John Moe (Echo) has an assortment of upgrades (Road to 1:17 series and uprated springs) but has yet to hit Wakefield properly, except that time at Nugget Nationals 2017 at Wakefield which got hit by rain. (Will post Nug Nats 2017 Wakefield review later)

My workmates all wanted to do a track day on Canberra Day (perks of living in Canberra) either shaking down their cars/setup – Christian and his last-minute E85 setup with the MX-5, experience their first track day – Ian and his wife; Commodore SS Ute & Golf and/or try a new track – former workmate Danny with newly fitted AD08R’s (personally delivered from Sydney by me) for his “Daily” BRZ (took a lot of time to convince him to come).

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Photo Credit: DOPHOTO – Dave Oliver Photography – Christian’s MX-5
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Photo Credit: DOPHOTO – Dave Oliver Photography – Danny’s BRZ
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Photo Credit: DOPHOTO – Dave Oliver Photography – Ian’s and his wife’s Golf & SS Ute
After many sessions of workplace banter (usual stuff), we find ourselves back at Wakefield hoping to better our PB’s, the “illustrious 1:17″ (for a 1.3L Echo).

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Photo Credit: RacingCircuits.infoWakefield Park

But alas it was not meant to be as the forecasted weather was looking good however the clouds weren’t here to stay hence the track getting too hot. That also wasn’t the problem either.

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Photo Credit: DOPHOTO – Dave Oliver Photography – Toyota Echo @ Wakefield Park Raceway

Throughout the whole day, I kept experiencing right side lock-up and it got progressively worse as the day went on till this happened…

The left brake caliper won’t engage unless pumped repeatedly, pretty scary stuff as I now have to drive with a 6 or more car gap just to be safe and with an added bonus to the day, the Echo’s PB days are over as power I would say would be lacking (slower than slow i.e. very slow). The motor is super tired now.

Where I usually shift to 3rd came later, I mean a lot LATER. Main straight I would shift to 3rd as the pitwall starts but I would shift halfway the main straight. 2nd straight after turn 2 felt like a crawl and exiting turn 8 or “Fishhook” I shift into 3rd gear halfway turn 9 but instead shift in the middle of turn 10. The final time for the day 1:20.6798, 2.2 seconds from my PB.

The winners of our workgroup posse were Danny and Ian, having fun and nothing breaking whereas Christian and I had something break on our cars or in my case “brake” (hurhur punny right) and he broke the MX-5 speedo cable and possibly smashed sump or fuel tank.

So the entire day was just experiencing the Kumho V720 tyres, experimenting with new lines (before the major brake failure) and I ultimately found more speed down in T1 & T2 and with that I’m retiring the Echo now for daily duties and pulling out of all events planned for it this year to focus on getting the other car back on the road so I can then fiddle with Echo again (*cough* Big block swap *cough*)

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Photo Credit: DOPHOTO – Dave Oliver Photography – Turn 2 Kerb Hopping
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Photo Credit: DOPHOTO – Dave Oliver Photography – Turn 4 Kerb Hopping
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Photo Credit: DOPHOTO – Dave Oliver Photography – Car so slow down the main straight it looks like it’s just hard parking
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