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Posted by JTTS on February 07, 2000 at 16:34:33:

Completed the 2 days driving school at Firebird International Raceway main track. This is my first track school and all I can say is WOW!!! I was overwhelmed during the first 4 laps when the instructor drove the car for an orientation drive.. The braking, turn-in cones, apexes, exit cones, the straights, tire screaching and what not, makes the car really work as it has been designed..

Besides classes and track times, students have to "work" in shifts as flag workers.. which is beneficial to the learning process where you can station yourself at the turns where you have trouble in and observe how others hammer those apexes.. Then, a physical walk through on the tracks serves a different perspective compared to looking out of your car while you are driving... it gives you a better picture.. At times, one will witness spin outs, crashes and skids on these high performance cars.. learn from others mistakes and refines on one's skills.

It was fun after couples of track time with the instructors showing when to turn, brake and gas it.. At the end of each day, you are pretty much burnt out mentally and physically for a good shower and a good nite rest for the next track day..

It's a worthwhile weekend to improve on your driving skills, make some new friends, and exchange tech tips.. I would highly recommend it to anyone, it's a money well spent event, improve your confidence towards your car, know the limits of the car, learn its dynamics and understand how the car communicates.. Go for it, it's a good investments before doing upgrades to your car.. you will appreciate the upgrades better once you understand your stock car on the track...

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