It had been a while, time for another drive, just before my birthday and before our trip abroad. Great timing.
Roads were not very clear, but thankfully it was possible to pass a few cars to get some stretches of clear roads.
Thanks to James for being my co-pilot and Andre for helping lead the big group for that day, lots of nice cars:
This day wasn't going to be easy. I had just come back from EDC in Vegas 3 day prior with a schedule of 19:00 to 07:00, and had to get up at 06:00, an hour before I was going to bed, just 3 days later.
Once I got there, the temperatures peaked at 115F/46C, and all the cars got way too hot, including the drivers. Then again it was just as hot in Vegas, so I did ok considering but had to short shift to avoid overheating the engine. The tires were also probably more greasy than normal, but on my last lap of the last session I got a 3:20 when my best time ever in the Mclaren was 3:30, so that's not bad :)
(hopefully another time with cooler temps, I should be able to go a few seconds faster still)
I got a sound defusing kit for my car since it was a bit loud :)
While in Bruxelles, we went to check out Autoworld, which turned out to be a really good. Two floors filled with cars, mostly European, some quite rare, some unique. I spent a couple of hours there while Jennifer was waiting for me, and it was time well spent.
double tire, interesting
This electric 'car' was the fastest one in the world in 1899*, at 105kph
pretty colors :)
fancy futuristic car :)
damn, a citroen-maserati, didn't even know those existed
The belgians, kings of comic books, even had comic strips portraying a race car driver.
Bruxelles Autoworld, if you're anywhere close, go see it.
This was my 3rd day trying out my new 458C at thunderhill. I'm still not used to driving slick tires properly, so I needed some help from Robb to be more efficient with them but I still managed to destroy an expensive tire. On the plus side, I got down to a 1:51 for a single lap and got some improvement tips from Rob that hopefully I'll be able to apply next time for a 1:50 or lower even.
Robb from BRRacing but a nice sticker and wizard logo on the car :)
And I didn't have much time to spend with him since he was being coached all day, but this was Daniel's first day. Cool to run into him:
And Dito was there taking nice pictures as always. I ordered a set from him since I didn't have any of my new car:
Dito even managed to get me passing my own 650S :)
I had just flown back from Germany 2 days prior, so I was up bright and early, and landed in Willows by 07:00, just as the run was rising, and got this sunrise over Thunderhill:
early morning in the bay area
I realized as I was arriving that it was good that the sun was rising on the unlit willows runway :)
For my 2nd track day with TTS this year, it was my 2nd time trying the 458C, this time most of a day:
But I also ran a couple of sessions with my 650S, doing the 2 mile track CCW, i.e. reverse from normal, and the jump (yes it's really a jump) and wondering if after you land you'll have enough braking power to slow down from 110mph+ to whatever is necessary to make the super sharp turn, is just terrifying. As expected, I ended up going out:
All in all, I'm not a huge fan of that 2 mile track, way too much time spent on the edge of tire traction, and if you have a fast car, you then have that jump of death on the straight where you hope to land in time to stop and turn. Fun to try, but too destructive on the car in my opinion ;)
in the morning, we did some parade laps
The rest of the day, I used the 458C around the main track, and thanks to coaching from Robb, got my times down to 1:51 on the best lap of the day: