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wilsonf1

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Friday 28th September 2012 quote quote all
Breaking myself in nice and gently by going to Silverstone on Monday for 2 taster sessions.

I have an 05 Exige. Any tips for just 2 x 30 minute sessions?

Shall I take a pump and pressure gauge and adjust the pressures when there? BBC reckons clear conditions for Monday and around 14 C. What is the rule of thumb for pressures or will they talk about that in the briefing?

Should I check my oil is right up to 100% on the dip stick and take some just in case? It's only 30 minutes each session so not I'm hammering round all day.

Cheers

Terzo204

283 posts

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Sunday 30th September 2012 quote quote all
I would check all of the fluids and oil, it might only be 30 minutes but the basics should not be ignored.

Take a pump with you and adjust tyre pressure when you are there.

Have fun!

I have a friend going with his M5 - his first time too.

wilsonf1

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Terzo204 said:
I would check all of the fluids and oil, it might only be 30 minutes but the basics should not be ignored.

Take a pump with you and adjust tyre pressure when you are there.

Have fun!

I have a friend going with his M5 - his first time too.
Hi mate - was that you who I spoke to at the track today? Someone working for Silverstone saw this post and said hello!

There seemed to be a fair few people on the pit wall taking pics today - anyone got a mate who might have been there?

Was an incredible day, my Exige slid through the field like a hot knife through butter. Loved the national circuit!

Terzo204

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Not me i'm afraid - I had to work unfortunately. I had a friend there in his M5 who had a great time too. I have only done the International circuit but the whole place is fantastic.

Sounds like you had fun!

wilsonf1

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Terzo204 said:
Not me i'm afraid - I had to work unfortunately. I had a friend there in his M5 who had a great time too. I have only done the International circuit but the whole place is fantastic.

Sounds like you had fun!
What colour was it?

I battled a black M5 and black Z4 Coupe. I was quicker than them lap time wise, with the M5 on my arse down Wellington straight. But I left them for dead in Luffield and Copse. I eventually let them go when we got to some traffic as we were running nose to tail for over 5 laps, it was getting silly! But "good fun silly" if ya know what I mean.

Got my apex speed at Copse to about 85mph. Enough to get my attention anyway! Car was absolutely screaming round the lap!
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61GT

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I was there today, first time on a track day.

Had a great time and learnt a lot - most notably that there's a lot more time to come from the driver rather than the car!

Felt very sorry for the chap who binned his TVR at Copse in the last session, glad to see he was ok.

wilsonf1

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61GT said:
I was there today, first time on a track day.

Had a great time and learnt a lot - most notably that there's a lot more time to come from the driver rather than the car!

Felt very sorry for the chap who binned his TVR at Copse in the last session, glad to see he was ok.
Oh bugger! What time was that? Did he lose it on the exit rumble strips? You'd have to be carrying mental speed to make it to a barrier I felt as I got to grips with it (literally)

I was out in the 1.35 and 2.45 - loved it

wilsonf1

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Terzo204

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It's surprising to hear of a car hitting anything at Silverstone as it's a big place.

I take it we might be seeing more of you both on a track any time soon!

61GT

355 posts

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wilsonf1 said:
61GT said:
I was there today, first time on a track day.

Had a great time and learnt a lot - most notably that there's a lot more time to come from the driver rather than the car!

Felt very sorry for the chap who binned his TVR at Copse in the last session, glad to see he was ok.
Oh bugger! What time was that? Did he lose it on the exit rumble strips? You'd have to be carrying mental speed to make it to a barrier I felt as I got to grips with it (literally)

I was out in the 1.35 and 2.45 - loved it
It was the last session of the day. I spoke to him before he went out as he'd been in our session a little earlier, felt quite sorry for him as he seemed very friendly.

He seemed to lose the car under braking going into Copse corner.

Hark

554 posts

67 months

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wilsonf1 said:
ooooooo that looks nice. =)

SpudLink

567 posts

79 months

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wilsonf1 said:
I battled a black M5 and black Z4 Coupe. I was quicker than them lap time wise, with the M5 on my arse down Wellington straight. But I left them for dead in Luffield and Copse. I eventually let them go when we got to some traffic as we were running nose to tail for over 5 laps, it was getting silly! But "good fun silly" if ya know what I mean.
Which Z4? E86 (old shape), or E89 (new shape)?

I was in the E86 having the enormous fun. I don't remember a black M5 on track at the same time.


