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      02-28-2012, 07:06 AM   #23
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Looks like a great time
Thanks! It was a blast, can't wait to do it again.

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Thanks for the heads up. I'm gonna go check it out now.

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That line into Oak Tree was one of the things I was working on. My instructor was particularly fast through there, and was trying to show me a constant radius that eventually allowed me to get on the gas really early before the straight. It felt great when I pulled it off, but I missed it more than I got it!

My car was stock, other than Bridgestone RE-11 tires. I was even on stock pads after wearing out my first set of pads on Saturday. I was running with the EDC suspension set to stiff, and MDM off. (I had it on some of the day Saturday)

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Yeah, they say the double apex is safer but your line is the optimal one. I'm definitely going to use it next time. Did the stock pads perform pretty good on the track? Because I warped up the rotors after a weekend at the Ring with them. Anyway, really good driving, very smooth. I can see the difference between an A group student and a C group student just by watching the videos. My EDC was also set to Sport and I was running in MDM. Don't think I can get signed off to run with DSC off by the wife.
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      02-28-2012, 07:09 AM   #24
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Am I blind? Because all I'm seeing is one set of Group A photos from Sunday...
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cool beans, watched the whole thing. thx 4 sharin!
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Did the stock pads perform pretty good on the track?
Looks like the rest of the f and s photos are up now.

The stock pads got me through the rest of the day, and actually had some decent stopping power. But looking at the pads afterwards, it almost looked like I was melting the compound on the pad. I don't know how much more they were willing to take. Now all of the holes in my front rotors are filled with brake pad material.

I'll definitely be trying some dedicated track pads next time. Especially now that I had help learning to change them so much faster! It took me a few hours on my own the first time, and with some help, we swapped them out at the track in less than 30 minutes.

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Looks like the rest of the f and s photos are up now.

The stock pads got me through the rest of the day, and actually had some decent stopping power. But looking at the pads afterwards, it almost looked like I was melting the compound on the pad. I don't know how much more they were willing to take. Now all of the holes in my front rotors are filled with brake pad material.

I'll definitely be trying some dedicated track pads next time. Especially now that I had help learning to change them so much faster! It took me a few hours on my own the first time, and with some help, we swapped them out at the track in less than 30 minutes.

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Did Victor help you? I swear he could do it in 20 mins with his eyes closed. Thanks for stopping by the garage to say hi BTW.
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Did Victor help you? I swear he could do it in 20 mins with his eyes closed. Thanks for stopping by the garage to say hi BTW.
Yes, I'm pretty sure it was Victor that helped. We were fighting with the caliper spring, using two people, and a handful of tools. He walked over and offered us how to do it in 30 seconds using just his hands.

Victor - if you read this... Thank you!

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Great additional write up!

I saw Randy Pobst as well. I turned around and did a double take, thinking "man, that guy looks JUST like Randy Pobst!" It wasn't until the next day I found out it really was him.

Here is video from one of my sessions:

Hi Jim - that was me in the orange E46 in front of you! This was the next to last session on Sunday right? cool vid... I was running out of gas and that's why I slowed up so much on the back straight after a few laps. Didn't realize it at the time it was fuel but the car kept cutting out when I tried to accelerate and I thought something was wrong with the motor.... Duh.

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Jim put your visor down man! That is what it is there for
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Yes, I'm pretty sure it was Victor that helped. We were fighting with the caliper spring, using two people, and a handful of tools. He walked over and offered us how to do it in 30 seconds using just his hands.

Victor - if you read this... Thank you!

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No problem, glad I could help. Now go get some decent pads and have some more fun.
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Hi Jim - that was me in the orange E46 in front of you! This was the next to last session on Sunday right? cool vid... I was running out of gas and that's why I slowed up so much on the back straight after a few laps. Didn't realize it at the time it was fuel but the car kept cutting out when I tried to accelerate and I thought something was wrong with the motor.... Duh.

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Barry - Yes, this was the second to last session on Sunday. I was wondering how I was able to catch up to you. You had walked away from me in one of the earlier sessions. Your car is looked amazing! The final session of the day was pretty boring, as almost everyone had gone home. It felt like I had the track to myself for the entire time.

Martin - Thanks for the tip. I must have been absent minded, as I also left my radar detector up after driving back to Raleigh Saturday night.
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Martin - Thanks for the tip. I must have been absent minded, as I also left my radar detector up after driving back to Raleigh Saturday night.
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Martin, do you do chip repairs as well? The front end of my car got destroyed from the VIR weekend. I still need to get the rubber off but I'm already seeing chips everywhere. Now I understand why people use blue tape on the front of their car.
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Found this video on Youtube, I start filling up his mirrors at 3:30 into the video. I guess I was going pretty fast up the Climbing Esses because this kid is not slow either. He said his Chevrolet Cobalt SS' got 260whp.

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Martin, do you do chip repairs as well? The front end of my car got destroyed from the VIR weekend. I still need to get the rubber off but I'm already seeing chips everywhere. Now I understand why people use blue tape on the front of their car.
No I use white out if it is a track car

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Thanks, that was my first time at VIR. I miss it a lot, being stuck in Korea for at least a year, can't wait to get back in the M3 and attack the track again!


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