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Re: Drivers School Advice (archive)

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Posted by Seth Thomas on January 05, 2000 at 13:49:57:

In Reply to: Re: Drivers School Advice posted by dgm3 on January 05, 2000 at 13:31:00:

I agree with Dave about just learning how to be smooth. You will enjoy the track at Kershaw as it is a great small track. Be sure you do get new fluid and brake pads. This track will really test your brakes. It probably won't be that big of a deal since this is you first school but better safe than sorry. Good luck to you and I hope you have the time of your life.

: My recommendations are the following:

: Don't worry about how fast you are but rather how smooth you are. The smoother the better. By working on smoothness you'll keep the car settled. When you're worried about driving fast or keeping up with someone, you lose your focus on driving smooth and you begin to do things more abruptly and in turn unsettle the car. We're all competitive by nature so know your limits. Think smooth.

: On track be sure to keep your head up and aware of everything from cars in front, cars in back, and most importantly corner stations. At first you'll have tunnel vision, but you need to break yourself out of that habit.

: Work on the little things before you get to the track, braking while downshifting and shuffle steer for instance.

: Most importantly have fun and listen to your instructor.

: As for your car: you may want to think about stainless steel brake lines and maybe a more aggressive pad.

: Good luck and enjoy!

: Dave
: 96 M3
: : Hi,

: : So I'll be attending my first Drivers School in the beginning of February at the Carolinas Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC. It is a Porsche Owners Club sponsored event. I got a helmet and I have to have the tech inspection, at which point I plan to replace the brake pads (the current ones are under 50%) and flush and change the Super Blue brake fluid. I was wondering what other things I should consider before heading out to the track -- both for the car and for myself. I am reading "Going Faster", but this may do more bad than good.

: : Thanks in advance,

: : Patrick
: : '95 M3 Lux

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