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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019, Meeting my Motorsport Hero! Hi Everyone, I know this isn’t exactly HiFi related but I do know a lot of our customers are car and motorsport enthusiasts like myself so I just wanted to share a quick story. I’m sure loads of you have attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the years, I actually went to the very first one way back in 1993, it was almost like a garden party back then, and I have been going on and off ever since and have seen it grow massively over the years and it is still an incredible event to attend. Now I wasn’t going to go this year but a couple of weeks ago I read that a particular car was going to be there, now I was sceptical if it would be the actual car as it was also supposed to be paraded before the start of Le Mans this year but that was actually a replica, I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to this particular car, but I really didn’t want to risk missing this car coming over to the UK, I was actually planning to go out to make the trip to see it is it’s normal museum residence in the states so this actually seemed to good to be true. But anyway I got there Friday morning at 7am and started my hunt, it isn’t easy trying to find one car amongst thousands at the biggest car gathering in the world, but after a couple of hours I saw those iconic Gulf Colours out the corner of my eye, I rushed over to the car and to my amazement it was the actual Ford GT40 Chassis Number P/1075, I actually really couldn’t believe that I was standing next to such an iconic car and it was just sitting there with no security and to be honest most people probably didn’t realise the significance of this particular GT40. I have seen it read many times that it is considered the most valuable race car in the world today and as I mentioned it normally resides in the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit where I was planning to go to see it so I really never thought such a piece of history would be in the UK and be so accessible, I guess that is the power of Goodwood, So why is it so special? Well basically it is the only car to win Le Mans on 2 consecutive years of 1968 and 1969, I guess most car enthusiasts will know that Ford was in talks to buy Ferrari and when they fell through Henry Ford made it his mission to beat Ferrari at LeMans which he did for 4 consecutive years from 1966 to 1969 with the GT40, actually there is a big Hollywood film coming out later this year about this story, anyway not only is GT40 P/1075 remembered for it’s 2 wins it is also considered the winner for the greatest Le Mans race of all time in 1969 where is won by only 100 meters after 24 hours of racing, changing the lead 5 times on the last lap with the faster Porsche, you can view the video I took at Goodwood of Jackie Oliver discussing this incredible win below - Finally another iconic moment of the 1969 race was that Jacky Ickx made a protest about safety at the start of the race, this was when the drivers used to race across the track to their cars and speed off without doing up their belts til they got down the Mulsanne Straight to get a quick start, so Jacky walked slowly across the track, climbed in, did his belts up then left the grid in last place and as it happened there was a big crash on the first lap where John Wolf was killed as he hadn’t done up his belts to get a quick start, so in the end with Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver behind the wheel they fought their way from last to win with Ickx crossing the line by the smallest of margins after 24 hours, quite incredible. Anyway it was an amazing day and a real honour to see P/1075 up close and personal, I probably looked like some weird stalker as I spent all day admiring the car taking loads of video’s and pictures and I really struggled to leave at the end of the day as the chances are it may never come back to the UK again but at 8pm I dragged myself away. There are a few more video’s on our YouTube page below and probably far too many pictures below. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPJOUerA5TrUPs0HpWORopg?view_as=subscriber Jacky Oliver Re-United With P/1075 50 Years after it’s famous Le Mans win. Cheers, Paul.
