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Last Weekend's Track Time at Heartland Park (long (archive)

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Posted by Jayhox on November 08, 2000 at 11:02:27:

The Audi Quattro Club performance driving school at Heartland was outstanding!!!! I was ten times better than my first school back in August. My instructor told me that I should definitely be moved up into the next level of drivers even though it usually takes several more driving schools to do so. The car handled great! I pushed the limit once I was comfortable behind the wheel again at the track and performed well. By the end of the first day, everyone wanted me at the head of the grid so they could watch my lines and driving technique. ( I may be bragging, but I am PROUD of how I drove!!!)

The first day was beautiful with temps in the low 60's and sunny. There was a great mix of cars in my run group. Everything from my Z3, to E36 and E46 3-series, a few M3's, Audi Quattro's, Porsche 911 and 944, Audi TT coupe, etc. Again, as last time, the higher horsepower cars finally decided to let me pass because I was on them in the turns. The right line and timing on the shift and throttle is VERY IMPORTANT!

The second day had terrible weather with light to medium rain and temps in the low 50's. However, I found out that I actually LIKE RAIN DRIVING!!! The speeds slow a bit, but you REALLY have to keep on your toes. There is much more skill involved which I enjoyed immensely. Again, I was able to outperform the other cars including the Audi Quattros. This was just about everyone's first time in the rain, so I must temper my enthusiasm. The track had a few slick spots that were tricky, but could be taken fast if you figured out where you car would end up in these areas.

If you have ever driven at Heartland, you know that the long straight is the drag strip. when you come out of the last turn into the straight you hit the black patches at the start line that are coated with the material that apparently cleans the tires as the dragsters start their run. This is slicker that ice when wet. It was a real trip crossing these patches and getting into the middle of the track to be able to control the car and accelerate.

I shifted the auto tranny much more this time around to get more power out of the turns. Thanks to all who helped with advice last week, it was greatly appreciated (CNYN RNR)! My brother ('00 323i) and I met some great guys from the Iowa BMW Club Chapter. One of them had an M-Coupe and another with an M3 lightweight (damned fast!) and another M3.

e-mail if you have any questions or comments.

Patrick
'99 2.3 Atlanta Blue/beige/beige
"Am I nuts for liking rain driving?!?!?"


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