The BRSCC Production GTI Championship welcomes both Mk2 and Mk5 VW Golf GTIs – offering attainable and incredibly fun hot hatch racing around some of the most-loved UK circuits (as well as a bonus round in mainland Europe thrown in for good measure).
With strict regulations limiting modifications to a list of relatively simple, bolt-on upgrades, the cars must also run with their standard brake caliper setup, leaving discs and pad choices open to the driver.
Ryan Sayer currently runs an impressive Mk5 Golf GTI within this series, and decided to maximise his braking performance for the 2020 season by trying out some of EBC Brakes Racing’s all-new RP-X™ track/race pads. After using this material in two test days, we caught up with him to find out what he thinks so far.
“I initially thought Bluestuff was a sufficient racing pad, but after using EBC Brakes Racing’s RP-1™ recently, I have also been testing the RP-X™ material this year and can officially say EBC has developed a demon of a braking material. It’s definitely going to stir up the coming season.
“RP-X™ has been brilliant. The initial braking straight away was a lot more positive and the pedal felt great. We did 2×30-minute and 2×15-minute stints, and the wear was minimal, with no brake fade and the sense of an all-round outstanding pad!
“In comparison to RP-1™, like I say the initial feel is a lot better and harsher, which is great! Hats off to all of you guys working behind the scenes, what you do is incredible and is a massive help for us as a team.”
Ryan continues to discuss his 2020 season in general.
“Over the winter, we have upgraded our engine mounts, battery and given the car a well-deserved once-over and tidy up.
“We did some testing in March and it was by far the best day I’ve ever had in the car. Every tenth of a second is hard to find in a race car, but I can assure you we all left with a smile. We’re right on the money for this coming season.
“On another note, we will be doing a livery reveal live in person in Peterborough, once COVID-19 has blown over!”
The Production GTI Championship has now been halted as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. For updates, please head over to the series website.
EBC Brakes Racing’s RP-X™ pad is available now. For more information, click here.