  2. Hi Everyone, Firstly a huge thanks to everyone who came to our Naim and Focal Summer Party last weekend,, it really was an excellent day and great to see so many familiar and new faces, it was certainly one of our most popular open days to date and was a lot of fun but at HFL nothing stops so it is now time to start promoting our next Open day. So anyone who knows us at HFL knows we are big supporters of PMC Speakers and we’ll basically use any chance as an excuse to have a PMC Open day so with the launch of their new Fact Signature range we have the perfect opportunity so have decided to do a launch event in conjunction with PMC on July 20th. Personally I have always been a huge fan of the Fact range, the Fact.8′s have always been a favourite of mine with their amazing resolution and speed and I currently run fact.12′s at home so I for one can’t wait to hear the new and improved Fact Signature range, speaking to PMC the biggest difference with the new range is in the crossover as they learnt so much from the development of the mighty Fenestria that that technology has now trickled down to the Fact.8 and Fact..12 to give a more open and transparent sound apparently, can’t wait to hear for myself. Fact Demo Rooms! So for the Fact open day we will be running the new Fact.8′s on the PMC Cor amplifier in our upstairs demo room, this is bound to be a great match, we will then run the new Fact.12′s on our Naim 500 system as we have a lot of Naim customer’s that run PMC speakers as there is such a great synergy between the 2 brands, then in the final room we’ll have the awesome Fenestria’s running with Bryston 28B mono blocks which really do get the best from the speakers, so that really should give 3 pretty awesome sounding rooms. Upgrade and Save Offer! For one day only on the open day we will be offering you a chance to save 10% off any PMC Speakers if you upgrade your current speakers, basically trade in your existing speakers and we will give market value to save you the hassle of selling them yourself, the only speakers excluded from this offer are the Fenestria’s, so please get in touch to discuss the options and to get a price for your current speakers. Please find a link to PMC on our website with current prices - http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-speakers RSVP. We will have representatives here from PMC to help run the day and answer any questions you may have and if the weather looks like it is going to be kind we will fire up the BBQ again, if you’d like to come along could you please fire me over a quick mail so we can get a rough idea on numbers, thanks - paul@hifilounge.co.uk Look forward to seeing everyone on the day and having a good listen to the new Fact Signature range myself. Regards, Paul.
  3. All Set For Tomorrow’s Naim / Focal Summer Party Hi Everyone, Just a quickie to say that we have spent all day turning 5 demo rooms into Naim and Focal showcase rooms and they are all looking and sounding great, just got to wait for room 6 to arrive tomorrow, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, looking forward to that one. Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for what looks like is going to be loads of fun, please find a few pictures of the rooms ready to rock. Just putting the finishing touches to the garden. Oh yeah, nearly forgot, we are also offering 10% of any Focal headphones tomorrow as well as Naim with their upgrade offer Cheers, Paul.
  4. Hi Everyone, So this year Arcam celebrates 25 years at the leading edge of Home Cinema products, it all started back on 1994 with the launch of the XETA One and since then they have released many multi award winning AV Receivers, Processors and AV Amps, to be fair I have personally owned most of them, at the moment I run the AV860 at home which I can’t sing it’s praises highly enough. So to mark this momentous occasion Arcam have decided to launch the ‘Silver Celebration Trade In Offer’ Basically trade in any home cinema receiver or processor to save up to £1000 of a new AVR390, AVR500 or AVR850, please see more info below - Trade-in any home theatre receiver of processor and claim £500.00 against the purchase of an AVR390 Trade-in any home theatre receiver of processor and claim £700.00 against the purchased of an AVR550 Trade-in any home theatre receiver or processor and claim £1,000.00 against the purchase of an AVR850 This is a limited offer so if you are in the market for a new Receiver or Processor please feel free to get in touch to discuss further but once the offer is over prices will go back to the normal RRP. Please see the Arcam range below - http://hifilounge.co.uk/fmj Arcam Cinema of Excellence We are an Arcam Cinema of Excellence and run a full Atmos Arcam system in our cinema room with the latest Sony VW570ES 4K Projector so please feel free to come in for a demo anytime. Many thanks, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    Brands Hatch Race Report! Hi Everyone, The races are coming thick and fast this year as we were at Brands Hatch this past weekend for race 5 & 6 on our calendar, unbelievably we are now half way through the season, I was really looking forward to racing at Brands again as I really enjoyed it last year but the weather really had different ideas. In all honesty I much prefer dry conditions, especially at Brands as it is a track that really rewards a little attack but for the Friday test it was pretty much wet all day, we woke up Saturday morning to more rain and a drying qualifying session that got quicker with every lap which made it tricky to know how much grip there was but the weather looked promising for both races. Race 1 So for race 1 we are all in the assembly area where we gather 20 minutes before race start, all on dry tyres but in the distance we could all see this very dark and menacing cloud getting closer and closer and then with only a few minutes to go the heavens opened as everyone was running around swapping the tyres over from dry’s to wets, it was all a little chaotic but I have to say a big thanks to the team who did a stellar job getting