Sunday, September 30, 2007

EXE Track Day - Winton Raceway


I went into this track day with the goal of getting 1:47.xxx. I was thinking that I would be happy if I at least achieved that time. Little did I know that I would be less fearful of Winton's walls and be more comfortable with my car. As a result, I ended the day with a new personal best of 1:45.359. I am very happy to say the least.

My previous PB at Winton was 1:49.376. I think that the following contributed to the 4 seconds that I gained today:
  • I was more confident
  • I braked later and harder
  • I braked less
  • I used 3rd gear on every corner (I previously used 2nd at the hairpins)
  • I used full throttle
  • I tried as hard as possible to get on the throttle early out of the corners

I can say now that I am feeling more confident in the Z as I slowly reveal more and more of its characteristic behaviours. It has taken four track days to get to this point.

Thank you Shaun for providing me with your tips and opinions. It was good to see things from your perspective.

Breakdown of lap times for my sessions:

Practice: I beat my previous PB here with 1:45.467.
2:10.5960
1:56.6170
1:50.3250
1:47.3370
1:56.4320
2:10.5900
1:57.6000
1:45.4670

Session 1: I was behind Vu the whole of this session, his car just pulled away from mine on the straights, but then I caught up on the corners.
2:09.7410
1:51.3670
1:53.8100
1:54.8180
1:52.8190
1:53.2830
1:50.5020
1:51.4550

Session 2: Shaun sat in the car with me and I managed to cut my PB down to 1:45.422.
1:52.0940
1:48.5580
1:50.4370
1:45.4230
1:45.7650
1:45.4220
1:45.9230
1:56.8390

Session 3: Jason sat in the car with me and I managed my final PB of 1:45.359.
1:52.6530
1:46.3550
1:46.5420
1:45.4450
1:46.5550
1:45.3590

Specs for track day:
  • K&N panel air filter
  • 17" Nismo LMGT4 with 225/45/17 Bridgestone RE55S
  • Motul RBF600 brake fluid
Overall results:
http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?30/09/2007.WIN.P1
Individual results:
http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?30/09/2007.WIN.P1.I