From: Rich J .....--... Re: Broadford run off
on 22/11/2011 at 08:46 AM
Surely there's a limit to how much silastic goes down on the track before we have to call it a "Black Silasticy Stuff" surface rather than a bitumen surface. The track is pretty much made up to the stuff now. Between that and the slippery corners, it puts a psychological barrier there for a rider to go at their best (well it does for me anyway). To the point where I don't want to ride there any more. It needs re-surfacing.
What about the concrete wall coming out of the esses that took the life of a Harwell member this year? No comment on that Terry? The big raised ripple strips that are a danger when they are wet to bikes? No comment on that?
Corrugations created by big brakes on V-8s that cause serious instability going in to corners for bikes?
It's a culmination of things, that make a great track less attractive to me.
Don't get me wrong, I like Winton as a technical track and appreciate that bikes still race there, but it SERIOUSLY needs work. Surely the owners can see that? What's the ratio of bike days versus car/drifting/V8 Supers days there?
As for Broadford - it was resurfaced to billiard table smooth about 6 years ago. Still is. Bikes crash on it all the time, but there's no black silasticy stuff on it at all. Go figure.
Rich as I said if you don't like racing at Winton then don't, I know a number of riders who will not race a PI because they find it scary, that doesn't make it dangerous just because in some peoples view the circuit is dangerous nor do your comments about Winton mean the track surface is wrong.
Tracks loose their track licenses because there is something wrong and the track doesn't meet the licensing requirements, not because some people think they know more then the track inspectors and what is accepted as being correct both in Australia and internationally.
I have let you and some of your mates have your say but this is going round and round in circles and nothing new is being added from either end so this is the end of this discussion on this website. I will not put up anymore comments regarding this topic.
On another topic it will be interesting to see how MVic treats Preston with track bookings if they see the Preston series as a threat to the Konsky awarded Vic titles, given that MVic have recently supposedly given Konsky loads of money to run a series that the Vic clubs did for nothing previously. Now lets see how MVic behave towards Preston if the Preston series dwarfs the series and the promoter MVic have put their money into.
Prior to having MA permits the first time round I ran the FX series through the States LCB permit system. Once to get a permit to run my one and only event at Broadford in 2000 (I think) I ended up paying over $3000 ( from memory) to MVic to pay for roofing for the, then new, top row of carports, this was on top of the normal permit fees and charges. It is interesting how the various sanctioning bodies have behaved over the years and I could shed quite a lot of light if I chose to on some interesting practises and decisions.
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