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John Wehrheim



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sure hope that Phil's expansion, safety improvements are what he and we need. I spoke to Phil today to offer any assistance in track configuration. I thought with all our travels with Chris throughout the US and Europe that he might have interest in some thoughts, but he was not interested. Oh well. All I can do is offer.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wehrheim wrote:
Chip,
I am in if the weather is good. 60 degrees or hotter.


Lets keep an eye on the weather.

Would also like to do a test and tune at Barnsville anytime. Have a vintage kart that I want to try before I buy. cb
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wehrheim wrote:
I thought with all our travels with Chris throughout the US and Europe that he might have interest in some thoughts, but he was not interested. Oh well. All I can do is offer.


John,
Don't take it personally, telling someone how to design their track is kind of like telling them how to dress. That being said I have seen many "design" tracks from MX to kart. Most think a kart track is just a bunch of squiggly lines and MX tracks are just a bunch of dirt mounds.
Even though I have been around race tracks my whole life, I would still hire a specialist if I were to build a track. I think the best is Alan Wilson.
http://www.wilsonmotorsport.com/public_html/code/design.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't take it personnally at all. I just want our club to have the option to race at other tracks, however if the track is not safe or the track is not fun due to a lack of passing zones or challenging. From what I hear so far, I am not confident it will be a safe place.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spent yesterday at the new track in Dublin and had a chance to meet the track owner Phil. Very nice guy with a lifetime of AMA motorcycle road racing experience at the highest levels with his sons. He said he built the track initially as a test track for his sons bike racing programs and the rental karting business came together as a sideline. With no zoning or noise issues to be concerned with, he's got a perfect setup with lots of land to expand.

We brought 2 shifters and a kid kart. The track is smooth, very technical and has virtually no elevation changes. Level of grip is low to moderate with little to no rubber going down from the rental karts hard tires. We ran the track in both directions during our sessions. The track IS tight for a shifter- no question about that - a Barnesville type gear would have been most appropriate, but I thought it was near perfect for the kid kart and would be terrific for the adult 4 cycle classes as well. There's been alot of talk about track safety with the course running near parallel to itself. Judging by the speeds of the rental karts with Honda GX160s, I dont see any issue. (Keep in mind that Barnesville also loops back on itself at the end of the back straightaway and there are no apparent concerns there). Also If you run the track clockwise, the safety concern of the parallel section is moot because of the slower speeds coming off the previous corner. I never felt threatened by the proximity of the trees.

Phil did confirm that he was going to lengthen the track with some faster sweeping sections that would eliminate the track's parallel section making it safer to run in either direction and also talked about paving some additional grid and pit areas ( very necessary as truck trailer parking space adjacent to the track is currently limited)

I think it would be a great track for the Jrs and 4 cycle classes. Go check it out for yourself.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve,
It sounds like the track is similar to the old SCRA track in Jax. Yes? No?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If GSKA holds a race there and its not on a New Castle KRA weekend. WE will attend with 3 TAGs and 1 yamaha. Hope evreyone had a great holiday. Cant wait till Feb. to get back on the track!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chuck McCue wrote:
Steve,
It sounds like the track is similar to the old SCRA track in Jax. Yes? No?


Similar only in it being really tight, many of the corners are point and squirt (for a shifter kart), however this track certainly does not have the wicked bumps and limited runnoff areas that the SCRA track had.
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