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Gymkhana Giants take back the podium

16th May 2017 — by Fueltopia Events

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This Sunday a new track was laid out at Santa Pod Raceway and 29 drivers came to master it.

A mornings practice soon dried out the wet track from the downpour overnight, with times dropping rapidly as drivers learnt the track line.

Once more we had some first timers join the field and it didn’t take long for them to show that they had true skill and would be contenders when it came to the battles

Our smallest class had regular auto test driver Carl Harper join us in his Vauxhall Nova, which in all the tracks twists and turns spent more time on three wheels than four! He showed great skill and speed setting the fastest qualifying time but unfortunately loosing out in the finals by over shooting the stop box and gaining a DNF to see series veteran Sean Franklin take the top spot.

The Biddle brothers were joined again in our Unlimited class by Mark Elder for round 3 and it was great to see him really pushing the brothers and knocking down his track PB all day. In qualifying Andy Biddle took the top spot with a 33.1 second run.  In a battle for the spot against him in the final Mark took on Nick in their closest battle to date, with Mark knocking another second of his track PB. It was nick however to face off once more against Andy, with Andy eventually taking the top spot.

Marks efforts however had not gone unnoticed by our Hard Charger Jury, who awarded him with recognition to how much his driving improved throughout the day.

The AWD class qualifying couldn’t have been closer so it was all to play for in the knockouts. Reigning champion Dmitrij Sribnyj hadn’t had a great start to the season so far, with mechanical issues leaving him off that top spot that he has grown used too,  and a new standard engine replacement required after complete failure at a recent event, but he topped qualifying giving him a bye straight into the semi finals.

The rest of the class went head to head and Dmitrij was soon joined by Andrew Stevens, Jonathan Buck and Yordan Andreev, all of whom have been on the podium already this season.

With a tight course and pressure running high, lots of penalties accumulated and it wasn’t always the first in the box taking the win

A battle for 3rd and 4th between Andy Stevens and Jonathan Buck, see both drivers pick up a penalty on their runs in the left lane, with Bucky taking the last spot on the podium.

The final between current championship leader Yordan Andreev and ScoobyClinic driver Dmitrij should have been a close battle but once again, Sribnyj showed us all why he is the Gymkhana champ and dropped both his runs to 32 seconds storming over the finish clearly ahead of his competitor.

Rear wheel hosts our biggest class and we battle from the top 16 of the day. 6 seconds split the top from the bottom in qualifying with Luke Woodham taking the fastest time by 0.5 seconds over Adam Elder who was currently sitting at the top of the 2017 championship after taking the win at round 2 when Woodham overshot the stop box in the final.

As we worked through the battles we saw high powered S bodies take on the quick and nimble field of MX5s proving power is not everything when it comes to mastering Gymkhana.

A top 8 battle between Mike Newland and Ryan Milton proved just this with just 0.6 seconds splitting the two over the two runs, until the times are added no one can tell by eye who would have taken the win, but it was Ryan who went into the Semis this time

A closer battle ensued between Philip Staniford in his MX5 and Mantas Sliogeris in his Honda s2000 with just 0.08 seconds splitting the two drivers.

The semi finals were made up of 2 MX5s vs 2 s14s, and it was here we see Ryan Milton retire due to a broken drive shaft, giving Elder the spot in the final against Woodham and an automatic award of 3rd place to Philip Staniford. Never the way we want to see final battles go but we know Ryan will get it fixed and will be fighting once more for those podium spots at round 4.

So the final was one we have seen many times before, and after his mistake at round 2 Luke was ready to make this one count and take back that top spot and £100 Nankang cheque. His driving from run one in practice had been on point all day, showing the field why he is three time European and 2016 Formula G Gymkhana champion.

Pressure on Adam was high, these guys have faced off many times and this is all about all important championship points and bragging rights! This round was Luke’s for the taking with a 4 second lead overall after Adam picked up a penalty hitting a cone in the right lane. This has now pushed Woodham up from 4th to first in the championship, with Adam on his heels with 1 point to catch him, we have a feeling this is going to right to the final round this year.

As usual all drivers rallied around for the podium presentations and champagne fights! See you all at Rockingham for Round 4 of the championship on Sunday 30th July. Tickets are available on the store now

 

 

Reviews

From Humble Beginnings, the Revo Audi A3

22nd March 2016 — by Fueltopia

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Words & Pics: Dave Cox - dave@fueltopia.co.uk Additional pics: Mike Newland

Think of the Audi A3, what springs to mind? Is it heal-toeing your way to the next apex, managing the boost from your big turbo whilst leaning heavily on your Bilstein Clupsport Coilovers all the while showing up other track day users? I’m going out on a limb here and guessing that it isn’t.

Most of you, like me, I’m guessing think of the A3 as a well built, sensible run about which is also decent to drive. A car you trust, loyal, reliable. Small enough to make inner city parking a synch but roomy enough to take your wife, kids and the dog to the beach. You get the picture don’t you, and if not I’ll spell it out for you. Forgettable, it’s forgettable.