61GT said:
wilsonf1 said:
61GT said:
I was there today, first time on a track day.

Had a great time and learnt a lot - most notably that there's a lot more time to come from the driver rather than the car!

Felt very sorry for the chap who binned his TVR at Copse in the last session, glad to see he was ok.
Oh bugger! What time was that? Did he lose it on the exit rumble strips? You'd have to be carrying mental speed to make it to a barrier I felt as I got to grips with it (literally)

I was out in the 1.35 and 2.45 - loved it
It was the last session of the day. I spoke to him before he went out as he'd been in our session a little earlier, felt quite sorry for him as he seemed very friendly.

He seemed to lose the car under braking going into Copse corner.
I was chatting to the chap in the TVR for about 10 minutes near the end of the day. He seemed like a nice guy. Hope the car is OK.

wilsonf1

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SpudLink said:
Which Z4? E86 (old shape), or E89 (new shape)?
Umm is was the old shape and black (coupe). I spent pretty much the whole 1.35 session with it and a black BMW saloon. You'd have recognised my red Exige in the pic above if it was me smile

A new shape black Z4 moved back onto the line before Copse as I went to overtake him! I took to the rumble strips before the braking zone at over 100mph!

SpudLink

567 posts

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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 quote quote all
wilsonf1 said:
SpudLink said:
Which Z4? E86 (old shape), or E89 (new shape)?
Umm is was the old shape and black (coupe). I spent pretty much the whole 1.35 session with it and a black BMW saloon. You'd have recognised my red Exige in the pic above if it was me smile

A new shape black Z4 moved back onto the line before Copse as I went to overtake him! I took to the rumble strips before the braking zone at over 100mph!
Yeah, that was me in the Z4. I remember early in the session you and the M3 looked quicker than I was ready for so I let you both past.
Later in the session you were behind me and much quicker into and through corners. I was ready to let you past, but it looked like you were happy to hang back.
I had a good chat with M3 bloke in the café after that session. He was struggling with lack of grip, which was obvious when I followed him through Luffield late in the session. I was surprised how well the OEM run flat tyres worked. Unfortunately the front brakes pretty much gone by the end of the day.
What did you make of the whole day? I loved it. Did 3 x 30 minutes, slowly increasing speed and confidence. The Z4 is not a track day car, but it was still great fun.



copperman05

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I was there too, you might remember me doing a half spin at Brooklands in my 944 S2, didnt brake hard enough for that one.... Had a great day, 2-3 sessions seem perfect any more and you start needing track day tyres, etc.

Hope the TVR guy (and car) are ok...

Edd

SpudLink

567 posts

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copperman05 said:
I was there too, you might remember me doing a half spin at Brooklands in my 944 S2, didnt brake hard enough for that one.... Had a great day, 2-3 sessions seem perfect any more and you start needing track day tyres, etc.

Hope the TVR guy (and car) are ok...

Edd
I noticed the car in the paddock, but didn't see you on track. Although I think I heard you spin. smile

I'm thinking of doing another novice track day there before the year is out. I'll need better brakes 1st.

copperman05

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
SpudLink said:
I noticed the car in the paddock, but didn't see you on track. Although I think I heard you spin. smile

I'm thinking of doing another novice track day there before the year is out. I'll need better brakes 1st.
This was my assumption after doing a day at Brands Hatch, got loads of fade and rumbling, brakes 23 years old didnt help. Since then I've upgraded the front calipers to larger 928S4 ones with new disks and DS2500 pads, the difference on track is night and day. On your E86 you may find upgrading your pads and fluid makes all the difference you need, for now at least!.


Edd

SpudLink

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copperman05 said:
SpudLink said:
I noticed the car in the paddock, but didn't see you on track. Although I think I heard you spin. smile

I'm thinking of doing another novice track day there before the year is out. I'll need better brakes 1st.
This was my assumption after doing a day at Brands Hatch, got loads of fade and rumbling, brakes 23 years old didnt help. Since then I've upgraded the front calipers to larger 928S4 ones with new disks and DS2500 pads, the difference on track is night and day. On your E86 you may find upgrading your pads and fluid makes all the difference you need, for now at least!.


Edd
Thanks.
I think I've warped the right front disc. It seems the best option is a full system upgrade, but I don't have the money for that at the moment.
I will certainly be upgrading pads, hoses and fluids. But will settle for another set of OEM discs.
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