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Old 04-01-2008, 04:45 AM
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Worth noting that standard S2000 brakes and pads are fine for your first few trackdays. However, make sure that the pads are properly bedded in before you venture on track. If they're brand new and you get them up to track temperatures the pad material cannot release the binding resin gases quickly enough and the pad will wear very, very quickly.

Secondly, when you come back into the pits after your first track session, DO NOT apply the handbrake. Turn the car off and leave it in gear. Otherwise you transfer all the heat into your discs straight into the pads, can boil the brake fluid and warp your discs.
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I will be doing, just doing it a bit at a time. I'll probably cut and paste some of your bits into the faq.
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A couple of things;

Before you go home - check tread on your tyres, it's possible to lose your licence with 4 bald tyres.

Airfield days - a good way to ensure plenty of run off and less pricey than a 'proper' trackday, a good introduction to trackdays.
Airfield day organisers - Motorsport Events, all the inital S2Ki days were through them to keep costs down and encourage newbies - they are very good on discipline and not overcrowding the circuit. plus they make a decent 'circuit' feel of an airfield.

Noise - induction noise is a killer on driveby tests but won't be picked up on the static test.

Cool down lap - one entire lap without touching the brakes may not be possible - if you're going to crash - use them
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Originally Posted by lower,Apr 1 2008, 12:45 PM
Worth noting that standard S2000 brakes and pads are fine for your first few trackdays. However, make sure that the pads are properly bedded in before you venture on track. If they're brand new and you get them up to track temperatures the pad material cannot release the binding resin gases quickly enough and the pad will wear very, very quickly.


And bleeding your brakes between trackdays does wonders too.
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Originally Posted by MarkB,Apr 1 2008, 01:46 PM


A couple of things;

Before you go home - check tread on your tyres, it's possible to lose your licence with 4 bald tyres.

Airfield days - a good way to ensure plenty of run off and less pricey than a 'proper' trackday, a good introduction to trackdays.
Airfield day organisers - Motorsport Events, all the inital S2Ki days were through them to keep costs down and encourage newbies - they are very good on discipline and not overcrowding the circuit. plus they make a decent 'circuit' feel of an airfield.

Noise - induction noise is a killer on driveby tests but won't be picked up on the static test.

Cool down lap - one entire lap without touching the brakes may not be possible - if you're going to crash - use them
Already got most of those

Hopefully over the course of the week I'll whip it into shape. Just wanted to get a first draft as it covers most of the basic first timers questions.

But you've made me want to stick a Newbies start here section.
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Originally Posted by lovegroova,Apr 1 2008, 12:40 PM
If you can indicate mid-bend to let them know you've seen them, and that you intend to pull over on the next straight, it can help.


The worse thing people do is hit the brakes on the racing line and then move over. Best to move over then lift off, preferably without braking at all as brake lights make everybody react and brake themselves. Cars like the caterhams with less power but more cornering speed need to keep up their momentum to get past.

I'd check the oil more often than once at lunchtime. It is an S2000. I've found mine tends to use oil on the way home from trackdays.

Probably worth mentioning the S2K's ability to eat the rear brakes once the fronts start to fade.


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Good work Mark.

Might be good to add some insurance advice!
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You might want to add that a prospective track driver might want to remove the ignition key from the rest of the bunch whilst track driving.

The location of the keys on the S2k is such that it's prefectly possible (and bloody worrying) to find that you knock the alarm fob with your knee mid corner and turn the engine off! You lose all power and think you've blown the engine!

I've done it 3 times.

Oh and the BDA discs you want are the 4000 series.

If you spin, and its likely you will spin at some point on one of your first days, you'll probably find that you stall the engine unless you dip the clutch. If that happens you may find that it can be a bit of a bugger to restart. But press and hold the starter button for a bit longer than normal and it will restart eventually.

Airfield days are good in that there is normally nothing to hit, but have two downsides. The surface is normally VERY abrasive and can really wear your tyres quickly. Secondly, airfield days are usually cheaper and can attract a lot of first timers and be very busy. If you do an airfield day as your first day, make sure you use one of the more established trackday organisers or you may find its a bit of a free for all when it comes to overtaking.
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PH has a circuit Wiki that would probably be worth linking to, maps and youtube videos of each circuit.:

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/t...p?h=0&t=515378
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Great work Mark!!
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