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Went to my first track day yesterday on the Silverstone GP circuit - organised by the BMW GB M Power club. Only had the car since April so my first opportunity to give it a spanking but suffice to say I'll be doing that again. Tremendous day out with 20 min sessions every hour for most of the day barring incidents on the track (only a few in the am with the Advanced drivers)

My first session was a little haphazard, but took some instruction on the second to learn the track and the car a lot better. I am astounded by the levels of grip in a 400lb car and the feedback once I relaxed a little and started to enjoy it was brilliant. I am quite certain my overall driving and smoothness has improved tenfold. All in I got about 30 laps (90miles) over the day which was enough for me and the car. By the last session there was considerable understeer on the hairpins and my tyres were starting to look more than a little sticky. It gave me new respect for motor racing - esp F1. The circuit seems so big when you're not driving it, but those corners come up so quickly when you are - its a complete rush and 100% concentration

In terms of performance, there was little complaint. There were about 150 cars on the day, only about 5 of which were 5's the rest M3's, old 3.0 CSL's and some 3 series DTM cars.She may groan a bit in the twisty bits, but on exit and straights there were very few cars that could match it. With one very serious exception - an M5 driven by an exception German - the famous Sabine! (To be fair she had 2 M5's - every 70 miles she swopped it for the other to give it a break and new tyres!) That is one talented lady and we were lucky enough to get a few laps from her to show us how its done. The car is outstanding but she sure knows how to handle it and how to give good value for the ride - not many people can overtake when drifting on Silverstone.

In all a tremendous day and I recommend all the GB folk give it a bash on the next one. I for one will certainly go again. I've learned loads and had enormous fun. My wife who was my passenger relaxed enough by the end to even enjoy it too - and that says a lot :hihi:

 

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Sounds great! When's the next one?

p.s. coming to meet on Sunday? :byebye:
 

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Hello Godot,
What a great adventure! Thank you for sharing your experience. Any pics? Sabine looks as good as she drives!! Oh, pics of the cars would be fine too!!:haha:
 

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Tell us more godot,

how much?,
do you have to be a member?,
any bad side effects on your car, ie poor brakes etc?

And finally.... must see some pics
 

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It was fun alright. I remeber a red E39 M5 being extra loud coming down the stright. Asked him what he had done and it was a X Pipe and a Eisenmann exhaust. Wonder if he was a board member.

How was the ride with Sabine? I think my face says it all. :1:
<img src="http://www.e39m5.com/images/Sabine&Kin.jpg">
 

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That looks like an Indianapolis Red car...any more pictures of it???
 

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Lets not forget she had a Silver one too. lovelove

<img src="http://www.e39m5.com/images/BMWTrackDaywithSabineSchmitz/photos/photo11.jpg">
 

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Tell us more godot,

how much?,
do you have to be a member?,
any bad side effects on your car, ie poor brakes etc?

And finally.... must see some pics
It was about £230 for a driver, another £30 or £40 for a passenger, £30 quid for two laps with Sabine (value for money when the tyres only do 20 laps). Most of the other days are much cheaper but it costs the car club £25,000 to hire the GP circuit for the day.

I think you do have to be a member but I dont think the membership is expensive. For some reason I cant work out yet there were also about 5 911's there for the day - the only person I saw overtake sabine was a 911 GT3RS

Damage to the car seems minimal. Some scuffing to the tyres from the kerbs I imagine, although they were a little sticky post race they seem ok now. Not sure about the rest havent had a close look yet but all good on the drive home. Needed an oil topup too.

I think others with more experience can tell you more, but I guess it depends on how you drive it. I think Sabine's cars will need a good service
 

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It was about £230 for a driver, another £30 or £40 for a passenger, £30 quid for two laps with Sabine (value for money when the tyres only do 20 laps). Most of the other days are much cheaper but it costs the car club £25,000 to hire the GP circuit for the day.

