretty cool competition shortly where you can win some laps as a passenger with my coach at Donnington on September 7th.

Please find my fastest lap below, never did get the hang of the 1st corner really -

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Silverstone SR1 Photo Book + Fastest Lap & Cockup Video!

posted on Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:52:19

Hi All,

Well the weekend was definitely a big tick on my bucket list to say that I have now raced at Silverstone :-)

In all honesty though I really thought this would be my best track as I had driven it before in a Caterham but in reality it turned out to be a real bogey track, I made progress on the quick guys and I was generally OK everywhere other than Maggott’s, I just couldn’t get that corner right all weekend, as you can see from a clip taken from Qualifying, I was determined to get it right but in the end I think I was just trying too hard so in this clip you will see the first damage I have done to the car by hitting a cone pretty hard which split my front splitter, then I did my quickest lap of the weekend, a 1.02.27, then I attacked again and went straight on at Maggots and had a nice chat with the marshalls, certainly an entertaining qualifying session.

At the end of the weekend though I was fairly happy as I drove as hard as I could, it just wasn’t quick enough compared to the rest of the grid finishing both races towards the back, Cadwell Park next though which looks terrifying but as I have found out at Silverstone you never know which tracks will suit your driving style so fingers crossed.

Please find a few pictures below from the weekend.

Cheers,

Paul.


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A Big Thanks To Our Radical Sponsors!

posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:22:27
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I’m not really sure when the idea popped into my head about going racing with Radical Sportscars but as soon as it did I thought it would be really cool if we could run it as a HiFi Car, then the idea developed into a ‘Best Of British’ HiFi Car, so the next step was to approach all my British brands that we work with, now I knew this wasn’t going to be everyones cup of tea, in fact I did wonder if anyone would be mad enough to agree but luckily enough 6 of our brands were crazy enough to think it was a good idea and they agreed to help with sponsoring the car.

So the next step was to design the livery in the HiFi Lounge colours and to cover it with our sponsors, I am really pleased how it has turned out, it looks like a real racing car now where as at the first race weekend it did look a little plain but at least it is easy to spot on track now and is also getting people talking in the pit lane, it turns out one of my competitors makes the case work for dCS, small world.

So I’d like to say a huge thanks to the following companies for supporting this mad cap idea especially as I am finding out that motorsport is definitely not a cheap past time but with their support it is definitely helping but more importantly it is really cool to be driving a HiFi themed Race Car :-)

So thanks to our 4 main sponsors of (in alphabetical order) Chord Electronics, Naim Audio, PMC Speakers and Trilogy Audio as well as our other 2 additional sponsors of Atlas Cables and Rega, thanks guys, really appreciate your support.

A couple of weeks ago we had a photo shoot at HiFi Lounge with all the representatives from each company which was a lot of fun, here are a few of the pics from the day with each relevant sponsor -

Maurice From Chord Electronics

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-electronics

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Mike From Naim Audio

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-audio

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Tom From PMC Speakers

http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-speakers

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Nigel Representing Trilogy Audio

http://hifilounge.co.uk/trilogy

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Rob From Rega

http://hifilounge.co.uk/rega

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Donal From Atlas Cables

http://hifilounge.co.uk/atlas-cables

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Also here are a few random pics from the day + a couple from when on track -

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Thanks again everyone for your support, know I just need to start getting faster :-)

Cheers.

Paul.


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Silverstone Testing Lap + Free Hospitality Results from Our Boys Toys Day!

posted on Sun, 03 Jun 2018 05:28:10

Hi Everyone,

Our next Radical SR1 race is at Silverstone on June 23rd and in preparation for this I was out testing on Friday to help get more familiar with the car and also with the track, I have to say this was the first time I have been in the car and actually not been scared :-) I actually started to feel relaxed in it and really enjoyed the day, I think it helps that even though Silverstone is a fast track it is very wide with large run off areas, I have watched many of my heroes over the years race around here, there is just so much great history, it really was epic to drive a race car around here myself :-)

We were testing on the full Grand Prix layout which was great fun but for our race we will be on the National layout which is much shorter but I am really hoping I can be more competitive here, at the end of the day there are only 5 corners, how hard can that be, famous last words :-)

Anyway, please find a lap from Friday’s testing, not sure if it was my fastest time as my telemetry was all up the spout, it still amazes me how fast it feels in the car but when I watch it back it really looks like I’m not even trying, I can definitely see where I can improve though which is good news, especially as there were a couple of mistakes on this lap, thanks again to Daz at UPE Motorsport and Tom, my coach, for helping me get the best out of the day.

Silverstone Hospitality - June 23rd

So for this years Boys Toys Day we said for the top 5 times on our simulator we would offer free full hospitality and free entry to our Silverstone race on June 23rd, so please see below for the top 5 times, if you are on this can you please e-mail me on the below address, also for £30 a head if you’d also like to come along and take advantage of Radicals brilliant Hospitality package please let me know.

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

The Top 5 Times.

