Wet – on one hand water; on the other hand different fluids, such as cooling liquid and oil. The latter two with big disadvantages: water on the road or the track is visible – the others meet you surprisingly and are extremly slippery, often unforeseeable incidents guaranteed!
Today, two experiences – the parties hereto: The Castiron, a light and quite easy to handle Suzuki Swift (from Rent4Ring, please see blogpost 24) and the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the historic site for races, trackdays and myriads of dramatic stories.
Scene left-hand „Kesselchen Mutkurve“ before „Klostertal“: close to 100 miles per hour, in the left-hand curve immediate oversteer (please see blogpost 95), a Lotus at the right crash barrier, the driver standing beside the car. Sudden inspirations: do not lighten the rear axle – meaning not taking back the accelerator pedal; otherwise you will fly off and hit both, the Lotus and the driver! Thankfully it works – leaving the bend, still full throttle and dosed counter-steering. The cause, later informed: cooling liquid on the ideal line.
Scene the crest „Pflanzgarten“: a little bit less than 100 miles per hour, on the top of the crest, all the wheels in midair, a steward waving the yellow flag – a good joke, no chance for any reaction! Landing, breaking, steering into the right-hand bend, no reaction; that’s why the yellow flag! Last and only chance: the gravel bed on the outside of the curve. Thoughts: let the car just roll, very little steering movements and everything smooth, smooth, smooth! After the bend, back on the track – everything went well. The cause, later informed: oil on the ideal line.
Personal conclusion: along with the Lotus several other cars significantly damaged, the drivers having an expensive experience more, but all of them uninjured – thank God. And: be vigilant, do not let take you by surprise, if possible!
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron