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Post by casey » Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:55 am

This might help for starters. Not saying they are the right/optimum lines, but they work for me in my RX-8 :D

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This might help for starters. Not saying they are the right/optimum lines, but they work for me in my RX-8 :D

I have a busy morning. And it just got busier as watching this vid has jumped on to the top of my list.... Thanks!

Nice flowing track. Interesting to see some of the corners where the track invites you to go in early but you'd probably wash out on exit, so I see you apex later than I would have first thought.

The guy in the red car ( Octavia ) was doing my head in. In a corner you can outdrive a car like that but on the straights it seems he was similar in acceleration. He kept getting in the way imo and the fact you can't out brake someone or pass in corners for safety means that guy just kept getting in the way. Good idea to slow down and let him drive away.

P.S. Apologies if you knew the guy and I'm talking rubbish, but I was getting aggravated watching that.
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Post by casey » Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:43 am

Glad you found it useful. I had the same problem with the Octavia on another track session too. He wasn't going to let me pass, so same again, backed off to get some clear track. Some drivers just don't get it, if he'd have backed off for a second or two on a corner exit I would have been able to pass and he could then see if he could keep up with me. I doubt it, but if he could, I would have let him pass. Simple.
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Post by Vj4sothername » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:23 pm

That was frustrating to watch.

If the car behind can keep up step aside then try and keep up with them. They'll either vanish off into the distance or show you some interesting lines. Either way, win win and no one's getting frustrated.
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Re: ***TRACKDAY Donington GP Circuit - Friday 18th December £139***

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Glad you found it useful. I had the same problem with the Octavia on another track session too. He wasn't going to let me pass, so same again, backed off to get some clear track. Some drivers just don't get it, if he'd have backed off for a second or two on a corner exit I would have been able to pass and he could then see if he could keep up with me. I doubt it, but if he could, I would have let him pass. Simple.
Yes, very good point. If someone is all over the back of you then best to let them past. If they are actually faster everywhere then you don't hold them up. Sometimes it turns out that there are a few corners that they are taking better and you can learn where they are doing something different and maybe improve your lines. Then you can sweep past them again after with a faster lap time!

I'd let any RX8 past, just cos they look better in front. I love the fact they corner with almost zero roll, and seem to hang the rear out a couple of degrees in corners. :thumleft:

Edit: Snap with what John (Vj4sothername) just said. I guess I was writing at the same time he was.
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Re: ***TRACKDAY Donington GP Circuit - Friday 18th December £139***

Post by Ranjan » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:52 pm

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Hi All,

(John) Vj4s0thername has persuaded me to join this one. So I've booked a spot and a garage. I'll share the garage with John ( and anyone else who wants to use )

Not done a track day for yonks in the car so may have a few questions for prep, but will check the FAQ's on track days first, as it's probably already all covered. Also wondering if there is any tuition available, that is worth me booking, seeing as I've not driven the track before ? Thanks !

P.S. When John told me about Donny, I instantly thought of the Senna's lap of the gods. It being December, it might be raining. In my head I was thinking we could do a perfect recreation of that that lap. I'll play the part of the first car at the back that Senna overtakes !! ;)
Good god Vin,

You are actually going to do a track day with us, finally.
Be good to meet you at last.
Do not bother with the instructor unless he/she is an expert at Donington; you race so just watch one of the many track guides on youtube.

Hoping for good weather.

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Good god Vin,

You are actually going to do a track day with us, finally.
Be good to meet you at last.
Do not bother with the instructor unless he/she is an expert at Donington; you race so just watch one of the many track guides on youtube.

Hoping for good weather.

Ranjan.
Yes long overdue but it's tricky to get approval to get out during kart season. Will be great to meet you and the others, finally !!

I already feel more comfortable after watching Casey's vid, but still driving a car is different to a kart in some ways. Much heavier, higher speeds and longer braking zones and of course gear changes !!

I was telling John that I give all this advice as an armchair driver, but it's a different case when you are actually driving and I am sure I will be making plenty of mistakes. I think the biggest concern is that it's my own precious RX8 is at risk when I get it wrong.

Still I think the track looks a lot of fun, and a cold crisp dry December day will get the engines singing. I can't wait !!

