Rockingham International is a very
nice place to be, what with all those lovely facialities and
toilets that aren't a twenty minute walk away! Initially got to
drive the circuit in a newish S2 Rockingham Elise.
A view back down the pit-lane with
turn 4 in the background flanked by impressive grandstands
The Rockingham Elise complete with
instructor seemed to have a propensity for excessive understeer.
I'm not sure if this was down to a setup for 'corporate' days in
an effort to stop the number of times customers reverse Elises
into the armco, but it was very frustrating to say the least. No
matter what I did it just understeered, resulting in no other
option but to back off the power until the front end had some
bite. In the end through sheer frustration I spun it, which was
quite a feat!
I forgot to stop and pose for a pic
on the pit lane-exit, sorry!
The Elise at speed on the banking
just before turn-in to the chicane
Rockingham though, even in an
understeering Elise is still a lot of fun though and I did really
get to enjoy the circuit. I took my car out later and that just
confirmed how the Rockingham Elises are surely set-up on the
cautious side, as once in my car the handling felt fantastic and I
really got to enjoy the tight and twisty infield section. Great
DJ on banking (same as Elise)
Only pity was that the
supercharger belt was loose and the car just felt like it had no
power, well it didn't mainly due to no boost being generated as
the belt was slipping. Mark and I managed to fix this at 10pm on