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Old 17th April 2012, 06:26   #21
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Luckily, so far I've been happy enough with karting at places e.g. NJMP.
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Old 17th April 2012, 15:55   #22
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Just a few tips, keep your hands on the wheel rather than constantly holding the shifter. Who knows when and where a car might have a mechanical failure, you want to be ready for it! Also, you are losing almost a second alone in downshifting from 4th to 3rd at the end of Turn 1. Get your downshift done before you enter T1. Lots more time elsewhere.
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Just a few tips, keep your hands on the wheel rather than constantly holding the shifter. Who knows when and where a car might have a mechanical failure, you want to be ready for it! Also, you are losing almost a second alone in downshifting from 4th to 3rd at the end of Turn 1. Get your downshift done before you enter T1. Lots more time elsewhere.
Great pointers! There're several sections on the track where I found myself in an awkward gear (coming out of T1, at the foot of uphill, looping west bend) Ideally I should be in 3rd, but I came in the prior corners too hot, couldn't downshift to 3rd in time. Also, I never got comfortable with the left turn, always apexing early and not setting up the following right hander with enough room and entry speed. I'm such a noob when it comes to road course, thanks for all the tips!
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Old 29th April 2012, 04:19   #24
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I'm hoping for a 13.5 around 105, leaving 0.1 sec slack for rookie driver
New OE clutch fully broken in, I wasted no time hitting the dragstrip. To my surprise, I clocked a personal best of 13.51 @ 104.3mph, extremely close to the goal I set for a healthy stock E39 M5. I will sign off at the dragstrip for now, and focus on road courses. There're a few suspension issues to sort through, after which the power mods will begin.
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Old 29th April 2012, 04:40   #25
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That is good stuff! Nice cool weather today too.

I gotta make it out there some time this year.
I have not been to Englishtown in years. Can you still get 3 runs in these days?
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3 runs minimum, depending on traffic. If you go often, get a permanent race # (mine is 8716, notice all the timeslips), it'll save on race fees. These cars are meant to be enjoyed, so get out there!
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Speaking of the number. After coming back from the track, parking the car on the street, people always asked me if the car is for sale. Because, yes, I would sell it for $2,713 dollars or whatever number I would get. Even $2,700? No sir, I will not budge!

The car I used to drag, I smashed in the divider on the BQE a few years ago. A black cab clipped my mirror and I jerked the car. Cut rear tire on the divider, hit the brakes and went flying in to the divider on the other side. That was the end of that one.

I tried going to the track when it opened up, but I could not get any of my friends to "waste" a Saturday and weekdays are just no good for anyone.

MRS. is going away at the end of May for a little... I am going to go then.
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New OE clutch fully broken in, I wasted no time hitting the dragstrip. To my surprise, I clocked a personal best of 13.51 @ 104.3mph, extremely close to the goal I set for a healthy stock E39 M5. I will sign off at the dragstrip for now, and focus on road courses. There're a few suspension issues to sort through, after which the power mods will begin.
congrats, Rich - it looks like you have gotten pretty much the most out of those runs!
now i am going to need some practice to keep up with you.
i am happy to see you are on the road course circuit. i fell in love with it and can't escape.
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congrats, Rich - it looks like you have gotten pretty much the most out of those runs!
now i am going to need some practice to keep up with you.
i am happy to see you are on the road course circuit. i fell in love with it and can't escape.
Paul, we missed you at the track. Shey pulled a 12.9 @ 109 in his DCT M3 (3800 lbs gross). I absolutely LOVE the road course! Only have Lime Rock under my belt for now, but will add NJMP Lightning and Thunderbolt before summer is out. I hope to hit the big boy circuits (Summit, VIR & The Glen) next year. Have fun at Watkins Glen!
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