Harewood 15th May 2004
My second event saw me at my local track (3 miles from home) Harewood Hillclimb. I have been spectating here for many years and had two passenger rides up the hill many years ago. The course actually goes downhill to start with before then climbing back up the hill.
The course is 1448.25 metres long. The map is from www.harewoodhill.co.uk
I was lucky that many people took pictures of my car and let me have the results.
The following 6 were taken by Ian Morrison.
On the straight before this bend I am in 3rd, I drop into
2nd and power around and out.
This is a bit further up the straight. Notice how far back I sit.
The following 3 pictures were taken by a student from Newcastle University.
Half way round Quarry Corner.
The following 3 pictures were taken by David Lee.
Car Set Up
As Harewood is twisty with tight bends I thought that the suspension
should be softer.
1st Practice run: 64ft.....2.51, speed on the straight after
Farmhouse Bend......75mph, time....73.47 secs.
2nd Practice run:
1st Timed Run:
Notes: I tried to concentrate on the lines on this run and get the power down early. The time was lost in the middle of the track (Country, Willow, Orchard and Farmhouse). I was getting understeer in the Esses and Chippy`s.
2nd Timed Run:
Notes: Due to the understeer experienced on the previous run I softened the front anti roll bar (moved the drop link approx. 30mm along the bar). The slow time on this run is due to me going off the track at Country Corner. I braked a bit later and did not make the corner. On reflection if I had come off the brakes and turned in I am sure I would have got around the corner. After this incident I then drove up the track quite steadily. However the car felt much better (before I went off), with less understeer yet still putting the power down well.
3rd Timed Run
Notes: I softened the front bar by moving the drop link another 20mm along the bar to its softest setting. I was pleased with the time though slightly disappointed not to get under 70 seconds. The car had less understeer, but is still putting the power down well out of corners. Turn in is still good. As the grip is increased at the front (by softening the bar) the likelihood of power down oversteer increases, but I am still able to accelerate hard out of the corners.
Summary: A very satisfactory first visit to Harewood. I was
slightly disappointed not to get under 70 seconds though. I also have
to up my comfort level of cornering speeds. I know the car will go around
corners faster, I just have to up my speeds a little at a time. The secret
is to drive at a level where I am just a little scared!