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Darren_L

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Daz... good thinking there

I started (re-started) my track experience by doing a highperformance driving day... with Frank Porter Cam McConville and John Harvey as our track instructors
You think you can drive around a circuit quickly but these guys quickly point out where you are getting it wrong
thanks Smitty
yeah mate I'm not even at the point where I think I can drive quick, I know I'm slow lol ;) Biggest limitation at the moment (apart from the street tyres I was running) was me, the driver. My car was capable of a lot more, but I just don't feel confident pushing much harder. Had a couple of moments over the last couple of track days where I've driven beyond my ability. Fortunately I managed to catch them (more arsey than ability), but it does remind you how easily it can all come undone, and Lakeside is not the sort of track that you want to come off at. It does scare me at times, especially when I see all the photos at the drivers brief of all the written off cars they see almost every month at the track.

There was a near stock Grp 3 VH running at Lakeside last track day. He did have slicks and suspension tuned to suit, but no coil overs etc and the engine was fairly much as Brock intended. Yet this thing was cutting lap times around 5-6 seconds quicker than me and was one of the quickest cars in his session, which included some imports and high powered late model HSV's. Fair enough he had slicks but I put a lot of it down to his driving experience. There's Hyundai Excel Cup cars out there that are lapping quicker than me. No dramas down the straights, but they are all over me on the corners and braking areas. I end up stepping aside and let them past because I open a huge gap down the straight, but then hold them up on all the corners ;)
So yeah it just goes to show driver skill/experience is actually more important at a track like Lakeside than outright car speed. If you are lucky enough to have both, then nobody will catch ya!
 
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Looking great Darren
 

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Very very nice, love the first gen Commodores, wish it was mine.
 

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looking good Darren

should throw up a few shots of the seats, interior too
 

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I attended a 'Sports Driver Training' day on Saturday at Morgan Park Raceway -it was a lot of fun and I learnt a lot.

I ended up with a deflating front left tyre early in the session, so had to swap one of the rears to the front and fit the spare to the l/h/r
Spare was just a povo Bridgestone 'Supercat' so it kind of limited how hard I could push on r/h turns (it's the squealing tyre in the other videos I have). Just goes to show how good those Toyos are, the difference was amazing. But still was able to have a fairly good go.

The footage below was a 'hillclimb' session. Fortunately I still had the Toyos on all 4 wheels in the session. Wasn't anything 'hill' about it, but a lot of fun. We had 2 shots at it, which was timed just for fun. Watching the video back now I realise my lines were far from perfect, but it took some time to learn the track and I'm just a wannabe race car driver lol ;)

I'll post more video of the laps session when I'm done editing

 
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I attended a 'Sports Driver Training' day on Saturday at Morgan Park Raceway -it was a lot of fun and I learnt a lot.

I ended up with a deflating front left tyre early in the session, so had to swap one of the rears to the front and fit the spare to the l/h/r
Spare was just a povo Bridgestone 'Supercat' so it kind of limited how hard I could push on r/h turns (it's the squealing tyre in the other videos I have). Just goes to show how good those Toyos are, the difference was amazing. But still was able to have a fairly good go.

The footage below was a 'hillclimb' session. Fortunately I still had the Toyos on all 4 wheels in the session. Wasn't anything 'hill' about it, but a lot of fun. We had 2 shots at it, which was timed just for fun. Watching the video back now I realise my lines were far from perfect, but it took some time to learn the track and I'm just a wannabe race car driver lol ;)

I'll post more video of the laps session when I'm done editing
That was pretty cool. Did you shave your 3sec off?
Yes your racing lines could be better, but I think you were playing it a bit safe. I probably would have taken the same lines, LOL
 

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thanks Deuce
yeah I was unfamiliar with the layout, never raced the circuit before and for this session they only used a small section of one layout. Had 2 shots, so between being unfamiliar and playing it a bit safe, my lines certainly had room for improvement ;)

I needed to wipe 3 seconds off my first effort in order to beat the guy in front of me. I only managed to knock 1.9 seconds off, so that put me in 3rd position I think which I was fairly happy with.
 

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Awesome ride mate! Love it! Got a question about your electronic speedo. Ive messaged you on your profile. Thanks mate!
 

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Some more upgrades over the last week

Whiteline adjustable caster rods and adjustable height rose joint tie rod ends (addresses bump steer after lowering)
I got as much caster dialed in before the wheel hits the front of the guard. Just short of 4 deg
Tie rods are now level again with the control arms - should eliminate most bump steer.
Around 2.5 deg camber

With these mods, plus a set of Toyo R1R semi-track tyres now fitted, I'm keen to see if I can shave a couple of seconds of my PB at Lakeside
Next on the suspension list is Whiteline adjustable sway bars. I'll get the rear first, because I'm fairly happy with the 27mm front bar at the moment, but it needs less rear bar to settle the back end on the track. At the moment from memory it's about a 20mm.



photo with the increased caster - note how close the front of the wheel is to the guard!
 
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yip, that looks pretty sweet alright..
 

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Keep us posted over the adjustable caster rods......I remember when they first came out (pedders I think), they had a habit of breaking, so they discontinued them.....I wasn't aware of any other supplier of them until now
 
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