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      07-11-2019, 01:07 AM   #1
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Criticism on Track Day

I have another track day coming up back at Autoclub Speedway and I was wondering if anybody with track experience can give me some tips on how I drive. My best lap time was 2:09 and I do feel like I can shave a couple seconds off since I was running on Akebono ceramic pads and have upgraded to Ferrodos since. Keep in mind, I will still be on the same tires and don't plan on switching them out. It was also my first track day so I appreciate any criticism I can get.

Here is a video of an on-board recording:


This was the third out of the four sessions and the best laps with least traffic starts around 14 minutes. Also excuse the horrible angle it was chin mounted but it was too low and I will fix that on this upcoming track day.
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      07-11-2019, 01:53 PM   #2
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Its a little hard to tell where you turn in with how low the camera is. I mount mine next to the rear view mirror on the passenger side.

Read up on double apex turns, looked like you had one coming off the long straight (curve straight).
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      07-12-2019, 10:10 AM   #3
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Same as Slides said, it's tough to see the exact lines you're taking. More or less they seem ok, I would just make sure that youre checking your mirror and that Oil temps are easily visible on the JB4 app since you have boost on oil gauge. As for your lines, they seem ok, just drive more and you should be fine.
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      07-29-2019, 04:58 PM   #4
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Keep up the smooth steering input. Relax your hands. Keep your eyes up and focus far ahead. Look at the next apex rather than looking at the one you are passing. I'd remove that dangling piece from the mirror. Anything distracting your eyes should be removed.
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I appreciate all of the great feedback. Im back after my second track day with new Ferodo DS2500 pads. I was also able to run with more advanced run group which I was able to keep up with surprisingly! My best run time was in 4th session and I was able to get a lap time of 2:03, a whole 5 seconds faster than my first track day. I think my limiting factor now are tires and suspension cause Im still running the Firehawk Indy 500s and stock suspension with sport springs




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      07-30-2019, 06:30 AM   #6
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Hire a coach and spend some time with him/her. Get rid of your phone that is mounted on the dash and your g meters. (Air cleaners) Don't chase lap times and focus on the basics and master them. Brake zone, turn in, apex, track out. Rinse and repeat.

Trying to figure it out on your own is a waste of time.
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If hiring a coach isn't feasible, check out Racers360. You send them data and video and they will provide feedback.
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