Top Gear UK says you cannot be a true Petrolhead until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. After experiencing a race track I do not think you can be a true performance car enthusiast without participating in a track day. 4 - 30 minute sessions felt more like 5 minutes each. It toys with your sense of time as everything happens so fast. I was expecting to get fatigued driving all out for two hours - I did not. The moderate to heavy traffic on the way home did.
The instructor I had for the first 3 runs turned out to be an insensitive dork. His expectations of my learning ability were far too high. Very little encouragement or positive comments, mostly pointed out when I did wrong, even yelling and dropped a few F-bombs. No need to yell as they use something called a Chatterbox - a very effective wired intercom system that tucks neatly into the helmet.
I got a lecture from him how poor of a listener I was after the third run. Made me feel awful, never wanting to try the track again. I seriously thought about leaving right then and there. The Trackdaze staff have heard and will hear more about it. They set me up with the guy who was the classroom instructor for my final run.
This instructor was the exact opposite telling me everything I needed to know. Within a couple of laps I was going much faster, finally passing other drivers. My goal was to hit 120 down the straight – I did twice. I left the track once, thanks to throttle induced oversteer at about 70 mph. No harm done - gracefully spun off off into the grass.
The WRX performed beyond my expectations and then some. No brake fade with the Hawk HP Plus and ATE DOT 4 fluid. Plenty of power and torque minimized the need to shift from 3rd to 4th / 4th to 3rd. I did data logging including vehicle speed using a Tactrix module, so I was able to see what my top speed was and how fast I was going when I spun out.
Some pics and a video below. I ordered a really pricey photo CD of me WRX on the track - should see it sometime next week.
Porsche p0rn for Ray. This car had the same wheels as my WRX.