3 Sisters is a kart track near Wigan with various possible course layouts.
This event did two laps as per the map below.
The following two pictures were taken by fellow Nottingham
Sports Car Club competitor Gary Thomas.
Even though 3 Sisters is a kart track it is quite wide. The course has quite
a lot of run off
marked by baled tyres.
Set Up: The set up is the same as the last run at Harewood on
the 1st August. On this run the car has never felt so good.
Springs: As before (Front 170 lb/inch, Rear 200 LB/inch)
ARB: Drop link on the rocker in the outer hole and 25mm from the neutral line,
Dampers: Front Bump 6, Rebound 6. Rear Bump 4, Rebound 3.
Differential : 3.91 Open (7 1/2")
Weather warm and dry.
1st Practice Run
Time 86.85 secs.
Notes: I really attacked the course. The car was quite oversteery and consequently
the run seemed untidy as I was always correcting oversteer. At the end of
Conrod straight on the bend to Penrith climb on the final lap the car oversteered.
I think it was bottoming out on the bump stops as I was no where close to
the cornering limit. ARB drop link moved 50mm along the bar to make it stiffer
for Practice Run 2.
2nd Practice Run
Time: No time.
Notes: No time recorded on this run as I came off the track (twice!) I had
gone along Conrod straight and turned right towards The Esses and understeered
into a pile of tyres (only 2 tyres high). This scattered the tyres and the
run was red flagged. I was given another run even though I had caused the
problem. On the second run I thought I had better take it easy but understeered
off again at the end of Rogersons Straight! The first incident with the tyres
put a small crack in the bumper and bent the sill finisher.
So for the 1st Timed Run I moved the ARB drop link 25mm along the bar to make
1st Timed Run
Time: 90.42 secs
Notes: I drove very steadily on this run as I did not want to come off the
track. The car felt balanced. Still oversteer on the last bend.
2nd Timed Run
Time 88.13 secs.
Notes: Concentrated on keeping the car on the track and driving smoothly.
Car still balanced.
Conclusions: Moving the ARB drop link 50mm makes a huge difference to the
handling. A balanced car at one track does not mean it will be OK for another
track. The suspension is too soft if the track is bumpy or has depressions
that will compress the suspension. I came away disappointed from 3 Sisters
as I did not record a time that I thought representative of what I and the
car could do.