Track Day Tips

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  1. kevster30

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    Track Day TipsHere are some Track day tips I've picked up from various people thru the years. If you ever take you road car on the track, remember these golden rules: Enjoy yourself and drive your car home afterwards!!!

    1) Pre-Event checks
    a) Make sure the car is in a well maintained condition
    B) Check ALL fluid levels
    c) Replace the brake fluid if not changed at service specified interval
    d) Check the condition/pressure of all your tyres, Make a note of the pressures
    e) Check your brake pads for condition/thickness, preferably put new fast road/comp pads such as Pagid Blue pads in, front and rear
    f) Remove any accessory's not securely fitted
    g) Check the speed rating of your tyres, Make a note of this and never exceed it on track
    h) Remove any floor mats from the drivers footwell
    I) Remove the spare tyre if you have secure storage
    j) Take some basic tools with you, enough to change brake pads at least
    k) Take at least one axle stand for when you change the pads
    l) Take some rags/swarfega for cleaning your hands etc
    m) Fill up with SUL(super unleaded) even on standard spec engine, you wont get more performance, just gives the engine more protection from destination. If you run on SUL normally put 1% octane booster in for safety.
    n) Take a can of Red Bull, it gives you wings you know!

    2) Spares etc to take
    a) One set of brake pads at least, front and rear
    B) One 5 litre can of oil
    c) Some tape to cover your light lenses
    d) A helmete) Some thin soled sports shoe's, aids with brake feel

    3) Pre-track checks
    a) Recheck your tyre pressures, if one is down you may have a slow puncture which could blow when at high speed
    B) Increase the tyre pressures by 4-6PSI higher than you run on the road
    c) Tape up your headlights
    d) Ensure you understood the driver briefing, if you are not sure about any aspect, ask for clarification. Ensure you understood the passing rules in particular!
    e) Drink your can of Red Bull and put on your helmet

    4) First lap on every run
    a) Never thrash the car on the first lap, speed up gradually bringing the oil/water temperatures to normal working parameters
    B) Gently bring the brake temperatures up to temperature
    c) use this lap to get familiar with your new, rather alien surroundings
    d) Try and give yourself space front and rear, don't be tempted to follow the car in front too closely as you will be concentrating on him/her and not learning the track
    e) Get used to checking your mirror before and after each corner, you will be amazed how quickly some cars will catch you if you are a track novice.

    5) Rest of laps
    a) Bring up the speed gradually if you are a novice, you will learn more
    B) Give it Death, remember your there for fun
    c) If you experience brake fade/boiling don't think it will go away before the next corner, slow down, it is very likely to be worse the next timed) If you feel a power loss coming out of a tight bend back off, don't keep it planted, you are probably getting the first sign's of fuel surge, if you keep it planted you are risking detonation due to a weak mixture. return to the pits and refuel. This can happen with half a tank of fuel on board, don't get fooled into thinking it can't be happening already, it can.

    6) Last lap in
    a) Do a slow last lap in
    B) Try to avoid using the brakes at all to give the disks/pads some chance to cool down
    c) Don't stop looking in your mirror, there might be some idiot still on max attack

    7) Entry to pits/stopping
    a) Enter the pits slowly, look out for kids/spectators, it is easy to not hear you coming
    B) DO NOT SWITCH OFF YOUR ENGINE
    c) Allow the engine to idle for at least 2 minutes
    d) DO NOT PUT THE HANDBRAKE ON OR SIT WITH YOUR FOOT ON THE BRAKE PEDAL.
    e) The above is to stop the pads from being destroyed by the heat sink effect from your red hot brake disks, stop on a level surface or arrange for someone to chock your wheel.
    f) Let everything cool before you check the following

    8) Post run checks
    a) Check the brake pads for wear, you will be amazed how quickly they are used up
    B) Check ALL fluid levels, You may never use oil on the road, you are almost guaranteed to do so on a track day run
    c) Check your tyre pressures, if one has dropped you may be on the way to a blow out
    d) Check the tyres for wear/cuts
    e) Check you are still not wearing a silly cheesy grin

    Hopefully the above gives you some basic useful info to help you enjoy the day and come home in one piece.

