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Spun It At Druids. Gutted!

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First time at Oulton and first time out on track in the Exige. Over cooked it coming over Clay Hill into Druids, back wheel hit the turf on the entrance to Druids and sent me pirouetting across the circuit into the Armco. Totalled the front clam shell and splitter but I was unscathed apart from my pride. Gutted isn't the word to describe how I feel. Luckily the car still drives fine so no chassis or steering damage. It's now sitting in Christopher Neil while I wait for news on the wallet damage. They do say life is all about learning so looking forward to getting back to Oulton with a bit more respect for the place.

 

On the bright side the Mrs took the news well.

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Druids is an evil corner. It's just as slippy when dry, due to the tree cover.

Glad you are alright. Shame about the car but least it can be fixed.

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Been at Oulton Park on a wet trackday when the organisers threatened to send home the next person to spin off thanks to the number of red flags due to people losing it at Druids.

 

I've also seen a 200SX spin on the way out (going over the bump) and slide down the armco in front of us so don't worry you're not the only one. Did you have trackday cover?

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Gutted for anyone that hits the arnco at speed. 

 

My nearest (also at Oulton Park) was cooked brakes at the end of the start/finish straight.  Trying that right-hander at over 100 with middle pedal on the floor was interesting !  I wasn't in control as I slid past the end of the barrier. Phew.

 

Hope the damage isn't too bad !!!

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I have done exactly the same thing in the same spot. Dropping a N/S rear wheel on the grass does have interesting results. Pirouetting back across the track at God knows what speed concentrates the mind. I was lucky and got away with a very slightly damaged clam. Its a shame you were not as fortunate. Good luck with the repair.

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Oooh, yes.  that was the same day as my incident, wasn't it.  You did have a lucky escape.  Seems someone was watching both of us that day.

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My nearest (also at Oulton Park) was cooked brakes at the end of the start/finish straight.  Trying that right-hander at over 100 with middle pedal on the floor was interesting !  I wasn't in control as I slid past the end of the barrier.

Old Hall at a ton would need fairly large kahunas!!

 

With regard to the repair work, I guess I'm looking at around 4-5k. Sadly I didn't have track insurance so may have to consider that for next time. Shutting the stable door after the horse bolts? Maybe.

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That incident is the reason i would now never do a trackday without it. I think the split clam and paint cost about 1.5K to do right. We live and learn etc etc. Hope its not too expensive for you.

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That incident is the reason i would now never do a trackday without it. I think the split clam and paint cost about 1.5K to do right. We live and learn etc etc. Hope its not too expensive for you.

Who do you use for TD insurance? Some of the deals I've seen have prohibitively high excess payments for the customer which is what put me off getting cover.

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As mine is now over 10 years old i get classic car insurance at 5K miles a year and unlimited trackdays here and abroad with Manning.    smile.png

 

Edit, my excess is 10% on track. Not that bad as i would not claim unless it was a big one. Its in case of the scenario i write it off. I have lost 10% for my stupidity.

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Bad luck old chap. Druids is a very very difficult and fast corner.

At least you were trying. It is easy to sit at home and never take any risks in life but where would that get you?

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Precisely my attitude Dean. Life is for living and you never feel more alive than when your sat in a car travelling at 70-80mph whilst rotating about a point.

 

Once I've fixed up the motor I shall return, a little wiser, and hopefully master Oulton.

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Sorry to hear that but glad you are okay and that your car can be repaired. I'm with CCI for insurance, their excess is 10% plus whatever your normal excess amount is. They allow 6 track days / year so a similar set up to Manning who Martin's with.

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TD insurance is there for when you have a real accident. The excess is quite high as mentioned before so often it wouldn't be worth claiming. But if you do several k of damage it's definitely worth having. Most sepecialists on here give you TDs as part of the premium.

Clam and repray should be not much more than £1k.

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Old Hall at a ton would need fairly large kahunas!!

 

 

Yes, but it wasn't part of the plan :-)

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