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EDITOR’S LETTER
C
ar and driver of the year is a big claim. "What in their rights
gives them the authority to give such an award," you may ask
yourself.
Well, let me explain.
Since we started, we here at The Circuit always come across
people within our community that inspire us. These people are special
because it can be sometimes hard to find inspiration from someone within
a community. We always look upwards towards the famous people - those
people who are out of reach and often too difficult to relate to on a more
personal level.
But if we can find inspiration close to us, we get to knowthemand learn
so much more.
So that is what Car and Driver of the Year is about. We wanted to pick one
stand out combination of a car and its driver that has inspired us to be be
better drivers or maintain better cars.
It is important that we chose to combine both car and driver into
one award too. Nothing symbolises our community more than what a
combination of a car and it's driver can achieve. You can have the best car in
the world, but if you can't drive it, then what use is it? The same can be said
vice versa. You could be Fernando Alonso (sorry Hamilton fans), but without
a good car, you just won't, um, go so fast.
Finding this years CaDotY, to be honest, was pretty easy. Where ever you
looked, where ever you went, people would comment on howfast Jacky Yick
and his Honda Civic are. And no matter what you heard, you always heard he
is one of the nicest guys in the paddock.
So we hope you enjoy the read, and whether you agree or disagree with
our choice, we want your feedback because this is something we want to
keep doing every year.
On another note, if we were to crown a Man of the Year, it would have
to go to Garry Wilmington. The ex-boss of Wakefield Park has been quietly
working in his backyard for the past few years and has now unveiled
Australia's newest circuit. It's not a race circuit, but a "Training Centre", and
at just 1kmin length, its a real cracker.
Seriously, hats of to the guy - if you see him at a pub, buy him a beer. It
takes real guts to fork out the money to build a circuit.
Lastly, we are proud to present our first ever competition in this
magazine. The people at Madmen Entertainment have given us 25 double
in-season passes to Love The Beast - Eric Bana's up and coming movie. So
turn to page 22 to see howyou can win!
Cheers,
Narada Kudinar
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CONTENTS
The Circuit, Car and Driver 2008, Issue 22, February 2009
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THE STORM COMETH
In yet another awesome photo from
resident photographer Matt Mead, we see
the storm clouds gather about to interupt
what was perfect weather. It almost
flooded the track, but that just meant even
more fun was to be had...
Photographer: Matthew Mead, Circuit Club
Labour Day Trackday, Wakefield Park,
06.10.08, 11.37am. Canon EOS 40D, 18-
55mm lens, 1/13s at F5.6.
CIRCUIT SPY
DREAM CHASER
GARRY WILMINGTON HAS bUILT A NEW CIRCUIT IN
MARULAN – AN HOUR AND A HALF AWAY FROM
SYDNEY. bUT AT ONLY 1kM IN LENGTH, WHAT WILL IT
ACTUALLY bE USED FOR? AND WILL IT bE ANY GOOD?
JUSTIN NARAYAN TALkS TO HIM DURING AN ExCLUSIVE
FIRST TEST OF THE CIRCUIT.
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such as building your own driver training
circuit. That’s where Garry comes in, funding
and constructing his own track in the name of
education, not just racing. Back in 1991 Garry
embarked on this task, and it has been a long
time coming. He spent 9 years managing at
Wakefield Park, but felt like they, and other
circuits in NSW, were lacking in a certain
sector – driver training and introducing new
drivers to motorsport. “I’ve been racing so long
and going to those tracks that didn’t have what
you needed, and you weren’t treated the way I
thought you should be treated”. His answer was
the Marulan Driver Training Centre (MDTC).
So what is the MDTC? Basically, it is a small,
tight challenging race course designed for one
to hone their skills. A track like Wakefield
Park can be daunting at first, so something
like the MTDC was needed to bring more
faces into Australian Motorsport. I myself was
lucky enough to have a first hand experience
of this track in my own car. It is defiantly a
tricky course at first, with some tight corners
and a small uphill section. It reminds me of
something that you’d see in Japan, which is a
good thing. We think Garry has done very well
with the overall track design. “It was designed
to be difficult, to be challenging, and to fit
within the landscape.”
Again something like the MTDC isn’t made
for length or high speeds, its purpose is to
educate. That’s what set’s it apart from other
tracks. With its smart configuration anyone can
happily bring their cars down, and experience
what it’s like first hand to drive on a race track,
without any fears because of the overall low
average speed. This enables the course to
target a larger audience, including groups and
clubs not associated with cars whatsoever.
