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    But itís sunny again and the track dried off so I took out something else.




    Freaked out the flag marshals as two radioed in that there was no driver and there was someone in the passenger seat...
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    Too funny Croc, you know you are talented when you can successfully pilot your car as a passenger!

    The Caterham is looking good! But it needs a patina of squashed bugs and black rubber streaks to look right.

    Graham, the VIR experience sounds memorable! You are correct, the back straight is endless. It's better when they include the cut through the infield, the configuration that Car and Driver runs at their annual Lightening Lap. Chin is big time/high end, nicely organized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post




    Oh well - it was good while it lasted.
    Glad it dried out. If I had been there, I could have given you remedial on how to Ďbackí over innocent cones coming out of turn one.
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    I was reviewing the RaceChrono data last night from VIR. I downloaded it to my tablet as it's much easier to see than a phone. The Garmin GLO GPS bluetooth receiver is amazing. It really improved the detail on the data, I think you could see every steering input.

    The Chin group run a sighting session for the first session of the day, all drivers allowed, waving yellow, no passing, after about 4 laps they black flag the session. It perfect if you have never been to the track before, so out I went. I think 3rd lap after the blind left at the top of the upper S's. Three wrecked car, 2 Porsche's and a Mustang. I am not talking about a fender bender the front wheel was hanging of the Mustang a rear wheel was twisted and one car in the armco!!!!!! I have never seen car on car contact at a track day, one group I run with MVP Track Time are proud that in 14 years they have never had car on car contact. There was one other serious wreck in the expert group that need the helicopter. It was a well run event but they do 3x30 minute sessions and 1x40 minute session, then a 1 hour open track all car at the end of the day. I think 30 minutes is to long let alone 40 minutes, I much prefer the 6x20 minute sessions. The open track session is not for the faint hearted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastg View Post
    I was reviewing the RaceChrono data last night from VIR. I downloaded it to my tablet as it's much easier to see than a phone. The Garmin GLO GPS bluetooth receiver is amazing. It really improved the detail on the data, I think you could see every steering input.
    I used to use Racechrono Pro but with some other brsnd of GPS bluetooth thingy - it was brilliant. But I decided to just sruvive by using GPS data overlaid automatically onto video. The Garmin VIRB camera does a really good GPS map.



    Quote Originally Posted by fastg View Post
    The Chin group run a sighting session for the first session of the day, all drivers allowed, waving yellow, no passing, after about 4 laps they black flag the session. It perfect if you have never been to the track before, so out I went.
    I think all track days should have sighting laps. The ones I do in UK and Europe have them and it really helps you on a brand new circuit.



    Quote Originally Posted by fastg View Post
    I think 3rd lap after the blind left at the top of the upper S's. Three wrecked car, 2 Porsche's and a Mustang. I am not talking about a fender bender the front wheel was hanging of the Mustang a rear wheel was twisted and one car in the armco!!!!!! I have never seen car on car contact at a track day
    Sadly, it is more common than you think. Many run out of talent and into a wall. This was a sighting lap session too. No excuse.


    Quote Originally Posted by fastg View Post
    One group I run with MVP Track Time are proud that in 14 years they have never had car on car contact.
    Wish they would come further East - I have heard good things about them.


    Quote Originally Posted by fastg View Post
    There was one other serious wreck in the expert group that need the helicopter.
    Shane? Again?


    Quote Originally Posted by fastg View Post
    a 1 hour open track all car at the end of the day. I think 30 minutes is to long let alone 40 minutes, I much prefer the 6x20 minute sessions. The open track session is not for the faint hearted.

    I like open sessions. It requires you to be very aware of yourself and your performance. I do them all the time in UK and Europe. Did an 8 hour one at NJMP yesterday. Good disciplined training for drivers. I used to prefer endurance events when I was much younger and could do 2 hours stints easily. I still do 45-60 mins stints at Spa track days.

    First time at NJMP saw so many drivers have to be towed in because they had no idea how long their fuel tanks would last for at track speeds. Again it is a driver issue - you have to know the abilities of you and your car.
    Mike
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    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post


    Shane? Again?

    I heard that.
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    MVP Track Time has made it as far east as Mid-Ohio. Mark run it as the benevolent dictator, he will have a "talk" with you

    Graham

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    Graham: So the big 3 car pile-up occurred on the waiving yellow parade laps? If so, that's not good.

    I can say that some of my worst moments on track have occurred on cool down laps, yellow flag laps, etc., when I over-relax and lose focus.
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    Yep on the parade laps. I could only find one of the cars in the paddock.

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    Wow, that's huge damage!

    Since I briefly owned and tracked a Honda Type R last year, I visit their forum too. One of the members is an instructor and was at this same VIR event. He somehow talked Randy Pobst, who as you note was there, into driving his Type R. He beat the owner/instructor's best lap time by 10" on the first lap, and had lots of ideas on how to improve handling. All the time talking & laughing. The Honda owner said the car was always just on the verge of an apparent crash, he called it controlled chaos.
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    '09 Birkin S3, Duratec-sold
    '03 Caterham Zetec track car
    '19 Honda Type R, sold
    '19 Miata Clubsport

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