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Insanity Too
 Forest Lodge 2016

 

Round three, Forest lodge in the beautiful hills of Dumfries and Galloway. This was to be a very hot dry weekend with many challenges and much excitement.

Each run was to take place over approximately eight miles of hard dry cat1 with several quarry sections. the start climbed up a long sweeping hill with a 90 left at the top this was fast with the car showing signs of breaking away on some of the corners.
Shortly after that we entered the first quarry section, with large Fresh rock where the stone had recently been work and moved, we thought this would be one of the major areas of damage and took it slowly, however on one of the late runs on Sunday we still managed to hit something hard enough to bend the track rod.
coming out of the quarry lead into more sweeping bends these had huge gully's on each side that would have been extremely unforgiving if the car dropped in (I managed to stay between the lines).
A hairpin right lead back up the hill to s chicane section and leading out onto a long "straight" taking the course up towards the top of the hill (a new junction was inserted along this section on the Sunday exposing more potentially sharp rocks)
Around a couple of left hand corners and into one of the sections that always makes me nervous, as the track climbs over the brow of a small rise the track beyond is totally blind with a subtle left after, This part of the the tack is taken flat out and is taken totally on faith. You can imagine my reaction when (Twice) as we break over the brow there are Hares "frolicking" in the middle of the track!
this leads down into a small quarry that is not much more than a large chicane however braking into the area is always exciting as the car squirms towards the logs at the start of the junction. next is s short Squirt that includs a depression on the left that makes the car leap into the following corner, for some reason I have always enjoyed this bit and after change the front springs before this event it's even better!
After this the course follows some of the lesser used tracks over the top and back of the hill, this felt quite lose and  had at least one point where the track was starting to break away to one side with large ditches to trap the unwary. This was the second location for a new junction on day two.
Many more fast flowing corners leads up into the largest quarry and a water splash, again I was taking this very steady trying to avoid punctures etc. it is also one of the few places that the steering quicker has a negative impact as the steering becomes very heavy in these sections.
Leaving the quarry the course descends down the hill around several sweeping bends including one that is off camber and has a reputation for "Sucking cars into the undergrowth"
The final corner is made up of a pair of  90 right, Lefts that finally leads down across he flying finish as at near full Speed as I can muster.

In the words of the navigator;
During the event we suffered may punctures more that once returning to the service area with no rubber left o the rim at all. It was interesting to learn that a flat tire make the car fidgety where as once the rubber is completely gone some sense of traction is regained, However I would not recommend either.

We'd made some mods to the car as at Bovington it became evident we weren't riding the bumps too well on the front - skipping over them as opposed to riding them out and on some impacts the suspension was stiff enough to damage wheels. So a set of softer springs were sourced. There was a nagging doubt that a softer front might result in a little too much body roll but actually, this proved completely unfounded and bumps Insanity Too was being piled into obstacles much faster and harder than she ever been and she was just riding them out. In short, it was a revelation.
Mechanically we had zero breakdowns, but two small issues did manifest. We were having issues with the engine stalling, particularly entering the first quarry section at Gate Craig but a tweak of the idle speed saw that one off. The gear selector cable always being piled into obstacles much faster and harder than she ever been and she was just riding them out. In short, it was a revelation.
Mechanically we had zero breakdowns, but two small issues did manifest. We were having issues with the engine stalling, particularly entering the first quarry section at Gate Craig but a tweak of the idle speed saw that one off. The gear selector cable also needed some adjustment, but considering the gearbox had been swapped that wasn't really any surprise.
What was a surprise was the rate we were destroying tyres. A 12.40 lap kept the hoops in one piece, but going for a quicker lap just shredded the damn things. This has only been an issue at the last two rounds, and we thinking that we're simply now going harder than the tyres will cope with, so the search is now on for a tougher breed of rubber. Whilst we were pooling they were no bother, but the increased pace we've been finding is playing havoc with the treadwear!


 

Photos above by Songasport.


The tracks where hard and unforgiving during the weekend we suffered many punctures some of the resulting damage can be seen below.