Not sure if over there prices may be cheaper/more expensive, but to be a front runner around here, your looking to spend a shit load of money. However, the way you guys [europeans] do your national and international events, nothing like it is here. Over there it looks like billion dollar meetings compared to here.
It's all about perception. For example your CIK Stars of Karting series looks bloody fantastic and makes a lot of our championships look a bit dated. You also have some badass open classes and you manage big regional grids. It really isn't that much different here than it is in Aus.
which reminds me .. and at the aussie rotax nationals you had the top three helicoptered in you tarts
I believe that that layout was abandoned along with the old track. The GP track made by Tilke used more of the first straight on the run up to Turn 2, so the new GP track was made from scratch (apart from the Stadium section and the Start/Finish, obviously) and the national layout got either binned or "transformed" to a shorter version of the GP layout.
That man is now my hero. I have one of those. (bimmer, e30. Although Mines a cabby with a 2.5 straight six and I reckon his is a 4 pot (higher revving)). My own car even shares the same rims as he's running on and looks like the same ride height too.
But the fact that he's using a road legal car (circuit e30's often have at least one main beam light punched out so you get more air across the engine, normally on the left hand side, because thats where the induction sits), one that I drive on a regular basis (certainly not like that, couldn't afford the tyres for a start) so I know how they handle (well, generally. Just don't push it into a corner too fast, big lump of metal out front, rear wheel drive. slow in, survive the out!) The guys obvioulsy knows the course, but **** me, can he drive. And the fact that that looked like his missus as co-driver. Fair play to him and her. I watched that all the way through and might even watch it again . . . . and again.
Possibly one more time.
And I think his bonnet is flapping because e30 bonnets hinge at the front. So if you pop the bonnet you get more air across the engine without running the risk of the bonnet flipping up, but maybe I'm wrong there. Because on second viewing it might be racing bonnet with clips.
But hey, he's still my hero. We both wear glasses.
I think it's extremely easy (for me anyway) to differentiate between engine types, (more so cylinder number) when hearing a car. And that BMW is definately a 6cyl. You don't get that growl from a 4cyl!
Great vid, guy is talented, and also, the way he's driving he won't actually be that slow over the course of the whole stage, infact he's probably faster than most through those tight hairpins.