The Saturday Special From Rudskogen
Saturday, July 9th

Despite all my years coming here, I never fail to get caught up in the excitement of a typical Gatebil day.

It’s only recently though that I’ve learned to get a pretty good handle on the pattern that has emerged. Each day tends to start surprisingly quietly, with Rudskogen Motorsenter slowly coming to life from around 8:00am.

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It’s almost eerie walking around the paddock before this time; it’s so quiet, it might almost pass as tranquil. Before long though, cars start coughing into life; people emerge from tents, caravans, buses or whatever place they called bed the night before.

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The early risers wait patiently in pit lane to take advantage of the quieter sessions of the day. Obviously, not quiet by normal standards, but by Gatebil ones.

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Whilst some wait, others begin the unenviable task of making crucial repairs if they want to see the track again before the weekend is out. At this point of the event, there are plenty of terminal retirements already.

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Once it starts however, the rise in pace is relentless. Sessions bleed into each other, and before you realise it the chequered flag is out for the last time of the day. Blink and you will miss it.


To end the daily round-ups from Gatebil before our proper coverage commences, I’d like to finish on a somber note. When you play at the very edge, there’s always the risk that something can go wrong. Sure, we like to put it to the back of our heads and push on regardless, but it can still happen. Today, it happened for one driver, Tor-Anders Ringnes. Whilst initiating a drift at 200km/h, he collided with another car and was catapulted into wall and into a rollover. This could have happened to anyone on track. The only part of this story that matters is that he walked away unscathed, because he ensured that his car was equipped with the correct safety devices and extensive chassis and rollcage preparation. He was able to walk away because of tight safety regulations and mandatory scrutiny to ensure everything was up to specification.

Next time you’re building a car, budget for the best safety devices and cage money can buy. Just because it’s unlikely to happen, doesn’t mean it won’t. We’re glad you’re okay, Tor-Anders.

Paddy McGrath
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Great article Paddy!


Well Paddy you've got no choice but to feature that 8 series. Nice to see a subie snuck in there too!


2nd that. Would like to see some more pics and / or details on the 8 series


Nice accent on safety. Thx @Paddy


So is there any actual racing? I dont know that much about Gatebil. My impression was its more of a car show drift thing.


Kinda like how people put nardi steering wheels on new cars? I know airbags aren't completely safe, but I really feel like safety in general should be a larger concern for people building cars they drive even a little bit. Nice statement dude.


Holy crap that's a beemer 8. I am in love with those.


bluestreaksti seconded


so depressing to see Ringnes' car as it is especially since it looked as though it was an almost, if not completed build, but at least he's alive and well. 1st crashing in the triple drift qualifier, then winning the triple drift, then wrecking in a drift session....Murphy's law did a number.
Otherwise I heard only positives from Gatebil


wow that shot of the rolling start got me so excited, there are at least a dozen cars in that shot worth a feature and most of them im having a really hard time figuring out what they are! Especially the car in first! Is that the KRB lotus with a face lift?


Seeing Ringnes crushed car condition makes me sad. Thanks Paddy for writing this article. It was quite interesting to read about Rudskogen. Keep posting.


Any more info on the car in the title photo at the top of the article?


@Oswald  it has a single turbo viper v10 with over 1500nm of torque..!


@Doug Let me have the pleasure of introducing you to LaSupra...


@Carrosserie Thanks for reading.


@FlushPoke The KRB Lotus is looking a lot fresher this year. There's a lot of crazy builds in this race, it's basically 40 time attack cars with very little rules racing.


johnbezt I can't remember who said it to me, but I was once told that you should always go all out or not at all with regards to modifying the safety systems on a car. By that, if you're going to change to a non-airbag wheel for example, you should also install a harness and the correct seat.


Smiggins There is and they take it pretty seriously too. I'll explain everything in the relevant stories.


skunkworkssr71 It has a V12...


Paddy McGrath skunkworkssr71  OK, I counted wrong in my drunkenness:-[


skunkworkssr71 Paddy McGrath So did I, the first time, so it's all good!


Paddy McGrath Yes!!! So much win in that pic!!! Cant wait for more of your epic coverage!




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Saturday was my first time at Gatebil, coming over from England. Such an amazing day. I've been to Goodwood FOS, Powercruise and 4nR Nationals in NZ. But Gatebil was quite different, the focus on drifting was unique, and so intense! 
The Rudskogen track has huge sweeping corners, built for fun. The elevation changes are hard to capture on film, which make the track very interesting. 
The event was so laid back, everyone was having fun in the sun. I also had no trouble only speaking English!
If you can make it to Norway, I'd highly recommend going to Gatebil!


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