“We have only got car clubs in mind, but
we want all types of clubs to come – ones that
aren’t associated with racing, but want to try
something different,” Garry admits. “We have
big plans for something we call ‘Family Days’,
where we can get both adults and children out
onto the circuit.
Garry plans to bring kids to the course,
from the age of eight onward. The MTDC is all
about the learning process with driving. This
means keeping older, younger and upcoming
drivers safe, whilst possibly gaining a love for
Motorsport and driving as a whole. “Actually
teaching yourself your limits and your cars
limits, and make it easier to stay safe on the
road.”
Adults will be able to take their children
for rides around the main circuit, while there
will be specially designed buggies where the
kids will be able to learn car control on a dirt
surface.
Garry is adamant that no motorsport will
take place here, at least for the time being,
but that its educational purpose is new to
Australian motorsport; which is what sets it
apart from other forms of circuit in NSW.
“Drivers will come here and really learn
something. I think there is definitely room for
the MDTC because what people learn here, they
will take to Wakefield Park or Oran Park or
Eastern Creek,” Garry claims with confidence.
“If you can drive fast here, you can drive fast
anywhere.”
Another great thing about the MTDC is that
not only does Garry function to educate, but he
functions to help the growth of motorsport in
Australia. “People who have never ever thought
of having a track day are going to come and
drive here and hopefully get hooked, and it’ll
all grow from there. That’s the plan.”
Garry has outlined a few things to come
for the MTDC. Things include small “Formula
3 / kit car style vehicles for the kids to drive”
and possibly something along the lines of
Mazda MX5s. This would be great for “walk in
and drive” days where people might not feel
their car is suited to the track. It also gives the
people the chance to drive a true track-suited
car around the course, and to get a feel for it.
The MDTC is located In Marulan, which is
around 1.5 hours from Sydney. The centre itself
has its own amenities such as a small briefing
room, toilets, parking, cafe and plenty of
shelter. In regards to what licenses are needed,
you if hold a CAMS, AASA or independent race
series license you are insured to drive, if not
Garry offers his own license you can purchase
on the day.
The MDTC is already open to car clubs, with
a full scale launch mid February. It will be open
to the public, and Garry will be holding Drive
days for people to come down and experience
the track. Driver training courses and other
forms of tuition are also available, start from
as little as 100 dollars for kids training, right
up to advanced driving lessons. Detailed
information can be found on http://www.mdtc.
com.au/. Also keep an eye out for our very own
Circuit club track days at the Marulan driver
training centre, another way to get involved
and experience the track first hand.
For more driver thoughts on the track and video
with commentary, visit circuitclub.com.au!
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IT TAkES A LOT OF pASSIoN,
DEDIcATIoN AND DRIVE
TO REALLY DO SOMETHING
WONDERFUL;
“IF YOU CAN DRIVE FAST HERE, YOU CAN DRIVE FAST ANYWHERE.”
Last Page: The final corner of
the 1km MDTC. It's very very
tight, and very very tricky.
Left: Garry Wilmington, the
mastermind of it all.
Left Bottom: Justin try's out the
MDTC for the first time in his
Corolla SX
NEW MDTC DRIVEN
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CAR OF THE YEAR
PROCONCEPT-SPOON HoNDA cIVIc
DRIVER OF THE YEAR
JACkY YIcK
CAR &DR I VE R
O F T H E Y E A R
T W O T H O U S A N D A N D E I G H T
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LITTLE DID I kNOW THAT JACkY
AND HIS LITTLE RED CIVIC WOULD
EVENTUALLY bE AbLE TO ACHIEVE
lAp TImES IN THE HIgH 1’05"
Josh Cho from Proconcept had brought himdown
to Wakefield Park with a newred project Honda Civic that
was going to be the second of a two car teamfor the 2007
IPRA championship and Jacky was driving it that day. I
didn’t think much of it, or him, as they lapped the circuit
a second or two slower than the white and original Civic,
then famous for it’s ability to lap Wakefield around the
1’10” mark with only 1.6L.
Little did I knowthat Jacky and his little red Civic would
eventually be able to achieve lap times in the high 1’05”s.
And little would anybody knowhowfast this guy can drive,
nor howfast his car can be, if they just took himon face
value.
Jacky is a quiet guy, dons your average looking silver
framed glasses and wears your average comfortable
clothing. He was probably that guy in high school who had
good grades, always did his homework, and when the class
mates got their licences and started doing burnouts in the
car park, he would quietly wait until it was safe to pass,
then drive on quietly home.
But having spent some time with himover the past
couple of years at the racing circuit, he can be somebody
else. Somebody who isn’t afraid to drive millimetres from
the concrete wall. Somebody who trains in his spare time to
be fitter than his competitors. Somebody fast.
