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gdh300

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About gdh300

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  • Lexus Model
    IS300
  • Year of Lexus
    2001
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Hampshire
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    Motorsport & Racing

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  1. It seems like ages since the first race at Daytona, but this weekend it is the second round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship. After going in at the deep end with 24 Hours at round 1, it should be a breeze for the GTD spec Lexus with only 12 hours to complete at Sebring! Not really of course; aside from the regular hazards of endurance racing, the Sebring track is notoriously harsh and they'll need to ride like an LS400 if they aren't to be shaken to bits. Plus of course, the ambient temperature will be higher than they were at Daytona but it won't necessarily be any drier! American team 3GT Racing will again be running two Lexus RC-F GT3, hopefully boosted by a change in their Balance Of Perfomance figures. So while they must carry 10kg more ballast they will gain 2mm on their intake restrictors and they will refuel quicker thanks to a 2mm larger filler restrictor. In addition, their fuel capacity has been increased by 2 litres, which doesn't sound much but could mean an extra lap on track just when you need it. You can read a testing report here (with some nice shots of the RC-F): http://www.sportscarillustrated.com/News_2017/C/news17C_0214_IMSA_Sebring_Test_Lexus.html For Twitterers, 3GT Racing is here: https://twitter.com/3GT_Racing?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Race start is at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday local time. Streaming coverage should be available at: http://imsatv.imsa.com Elsewhere, exciting news that Emil Frey (they of the XK8 GT3 cars) and Farnbacher Racing (already experienced with the RC-F elsewhere) will each be entering an RC-F each into the GT Open Series in Europe. GT Open is a lower-key but still international GT series; I've watched quite a bit of it in the past but it always feels one step down from the Blancpain Series, just a little bit disappointing. However, it is a start for Lexus on the European tour and the effort should benefit from the associated Farnbacher work in the VLN (big domestically but not known much outside Germany) and from the two-heads-are-better-than-one of two experienced teams. The GT Open article is here: http://www.gtopen.net/article.php?cont=1935
  2. Took a bit of time to get used to! Seems to follow the style of other manufacturers now which rather than logging in, must use cookies to identity your favourites and searches. I do like the Sunroof option being right at the front though; compared to entering a text search in the Autotrader website that is wonderful. Unfortunately it just highlights how difficult is is to get a sunroof now.
  3. I found the cure eventually - after wasting a set of front discs and one lot of on-car disc skimming - was new calipers and carriers and another skim. Touch wood, 21,000 miles later and no wobble.
  4. I'm assuming the 200 has a dipstick like the 300; on mine it's up against the bulkhead on the nearside (so to the right of the engine as you look at it). Orange T-shaped top with a clip retaining it. There is a PDF workshop manual somewhere on this forum I'm sure.
  5. Funny, from what I've heard locally, Pompey is dying on its a*se but it's interesting by contrast you think it's better now than it was. I often visit places I knew as a kid 'up north' and I find it incredibly depressing how run down some look, and yet other places seem to be booming more than they ever were. Places seem to be increasingly polarised, the UK over. Anyway, you are lucky to be in Somerset; I love Exmoor, it's about the closest 'wild' I can get to. A lovely 2.5hr jaunt down the A303 and I am there. Do you recognise the location in the attached picture? On a day off work just over two years ago and enjoyed a day on the roads of Somerset, Devon and Wiltshire. One of my regular quarterly 'road trip' days in the old Lexus. Meanwhile, I will do my best to keep the Lexus Motorsport section up to date, even if it only for the two of us!
  6. I haven't seen that. I don't see much of it apart from what some enterprising people put on the internet, not having Sky or anything. I was going to buy a season pass for the UK streaming last season until I remember all the races would be on at some ungodly hour of the morning! But they do go to some great old school circuits. And boy, it can rain in Australia, can't it? Something you might be interested in - Nismo have done sterling service in past seasons streaming Blancpain races etc, but they were hinting at the tailend of last season they might be streaming the Japanese Super GT races this year. We have to wait until April for that to start, and iirc Lexus will be running the new LC500 in GT500 category and the RC-F in GT300 category. No, not in Pompey, I'm in north Hampshire, for my sins!
