Direnza All-Star: Andy Armstrong
- Andrew Armstrong
- Owner of Street Racer in Northern Ireland Car
- E46 M3 Race Car
Tell us a little about your car.
I bought the car as a totally standard E46 M3 road car at the end of the
2014 season and spent the next 6 months stripping the car in preparation for
the 2015 season. First thing was to remove all the interior including sound
proofing, dash, heater box, excess wiring etc and then set about welding in
the Sparco multipoint cage. With the cage in I could now fit the seat and
position the steering wheel with spacers to suit. Next came braking and
suspension, with the support of Tarox we have fitted some 8 pot front and 6
pot rear brake kits with braided lines to allow us to brake as late as
possible and thanks to Yellowspeed Europe we have their Pro Plus 3 way
coilovers and from Powerflex we have polyurethane bushes to get us through
the bends as fast as possible. We run adjustable drop links and anti roll
bars with Direnza strut braces to allow us to tune the suspension for
different conditions to balance the car. We have built our own custom front
and rear aero splitters and diffusers to help reduce drag and improve
handling. Our engine is fairly standard at present with a K&N induction kit,
Longlife custom race exhaust system and Topgear Tuning Software all
delivered through a light weight flywheel and twin plate clutch kit to a
converted 5 speed gearbox with Direnza short shift kit, coupled to a Gripper
LSD with BMW Motorsport crown wheel and pinion. To keep engine temperatures
in check we have switched the factory radiator for a Direnza alloy radiator
with silicone hoses which was a direct replacement. The car runs on 18x9
wheels up front and 18x10 on the rear wrapped in Dunlop BTCC full race
slicks and wets.
Why did you go into Motorsport, and why did you choose Saloon cars?
I got into Motorsport when I was 8 years old starting out in karting which I
competed in for 10 years from cadets through to juniors and then the senior
classes picking up a few national championships on the way. At 19 I moved to
Formula Ford for 2 seasons earning some podium finishes after which I moved
into the saloon car class.
What your plans and hopes are for the future?
This is my first season in this car and hope to use the year to further
develop the car and hopefully pick up some solid results along the way, and
aim to have it setup to challenge for the championship next season
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