the car ready under pressure for the race start. I must admit at the start of race 1 I really had no confidence, I actually think I drive my van quicker in the wet, but anyway at least I survived with a top 10 finish which when the conditions are like this then I’ll take that, below is the first lap of race 1 where you’ll see 2 cars spin off then another hits the pit wall at the end of the lap, all very entertaining Race 2 For race 2 it was almost DeJa Vu as the track had dried out between races and what looked like the same cloud was hovering again in the same place but luckily the wind changed direction and the race stayed mainly dry, I was a bit hesitant at the start and got overtaken by a couple of cars then 2 cars went off into the barriers at Paddock Hill bend so we spent quite a bit of time behind the safety car then I had a great race with one of my competitors, I knew I was quicker but I just couldn’t find a way past but in the end with 2 laps to go I found an opening, overtook and pulled away but before I knew it the race was over, another top 10 finish though so could have been worse. Have to say it was a brilliant weekend though where we had every condition to deal with in true British summertime fashion and it ended up being a lot of fun and the car stayed in one piece which was quite an achievement in my book. Snetterton next at the end of July, I really hope this is a dry one and that I can attack more as I am a fair bit quicker this year so really want to race with the mid pack more as I have been racing more this year and it really has wetted my appetite for more. Anyway please find a few pics below, thanks as ever to Ollie for taking some brilliant pictures and to the guys from 360 Racing for their support and our great HiFi Sponsors Cheers, Paul.
  6. Hi Everyone, In perfect timing for our Naim event on the 22nd June Naim have announced a promotion which runs till mid July for existing Naim customers, basically it is an upgrade promotion on the Classic Range as well as Uniti Range where you can receive a 10% discount on the new product. So basically if you have say a SuperUniti and would like to upgrade to a new Nova you can receive 10% off the Nova + we will give you the market value for your SuperUniti as a trade in, the same if you have a NDX and would like to move up to the new NDX 2 or even better a ND555 or go from a NAC 282 to a NAC 252 or from a NAP 250 to a NAP 300, if you are thinking of upgrading your Naim system in any way, maybe adding a power supply to a source, it doesn’t need to be a trade in, then please feel free to get in touch to discuss and to see if you are applicable to receive the discount All Naim require as qualification is the below to receive your 10% discount - Existing Naim customer name Existing Naim product Existing Naim serial number So in a nutshell if you are an existing Naim customer and are thinking of upgrading please get in touch before July 15th to receive a 10% discount, nice and simple. Drive a Bentley Continental at Our Naim Open Day on June 22nd! So this is pretty cool, ever dreamt of driving a Bentley Motors Continental GT Convertible with a fully loaded Naim sound system installed? well if so why not come to our Naim / Focal open day on June 22nd and bring along your driver’s license and the Bentley guys will apparently let you take the Continental for a drive, guess where I’ll be all day, all we need now is for the weather to realise it is summer and not winter For more information on our upcoming Naim / Focal open day please see below - http://bit.ly/2IlNuY1 Thanks to everyone who has let me know they are coming along on the day, we still have plenty of space for more music lovers so just fire a mail over to the below if you’d like to come - paul@hifilounge.co.uk Look forward to seeing you on the day. Cheers, Paul.
  7. Hi All, This is just a quick blog to say that we have just bought on IsoAcoustics as a new brand + we have some interesting new isolation supports from Quadraspire. As a quick overview, isolating your equipment and speakers can really help get the best from them, on speakers it can tighten up the bass which helps free up the midrange and when used on certain electronics it can really help focus the sound, the name of the game though is to try them under different components to see where you get the biggest gains in my opinion. IsoAcoustics With IsoAcoustics they do the Giaa range for under your speakers, there are 3 different models depending on the weight of your speakers and they also do the Orea range of isolation pucks that sit under your equipment, again there are 3 different versions, depending on the weight of your equipment, we have the whole range on demo so if you’d like to try any please feel free to get in touch to try in here or at home, we have actually sold quite a few of these for both speakers and kit and everyone has been really impressed, I have to say that it helps that they are beautifully made and look pretty cool and they don’t cost a fortune also. Please find more info below - Giaa Speaker Range - http://www.isoacoustics.com/products/gaia-series/ Orea Equipment Isolation http://www.isoacoustics.com/orea-series/ Quadraspire QPlus Supports When it comes to HiFi Racks then Quadraspire really are up there with the best, the X Reference really is very popular with our customer’s and rightly so as it looks stunning and performs brilliantly. So what Quadraspire have done with their new QPlus range or equipment supports is offer 3 shrunk down versions of their racks to help isolate your equipment and they really do work wonders, you can read more below on Quadrapires website - https://quadraspire.co.uk/hifi-supports.html We have a really nice presentation case that we can lend out to you if you are curious and would like to try them at home, it is great as you can now have a bit of X Reference under all your kit, now that has got to be a good idea, seriously though if you’d like to experiment with this please feel free to get in touch as these really can help un-lock the true potential of your system. Cheers, Paul.