I think you do have to be a member but I dont think the membership is expensive. For some reason I cant work out yet there were also about 5 911's there for the day - the only person I saw overtake sabine was a 911 GT3RS

Damage to the car seems minimal. Some scuffing to the tyres from the kerbs I imagine, although they were a little sticky post race they seem ok now. Not sure about the rest havent had a close look yet but all good on the drive home. Needed an oil topup too.

I think others with more experience can tell you more, but I guess it depends on how you drive it. I think Sabine's cars will need a good service
My friend was in the 911 GT3RS. He told me of all the cars he was in that day the Porsche was the one that scared him. He was in the E60 M5 and the E46 CSL. The GT3RS topped out at 165mph at the end of the stright. ouich
 

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My friend was in the 911 GT3RS. He told me of all the cars he was in that day the Porsche was the one that scared him. He was in the E60 M5 and the E46 CSL. The GT3RS topped out at 165mph at the end of the stright. ouich
The CSL wasnt a lot slower than Sabine to be fair, but the 911 was in a different league. I do think Sabine liked overtaking a DTM with 4 up!

Good pics btw - I see you even got one of my wife and I waiting our turn in the M5!
 

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As I was saying in the other thread Sabine was out from 9am till 5pm with only an hour lunch brake. Poor girl was saying she was so hungry when I got into the car at only 12.40pm.

She is such a calm driver in any situation. No gloves either, she must not brake a sweat.

It is hard not to like her, I would be so grumpy driving people around for a whole day. With her she always kept a smile and joked the whole way around the track. lovelove

E46 CSL was a completely different car. With those Club Sport tyres you always think the car is about to let go but it just won't. Hard to tell which car would be faster with no passengers.

I would have loved a ride in your car godot. Maybe next time when I am over eh?

Time to get my signed shirt framed... I think you can see her signature on my sleeve in the picture where I am in the 360 Modena.
 

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Next time a ride for sure. Should have read the board more closely and seen you came over.

Ageed hard not to like. Had her lunch in the greasy spoon in the paddocks with the other drivers too. She won my wife over as she was the last ride of the day- BMW wouldnt let her go out and she argued something about being able to drive on steel. To the very end she showed grit and wanting people to have fun. Of course when my wifes phone rang half way round she wanted her to answer it !
When she finally got done, there really was steel showing through the tread!
 

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Kin Mak said:
It was fun alright. I remeber a red E39 M5 being extra loud coming down the stright. Asked him what he had done and it was a X Pipe and a Eisenmann exhaust. Wonder if he was a board member.
He certainly is hiha

Agree was a good day, a few too many idiots on track with something to prove in my opinion - i was overtaken at least twice on the inside of a bend (when the rules clearly said several times to only overtake on straights) and had to take evasive action.

I dont think i'll do silverstone again, it was good, but not as involving as somewhere like Goodwood or Donnington imho.

We got a few onboard vids and a lot of pics, so will share once get em onboard.

Race pad's in the stoptech's were ultra impressive once they had bedded in properly, i stood on them hard from 120mph all the way down to 40mph at one stage - i was sure the front tyres were about to bury themselves in the concrete!

Tyres are a little worn but remembered to give them 42psi b4 hand, so not as bad as some days!!

Hope to see u at the next one,
Cheers
foxy :cheers:
 

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He certainly is hiha

Agree was a good day, a few too many idiots on track with something to prove in my opinion - i was overtaken at least twice on the inside of a bend (when the rules clearly said several times to only overtake on straights) and had to take evasive action.

I dont think i'll do silverstone again, it was good, but not as involving as somewhere like Goodwood or Donnington imho.

We got a few onboard vids and a lot of pics, so will share once get em onboard.

Race pad's in the stoptech's were ultra impressive once they had bedded in properly, i stood on them hard from 120mph all the way down to 40mph at one stage - i was sure the front tyres were about to bury themselves in the concrete!

Tyres are a little worn but remembered to give them 42psi b4 hand, so not as bad as some days!!

Hope to see u at the next one,
Cheers
foxy :cheers:
Dammit, I knew when I was talking to you I should have asked if you were a board member. Ah well... :3:
 
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