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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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2012/05/29 Audi R8 Experience at Sears Point, Advanced
π 2012-05-29 00:00 in Cars
Because I was living under a rock, I didn't know that Audi was setup at Sears and was having regular driving events there. Eventually I found out (through a banner ad on Jennifer's chromebook no less, what are the odds?), and signed us up for an event where we each add a class at our respective levels.

Sears is being more built up each time I come (which isn't often enough it seems).
Sears is being more built up each time I come (which isn't often enough it seems).

The cars
The cars


My Ride
My Ride

My setup with Trackmaster and GoPro
My setup with Trackmaster and GoPro


Jennifer went to her Audi experience course, and got her first experience in track driving.
On my side, I did the advanced course with one on one coaching. I had only ran Sears once, and that was almost 5 years ago, so my private coach had some work on his hands. To make matters worse, I had had a pretty bad night, so my brain had a hard time gathering new information.

But, Tom did a good job in giving me the tips I needed, and I tried to make the best of it on improving with his help. That got me from 2:07 to 2:03 by the end of the day, which isn't great since the car can easily do 1:58 or less, but that was good enough an improvement for me that day :)

I definitely got better at learning the turns on the track, as well as doing my first steps at not being as binary in my braking. In the end, I got just below 2:04, which is more or less what I got in my F430 last time. This makes me hopeful that I can go faster than that if I come back with the F430 after I've improved my general skills.

Here's one of my better laps at the end of the day:

For comparison, one lap from my instructor:

Despite my struggling with lack of sleep, it was a good day, and I'm thankful to Tom for his help and tips.


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