Originally Posted by mkiv808
I wouldn't aim for faster times. Just try to be the best/smoothest driver you can be. Until you're in the red/black group, you really shouldn't be attempting to shave off seconds. That's when you get in trouble IMO.
There's no mystery as to why 90% of HPDE accidents happen in the intermediate groups.
If you find yourself pacing or passing other drivers in the intermediate group without pushing yourself too hard, then you know you're above par for the group.
Agreed. Your instructor will let you know when it's time to move up a group.
I asked one of my instructors when I'd be ready to move up to the advanced group and he said, "when no one is passing you." Just work on vision and being smooth and the lap times will take care of themselves.