Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby johnadam111 on Wed 6/Apr/16 11:07pm

I know it is the first time that you have gone to a weekend track racing event. And I fancy that you desire some tips for it. Now I would like to give you some instructions on how to make your debut at the track successful.
1. Maybe the most important thing you need to do before you go on the track is to get your car brakes checked and your brake fluid changed. Usually, the brake fluid that comes from the factory is not proper for track driving. Although changing the fluid to a high temperature one is not mandatory, I still recommend you to do that. Replacing your old brake fluid with a high performance one with a boiling point of about 600 degrees might save your life on track should emergency happens. Also, please make sure that your brake pads have at least 50% wear left on them or you might run out of brakes at the track.
2. Check your tires to ensure that they have enough tread on them. Thus, you can have good traction while driving. In addition to tread, tire pressure is vital to avoid your first track day being spoiled. Since every car is different, you should consult the mechanic for advice for proper tire pressure. Moreover, you should bring a tire pressure gauge with you to monitor your tire pressure throughout the day.
3. Wheels must be torque to a proper setting in case that a loose wheel comes off the car during high-speed driving.
4. Make sure that your seat belt is working.
5. Pick up a proper helmet for yourself, either open or closed face. However, it must be an SA Snell certified auto racing one.
6. Fill up the tank with fuel.
7. Find a spot to park your car so that you have a place to come back to after every track session. If you arrive early, you can have a better choice of parking.
8. Wear the clothes that make you feel most comfortable in the cockpit. Remember to wear light shoes like sneakers. Certainly, if you have driving shoes, you should just put on them.
9. During high-speed driving, sweating might be so common. Therefore, remember to bring your drinks with you.
10. Pay attention to the checkered flag. When you see the checkered flag displayed, it means your session has ended and you should use your remaining lap as a cool down lap, because it is time for your brake to cool down
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Re: Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby dwgknz on Wed 6/Apr/16 11:37pm

Eh? Article 1.3.025 of the UCI Technical Regs specifically prohibit the use of brakes on the track during bot competition and practice.
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Re: Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Thu 7/Apr/16 12:13am

dwgknz wrote:Eh? Article 1.3.025 of the UCI Technical Regs specifically prohibit the use of brakes on the track during bot competition and practice.


And probably has some rules about no cars on a velodrome.
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Re: Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby Velocipedestrian on Thu 7/Apr/16 7:28am

Is Bot competition when you can't find any mates for your LAN track race?
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Re: Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby FLATULENTFRIEND on Thu 7/Apr/16 8:53am

Astoria Paranoia wrote:
dwgknz wrote:Eh? Article 1.3.025 of the UCI Technical Regs specifically prohibit the use of brakes on the track during bot competition and practice.


And probably has some rules about no cars on a velodrome.



I wouldn't mind trying a car on a velodrome :D

The flat track race doesn't match the words above either.
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Re: Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby Rik on Thu 7/Apr/16 8:59am

You sir know NOTHING about track racing. In fact I doubt that you have ever even visited a track, so I'd guess you're kinda gonna struggle with the credibility of your ten pearls of wisdom.

Never-the-less good luck in your future racing career (though I'm still a little unsure what discipline you're talking about). I'm sure John Adam #111 will soon be the name on all sports commentators lips ;)
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Re: Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby Mel on Thu 7/Apr/16 10:17am

I think there's something about motors in the bikes too? What was it again?
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Re: Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby Kev on Thu 7/Apr/16 11:02am

Mel wrote:I think there's something about motors in the bikes too? What was it again?

It's only permitted in cyclocross, and then, only when fitted to your friends bike?
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Re: Ten Tips For Your First Weekend Track Racing

Postby Rik on Tue 12/Apr/16 7:33am

Kev wrote:
Mel wrote:I think there's something about motors in the bikes too? What was it again?

It's only permitted in cyclocross, and then, only when fitted to your friends bike?


Do you think they're still friends after all that?
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