And he isn’t quite as quiet as you think he is too. At
race meetings he happily chats away about anything and
everything to do with racing and cars. You just have to ask
himfirst, because he is too modest to start talking – you
feel that he himself doesn’t even knowhowgood he is.
To the untrained eye it’s just a red Honda Civic with
some stickers on it. To the trained eye, it’s a red Honda
Civic with some stickers on it that can’t physically have
enough power to lap that fast. An understated match made
in heaven then.
While Jacky is obsessed with his driving and improving
his ability to drive faster, between he and his Dad (and
with the help of Proconcept every nowand again), they
are obsessed about making this car run as optimumas
possible.
We haven’t seen much of his car at Circuit Club
Trackdays too often this year, not because our days aren’t
interesting to him, but because his new, stroked to 1.8L
engine needs to be preserved as much as possible to make
sure it runs its best for the Championship.
But if you look even closer, you see little things
that blowyour mind at howwell presented this car is.
There is a front undertray, home made in aluminiumto
smoothen the airflowunder the car to reduce drag and
improve downforce. There are those holes cut out of the
rear bumper to further reduce drag by not letting air get
trapped in its natural “parachute”. Move to open the rear
hatch and find that instead of five clips holding down the
rear bumper, there are only three – in order to save weight.
“Do these things even work?” you might ask yourself.
Well most people wouldn’t think so, but then again, his
nearest competition around Wakefield park is at least two
seconds behind him– and that can’t all do with luck and
timing.
“I love to drive fast.” Jacky once told me.
WHEN I FIRST
MET JAcKY YIcK,
IT WAS AT A
CIRCUIT CLUb
TRACkDAY.
AND THEN THERE
IS HIS cIVIc.
“CAN I RIDE
WITH YOU
FIRST?”
It’s the Circuit Club Five Year Anniversary
Trackday, and today I amlucky enough to be allowed to
drive Jacky’s Civic for the very first time. I was supposed
to have a go last year, but his engine unfortunately blew
up with three laps to go after just winning the 2007 IPRA
Championship (talk about on the edge!). But before I drive,
I amdetermined to ride with Jacky first – to see howhe
drives his car and watch at howhe can possibly be that
much faster than everyone else there on the day.
“Can I ride with you first?” I ask Jacky as he checks his
tyre pressures (he is always checking his tyre pressures).
“Ummm, OK...” Jacky responds with a kind of “Why the
hell do you want to ride with me? It’s not that I’mspecial”
manner. “But it isn’t going to be that special – the car is
very understeery today”.
“I just want to make sure that I drive the car correctly, is
all” I reassure him.
But he is right about the car being slowtoday – he was
aiming for a high six second lap time (with old tyres) to end
the year on a high, but the windy conditions are blowing
layers of dust onto the track, and his used tyres are more
worn than anticipated. But no matter, he is still good for a
1’08” today, which is still the fastest car present.
We both strap in ready to go, and Jacky looks very
relaxed behind the wheel. Despite the noise, the car drives
in a very civil manner towards the pit exit. We are on a tight
schedule, so we have had to run in Group C, meaning there
will be quite a bit of traffic for Jacky, but hopefully not too
much.
But then we are of and the car kind of erupts with noise
and vibrations as we shoot of into the distance. He uses his left
foot to warmup the brakes and he throws the car left to right
under acceleration to warmup the rear tyres.
“I don’t think you will have any problemdriving the car
today,” he shouts to me half way through the first lap. “Like I
said, the car isn’t taily today so you’ll have a lot of confidence
in the car”
It’s like he still doesn’t believe I should be wasting my time
watching himdrive his own car because I won’t learn anything.
Then he brakes for the last corner at around 10 metres after
the braking marker and the car steps out a little sideways
towards the apex of the corner in one swift motion.
Over the course of the next fewlaps I can really see why
this guy drives so damn fast. He is aggressive in that all of his
inputs put his car very much on the limit of its tyres adhesion
but all his motions are smooth and fluid like he is driving in
super slow-mo.
His gear changes, as unimportant as they seem, are a true
indication of his style. As the revs hit the upper limit of the
engines range, he dips the clutch and looks as if he slams the
next gear into place with one fast and strong motion. Except
when he gets on the gas, it all feels as if nothing had happened
because it was timed so perfectly.
Sorry Jacky, as much as I claimto knowabout driving, you
have taught me a valuable lesson. Your driving is way too cool.
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I PUT ALL MY THOUGHTS TOGETHER AND DRIVE.
end to break free while unloaded.
