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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:34 pm    Post subject: First track day recommendations Reply with quote

Hi All,

Looking to take my 991 C2S on my first proper track day. Are there any recommended events in 2020 for a newbie ideally in the south, but happy to drive to Silverstone.

Keen on the open pit lane type event, to just go and have a try really.

My car is my daily drive, so will ensure its in tip top condition and will sort out some relevant insurance.


Have been looking on trackdays.co.uk

What does it cost to rent a garage? Do I really need one?
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread will answer 99% of the queries that you will have.

--> http://www.911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=31565&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=

Bedford is the safest circuit in the south for a beginner.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Zuffenhaus Driving Experiences host some amazing trackdays with everything included - even tuition and demonstration laps. They have one at Donington Park on 4th May 2020.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silverstone is a bit big for the first day and pretty quick. Better going to smaller tracks easier to learn. and you start to concentrate on the car/line quicker. Whichever you do, book an instructor for the first few sessions and try to avoid open pit lane days to start with. It just takes the pressure off if you have not been on tracks before.

Driver 61 track guides in YouTube help learn the key points of the circuit but don’t in any way check lap times on the day. Record em on a go pro and check when you get home Thumb Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the South, Brands Hatch Indy, or Goodwood if you want to keep the right foot planted for a little longer.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely Bedford for your first one Drive

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As above, Bedford. Pretty much nothing you can hit.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As above, Bedford. Pretty much nothing you can hit.


Never say that, I was on the track at MIRA where the only thing to hit is the Observation Control Tower and guess what, an idiot in a Ferrari drove straight into it Grin

To the OP, make sure your first time is with a Porsche only trackday, nutters in £300 MX3s really don`t care what or who they knock off the track, neither to hired/leased M4 drivers, picture below was my first time at Mallory


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G2 wrote:


Better going to smaller tracks easier to learn. and you start to concentrate on the car/line quicker. Whichever you do, book an instructor for the first few sessions and try to avoid open pit lane days to start with. It just takes the pressure off if you have not been on tracks before.



This. OPL days are a nightmare. There's always some hero who wants to have a go at the Porsche. And whatever anyone says, driving on the track in the wet is very tricky as the grip is so uneven.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We run the Zuffenhaus Driving Experience days with beginners in mind, it is open pit lane however we have limited numbers on track plus it's like minded Porsche owners only.

There have been numerous times on the previous 2 events where only 5 cars are out on track at the same time! Throw in all of the included extras (particularly instruction and demonstration) and you have your perfect first trackday!
 



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found Snetterton a good track for my 1st track day and from memory, it was a novice type day. The 300 has some great corners and a very long straight with a run-off if you mis-judge the braking.

Bedford is ok as well but I did pick up a bit of road rash there. Also, watch the speed cameras on the way out.

Castle Combe was a fun and fast circuit but would not be a good one if it went wrong on a couple of the corners!

I have always tried to get an open pit-lane and come in after the sighting laps for 15-20 minutes to let the enthusiastic types let off a bit of steam. The same after lunch as well.

Have fun!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TV8 wrote:
Bedford is ok as well but I did pick up a bit of road rash there. Also, watch the speed cameras on the way out


Were there mobile speed traps up Dont know

There are no fixed cameras anywhere near the track so assume you mean plod were about Cop

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bedford with OpenTrack was great both times I went in the Cayman, good bunch of people both times. There were people there in GT3s with no issues.

Snetterton with MSV, biggest bunch of dicks I have seen at a TD. Mates in a 991 Turbo S and GT4 left after 8 laps. Was super wet too, lots of written off cars and bad vibes in the pit.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Driver training is a great opportunity on the track. I was at a track day on Sunday and was discussing with my mate(who is an ex pro racer) as to how much time and money was spent on driver training vs mods and upgrades. That spawned further discussion and highlighted a bloke who although did pay for tuition with my mate in several occasions, was more of a platform for the driver to tell the instructor how it's done rather than the other way round. So much so, that my mate refused to coach him any further.
It was a rather hot day in the mid 30's and old mate who can't be told had a big lazy overseer which resulted in him hitting the wall and trashing a rather well sorted and less than a year old Subaru STI. From a distance the damage didn't look that bad, but on closer inspection, chassis bent and a write off. In Aus, we don't have track insurance like we do here, so £50k binned through bad driving.
My point being this, the best way to get a better as a track day enthusiast is to improve yourselves first and foremost. These instructors have years of experience in driving and are the cheapest way to improve performance and safety. Heed their advice.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bedford was my first trackday, would recommend it. Only issue I thought was a lack of landmarks, so I never really quite knew where I was... other than that, good place to start as it feels very ‘open’ with lots of run-off

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HSC911 wrote:
TV8 wrote:
Bedford is ok as well but I did pick up a bit of road rash there. Also, watch the speed cameras on the way out


Were there mobile speed traps up Dont know

There are no fixed cameras anywhere near the track so assume you mean plod were about Cop

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I can’t remember to be honest but in my mind I am thinking they were average speed type things
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FZP wrote:
Driver training is a great opportunity on the track. I was at a track day on Sunday and was discussing with my mate(who is an ex pro racer) as to how much time and money was spent on driver training vs mods and upgrades. That spawned further discussion and highlighted a bloke who although did pay for tuition with my mate in several occasions, was more of a platform for the driver to tell the instructor how it's done rather than the other way round. So much so, that my mate refused to coach him any further.
It was a rather hot day in the mid 30's and old mate who can't be told had a big lazy overseer which resulted in him hitting the wall and trashing a rather well sorted and less than a year old Subaru STI. From a distance the damage didn't look that bad, but on closer inspection, chassis bent and a write off. In Aus, we don't have track insurance like we do here, so £50k binned through bad driving.
My point being this, the best way to get a better as a track day enthusiast is to improve yourselves first and foremost. These instructors have years of experience in driving and are the cheapest way to improve performance and safety. Heed their advice.


I was very impressed at the benefits of instruction and what your car is capable of when on the right lines and level/set up smoothly,for corners. Also, the fearless nature of the instructor who held onto the steering wheel to stop me turning in to early at 80+ mph with all the barriers etc on his side!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OpenTrack throws in free instruction and pics too. I think it’s decent, I’d not have a problem taking a 991 down there.

Ultimate security though, go Pork only affair.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First track I ever drove was the Ring Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TV8 wrote:
I can’t remember to be honest but in my mind I am thinking they were average speed type things


Ah, thought you meant near the track, there are loads in the town now nooo Cop


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