  8. Hi All, So our next open day is approaching fast on June 22nd and the last time we has a big Naim Summer open day it was our most popular open day to date with well over 100 people coming along to enjoy some good music, the gardens and a BBQ as it really was a great summer occasion, here’s hoping the weather is kind again so we can enjoy a similar day. For this open day we will be holding it as a joint Naim and Focal event and also for all the Petrolheads out there Bentley Cars will be bringing along one of their gorgeous cars with a full Naim sound system installed for everyone to enjoy. We will be running 6 demo rooms on the day so please see below for what each room will be showcasing. Naim Lounge For many this will be the main draw as we will be running our full 500 System with the awesome ND555 being driven double barrel with 2 x 555PS’s, this will be driving a pair of the eye catching £45,000 Focal Maestro Utopia Evo speakers so this room is definitely one not to miss. Upstairs Demo Room For this one we thought we’d do something a little different so we will be running a Focal Kanta surround sound cinema setup with full Atmos and using Sony’s VPL-VW570ES 4K and HDR Projector so please feel free to bring some discs of your favourite movies to try and we will also have plenty of 4K Blu Rays of the latest blockbusters to show. Downstairs Entrance Room For this room we will have the new Muso 2 doing it’s thing with Naim representatives on hand to run through all it’s new features. Highend Room For this room we will be showing a classic Naim system comprising of the NDX 2 with a NAC 282, NAP 200 into a pair of Focal Diablo Utopia Speakers, again this room is bound to sound excellent and is at a more affordable price point compared to the Naim room setup. Headphone Room! This is an easy one as Focal really do have a brilliant range of headphones now at many price points and we will also have the new Focal Arche headphone amp on show so if you like your headphones there is plenty to explore here. Bentley Cars For the 6th demo room it is something a little different, as many know as an option on a Bentley Car is a full Naim sound system so we are really lucky that Bentley will be bringing a car along that will have a full Naim sound system installed for everyone to listen to, this will be parked in the front courtyard so make sure you don’t miss it. BBQ in the Gardens We are very fortunate at HFL as we have some truly beautiful gardens here so once you have explored all the HiFi delights why not spill out into the gardens for some refreshments and relax with fellow music lovers for a chat and weather permitting we will be firing up the BBQ. RSVP Please! Bearing in mind that we are expecting this to be a busy day if you are planning to come along can you please just fire me over a quick mail to confirm to the below, ta - paul@hifilounge.co.uk Naim and Focal will be bringing along a few representatives to help run the day and answer any questions you may have so we all really look forward to seeing everyone on June 22nd, the event will kick off around 10am until everyone has had enough. Many thanks, Paul & Wendy.
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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    Cadwell Park Race Weekend Report! Hi Everyone, This is just a quick one as I wanted to share my quickest lap from last weekend as I feel that I probably did my best lap yet in our Radical SR1, it is a slow process getting on top of these cars but everytime we go out we get a little bit faster which I guess is all I can ask for. My problem is that I love chasing lap time and here I can find reasonable speed now but I go slower in the races for some reason, not ideal I know so just need to treat the races like qualifying. This past weekend at Cadwell Park went pretty well, closed the gap to the front guys again, have to say that I absolutely love cadwell Park, probably my favourite track of the year, it is a stunning location and the track really is quite technical and challenging but it definitely rewards an attacking driver and getting air at the mountain is definitely a unique experience which keep you awake. So I went 4 seconds quicker than when I was Cadwell last year, I put it down to my new helmet design, if I knew it was going to make that much difference I would have done it earlier I was concentrating on carrying more speed into the corners which I am getting the hang of now, for once the below lap actually looks reasonably fast whereas last year they looked pretty pedestrian. I was mortified when I got home to watch my lap and find that the file was corrupted somehow but luckily I found some guys in California who somehow un-corrupted the file for me which was a huge relief, thanks guys. So anyway here is the lap, for me it is worth watching just for how beautiful the track is - Next Stop Brand Hatch in a couple of weeks Cheers, Paul.