In all the noise and vibration I amfeeling a little lost.
My steering inputs a jagged and the car is very rough to
drive. The steering won’t stop pulling with every crack in
the road and the rear suspension is so hard that I bounce
everywhere if I don’t hit the ripple strips properly.
Somebody spins out and beaches themselves so the red
flag is waved and I pull back into the pits. I amso amazed
at the machine, but at the same time I amfrustrated with
myself. I need a couple more laps to try and figure it out.
“Sure,” Jacky tells me. “Finish of your session, the car
seems to be fine fromhere,” he says with a happy smile on
his face. Sure doesn’t feel fine from in here I think to myself.
I calmdown for a couple of minutes and then we are
let back out again. The best time fromthe last session was
only a 1’12” – I need to beat that. So I put all my thoughts
together drive.
Corner after corner it starts to flowa little more, but
my inputs are still unrefined as I see-sawat the wheel,
trying to control all the power through the front wheels.
The corner speeds are higher now, and I can start to feel
that bit of understeer that Jacky is talking about, but the
steering is getting heavier by the second as the g-forces get
higher and higher.
I put together a decent lap and look down at the timer.
1’11” flat.
Damn. All that hard work, for this?
The session is over and I pull into the pits. I start to
laugh a little and shake my head. Yeh sure, I was pushing
hard, but I was nowhere near the braking points and apex
speeds of Jacky.
This is why we here at The Circuit rate Jacky and his
little red Civic as the Car and Driver of 2008. Not only
is Jacky and his car a part of some sort of symbiotic
relationship – he and the car almost act as one.
But the sheer level of expertise they operate at?
Awesome.
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He makes driving the car look so easy, but when I really
think about it, I knowit’s going to be a real challenge to
drive. It must be hard to drive a car with only 130kWat the
front wheels and go as fast as Jacky does.
I take a deep breath and leave the pits. The flywheel is
mighty light, and I realise you need to change gears really
fast, otherwise you mismatch the revs when shifting up. I
replicate the warmup procedure and my blood is pumping.
My senses are alert in this car and it feels completely
diferent to howit looks. In the hands of Jacky, the car
seems smooth and composed, but in my hands, it feels like
a wild beast wanting to break free.
When I step on the gas the non-power steering wheel
pulls me of line and I have to fight it straight. And when
I smoothly apply the throttle at 6000rpm(the VTEC
changeover point), it chokes and coughs and tells me “you
need to drive faster than that son, or else you might as well
go home”.
So I take a deep breath and take the engine into VTEC
and blast down the straight. Not only can you hear the
induction sucking in as much air as 1.8L can handle, but
you can feel the revs through your bones – especially from
the whine of the straight cut final drive.
Normally, Jacky can brake right after the kink for Turn
2, but I can’t bring myself to do it. In 5th gear down the
straight, the car feels like it is going way too fast to stop in
such a short distance. I also don’t want to ride the brakes
through to the apex because I don’t want to spin out and
flat spot his tyres. So as I turn in, I feel slow, even if the car
is moving fast.
I need to drive faster – try and emulate Jacky in order
to get the car to work for me. Its not like I don’t knowthe
theory of his driving. I need to brake late to make the most
of the straight. I need to wash of excess speed by carrying
the brake through to the apex. I can’t carry too much
braking because I will cause the front to push wide, and if
I’mtoo aggressive with the steering, I will cause the rear
SO NOW IT IS MY TURN
AND IN MY HEAD I AM
REPLAYING EVERYTHINg
THAT I SAW WHILE
WATCHING JACkY DRIVE.
