Piers Terry – Dealer Principal at Essex-based Perkins Garages Ltd – is an avid Ford fan who proudly takes his 290bhp Mk2 Focus ST Mountune Clubsport on track at every given opportunity.
His car was running EBC’s Yellowstuff brake pad compound all-round for many years, with Piers recently stepping up and trying out Bluestuff pads for his front axle that promise to offer a little more bite, especially on track.
His hot hatch’s first outing with Bluestuff pads fitted was something of a baptism of fire: Belgium’s notoriously fast Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on a cold, dry winter’s day a few weeks ago.
Below are Piers’ initial thoughts after spending the entire day on track with Bluestuff pads fitted up front (and Yellowstuff at the rear)…
It was a cold day at Spa; around 4°C all day. There was no rain until around 3:30pm, however, which made for some great, consistent track time for all.
The first sighting laps were a bit alarming. The brakes had fairly violent wobble under a light brake pedal for two laps of warm-up. Then I started to push a little harder (I’d say 75%), with medium to hard pedal pressure, to try to get some temperature into the tyres and pads. As temperature rose, the wobble vanished on the steering and the car began to behave under braking. Lots of brake feel under heavy and light foot pressure.
The brakes soon revealed themselves to be much sharper than the Yellowstuff pads I previously ran, with no fade all day – I was really very impressed with the increased braking performance! As well as zero fade, there was also no overheating (weather and the high speeds might have helped a bit there, I suppose).
Bluestuff made the car feel very different under hard braking; allowing both myself and my friend and fellow Focus ST owner, Steve Young, to find later braking points throughout the day.
When it rained, we also played in the weather for a bit and in the wet they were just as impressive – instant bite and progressive deceleration under ABS assistance – also very impressed.
Will be using EBC Brakes’ components 100% all the time now – you can’t really get much better without going the next step and purchasing the likes of new calipers.
My perfect setup now is: grooved EBC discs front and rear, with Bluestuff pads on the front and Yellowstuff pads on the back – a great combo for me that allowed a track day at Spa to be rather excellent fun.
Ps. There is no way we could go flat through Eau Rouge corner, although we did try every time… the talent was properly lacking there!