  7. Sadly Paul, a lot of the race was under full course yellows because of the weather but worth catching what you can. I just read a bit about the difficult time the 14 car had, including this incident in the night that effectively ended any chance of a decent finish. But a finish is a finish; better luck hopefully next at the Sebring 12 hours, the third weekend in March.
  8. Well done 3GT Racing, still one car running at the end, despite everything! Pruett's accident was unfortunate, but isn't that just the trials-and-tribulations of 24 hours racing? There were some quite appalling conditions at times. But lap times looked good throughout, just need to tame that rear end of both cars it seems. 581 laps on car 14 was good mileage, but a bit vexing that Honda completed 634 with their equally débutante NSX... Onwards and upwards Lexus!
  9. I loved the old BTCC in the nineties as well, Paul. But I got a bit tired of the bumper car antics that seem to develop later on. Really got into sportscars about a decade ago; just love the variety and size of the grid, the fact cars have multiple drivers, the strategy and ups-and-downs of longer races plus the 'Balance Of Performance' that stops any one car dominating. All this and the cars are ones you can relate too as well. Watch out next weekend for the Bathurst 12 hours, which is another fantastic race. I shall be mostly supporting the GT-R in that one! It's good to see Lexus dipping it's toes in the GT3 arena. Early days, but getting both home would be a great start as on pace they will struggle against very well-developed and well-backed machines like the Audi and the AMG. With encouragement for a full programme, there's no reason why the car can't be quick; I mean whoever thought that the Bentley Continental would be a such a potent GT3 car? But M-Sport made it just that (and the B-of-P helps of course). I still though can't fathom why Jaguar for example aren't pushing the F-Type in GT racing. I meant to post this link for anyone not getting the race through cable or satellite: imsatv and this one, Weathertech
  10. It seems a bit quite here in the motorsport section, which perhaps is an unsurprising reflection on Lexus's relatively low profile on that front; or may be it is more indicative of the 'typical' Lexus driver? (Discuss). Anyway, thought I would post a interesting development taking place this weekend. I'm a big GT/sportscars racing fan so am very glad that the 2017 racing season gets underway this weekend at Daytona for the famous 24 hour race. And as Lexus driver (used to seeing them compete only in Japanese Super GT, or in the VLN24) I was intrigued to see that the GT3 spec RC-F finally joining the IMSA series after what reads like a protracted and difficult development. Hopefully this will be a springboard for other teams to consider the Lexus in the excellent Blancpain series, British GT and who knows even at LeMans in GTE guise. You can catch the race live-stream on the IMSA website, and read about the team running the two RC-Fs here. Good luck lads!
  11. Hi Mayur, very interesting posts. I've seen Autoventure listing quite a few IS300s over the past few months, I wonder if they are savvy at the auctions or have an 'in' with some fleet manager. A few listed are quite tempting, although I'll admit still at the top end of my budget. Look forwarding to seeing how you get on, I'm sure you be very happy with the IS!
  12. ZV7s are good, they are on my 17" OEM wheels currently. Meanwhile, my old girl is running on the aftermarket 16" with WT7s and needless to say I couldn't wait to get out in the snow on Thursday!
  13. Agree with Stephen. Not much snow here this evening but went out in the thick of the fresh fall and sought out the quieter country roads for my journey. Snow Mode on the Avon WT7s got me about without any trouble, uphill and down. It was my first (and last!?) opportunity to test them on snow; last lot of winter tyres never saw any deep and crisp and even. I guess the real test will be in the morning when the slush has frozen over...
  14. I read in some other place people reporting a weird 'hopping' sensation when manoeuvring, and that was because of the type of tyres (I think it was on a Mercedes, so big tyres I guess). If not the drop links, could the rattle could be brake pads? Ah, here is part of that story; linky
  15. Great guide, nice one Matt. I've had my alarm go off a couple of time at work (I bet the neighbours love that at 6.30am!) but it seems really irregular. I thought may be it was just the age of the unit, but I'm starting to think actually it might be being triggered by my tired old inertia reel seatbelts taking in the last few inches. I'm now consciously making sure they have fully retracted before I lock-up - touch wood!