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*Peter Lucas - Winner of the 2008 Superlap
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Slacks Creek Project Mu . Modi Song. Since we started.4/440 Dynon Road. No part of this publication can be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means.7-9 Parramatta Road. All rights reserved. Narada Kudinar J Racing .au . We wanted to pick one stand out combination of a car and its driver that has inspired us to be be better drivers or maintain better cars. you always heard he is one of the nicest guys in the paddock. we get to know them and learn so much more. Car and Driver 2008. Southport Publisher Circuit Club // Editor Narada Kudinar // Sub-editor Daniel Leong // Senior Writer Narada Kudinar // Staff Writers Marc Hammond. Tim Fung. let me explain.14-16 Maryborough Street. was pretty easy.MDTC Lastly.19 Clapham Road. Justin Fox.4770 Braidwood Rd. So we hope you enjoy the read. PER DAY. Beverly Hills Bel Garage .com.2/9 Mavis St. You could be Fernando Alonso (sorry Hamilton fans). you just won't.Eric Bana's up and coming movie. Regents Park IS Motor Racing . and at just 1km in length. The Circuit.1 Mary Street.4/17 Moss St. maximum: 30 DRIVERS PER DAY including: DRIVER TRAINING spectators: FREE bookings: INFO@CIRCUITCLUB.COM. Concord Revolution Racegear . Fyshwick ACT VIC a CIRCUIT CLUB PRESENTS TRACKDAY TWO THOUSAND AND NINE venue: MARULAN DRIVER TRAINING CENTRE date: SATURDAY 7th MARCH and SUNDAY 8th MARCH 2009 price: $120 PER DRIVER. Justin Narayan. but a "Training Centre". February 2009 WWW. cnr. It is important that we chose to combine both car and driver into one award too. Lidcombe Autostyle . Parramatta Powerplay Imports .3/Rear of 191 Parramatta Rd. We always look upwards towards the famous people .5/5-7 Bermill St." you may ask yourself. So that is what Car and Driver of the Year is about.221 Berkeley St. go so fast. Rockdale JDM Yard . Nothing symbolises our community more than what a combination of a car and it's driver can achieve. But if we can find inspiration close to us. Hien Nguyen // Printing Team Felix Kusuma.au TIME TO TRY OUT AUSTRALIA'S LATEST CIRCUIT ar and driver of the year is a big claim. // Advertising Mangaer Alex Escobar // Art Director Narada Kudinar // Team Photographer Matthew Mead // Illustrator Shaun Tan // Logistics Manager Tim Fung // IT Andrew Handmer. The people at Madmen Entertainment have given us 25 double in-season passes to Love The Beast . On another note.286 Southport Nerang Rd. without the permission from the publisher. West Melbourne Garage Cafe .com.those people who are out of reach and often too difficult to relate to on a more personal level. The ex-boss of Wakefield Park has been quietly working in his backyard for the past few years and has now unveiled Australia's newest circuit. Auburn Turbosmart .163-169 Stoney Creek Rd.com. we want your feedback because this is something we want to keep doing every year.88 Victoria Rd. it would have to go to Garry Wilmington. we are proud to present our first ever competition in this magazine. we here at The Circuit always come across people within our community that inspire us.if you see him at a pub.82 . "What in their rights gives them the authority to give such an award. um.circuit club. Drummoyne Proconcept .CIRCUITCLUB. but without a good car. So turn to page 22 to see how you can win! Cheers. And no matter what you heard.1a Mellor St. Ashfield Wakefield Park . You can have the best car in the world. Where ever you looked. Ivan You // Project Co-ordinator Narada Kudinar // Concept Red Bulletin Verlags GmbH // Printers CPPS // Published by Circuit Club Pty Limted // email: narada@circuitclub. Finding this years CaDotY. These people are special because it can be sometimes hard to find inspiration from someone within a community. Goulburn NSW TRAININGDAY 7-8 MARCH 2009 . West Ryde Mu Secret . to be honest. buy him a beer. please contact Ivan by email at ivan@circuitclub. It takes real guts to fork out the money to build a circuit. King Georges Rd. Issue 22.Unit 19/4A Bachell Ave.COM. where ever you went. if we were to crown a Man of the Year. Seriously. C THECIRCUITISSUE22 CONTENTS ISSUE 21 CARANDDRIVER2008 EDITOR’S LETTER Circuit Spy Dreamchaser Car and Driver of the Year Competition! DISTRIBUTORS! 6 8 12 22 Get your free copy of The Circuit from these great places! AAI Motorsport .137A Westall Road. Clayton South Promax . It's not a race circuit. Carlton On The Run . then what use is it? The same can be said vice versa. but if you can't drive it.au // Copyright 2006-2008 Circuit Club Pty Limited. Revesby Peak Performance . and whether you agree or disagree with our choice. its a real cracker.32 Milton St North. Well. people would comment on how fast Jacky Yick and his Honda Civic are. Blackburn QLD Hi Power Racing .AU For more information on advertising in this publication.80 Macarthur Street.AU Chasers . hats off to the guy .

1/13s at F5.6. 1855mm lens.37am.CIRCUIT SPY THE STORM COMETH In yet another awesome photo from resident photographer Matt Mead.08. Wakefield Park. It almost flooded the track. .10. Photographer: Matthew Mead.. Canon EOS 40D. 11. we see the storm clouds gather about to interupt what was perfect weather. but that just meant even more fun was to be had. 06. Circuit Club Labour Day Trackday..