  10. Hi Everyone, I just thought I would do a quick blog to say that I have a traded in pair of the Wilson Audio Sabrina Speakers, these really are one of my favourite speakers. These are a customer trade in who has upgraded to Wilson Sasha DAW’s, they are in black, as new condition and boxed with all the accessories. New Price - £18,998 Our Price - £13,998 If you’d like a listen anytime please feel free to get in touch. http://hifilounge.co.uk/wilson-audio-sabrina-loudspeakers Below are a couple of pictures when in use at the customer’s house before we swapped them for the DAW’s. Cheers, Paul
  11. Hi Everyone, Some more Munich news, this is quite a big one as I use Fact.12′s at home at the moment so the news of a new and improved Signature version is great news. The Signature applies to both the Fact.8 and Fact.12, both have been extremely popular speakers over the years so the fact they have been given a re-fresh can only be good news. From what I can gather PMC learnt so much from developing the epic Fenestria, especially the crossover, that they have now passed that down to the Fact.8 and Fact.12 to give a more open and insightful sound whilst reatinging their sheer musicality. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Fact.8 as it is quite unique in its presentation, extremely quick, open and resolved so I can’t wait to hear the new Signature version, we’ll have these on demo shortly. They are available in White Silk or Metallic Graphite which sounds quite interesting but I have to say that I think they look really cool in white so I may order a white pair for demo. The good news is that the prices are staying the same, so £6995 for the Fact.8 and £14,495 for the Fact.12. Please find a few pictures below and if you’d like to book a demo anytime please feel free to get in touch. PMC Fact.8 Signature PMC Fact.12 Signature Cheers, Paul.
  12. Hi Everyone, The Munich news is coming thick and fast with Chord Electronics announcing 3 new products. Huei Phono Stage So Chord over the last few years really have been known as the kings of digital but they have always made brilliant Preamps, Power amps and sources etc but I have to say with the Huei they have perhaps designed the coolest looking Phono Stage around and I can see this being as big a success as their Qutest Dac, with which it shares a similar form factor, especially considering the vinyl revival we have been enjoying for the last few years. It caters for both MM and MC Cartridges and will be compatible with most cartridges out there thanks to its wide range of gain and impedance settings which are easily accessible from the front panel controls, no jumpers here, and it also caters for RCA and XLR outputs. Priced at £990 I can really see this flying off the shelf, it is available in black only from late summer, we have already ordered our demo model so can’t wait to give it a try. Ultima 2 and 3 Mono Power Amplifiers Late last year Chord unveiled their awesome Ultima mono Power Amplifiers, priced at £30,000 each these were definitely not for everyone, but now this tech has tricked down to 2 more affordable offerings in the Ultima 2 at £18,360 each which outputs 750W RMS and the Ultima 3 at £11,000 each which gives 480W RMS each channel, granted still not cheap but they are guaranteed to pack a punch and if you have a highend system then these would most definitely be worth a listen. Please see below for a description from Chord on the Ultima Range - ‘The ULTIMA topology is incredibly powerful with an extraordinarily high peak output current (the speed at which the dynamic peaks can be delivered), bringing astonishing dynamics, fidelity and unrivalled musicality. ULTIMA is a truly unprecedented amplifier topology with exceptional performance and is one of the most advanced amplifier technologies in the world.’ These are all hand made over the course of several days Chord’s HQ in Kent and are available to order now, I hope to have a pair on demo later in the year. Ultima 3 Ultima 2 Cheers, Paul.