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Post by casey » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:42 pm

Ooops, I just noticed I posted laps of the NATIONAL circuit, but you are doing the longer GP circuit :oops: ;)

That'll confuse you! Ignore the right hand chicane, you've got a left hand chicane at the same point, leading to a very tight hairpin on the Melbourne loop, then another, slightly less tight hairpin, back onto the S/F straight. I prefer the more flowing National circuit.
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casey wrote:
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Ooops, I just noticed I posted laps of the NATIONAL circuit, but you are doing the longer GP circuit :oops: ;)

That'll confuse you! Ignore the right hand chicane, you've got a left hand chicane at the same point, leading to a very tight hairpin on the Melbourne loop, then another, slightly less tight hairpin, back onto the S/F straight. I prefer the more flowing National circuit.
Ok cheers noted. At least we can use your vid for that section of the track !! Just have to remember to ignore the right hand chicane !! Hopefully it will be coned off or something....

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Post by warpc0il » Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:42 am

I hope this event goes ahead and is successful, even though I won't be able to join you guys, it's on my birthday.
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I hope this event goes ahead and is successful, even though I won't be able to join you guys, it's on my birthday.
Ahh, a fellow Capricorn(ist).
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Post by MightyCondor » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:36 am

Hmm despite my normal skepticism of anything astrological, there's a lot there that I can relate to. 28th Dec for me and not a landmark birthday this year...

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Post by v-rex » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:52 am

My first thought when hearing about all of these December birthdays, is do you guys normally get 2 presents, one for Birthdays and Xmas, or do people tend to lump them together as one gift ? How materialistic am I ? #-o

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v-rex wrote:My first thought when hearing about all of these December birthdays, is do you guys normally get 2 presents, one for Birthdays and Xmas, or do people tend to lump them together as one gift ? How materialistic am I ? #-o
My parents always made the effort to celebrate it separately, so no lumping together thankfully. The worst thing about having a birthday 3 days after Christmas is that people are often unavailable to help me celebrate.

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Post by Ainmhidh » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:59 am

My other half is on the 25th - now that makes for an expensive day, and difficult shopping when it's separate gifts. She's been pretty adamant that she doesn't want presents of a set of filters and fluids for either car!
Also, try and find birthday wrapping paper any time after halloween...
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Post by warpc0il » Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:35 pm

My birthday is a week before Christmas, which makes it Sagittarius rather than Capricorn. However us Sagittarians don't believe in astrology. ;)

My sister was born 4 years and a day later.
She gets really upset about having Christmas stuff around on Her Birthday - because she seems to think that she's more important than Jesus.

It's never really bothered me and "combined birthday/Christmas presents" have become a thing in my life.

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Post by Ranjan » Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:33 pm

Please do not get me started on "combined birthday/Christmas presents" :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :!:

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Post by v-rex » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:26 am

So quick question. My tyres are a bit past their best. The fronts are Bridgestone Re050A's and probably about 4 and a bit years old, and the rears Bridgestone S001's about a year younger. Plenty of tread left but I guess just old so getting a bit less grippy now.

Thinking of switching to a new set on all 4 in 235/40/18 but wondering if I should do the track day in my old tyres first ? Or just switch now so they are scrubbed in by Dec? Thoughts please? I don't use the car too much in winter apart from quick drives to get everything topped up so won't be doing winter tyres or anything, even though the uniroyal rainsports look so cool.

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Post by MightyCondor » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:56 am

One of my first ever track days was at Mallory Park on a torrentially wet January day. I had mismatched tyres and was in my RX7 FD.

I learnt a lesson that day...

The electronic aids will look after you in a RX8, but having good wet and dry tyres will allow for a safer more fun experience...

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One of my first ever track days was at Mallory Park on a torrentially wet January day. I had mismatched tyres and was in my RX7 FD.

I learnt a lesson that day...

The electronic aids will look after you in a RX8, but having good wet and dry tyres will allow for a safer more fun experience...

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Ok maybe ok I should look into some wet tyres for Donny.

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One of my first ever track days was at Mallory Park on a torrentially wet January day. I had mismatched tyres and was in my RX7 FD.

I learnt a lesson that day...

The electronic aids will look after you in a RX8, but having good wet and dry tyres will allow for a safer more fun experience...

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Ok maybe ok I should look into some wet tyres for Donny.
I hear Rainsport are good.

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Re: ***TRACKDAY Donington GP Circuit - Friday 18th December £139***

Post by New Duke » Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:03 pm

I can vouch for the new Rainsport 5 as a wet/damp/cold weather tyre. They're fantabulous.

(They're good on the road in summer too)
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