. WHAT WILL IT ACTUALLY bE USED FOR? AND WILL IT bE ANY GOOD? JUSTIN NARAYAN TALkS TO HIM DURING AN ExCLUSIVE FIRST TEST OF THE CIRCUIT.DREAM CHASER GARRY WILMINGTON HAS bUILT A NEW CIRCUIT IN MARULAN – AN HOUR AND A HALF AWAY FROM SYDNEY. bUT AT ONLY 1kM IN LENGTH.

“IF YOU CAN DRIVE FAST HERE. “Drivers will come here and really learn something. I myself was lucky enough to have a first hand experience of this track in my own car. That’s what set’s it apart from other tracks. “We have big plans for something we call ‘Family Days’. AASA or independent race series license you are insured to drive. This means keeping older.” Garry claims with confidence. com. where we can get both adults and children out onto the circuit. Things include small “Formula 3 / kit car style vehicles for the kids to drive” and possibly something along the lines of Mazda MX5s. but felt like they. Detailed information can be found on http://www.com. cafe and plenty of shelter. if not Garry offers his own license you can purchase on the day. Garry is adamant that no motorsport will take place here. Also keep an eye out for our very own Circuit club track days at the Marulan driver training centre. In regards to what licenses are needed. “It was designed to be difficult. at least for the time being. younger and upcoming drivers safe.” Another great thing about the MTDC is that not only does Garry function to educate. you if hold a CAMS.Last Page: The final corner of the 1km MDTC. Back in 1991 Garry embarked on this task. and other circuits in NSW. not just racing. so something like the MTDC was needed to bring more faces into Australian Motorsport. It will be open to the public. while there will be specially designed buggies where the kids will be able to learn car control on a dirt surface. Driver training courses and other forms of tuition are also available. without any fears because of the overall low average speed. I think there is definitely room for the MDTC because what people learn here. “I’ve been racing so long and going to those tracks that didn’t have what you needed.” Garry has outlined a few things to come for the MTDC. The MDTC is already open to car clubs. from the age of eight onward.5 hours from Sydney. but that its educational purpose is new to Australian motorsport. So what is the MDTC? Basically. DEDIcATIoN AND DRIVE TO REALLY DO SOMETHING WONDERFUL. and Garry will be holding Drive days for people to come down and experience the track. This enables the course to target a larger audience.mdtc. This would be great for “walk in and drive” days where people might not feel their car is suited to the track. The MDTC is located In Marulan. including groups and clubs not associated with cars whatsoever. The MTDC is all about the learning process with driving. He spent 9 years managing at Wakefield Park.” Again something like the MTDC isn’t made for length or high speeds. and it’ll 11 all grow from there. the mastermind of it all. funding and constructing his own track in the name of education. and to get a feel for it. The centre itself has its own amenities such as a small briefing room. but want to try something different. and experience what it’s like first hand to drive on a race track. We think Garry has done very well with the overall track design. and to fit within the landscape. Left: Garry Wilmington. With its smart configuration anyone can happily bring their cars down. which is what sets it apart from other forms of circuit in NSW. 22 “We have only got car clubs in mind. Garry plans to bring kids to the course.” such as building your own driver training circuit. another way to get involved and experience the track first hand. were lacking in a certain sector – driver training and introducing new drivers to motorsport. That’s where Garry comes in. It reminds me of something that you’d see in Japan. with a full scale launch mid February. His answer was the Marulan Driver Training Centre (MDTC). which is a good thing. Left Bottom: Justin try's out the MDTC for the first time in his Corolla SX NEW MDTC DRIVEN IT TAkES A LOT OF pASSIoN. YOU CAN DRIVE FAST ANYWHERE. right up to advanced driving lessons. and it has been a long time coming. it is a small. A track like Wakefield Park can be daunting at first. “If you can drive fast here. which is around 1.” Garry admits. start from as little as 100 dollars for kids training. and make it easier to stay safe on the road. and you weren’t treated the way I thought you should be treated”.” Adults will be able to take their children for rides around the main circuit. It also gives the people the chance to drive a true track-suited car around the course. “People who have never ever thought of having a track day are going to come and drive here and hopefully get hooked. visit circuitclub. to be challenging. and very very tricky. tight challenging race course designed for one to hone their skills. but he functions to help the growth of motorsport in Australia. its purpose is to educate. For more driver thoughts on the track and video with commentary.au! . It's very very tight. you can drive fast anywhere. It is defiantly a tricky course at first. parking. whilst possibly gaining a love for Motorsport and driving as a whole.au/. toilets. but we want all types of clubs to come – ones that aren’t associated with racing. with some tight corners and a small uphill section. That’s the plan. “Actually teaching yourself your limits and your cars limits. they will take to Wakefield Park or Oran Park or Eastern Creek.

