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Two Days at VIR
Just finished two days at VIR in the new M3. Wow, what a thrill. Because it was my first time in the car at VIR, they made me start in the "Touring Lites" class, which is essentially a "lead and follow" format around the track with cars taking turns running right behind the instructor. A great diversity of cars in the group: a 2014 Porsche turbo with a sequential gearbox, a Caterham, an Aerial Atom, a C6 vette, and a smattering of others front time to time. Because I was the only fully prepped race car, I was outpacing (though certainly not out driving) the instructor himself, who was driving a GTR pace car. As a result, the instructor frequently waived me into the pits to allow everyone to pass and essentially let me run by myself. Then in my final session today, it was just my instructor and me, and man did he push me. At one point, I hit 140 on the back straight! What a rush!
I learned a tremendous amount, both about the track and how to drive. What watching videos about the track (we were running the Full Course) does not reveal is the amazing but challenging elevation changes at VIR. They are dramatic, but oh so fun. I also continue to need to be smoother with my heel and toe downshift, which tend to fuse into one jerky movement and every now and then with not enough clutch and hence, a missed shift. That is really my focus area. My lines and speed apparently are good, but dealing with multiple quick heel and toe downshifts followed by sharp turns, well, that is not exactly where I shine. A goal for next time.
Anyway, here is a pic and a video shot by my lovely trooper of a wife, who braved the heat with me the past two days. Onward and upward!
PS: Couldn't get the video to work.
Last edited by herrubermensch; 7th August 2015 at 05:07 AM.