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post #1 of 14 Old 03-29-2013, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Irish Season officially open

After 2 weeks of unseasonally cold, wintery and snowy weather here in Ireland, we officially kicked off the Ferrari season with a trip to Mondello circuit for an afternoon of track day fun. The Ferrari owners club had been invited by the Porsche drivers to share the day so a few of us turned up, hoping that the snow and sleet would stay away.

For once, somebody was looking down on us on the (Good!!) Friday, and the clouds cleared, the sun shone, the pit lane opened and engines fired. Open pit lane for almost 4 hours meant you could come and go as you pleased and it was a great opportunity for those of us who will be heading to the Nordschleife in a couple of weeks to shake down their F cars.

I collected my 360 from our specialist, but unfortunately for me I suffered from the old "Slow Down" error message and a definite loss of power at the top end. Didn't stop me from putting over 100 miles up on the track though

All in all it was a great afternoon, no major spills for anyone and respectful and friendly driving by all drivers. I think the Ferrari - Porsche relations in Ireland will only develop further now that we've had our first date!

A few pics, I took at the end (was too busy driving to remember till then) though I am sure Michael will be along shortly with some better images...!
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-29-2013, 01:32 PM
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Barry- Looks like a great day. Whose 575M is that?

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Barry- Looks like a great day. Whose 575M is that?
That'd be Michael's (575er). And it spent a lot of time being sideways today.

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Yep Terry that was me, we were off playing truant on a school day! The Porsche club boys put on a great track day and the clouds parted, the air was cold and the track was dry.....perfect.

Barry's 360 was resplendent and definitely in its element, as was another mate of ours John who was out in his new F430 for the first time. We were joined by a few more F430's and another 360 which was a rare manual with race seats and a seriously loud set of pipes. Made Barry's seem almost normal And of course there was a bunch of Porsches in the rear view mirrors

The 575M ran like a treat all day although the Pirelli PZero's were going off badly.....I spent half the day looking out the side window which in fairness can be a lot of fun if you don't hit anything but also not particularly quick.

I think I'm going to have to do something about them though as there about 2-3 years old. It's hard to ditch a set of tyres with loads of tread (although a lot less than this morning) but with a Nurburgring run in less than two weeks I'm thinking it might be wise to invest in a set of Michelin PSS's..any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

Anyway the season is officially open So get those Fcars out and get em sideways!!


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And another..

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And another....

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Michael- Thought that looked like your car.

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Hi Terry, unfortunately the only other TdF Blu 575M in Ireland was sold out of the country recently so if you see one around here its me. I guess I'm not gong to be able to use the "one careful lady owner, never driven in the rain and never tracked" line if I ever sold her! Damn interweb

If I remember rightly your running the Michelin's PSS's? Do you think it's worth making the change from the Pirelli's now or wait until I've scrubbed them out? Even though these tyres only have about 3-4k miles on them at most, and have plenty of tread they seem to have poor grip compared to my last set which were also P Zeros. I wonder if the lack of use and heat cycles has made them under perform?

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Found another shot on the way to the track - that's Barry 2 back

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Looks like a brilliant day out! Winter continues with her icy grip here. Walked through lots of slush to the Bratislava International Church last night. Will the roads ever be warm and dry again? Or am I condemned to sneaking out every few weeks on the odd dry day following a day of rain to charge the battery of the mighty V12 on salt-free roads?

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Looks like a brilliant day out! Winter continues with her icy grip here. Walked through lots of slush to the Bratislava International Church last night. Will the roads ever be warm and dry again? Or am I condemned to sneaking out every few weeks on the odd dry day following a day of rain to charge the battery of the mighty V12 on salt-free roads?
Keep the faith David. If there is on thing we know, it's that Spring and Summer has to follow Winter. Only variable is 'when'

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Keep the faith David. If there is on thing we know, it's that Spring and Summer has to follow Winter. Only variable is 'when'
Spring? It was snowing again (and is now) overhere!! So much for global warming...

Looks like you guys had a great time, Barry!

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Jeroen- One of the side effects of climate change could be a lessening of the Gulf Stream flows, in which case your weather would look more like that of Moscow. Luckily, not in our lifetime.

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Let's hope not, Terry! It does begin to look like we've entered the next iceage though.
But I guess in a month we'll have forgotten how bad it was when we're driving on the beautiful Italian roads.
You should try to come over for a FLED sometime!

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