Advice for a Trackday Virgin

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Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by cal67 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:35 pm

I've read quite a few track day posts and would really like to give it a try but TBH am quite apprehensive as I have never been to one. Was looking at the Brands Hatch and there were over 100 people going - I thought there would only be a few cars on the track!

Can anyone give me advice on the following:

1. Easiest track to start off on - or doesn't it really matter?
2. Track Days with fewer cars & preferably instructors
3. Do I need to buy a helmet or are these provided?
4. Regarding insurance - people have mentioned REIS - do I get this or can you just add to existing insurance policy
5. What sort of speeds are people doing?
6. What happens if it rains on the day - does it get rescheduled?

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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by tractorboy » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:53 pm

Some advice here: http://rx8ownersclub.co.uk/forum/viewto ... t=trackday

There was another post once aimed specifically at novices; can't find it, may have been Druck-deleted.

There are often trackdays aimed just at novices so that may be an option.

I'm a virgin too and would love to lose it. My main concerns are:

I'm probably crap and slow.
Cost of tyres.
Cost of brake pads.
Cost of session.
Insurance/possible damage to car.

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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by cal67 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:08 pm

Thanks for the link to the post by Atomic Rex - really useful... I can see the cost of this mounting up by the minute :D

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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by Will66 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:19 pm

Hmmmm in answer to your questions:

1. I started out at Snetterton, wide open spaces and quite simple, but Brands Hatch Indy is a good track to start out on, it's relatively short and doesn't have many corners, 5 or 6 depending on how you look at it. But it is a challenge to really master. It's also nice and close. Silverstone's Stowe Circuit is also straightforward but great fun.

2. Mazdas on Track tend to have days with less cars on than some organisers, they're well run and they've always got plenty of instructors.

3. Most tracks let you rent a helmet for £10 a time but you can get a helmet for around £60 or so on the web so it depends on how you feel after your first trackday, if you want to do more it's well worth investing in a helmet.

4. Most road policies don't cover you on track, places like REIS or Moris will do cover for specific trackdays generally for less than £100 and they let you build up a no claims bonus of sorts, ie, if you do one trackday and don't crash then if you insure with the same people then your premium will be cheaper.

5. Depends on how confident you feel in the car, no one will criticise you for going slowly. I've seen the gnarly side of 120 mph at Castle Combe and have exceeded 100 mph on most tracks I've been on, but then I've been to a few and I'm not the most delicate of drivers. :lol:

6. If it rains you go slower, it will only get suspended if there is standing water on the track or people keep throwing themselves off it. It's not something to be concerned about though. I'd recommend you don't disable the DSC on an initial track outing whatever the weather but the wet isn't something to be worried by.

If you do try a trackday try to drive quickly but smoothly. Do your braking in a straight line and make all of your inputs smooth. It will make you quicker and it will mean you don't eat through brakes and tyres.
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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by Shagrington » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:39 pm

Why not go along to Brands anyway (assuming you can get the day off work if you need to) and watch, ask questions and maybe even beg a couple of passenger rides? That way you'll get to see what happens and how it all works before you take your own car on track at another track day ... and watching is free as far as I know. :wink:

If I can get up at some point in the morning I'm considering just going along to watch.
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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by cal67 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:55 pm

Thanks Shagrington - Was considering that - can't make it for Brands Hatch but will try to go and watch a later event...

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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by Will66 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:59 pm

If you go to Japfest II then I'm offering Club members rides for the price of a passenger sign on!
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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by cal67 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:17 pm

Will66 thanks for your kind offer. I'll check out the dates and will get back to you if I can make it.

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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by countzero » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:41 pm

Cal, you have a PM about Abingdon :D
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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by Zarterone » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:45 pm

To be honest your first track day will be daunting, well the run up to it anyway, you normal fears (as your expressed) seem to worry you.

but once actually on track you will relax and enjoy it, especially if you enjoy driving(which I presume you do as you own a RX8)

unless you are very,very unlucky or a complete idiot, you find its more dangerous getting to the track(on public roads) than on the track itself.

My first track day was at Brands Hatch, (doing my 3rd Brands on Monday)and you get hooked , the only reason I (and probably most other people) don't do them at every possible chance is down to the cost.

If you are thinking of doing one I would highly recommend going to one with a few RX8 members,(that's what I did for the first time) because they will look after you and give you all the help/advice needed.
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Re: Advice for a Trackday Virgin

Post by countzero » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:53 pm

Plus a passenger as ballast can help on some tracks :lol:
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