Slippery When Wet!

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Following the recent problems in wet weather qualifying it was decided that a new set of tyres were required to improve performance. After an amount of research and speaking to several drivers in the series, it was decided that a set of Yokohama AD08 tyres were required.

These look fantastic with a great sipe pattern to best cut through water. However, they're apparently very good in dry weather too which may help out when conditions are uncertain. These tyres would replace the Federal 595 tyres which weren't performing in the wet as hoped.

The wheels that they would be fitted on had received a few battle scars in the past and Richard took the opportunity to tidy them up and also make a change from the gold colour that neither he nor Karen were very keen on.

Another effort to improve performance came in the form of an AIM SOLO GPS lap timer. This piece of kit figures out which circuit is being driven and then derives sector and lap times accordingly. It can also provide predictive lap times and allows the time and speed data to be downloaded to a laptop for investigation and comparison purposes.

No doubt the purchase of expensive new wet weather tyres will ensure that Karen and Richard enjoy perfectly dry conditions for the rest of the racing season!

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About Karen Phillips

  • Karen races her Impreza WRX in the Classic and Sports Car Club (CSCC) Modern Classics series, with her husband Richard as a 2nd Driver. The races are mini-endurance events involving a driver-swap. Karen has previously raced in the Nippon Challenge, a race series for Japanese and Asian cars. Karen has been racing since 2006, having started in the MR2 Challenge.
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