ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Since com­plet­ing the build ear­lier this year, Mark’s wasted no time in us­ing the EsCos do­ing what it was built for, ham­mer­ing around a track!

Fast Ford - - FAST FLEET -

Things have been a bit hec­tic since my last up­date in the Fast Fleet. It may have been the clos­ing months of the show sea­son, but that hasn’t meant it’s been any less busy; we took the Es­cort Cossie to Ford Fest at the end of Sep­tem­ber to be a part of the Fast Ford stand, and then I was also asked to have my Sierra Cos­worth on the mag dis­play at TRAX in Oc­to­ber too.

But be­fore we loaded up and headed off to Ford Fest I man­aged to squeeze in a lit­tle track day at my lo­cal cir­cuit, Cas­tle Combe. This was the first time I’d re­ally been able to put the car through it’s paces since the build was com­pleted a few weeks be­fore. I did take part in the track ses­sions at Ford Fair, but as the car’s first ever out­ing, and me hav­ing never driv­ing the Sil­ver­stone cir­cuit be­fore, and the fact they are 20 min­utes ses­sions rather than a full track ‘day’, I treated this as more of a shake­down ses­sion to make sure ev­ery­thing held to­gether.

But when we were at Combe, and had the full day to ad­just things and make tweaks, we were fi­nally able to see what the car was re­ally ca­pa­ble of.

We made good progress with set­ting the car up, and I was start­ing to get more and more con­fi­dent and com­fort­able in the car, so we booked an­other track day for early in Novem­ber. Book­ing on to a track day in Novem­ber is al­ways a bit of a gam­ble as you’re never sure what the weather con­di­tions will be like, but on this oc­ca­sion, it was a master stroke. The con­di­tions were per­fect; nice and cool air temps, but sunny and dry all day long. Plus, as it was a week­day dur­ing the off-sea­son, there was only a hand­ful of other cars to share the track with, mean­ing it felt more like a pri­vate test ses­sion that a gen­eral track day.

The car went re­ally well. It just keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. As my con­fi­dence (and abil­ity in the car) grew, the lap times were get­ting quicker and quicker. My best on the day was a 1m 13s, which I don’t think is too shabby at all, and I’m quite pleased with it. I’m even more pleased that the car ran fault­lessly and didn’t miss a beat all day though! Roll on 2019, I can’t wait to get this green ma­chine out on track some more.

Mark's been get­ting to grips with the EsCos on track at Cas­tle Combe One of the Cossie's re­cent out­ings was on the Fast Ford stand at Ford Fest

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