What Revo have done here is take your average run-of-the-mill grocery getter and turned it into big red shouty cherry bomb. A vehicle that even when parked makes it’s presence known. Walking up to the not so subtle blood red clad car you can start to see tell-tell signs that this car means business.

The RS3 kit, the seemingly cavernous air intakes, the big 19inch alloys wrapped in Dunlop Sportmaxx tyres all start to reveal themselves as you approach, closer inspection unearths the deep bespoke Cobra Suzuka pro FT seats and the MSA/FIA approved roll cage. This car has purpose.

 

To understand what we are looking at here, we really need to know this cars origins. Starting life or ending it’s previous life as a high mileage pre facelift 2.0T Quattro A3 with a manual transmission Revo treated it a whole host of upgrades. As with many builds, you need an end goal. 500Bhp+ was the gauntlet laid down.

This lofty goal makes the choice of donor car all the more clear as it was essentially the drive train that was important here and buying an S3 with have been both costly and wasteful as most of it, including the nice bits would be thrown away. The aforementioned high mileage engine was given a new lease of life. By which I mean they chucked it out and got a fully built tall block from the US.

Once the patient had recovered from pretty major heart surgery it was off to the Revo catalogue to see what they had in their arsenal to catapult this build to their lofty goal. Along with course of revamping the engine they had the chance to redevelop some of their products seeking out any improvements they could.

2 years down the road, with cut knuckles recovering, Paul and his team stood back and admired their creation. I like to think on the first turn of the key, as the engine burst into life, that someone stood back, baring teeth and bellowed “It’s alive, IT’S ALLLLLLIIIIIIIVVVEEEE”. But the truth is I don’t know, it probably didn’t happen. Infact what more likely happened is the constant professionals that they are probably nodded approvingly and went back to drinking their tea.

 

So who was going to drive it? Well Paul tells me that would be him because “…I am the best equipped, most experience and an all-round driving god! The reality is, I pulled rank and I’m one of the few that can legally pull a trailer”. Well that sorts it. Paul was kind enough to reach out to Fueltopia and invite us down to Bedford Autodrome to get to know this little monster.

You might expect a short wheel base, 4 wheel drive, big turbo, high power track car to be a handful out on track. Especially in conditions such as this soaking wet November weekend but Revo had taken care of that too. The Wavetrak diff and Bilstein clubsports made sure the 550NM of Torque didn’t break free whilst the hard work they had put into managing throttle response help ensure that the driveability wasn’t compromised. The big Garrett GTX3071R turbo will naturally be a little more laggy but this just requires a different driving style, carrying more speed through corners to manage the boost.

You’ve got to hand it to Kev Brown, their in house technician, he really knows how to take a boring, bone stock Audi and through the application of knowledge and right parts, created this hilariously fast Audi.

Audi Tuner (Magazine) were there shooting it for a feature and were more than accommodating to use and let us get in on the action too. This would be great for me as I get to see another photographers perspective on the shoot and grab some behind the scenes of Adam (photographer for Audi Tuner) working away.

With fellow ‪#‎Fueltographer‬ Mike Newland with me, it was a lot of fun working alongside the guys from Audi Tuner and Revo. Getting to spend time with the team and photographers, watching the action out on track. I must say it was a lot of fun watching it upset a lot of “faster” cars out there. You should check out their feature which is out now! Thanks to Revo for inviting us down, thanks to Audi Tuner for being so welcoming to us and a special thanks to Bedford Autodrome for letting us use your fantastic facilities. If you are at Autosport next weekend, make sure you swing by Hall 19 Stand 19230 and say hello to the guys at Revo.

Spec list:

Revo Stage4 Performance Software
Big turbo kit Garrett GTX3071R
ATP Manifold
Revo Built Engine using Carrillo rods and pistons
Scorpion Turbo back exhaust
Revo Intake kit
Revo Runner Flap delete kit
HPFP and upgrade
RS4 injectors
TTRS low pressure fuel pump
TTRS fuel pump ECU
Revo catch can kit
Revo Boost tap kit
Revo Throttle pipe
Revo Engine mounts
Forge Motorsport Silicone hose kit
Revo FMIC
NGK Spark plugs BKR8EIX

Bilstein clubsport coilovers
Eibach ARB’s front and rear
Powerflex black series bushes
Wavetrack LSD
Spec clutch and flywheel
Revo Big brakes
Revo RV019 alloys with Dunlop Sportmaxx tyres

Custom Cages MSA/FIA spec. multipoint weld in roll cage
Bespoke Cobra Suzuka pro gt seats
Bespoke Cobra harness and pad kit
RS3 style body kit; wider front arches, increased airflow through the bumper
Gauges(boost/EGT/OT/AFR), fire extinguisher kit, steering wheel, battery, DV+ supplied by Demontweeks