Origine RS 2015
Origine R.S. is an event jointly run by members of v6Clio.net and Renault Alpine Owners Club at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. The one-day event is an Alpine & Renault Sport Track Day based car show with all Dieppe built or developed sports cars from the 1950’s to the modern day.
This years event took place on the 22nd August and I had booked a full track day package, which consisted of 6 x 15 minute time slots, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. In each session I would be driving with other Clio V6’s.
Due to the travel time to Goodwood, I stayed overnight at the wonderful Goodwood House Hotel, part of the Goodwood estate. I arrived at the circuit at 8:00am and parked up with the rest of the Clio V6’s in the Goodwood pits. I unloaded the car of my luggage and tool kit and then drove off for the obligatory noise test, which was easily passed. Next was the usual briefing on track safety, with the opportunity to have a free instruction session from Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams a racing driver who has competed in over 800 races.
I jumped at the chance of having instruction from Barrie so I arranged for him to meet me for my first on track session. Barrie met me as I approached the pits and after he got in the Clio V6 we set off into the pit lane. Barrie was a great help in that first session. He showed me the lines that I should be taking and also gave me an understanding of the speeds I should be taking through the numerous Goodwood corners.
After the session I dropped Barrie off an then went to attend to my car. I always go through a procedure of removing the rear engine covers, opening the front bonnet and doors to try and cool the car down. I then attend to the tyre pressures taking a note of what the pressures are before removing air. I then take the pressures back down to their standard settings. The whole procedure takes 15 minutes or so and it was then only a short wait for my next session.
A lap of Goodwood in my Clio V6 was like this:
After the start, I didn’t so much turn into the uphill, double-apex Madgwick as feel my way into it. Gently braking and then steering, following the middle of the track at first, then aiming for the kerb at the first apex before picking up the second apex, watching out for the bump in the middle of the track which can throw the car off line. Then back on the throttle before the apex and lining up the nose for Fordwater.
This right-hand kink is taken flat out, starting on the left of the track, smoothly turning in and kissing the apex kerb on the brow and drifting over to the left again. You then go downhill approaching “No Name” corner, a right-hander. I got the car over to the left and then turned into St Mary’s and ran along the right side of the track. The turn in is quite late for second part of St Mary’s and I got on the power early using the whole of the downhill part of the track on the exit.
Lavant is the next corner, a double-apex right-hander. I would get the car slowed and then turn in, clipping the first apex under power before moving to the middle of the track to line up the second part, which is more open. The Lavant Straight has a left kink on it but this can be easily taken flat-out in the Clio V6.
Onwards towards Woodcote, which is another double-apex right-hander. First I slowed down from the fastest part of the circuit. I turned in late from the middle of the track and used the last apex as the guide.
Then it was on to Chicane. I approached from the left to middle of the circuit slowing down before the corner and accelerating through, going close to the left-hand wall and getting on the power as soon as I could being wary of the right-hand exit kerb keep it smooth as the start / finish line looms for another lap.
My Clio V6 has had a number of modifications to make it more race track focused. With other Clio V6’s in each session it was amazing to see how my car compared to the other more standard cars. It was a revelation. My Clio V6 was quicker than any other on track, it handled better in the corners and was quicker on the straights. The work Scott at SG Motorsport had put into the car was really paying off, but I also feel that the experience I have gained from previous track days also helped too. In each 15 minute session I found myself lapping some of the other cars.
Unfortunately, during the end of the 5th session of the day one of the Clio V6’s caught fire and there was a long delay rescuing the car, and this meant that I missed the final session.
On a whole the day was amazing, the car was faultless and it was my best track day by far.