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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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Awesome! Maybe the camera angle is adding to the effect, but that car sure corners flat!
Hahahaha especially compared to the BMW in the background...
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Last edited by Sasquatch; 10-01-2012 at 04:00 PM.
very nice glad you had a great time (excluding mr asstard) !! , nice pics too
moar bill inside (qwik edit) !!
Last edited by Weasel 555; 10-01-2012 at 05:02 PM.
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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?
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.
Last edited by Sasquatch; 10-05-2012 at 05:22 PM.
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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Last edited by Sasquatch; 05-30-2014 at 03:10 PM.