CAR&DRIVER O F T WO T H O U SA N D A N D E I G H T T H E Y E A R PROCONCEPT-SPOON HoNDA cIVIc 8 CAR OF THE YEAR DRIVER OF THE YEAR JACkY YIcK .

“Do these things even work?” you might ask yourself. At race meetings he happily chats away about anything and everything to do with racing and cars. Somebody who trains in his spare time to be fitter than his competitors. I didn’t think much of it. Somebody fast. his nearest competition around Wakefield park is at least two seconds behind him – and that can’t all do with luck and timing. between he and his Dad (and with the help of Proconcept every now and again). because he is too modest to start talking – you feel that he himself doesn’t even know how good he is. But having spent some time with him over the past couple of years at the racing circuit. as they lapped the circuit a second or two slower than the white and original Civic. home made in aluminium to smoothen the airflow under the car to reduce drag and improve downforce. then drive on quietly home. 15 To the untrained eye it’s just a red Honda Civic with some stickers on it. then famous for it’s ability to lap Wakefield around the 1’10” mark with only 1. “I love to drive fast. But if you look even closer. always did his homework. An understated match made in heaven then. he can be somebody else. Little did I know that Jacky and his little red Civic would eventually be able to achieve lap times in the high 1’05”s. AND THEN THERE IS HIS cIVIc. We haven’t seen much of his car at Circuit Club Trackdays too often this year.” Jacky once told me. There are those holes cut out of the rear bumper to further reduce drag by not letting air get trapped in its natural “parachute”. Somebody who isn’t afraid to drive millimetres from the concrete wall. not because our days aren’t interesting to him. or him. There is a front undertray. nor how fast his car can be. there are only three – in order to save weight. Jacky is a quiet guy. He was probably that guy in high school who had good grades. and when the class mates got their licences and started doing burnouts in the car park. WHEN I FIRST MET JAcKY YIcK. but then again. stroked to 1. if they just took him on face value. . but because his new. they are obsessed about making this car run as optimum as possible. IT WAS AT A CIRCUIT CLUb TRACkDAY. dons your average looking silver framed glasses and wears your average comfortable clothing. you see little things that blow your mind at how well presented this car is. he would quietly wait until it was safe to pass. To the trained eye. And little would anybody know how fast this guy can drive. Move to open the rear hatch and find that instead of five clips holding down the rear bumper.LITTLE DID I kNOW THAT JACkY AND HIS LITTLE RED CIVIC WOULD EVENTUALLY bE AbLE TO ACHIEVE lAp TImES IN THE HIgH 1’05" 10 Josh Cho from Proconcept had brought him down to Wakefield Park with a new red project Honda Civic that was going to be the second of a two car team for the 2007 IPRA championship and Jacky was driving it that day.8L engine needs to be preserved as much as possible to make sure it runs its best for the Championship.6L. You just have to ask him first. it’s a red Honda Civic with some stickers on it that can’t physically have enough power to lap that fast. And he isn’t quite as quiet as you think he is too. Well most people wouldn’t think so. While Jacky is obsessed with his driving and improving his ability to drive faster.

the car isn’t taily today so you’ll have a lot of confidence in the car” It’s like he still doesn’t believe I should be wasting my time watching him drive his own car because I won’t learn anything. so we have had to run in Group C. But no matter. But he is right about the car being slow today – he was aiming for a high six second lap time (with old tyres) to end the year on a high. Despite the noise. We both strap in ready to go. and his used tyres are more worn than anticipated. but hopefully not too much.” he shouts to me half way through the first lap. “But it isn’t going to be that special – the car is very understeery today”.. Over the course of the next few laps I can really see why this guy drives so damn fast. “Ummm. is all” I reassure him.“CAN I RIDE WITH YOU FIRST?” It’s the Circuit Club Five Year Anniversary Trackday. meaning there will be quite a bit of traffic for Jacky. Your driving is way too cool. But then we are off and the car kind of erupts with noise and vibrations as we shoot off into the distance. We are on a tight schedule. Sorry Jacky. . as unimportant as they seem. As the revs hit the upper limit of the engines range. but the windy conditions are blowing layers of dust onto the track. He is aggressive in that all of his inputs put his car very much on the limit of its tyres adhesion but all his motions are smooth and fluid like he is driving in super slow-mo.” Jacky responds with a kind of “Why the hell do you want to ride with me? It’s not that I’m special” manner. I am determined to ride with Jacky first – to see how he drives his car and watch at how he can possibly be that much faster than everyone else there on the day. it all feels as if nothing had happened because it was timed so perfectly.. He uses his left foot to warm up the brakes and he throws the car left to right under acceleration to warm up the rear tyres. and Jacky looks very relaxed behind the wheel. Then he brakes for the last corner at around 10 metres after the braking marker and the car steps out a little sideways towards the apex of the corner in one swift motion. are a true indication of his style. “Can I ride with you first?” I ask Jacky as he checks his tyre pressures (he is always checking his tyre pressures). and today I am lucky enough to be allowed to drive Jacky’s Civic for the very first time. Except when he gets on the gas. His gear changes. he dips the clutch and looks as if he slams the next gear into place with one fast and strong motion. “I just want to make sure that I drive the car correctly. but his engine unfortunately blew up with three laps to go after just winning the 2007 IPRA Championship (talk about on the edge!). he is still good for a 1’08” today. “I don’t think you will have any problem driving the car today. the car drives in a very civil manner towards the pit exit. But before I drive. which is still the fastest car present. “Like I said. you have taught me a valuable lesson. as much as I claim to know about driving. I was supposed to have a go last year. OK.

