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    Track around hertsfordshire

    Can anyone recommand any circuit (good or not doesnot matter) in a radius of 100 miles around Watford
    It is just that after all this talking/reading about high speed and acceleration, now I get SO frustrated on the public roads [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/froggie_red.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/burningmad.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/[censored].gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/froggie_red.gif[/img]
    I need a good thrashing soon [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

    Brands or Rockingham should be witin 100miles?

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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

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    StephV6 said:
    Can anyone recommand any circuit (good or not doesnot matter) in a radius of 100 miles around Watford
    It is just that after all this talking/reading about high speed and acceleration, now I get SO frustrated on the public roads [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/froggie_red.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/burningmad.gif[/img] <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/[censored].gif" alt="" /> [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/froggie_red.gif[/img]
    I need a good thrashing soon [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Thanks

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    Come to audi driver international track day! 18Th september at castle combe in wiltshire

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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

    RichA3Turbo,
    I would love to but already booked up the whole weekend. Damn!!

    ScoTTy,
    Thanks
    Rockingham is 74 miles. I dropped them an email and see what they have on schedule
    BrandsHatch is offering a track day on monday!
    It looks pretty dear at 325
    Is that the kind of price I should be looking at?
    BTW they mention 3 sessions p/h. what does that mean?
    I have never done any track day with my car so any explanation very welcome

    Thanks

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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

    325 is expensive for a track day. I'm assumming it's the GP circuit. It's one I'v fancied doing but have not so far. I think it's the price putting me off!

    I've done Brands Indy circuit and I think it's ok but I got bored by the end of the day. Not bad for a start though.

    I've not done Rockingham and only know how it is for bikers and not car drivers.

    Sessions : Some track days are open pit lane. This means that you can go out and come in when you want, subject to them not exceeding the max number allowed on at any one time. Other track days are done in sessions. Often it's beginner, intermediate, experienced or maybe just three of the same level but to make it fair on everyone getting equal track time.
    Sessions are often 20mins each but it depends on where you go. 3 sessions p/h would mean that you get to drive 20mins of every hour. This doesn't seem much but your car will need the 40mins to cool down after 20 hard minutes.

    My comments (and I'm not qualified so probably best to ignore them) are :

    On a dry day I always add 10% to the tyre pressures. I do it when they're cold before I leave home. This stiffens them up and helps minimise wear and heat build up.

    Check the torque on your wheel bolts before, at lunch time and at the end of the day. The heating of the alloys (from the braking etc) can cause them to come loose. Mine never have but I know of many stories when this has happened.

    Check your car before you go - tyre condition, fluids etc.

    Always do a warm up lap or two before pushing hard.

    Always do a warm down lap or two before coming into the pits - this means using virtually no brakes.

    Don't park with the handbrake on. Just leave it in gear. If you put the handbrake on then the pads in contact with the disk stop it cooling at the same rate as the rest of it and you could warp them.

    I roll the car forward a couple of feet after about 10 mins just to help the heat dissipate evenly.

    Pop your bonnet in the pits. It will help to cool the engine bay - better for the car and minimising heat soak will benefit the performance and brakes.

    Get the ideal racing line early on and then gradually increase speed. If you can't hold the ideal racing line then you're over driving it and you'll be scrubbing your tyres and loseing speed.

    Don't race anyone. Enjoy your own day.

    ALWAYS be aware whats coming behind. It someone catches you then they're faster. Live with it...and let them through.

    Be smooth and enjoy it. Don't get the red mist.


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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

    Thanks ScoTTy,
    I wont blame you as most of what you said I was going to do it anyway
    However what I never thought of was : Bolts on rims and the handbrake when parked. It is just good sense really

    So I wont go to brands as I think it is way too expensive
    Now I m reconsidering that Audi Driver International
    I'll post my question in that thread
    Thanks again

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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

    Pretty sound advice from ScoTTy there, all sensible stuff. Dont go bat out of hell for it all and you'll have a cracking time.

    I'll definately concour about the checking nuts, nearly had a wheel come off at Oulton park last year [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

    Only reservation i'd have with doing one adhoc is that you'll never know who is going to be there. Fortunately i've managed to do 2 with complete enthusiasts and there were no a*sholes driving the circuits.

    Graham

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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

    Thanks Graham,
    A**holes are everywhere and you just can't avoid them
    I have a good exemple for that:
    Yesterday a very nice aston martin DB7 Vantage was being "challenged" by an old modified vauxhall. I felt sorry for both guys. I mean when you've a vauxhall and even if it is quick what the point of going after an Aston Martin? Pathetic really. Then when you have an Aston Martin you can't let a Vauxhall bury you so the aston martin accelerated and left him for dead.
    Seeing that I had a grin on my face and at the next round about I saw him trying to challenge me as well. Left him for dead as well. Should not have done but it felt so good

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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

    brands hatch or silverstone.

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    Re: Track around hertsfordshire

    oh, or snetterton

 

 

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