Motorsport

CJC Presents: Gripfest 2016

  • June 19, 2016

Over the last couple years the Circle Jerk Crew have been running mid-year public track days. Last year, we held Drift Fest for the skidders, so this year we thought we’d attend to the grip guys. Introducing, Grip-Fest!

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A tailored event was the objective, targeting quality cars and the right crowd. Enthusiasts all over saw the opportunity, which meant spots started filling up fast with a good variety of cars, from the daily driven luxury spec Lexus to the full blown race hack.

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The Wellington crew took advantage of the long drive and turned it into a weekend away, taking the Friday off and staying at the renowned Jerkfest Taupo residence for a couple of nights. It’s always a great feeling road tripping with the crew to a weekend track day; the Jerkfest nostalgia was in full force.

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Held at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park (formerly known as Taupo Motorsport Park) on the tight Track 2, we had an early morning start with the gates opening at 7:30am, followed by scrutineering and a drivers briefing. By 9:00AM the cars began to hit the track.

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The overnight rain left us with a wet track, which meant there was no shortage of spin outs and hydroplaning at the start of the day.

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As the track dried up we got to see  how formidable road legal street cars can be with a good driver behind the wheel. The beauty of Track 2; any well set up car can be competitive!

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On the other hand, this was a casual grip day with no limitations to driver skill so we saw a few track virgins. It’s great watching drivers become familiar with their cars, and improve lap by lap, getting faster each time.

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With the crew being spread out across the country, its always great catching up with those we don’t see often.

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Everyone got ample track time, no one experienced any major issues and we kept the track owners happy. It’s safe to say the day was a great success! Thank you to all those who attended for being respectful of the track and the rules. Also a big thank you to all who helped organise and run the event on the day!

I’ll end the blabbering with a few of my favourite photos from the event. Check out the full album at the bottom.

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Words by: SillyNico

Photos supplied by: Nico Patchay, Tim Chai, Wayne Thompson.