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  2. bazet

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    The track is open on 18th December ( 9am-12pm ) and 26th DecAnother tip(s)- after having the run, do not switch engine immedietly, let the engine cool down- don't pull your handbrake- if losing pressure on brake, don't worry..just pump the brake until you fell the pressure again ( this will happen in the pits after having 5-6 runs )- don't drift on turn 6 and 7 otherwise you'll be flagged down :)
     
  3. doink

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    no drifting...where can drift?
     
  4. adliz

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    quick question,

    where can get octane booster? :) organize group buy?
     
  5. eddiefiola

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    kevster30, why do u need tape to cover your light lenses?
     
  6. fabianyee

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    so no stonechips or broken lense cover...
     
  7. hitman

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    u tape the headlights so in the event it shatters, pieces of it doesn't get onto the track for safety reasons.
    cheers!
     
  8. hitman

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    my advice.
    go to the track day and leave having plenty of fun. u do not want to damage your car.
    drive at your own pace. different people have different levels of driving skill.
    do not be intimidated by others.
    give way when necessary.
    use your indicators to signal your intentions.
    enjoy your self. it doesn't mean driving fast.
    this is not a race.
    avoid tail-gaiting.
    avoid dangerous or risky overtaking.
    push your car to the level you are comfortable with and what the car can take. do not go overboard.
    meet plenty of enthusiasts and make acquaintances and friends.
    cheers!
     
  9. fabianyee

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    actually THAT IS the actual reason... I just want to be it in a milder manner... ;)
     
  10. ozone

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    Just curious. Do you drive with the air con on or off during track days ?
     
  11. fabianyee

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    if you want the aircon compressor to 'die' premature death. then go ahead and on it while your going above 5,000rpm for the track day...

    Prolonged high RPM run with the compressor on would put unneccessary strain on the compressor..

    However, certain Engine Management System does cut off the compressor when the rev go above certain RPM...
     
  12. Zoggee

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    dun just switch the blower motors off.. :( switch off the compressor too.. :blink:

    :beaten: I kena once...entering the last corner with Jeffrey as my passenger and kaboosh..!! :beaten: blown the piping as well.. :beaten:
     
  13. wirelessjunkie

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    I'm a bit of an aircond guy. Any way of confirming if the E39 does that Fabs? I never had any trouble with the E36/E46/E39 in the past during my usual KL-IPOH runs...High RPMs all the way. Can someone help?
     
  14. flash

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    On my E36, when hitting the higher RPMs, the compressor does cut off. This I know because hot air will momentarily come out from the vents. Cold air will resume once I slow the pace down. :D

    But if I were to go on the track, I would rather turn off the aircon and use all the engine power for propulsion...
     
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    Yes, thats true. The E36 325i has it. It shuts the a/c for a while during WOT. The E46 doesnt do this, unless it does it so subtly that i didnt notice.
     
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    The E46 and E39 have a more advanced system. Well, if you are familiar with the term variable speed compressor. What traditional compressor does is, when the interior temperature reaches, say the temperature set by you, the magnetic clutch will disengage and hence the compressor won't be running, and when the temperature increases, the clutch would be re-engaged, in layman's term cut in - cut out. Plenty of wear and tear!! That's why I always set my temperature pretty cold so the compressor doesnt cut in/out often.

    As mentioned earlier, the system in the E39/E46 is more advanced. The compressor actually runs all the time but the rotation speed varies depending on the load, once the interior is cooled, the compressor will run at low speed and vice versa. This actually prolongs their lifespan.

    Hope this helps!

    Al
     
  18. 3er

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    Thanks, Al. I learn something new today. No wonder i dont feel the sudden lag when the a/c "cuts in" cos there is a perpetual "lag". Haha!
     
  19. The Necessary

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    Don't think you'll be able to feel the aircon through a full face helmet anyways...

    But I think the best tip for newbies is: don't crash! Hahaha.
     
  20. wirelessjunkie

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    Thanks but I think I will still leave it on and cruise on the track... Novice ma. I even drove up Frasers (in the Alfa) with AC on...hee hee
     

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