997.1 Turbo Model 2008 Year April 2015 Ac­quired 996.1 GT3 Model 2000 Year Jan­uary 2018 Ac­quired

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports - Poole, UK @James­samuel4 James Sa­muel

It was re­cently my birth­day month, so fol­low­ing some ad­vice on my last track day I de­cided to treat my­self to some safety equip­ment in the form of an FHR de­vice. As I am har­nessed in to the car the only loose item in the event of a crash is my big nog­gin.

I was rec­om­mended the Simp­son hy­brid, which is both com­fort­able but also fits a va­ri­ety of har­ness and seat com­bi­na­tions. I went for the quick­re­lease sys­tem rec­om­mended for peo­ple who are in and out of the car a lot dur­ing a day. Luck­ily the next track day was just around the cor­ner, and so an ideal op­por­tu­nity was pre­sented to test it out with a day in the seat.

Prior to the track day I felt it was time to give the GT3 a mid-sea­son ser­vice and some up­grades for the rest of the ses­sions I have booked. First up was a full fluid flush, in­clud­ing dif­fer­en­tial oil. I went with Millers Lsd-spe­cific gear oil, as rec­om­mended by Matt at ZRS and many oth­ers. The car also had new oil and a fil­ter and I re­placed the per­ished cas­tor bushes in my lower arms (be­low) with Pow­er­flex black items.

With that all done it was off to Don­ning­ton. The weather was per­fect and it is sim­ply one of the most fun tracks I have driven to date, al­though I had a bit of a mo­ment at the chi­cane try­ing a bit too hard.

I had also or­dered a BMC air fil­ter for the GT3 from porscheshop.co.uk. Af­ter two-and-a-half weeks it fi­nally ar­rived, only to be the wrong part. The cus­tomer ser­vice and com­mu­ni­ca­tion from them has been ap­palling and I will not be us­ing them again. Luck­ily Euro­carparts were able to sup­ply the cor­rect part next day so that has been in­stalled – re­view to fol­low next month!

It has been a rel­a­tively quiet month for the Turbo. As I rolled back onto my drive from ym euro trip the brake pad warn­ing light came on, so off I went to see my brother at ZRS En­gi­neer­ing. While there we also spot­ted a coolant leak; luck­ily it turned out to be a shoddy Ju­bilee clip and an easy fix. A 150-mile work trip con­firmed that was sorted.

The Turbo also hit a kind of mile­stone this month in clock­ing over the 80,000mile mark. I have been fortunate to drive just over 32,000 of th­ese and it never fails to feel spe­cial – roll on the big 100,000!

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