MSVT Brands Hatch Novice Track Day

MSVT Brands Hatch Novice Track Day

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YoungFireOldFlame

Original Poster:

92 posts

28 months

Monday 28th June
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Hi,

I booked on the Track Academy package on the 19th July i.e. an instructor for the day with 6 x 20 minutes sessions - 1 session each hour. I did an afternoon at PEC Silverstone last year. Had the Boxster serviced in June at an OPC, bought a helmet, watched a few Driver 61/Brands Hatch Indy guides. For me, it's a bit of fun and an opportunity to learn something. I'm not looking to be the Mansell, I think that ship sailed a long time ago. Anything else I should be taking with me? Wondering is there a mount to attach my iPhone to record my laps...

Thanks
Hayden

Edited by YoungFireOldFlame on Thursday 8th July 19:00

Mac.

1,434 posts

198 months

Tuesday 29th June
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I'd throw together a basic tool pack consisting of:

- Litre of oil
- Tyre pressure gauge
- 12v pump
- Breaker bar & wheel nut socket

Check all fluids, tyres and pads before you go. Empty the car of loose items.

Also take plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day. Most of all just enjoy it and don't worry about lap times of keeping up with other people.

BrotherMouzone

2,784 posts

143 months

Friday 2nd July
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YoungFireOldFlame said:
Hi,
Wondering is there a mount to attach my iPhone to record my laps...
Suction mount not allowed.

Enjoy and have fun!

YoungFireOldFlame

Original Poster:

92 posts

28 months

Friday 2nd July
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I'll grab some water & snacks, bottle of oil & coolant, funnel, tyre pressure gauge, kitchen towels. OPC said I can bring in the car a week before the track day for a free check. I sorted out some insurance via Moris, helmet has arrived. To be honest, I'm not stupid, I know my limits and for me it a bit of safe fun, hence the instructor. The instructor is there to keep me safe as his risk assessment of my driving and other drivers will be much better than mine...

braddo

7,829 posts

157 months

Friday 2nd July
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Always a good tip for first timers that I was grateful to receive here years ago - don't use your handbrake when parking the car after a session.

Because the brakes are hot after a session there is a risk the brake pads can bind if you use the handbrake. Maybe that doesn't apply to all handbrake designs, however.

Do modern electronic handbrakes use the main discs and pads?

Itsallicanafford

2,398 posts

128 months

Friday 2nd July
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Nothing to add apart from enjoy paddock hill bend, fantastic corner!

Cambs_Stuart

1,283 posts

53 months

Wednesday 7th July
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I'd take a torque wrench to check that wheels nuts aren't coming loose. Apart from that, just fluids for you and the car.
Then when you've done your first session you'll be shopping for track tyres, uprated pads, bucket seats, harness and roll cages.

YoungFireOldFlame

Original Poster:

92 posts

28 months

Wednesday 7th July
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Cambs_Stuart said:
I'd take a torque wrench to check that wheels nuts aren't coming loose. Apart from that, just fluids for you and the car.
Then when you've done your first session you'll be shopping for track tyres, uprated pads, bucket seats, harness and roll cages.
Hahaha, I'd be lying if I said the thought never entered my mind. I'm just saying that I don't want to be a guy with the best car on track with the worst skills. When I become a bit handy then and only then some alloys with something like Pilot Sport Cup 2s, braided lines, pads & Motul brake fluidsmile

Xcore

836 posts

59 months

Wednesday 7th July
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There’s no shame in upgrading the basics like pads and fluid.

YoungFireOldFlame

Original Poster:

92 posts

28 months

Thursday 8th July
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Xcore said:
There’s no shame in upgrading the basics like pads and fluid.
TBH honest I'm not against that at all because track-days and instructors are expensive. You want to be learning and not worrying about the brakes or tyres overheating. I will see how it and I gets on and then change what's need...

phazed

19,953 posts

173 months

Saturday 10th July
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I did the first TD in my Boxster a few weeks ago at Combe, (done plenty of TD's in other cars and still do).

I know Brands well and you will love it in the Boxster.

I changed my oil to Mobil 1, 10-50 for a bit more substance when hot. Changed brake fluid for high temp fluid, pads are Brembo road pads otherwise everything else standard.

Car performed effortlessly and drove like it was made for the track.

Not sure of your spec, mine has adjustable suspension. Tried hard and road settings, not much difference on a smooth surface so your's will be composed when you press on.

Brands has a good food outlet.
Just remember as mentioned, no handbrake, roll to a stop and leave in gear.
Check wheel bolts as these tend to loosen on track.
Pay attention to tyre pressures. If you are pressing on, start with standard pressures, check when hot and lower by a few pounds if rise is excessive.
Take all junk out of boots and leave with a friendly guy in a garage.

I have a few TD's booked and will use my Skoda but Cadwell in September will becken the Boxster again, can't wait!

If you get on with TD's, consider a baffled sump. A weak point if using sticky tyres which I do. This thread has reminded me and I will order one next week.......ta!


AndrewRo

41 posts

184 months

Friday 16th July
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Booked on the same trackday, and there are a few other folks from the Tesla owners club in the evening session on the same day as well!