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    Looks like a load of fun. The WRX looks pristine after 8.5 years! I'm sure the engine bay does too
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    Awesome Bill! Maybe one of these days I'll participate, but I imagine my WRX won't last too long at WOT for 30 minutes straight :-/
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    That's just fantastic, Bill! Looks like a blast!
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    First track day! Now with 140% more pics!

    Awesome! Maybe the camera angle is adding to the effect, but that car sure corners flat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangtx63 View Post
    Badarse, Bill!

    Looks like a load of fun. The WRX looks pristine after 8.5 years! I'm sure the engine bay does too
    It is / was! The exterior is looking OK, but showing its age. The most recent bay pic:



    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Awesome Bill! Maybe one of these days I'll participate, but I imagine my WRX won't last too long at WOT for 30 minutes straight :-/
    Why you say that? It is not WOT the whole time.

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    That's just fantastic, Bill! Looks like a blast!
    It is / was!

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    Awesome! Maybe the camera angle is adding to the effect, but that car sure corners flat!
    Was not leaning too hard in your example. The last two pics are more realistic. More Gs than an autox run.
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    very nice glad you had a great time (excluding mr asstard) !! , nice pics too

    moar bill inside (qwik edit) !!
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    Congratulations on what looks like a successful and fun outing! Although I have run a couple of seasons of SCCA Autocross, I have never driven a car at full speed on a full racing circuit (been in one, but never driven). I can imagine the boost in confidence that the experience may have given you, that will stay with you for a long time.

    Having read a number of stories about track days, what has always surprised me has been the stress on the car: brake fluid boiling, brake pads and tires wearing out, engines using surprising amounts of oil, that sort of thing. It is the pressure-cooker. Clearly you were prepared in the brake department, so you went into this with your eyes open.

    Good job. Do you plan to go back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cohland View Post
    Congratulations on what looks like a successful and fun outing! Although I have run a couple of seasons of SCCA Autocross, I have never driven a car at full speed on a full racing circuit (been in one, but never driven). I can imagine the boost in confidence that the experience may have given you, that will stay with you for a long time.

    Having read a number of stories about track days, what has always surprised me has been the stress on the car: brake fluid boiling, brake pads and tires wearing out, engines using surprising amounts of oil, that sort of thing. It is the pressure-cooker. Clearly you were prepared in the brake department, so you went into this with your eyes open.

    Good job. Do you plan to go back?

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    It is not much like autox - I've been in many of those events going back to 2005. Track corners are so much more fluid and smooth unlike autox turns which tend to be abrupt and jarring. I was well prepared, knowing what to expect. The brakes did not fade at all despite them getting quite hot. I never smelled cooking brake lining like that - much more than bedding in new pads. I'm sure I lost lining, but have not actually measured. I might just do that for fun ...

    I was able to measure about 1/32" of tire wear. Unlike many high performance summer tires, the Michelin Pilot Super Sports have a 300 treadwear rating and were still plenty sticky for what the track threw at them. The WRX handled very predictably, far more so than my driving ability. No measurable oil usage, which is not surprising as the WRX never seems to consume oil. The twice OEM thickness Koyo radiator may have helped as well.

    I will likely do this again, but will not make a habit of it like I did autox.
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    Re: First track day! Now with 140% more pics!

    Good to hear! Yours coped better than mine it seems. Tire wear and expensive brake pads build quick.

    You may notice if you go back some additional wear. After I started getting more fluid and confident.. The wear on both systems went up.

    Also keep in mind, some non super aggressive tires may not be a bad thing. The stickier tires will result in directly more brake wear. I know my brakes are at their limit with the tires I was running. Wouldn't attempt slicks without getting my brake venting kit on finally. Even then I'd be hesitant.

    Does your track stay open late through the year? Ours seems to only do a few open days a year. Which is a good thing for my wallet for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maus View Post
    Whats up with that exhaust on the GT3???
    I now know the answer to this. Some tracks have decibel limits. The exhaust is pointing away from the direction the sound measuring devices are typically placed (the outside perimeter). This supposedly reduces the decibel numbers.

    Quote Originally Posted by cohland View Post
    Do you plan to go back?
    A year and a half later and I'm not so sure. It was quite hard on the WRX and I don't want some expen$ive surprises on a 10+ year old car. It's a long walk back here from interior South Jersey.
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