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Below is a recounting of various car events I've attended along the years, from car club meets, autocrosses, track events, and enthusiast drives.

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2009/05/15 Hooked on Driving Event at Thunderhill
π 2009-05-15 00:00 in Cars
I had a few reservations about the Hooked on Driving event because the advanced group only had 5 sessions of 20 minutes (which effectively is only around 12mn of track time per session). This is not so great compared to a typical Bonni/Team Racing event with 3 run groups, and 6 sessions of 25mn
Then again, I had some brakepads and tires to finish up, so I figured that limited track time would be enough.

On the plus side, there was an interesting collection of cars. 4 were even cousins of mine :)

F355
F355

F360 with my old brakes
F360 with my old brakes

F430 with carbon brakes
F430 with carbon brakes

Race F430
Race F430

the Ford GT was back too
the Ford GT was back too

Out of the 4 rungroups, one was a race prepared group, which made for some interesting cars.

All kinds of race prepared cars
All kinds of race prepared cars

small ones too
small ones too

While it was an enjoyable day, the track felt a bit crowded at times (very few clean laps at my speed), and I never really broke 2:11 (compared to my best between 2:08 and 2:09). I think it was a combination of the brakes being a bit less effective when the pads were low and overheating more easily, and the tires being chewed up, limiting my speed in turns.
Still, no one passed me and 2:11 is still nothing to sneeze at I suppose.

I bailed after the 4th session as my rear pads were really wearing thin (that's a new one, it's always been the fronts so far, but good news that my rear brakes are working harder).
All in all, it was a reasonable day.


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