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Everyone else’s times -

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Cheers,

Paul.


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Thanks All For An Epic Day :-)

posted on Sun, 27 May 2018 05:55:12

Hi Everyone,

Both Wendy and myself wanted to send out a massive thanks to everyone who came along to our Boys Toys Day yesterday, it was great seeing so many familiar faces as well as a lot of new people come along, it really was an epic day with a brilliant turnout of some amazing cars from all era’s, quite possibly the best yet over the 3 events we have held so far, also how lucky were we with the weather? I am sure God must be a petrolhead :-)

Also I want to send out a massive thanks to Dom at Radical and Daz at UPE Motorsport for their support and help throughout the day, top job guys, and also a huge thanks again to the HFL Support team of the BBQ master’s Ross and Damian who we definitely couldn’t have coped without their help and also thanks to Sean and Sophie for helping run the Sim room which proved very popular indeed with most people finding it quite a challenge, I will post the 5 top times later in the week regarding the free hospitality.

So thanks again everyone and happy motoring throughout the summer, hope to see you all again for the Boys Toys Day 2019 :-)

Please find a few snaps below from the day, sorry if your cars is not here, I didn’t take too many pics as I was too buys gassing through the day :-)

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Some Competition for next year :-)

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Cheers,

Paul.


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Boys Toys Day This Saturday -Update!

posted on Thu, 24 May 2018 07:44:03

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick update regarding this Saturday’s Boys Toys Day, I guess the main thing is that the weather is looking good with cloud and sun and hitting a rather nice 72 degrees, so the perfect weather to take the car out for a spin.

We’ll be spending all day Friday setting up, well saying that most of it will probably be trying to set a time on the Simulator :-) even Wendy has been practicing at home and isn’t actually too bad for a first attempt, we will be putting the sim in our upstairs demo room in a full 5.4.1 Atmos setup, we have also ordered a large cork board so we can post everyones lap times on there, just like the Top Gear leaderboard :-) with the top 5 times getting full hospitality at our Silverstone Radical SR1 Race on June 23rd, We’ll also have our Naim Room and Highend Room playing some music through the day with a small headphone system setup also in the headphone room, although to be fair I expect everyone to be outside enjoying the cars, weather and BBQ.

Watch Those Cattle Grids!

Radical are bringing along their bonkers RXC Road car for us to drool over and UPE Motorsport will be bringing my Radical SR1 + one of their racing Caterham’s to help try and tempt any motorsport fans on to the track.

https://www.radicalsportscars.com/our-cars/rxc-gt-road

A heads up if you are bringing along a really low car, when you turn into Millow Hall Farm don’t follow the signs to The Granary Building as that will take you over the cattle grids and speed bumps, go straight on and that will take you round the barns into the car park which is much easier.

So everything will be set for a fun and relaxed day, we’ve actually cleared out the local butchers of burgers and sausages :-) so if you love your cars and music please feel free to join us between 10am - 4pm this Saturday.

Now I just need to find the time to get my car cleaned :-)

Look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

Cheers,

Paul.


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Snetterton Race Weekend Photo Book + Video!

posted on Sat, 19 May 2018 03:12:46

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to post a few pictures from last weekends race at Snetterton, a big thanks to Oliver Read, Radical’s Photographer for taking such awesome pictures :-)

Looking back on my 2nd race weekend I would say I did OK but not great, made big gains on Friday in testing thanks to my coach Tom Gladdis where he helped me find over 5 seconds from where I started the day getting down to a 2 min 3 sec lap which I was pretty happy with bearing in mind I had never driven the Snetterton 300 layout before.

Race day was a bit of a mixed bag really, I think I was still on the sun bed on my holiday to be honest, qualified 10th for both races, we had some new guys join the grid for this weekend who had a lot of race experience so it was difficult to compete with them. We also reverted over to rolling starts for the first time which was a little nerve racking beforehand but actually went pretty smoothly.

The first race started off OK then around half way I kind of just settled into a pace and almost stopped pushing, not really sure what that was all about to be honest, then between races we had a big downpour which was starting to dry out before the race but conditions were very slippery and as I had never driven in the wet before I just wasn’t confident to push at the start, especially as cars were spinning off on the warm up laps so I went into self preservation mode and just wanted to get to the end in one piece, in the end half way through the race we had a safety car as someone spun off and got stuck in a dangerous place so it wasn’t much of a race but on the last lap I was just starting to feel the grip levels when the chequered flag came out, but good experience if nothing else.

The main objective was to finish both races which I did and I closed the gap to my fellow ‘Fangio’ Competitors but in all honesty I was hoping to be a little more competitive.

Silverstone next though on June 23rd, this is the one race I have been looking forward to the most so I am really hoping I can be more competitive there.

Please find below the video of my best lap from the weekend, as you can see the gearbox got stuck in 5th going into the last corner so I would imagine I lost a fair bit of time there but all in all I was pretty happy with the lap.

Photo Book of the Race Weekend!

Cheers,

Paul


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