Alright, I know my time will prolly be bad, and I will most likely get lost on the course, but anone have any tips for me? Im running at an event at Warminster park in the Stock H class, Novice level. Probbably will have an instructor ride along with me to guide me through it, but anyone have any tips for cornering, etc.
Trust me, you won't get lost. As for cornering, don't go in hot, YOU WILL UNDERSTEER!!! Instead go in nice and easy, hit the apex and then accelerate. Keep your mind on one cone at a time (apex, entry point, etc.). Try to get as close to the apexes as possible. Remember, Smooth=Fast. GL:thumbs:
Just read that. Seems to be some helpful information. I would have never guessed to turn the car with the gas like they say. I would have probbably turned the wheel more and skid, instead of releasing the gas to put more weight on the outside tire.:banghead:
Anyone else have any advice?
if you only have one set of tires take it easy on em :laughing:
im only gona have 3-5 runs on the corse (3 official and 2 or 3 fun runs at
the end). I will be getting better stuff for track only later on if I like
the sport. I found these in 195 60 14 for 61 a piece online. Steelies are
gona cost me like 50 more for a set.
Falken Azenis RT-615
1. Take any uneccesary junk out of your car, especially anything that can
move around inside and distract you or get under your feet. That includes
any junk hanging from the mirror and dangly keychains. Don't forget to
empty the trunk, spare tire included.
2. Bring along your own helmet. Using a loaner is okay but you never know how it'll fit or how it'll smell. More distractions.
3. For just starting out, don't do anything that will change the handling characteristics of your car except up your tire pressures. You're used to driving it as it is, don't change it.
4. Get there early so you don't have to rush, have plenty of time to ask questions and listen more than you speak.
5. When you're finally in the car, stay calm and don't worry about going fast. Use good common sense, hit your marks and stick to your pre-determined driving strategy. Getting worked up just causes you to make mistakes. Don't forget about how many seconds faster you have to go around the course to make up for one downed pylon. Slower really does equal fast.
6. Take a look at this (http://autocross.com/) websight, especially the Getting Started/FAQ section. It has loads of great info and links.
7. Relax and have fun... it's only an autocross. Until you get to the point where you're making a pile of money every year to drive a car, if you're not having a hoot, you're doing it wrong. Good luck.
I actually already had that planned. Spare and cover are going, all
gloveboxes, etc. empty, and my soccer ball tassel gone
My own helmet will cost me another 60 bux. I will use a loanger for the time being, and if I like the sport, I will get one for when fall season kicks off
Up the pressure to how much? Im currently on shitty Dayton Quadra SE tires
There are AM and Afternoon sessions. Novice run in the afternoon, but I will get there early to ride along with a few people, watch, and prepare the car
Plus since I dont know my car THAT well yet, I will take it easy.
Going to check the site after I finish answering all of this.
Ya. Just hoping to enjoy my time. Its 35 bux to run for the day
Then at least try to borrow a helmet from a friend now. You have to know
someone who rides a motorcycle. That'll at least give you a chance to
clean it up, de-stink it, etc. It'll also save from the "oh sh*t, I need a
helmet now" syndrome when you're ready to run.
Your tire brand won't matter and those "sh*tty" tires may even make it easier for a beginner. The actual pressure will depend on the car, tires and track surface, but... To help minimize understeer you'll want to the rears 5-8 psi softer than the fronts. If it was my car I'd start out with 50 psi front (I don't care what the sidewall says, it's safe for what you're doing and won't harm the tires) and 45 psi rear. Don't go over 50 psi under any circumstances though. Probably your best bet would be to set them there and forget them for the rest of the day. If you go back for more, you can play with pressures.
I forgot one other important thing. If you can, have a trusted friend go along with a video camera. You can learn a lot by watching your runs and seeing your own mistakes. If nothing else, it's good for a laugh or two now and you can show your grandkids someday.
Our region rules are that any camera has to be firmy mounted, and cannot be handheld. The best I can do there is have someone film from the outside, because im not about to drill holes in my car. Ive thought about the camera idea today as well.
I didn't mean to take him along in the car with you. That would be... STUPID! How would he record you so you can see your circuit?
Well if you meant filming from outside, thats not a problem at all.
Sounds like fun. Can you practice on your own time or is their course specially designed for this kind of stuff?
There is a course, but i cant even find out the layout from anyone. Its always different
When is it? lol.
I mean can you practice on your own time?
Go steal some traffic cones, block off an entire street block and get some experience under your belt before the big day :laughing:
well I would be breaking a lot of rules, but if I really wanted to I COULD.