19 .I PUT ALL MY THOUGHTS 18 TOGETHER AND DRIVE.

I need to wash off excess speed by carrying the brake through to the apex. And when I smoothly apply the throttle at 6000rpm (the VTEC changeover point). He makes driving the car look so easy. Not only is Jacky and his car a part of some sort of symbiotic relationship – he and the car almost act as one. RAYMOND HUI 20 17 . for this? The session is over and I pull into the pits. I put together a decent lap and look down at the timer. This is why we here at The Circuit rate Jacky and his little red Civic as the Car and Driver of 2008. Corner after corner it starts to flow a little more. The best time from the last session was only a 1’12” – I need to beat that. Sure doesn’t feel fine from in here I think to myself. even if the car is moving fast. The flywheel is mighty light. Not only can you hear the induction sucking in as much air as 1. In 5th gear down the straight. I know it’s going to be a real challenge to drive. I feel slow. but when I really think about it. I need to brake late to make the most of the straight. I was pushing hard. and I realise you need to change gears really fast. So I take a deep breath and take the engine into VTEC and blast down the straight. but my inputs are still unrefined as I see-saw at the wheel. and I can start to feel that bit of understeer that Jacky is talking about. The steering won’t stop pulling with every crack in the road and the rear suspension is so hard that I bounce everywhere if I don’t hit the ripple strips properly. but at the same time I am frustrated with myself. or else you might as well go home”. Jacky can brake right after the kink for Turn 2. I replicate the warm up procedure and my blood is pumping. but the steering is getting heavier by the second as the g-forces get higher and higher. Damn. My steering inputs a jagged and the car is very rough to drive. but in my hands. When I step on the gas the non-power steering wheel pulls me off line and I have to fight it straight. I need a couple more laps to try and figure it out. otherwise you mismatch the revs when shifting up. I need to drive faster – try and emulate Jacky in order to get the car to work for me. Somebody spins out and beaches themselves so the red flag is waved and I pull back into the pits. but I was nowhere near the braking points and apex speeds of Jacky.8L can handle. The corner speeds are higher now. I am so amazed at the machine. In all the noise and vibration I am feeling a little lost. but I can’t bring myself to do it.SO NOW IT IS MY TURN AND IN MY HEAD I AM REPLAYING EVERYTHINg THAT I SAW WHILE WATCHING JACkY DRIVE. the car feels like it is going way too fast to stop in such a short distance. it chokes and coughs and tells me “you need to drive faster than that son. My senses are alert in this car and it feels completely different to how it looks. the car seems smooth and composed.” he says with a happy smile on his face. All that hard work. and if I’m too aggressive with the steering. it feels like a wild beast wanting to break free. It must be hard to drive a car with only 130kW at the front wheels and go as fast as Jacky does. I also don’t want to ride the brakes through to the apex because I don’t want to spin out and flat spot his tyres. I can’t carry too much braking because I will cause the front to push wide. Its not like I don’t know the theory of his driving. Yeh sure. So I put all my thoughts together drive. 1’11” flat. I calm down for a couple of minutes and then we are let back out again. In the hands of Jacky. but you can feel the revs through your bones – especially from the whine of the straight cut final drive.” Jacky tells me. the car seems to be fine from here. “Sure. trying to control all the power through the front wheels. I start to laugh a little and shake my head. I take a deep breath and leave the pits. I will cause the rear end to break free while unloaded. But the sheer level of expertise they operate at? Awesome. Normally. So as I turn in. “Finish off your session.

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