  13. Hi Everyone, It is a big few days coming up with the Munich Highend Show over the next 4 days so expect plenty of big announcements. Naim are first to kick of the new releases by announcing the new Muso 2 or Muso 2nd Generation as they like to call it, have to say I didn’t see this coming but it has been 5 years since the original Muso was launched to great success so I guess after this time span then an upgrade makes sense. Basically it does look quite similar to the original Muso but it has been thoroughly upgraded on the sound quality front but also on features, it now contains the streaming section from the latest range of Naim streamers so can now stream higher bitrates and it is also Roon ready which is great news. The volume and control wheel has also been updated to offer much more functionality with 15 touch sensitive buttons and with the inclusion of an HDMI ARC socket then it really can be used as TV Soundbar / Music System. You can read more on our website on all the new features, we now have the new Muso 2 on demo and in stock to take away on the day so please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to come in for a demo sometime - http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-audio-muso-2 Cheers, Paul.
  14. Hi All, I’ve been thinking about bringing on a record cleaning machine for years so I’m really pleased at last to be able to offer the Okki Nokki range of Record cleaners and accessories at HFL. There are many different price points when it comes to record cleaning machines but the Okki Nokki is definitely considered one of the best and at £435 it really isn’t going to break the bank and if like me you love your vinyl then you really should consider a record cleaning machine as the difference from before and after a clean really can be very noticeable indeed, and not everyone realises that even new vinyl will benefit from a clean as it helps wash away the releasing agent used when records are pressed. I haven’t put it on our website yet but any questions please feel free to get in touch and we now have a unit on permanent demo so if you fancy having a demo then feel free to bring in a record you know is a bit noisy and we can give it a clean so you can hear the difference. You can see the Okki Nokki product range below - https://www.okkinokki.com/ Cheers, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    Oulton Park 2019 Race Report! Hi everyone, So a couple of weeks ago we had our first race weekend of 2019 over the Easter Weekend, we were supporting the British GT championship so it was our biggest meeting of the year. It was certainly great to be back in the car although it certainly felt a little alien for the first 20 min session as I had only done one test over the winter period but at the end of the Friday test I was reasonable happy as I was around 5 seconds quicker than last year although I did have a big moment when going down the back straight, we were out with the Ginetta’s in our test sessions and we were massively quicker so I pulled out to overtake one and he obviously didn’t see me and puled out to overtake the car in front of him which nearly put me on the grass as I tried to avoid a big accident, all good fun though. Race Day. Class of 2019 So this ended up being a day of highs a lows which I guess is normal for me, I went into qualifying reasonably happy with the day before pace but due to the unusually hot weather our tyre pressures inflated a fair bit for qualifying and it was a totally different car to drive, it really felt like I was driving on ice, I had never experienced this before so wasn’t sure what was going on, I didn’t know if it was me or the car so in the end I was pretty relieved when we found out the reason why I was 5 seconds slower than the day before. This actually turned out to be a good learning exercise though and also showed that I could drive the car nearer it’s limit as watching the video back you could see I was on the edge so now I just need to drive like that but at higher speeds, easier said than done though. So anyway we qualified plum last due to this issue but I actually had 2 races I was happy with, I hung on to the pack and was having a fun race with the guy in front and to be fair I’m never going to be able to compete with the guys at the front so as long as I am racing someone then I’m very happy although I felt if qualy had gone smoother I would have qualified more in the mid pack which would have made for 2 very different races. The biggest issue I need to work on is getting on the pace earlier, it turned out that my quickest lap of the race was the very last lap of race 2 so basically the last lap of the whole weekend and in the races I take a few laps to get to my ultimate pace so I really need to work on this so as the lights go green I’m bang on it, again easier said than done, I’ve got some testing coming up soon though where we are going to focus on this mainly. Anyway a reasonably good start to the year, a fair bit quicker than the same race last year and I didn’t get lapped which to be fair was actually a good achievement for me as I think I got lapped at every race by the front runners last year. The next race is at Cadwell Park in a couple of weeks, this was probably my toughest race weekend last year, I loved the track and it’s surroundings, it really is a beautiful place but I really struggled with my ultimate pace, unfortunately I won’t have tested here since last year but hopefully all the things I have learned over the last 12 months will help make it a more solid weekend, time will tell I guess. I’m actually getting my helmet painted at the moment so that will be ready for Cadwell which will obviously make me faster Cheers, Paul. Here is my 2nd fastest lap of the weekend, unfortunately the file got corrupted for my fastest lap, it was only .3 quicker though.