Well prepared and ready? This question has to be answered in advance. If „no“, you better would have stayed at home. If „yes“, let us go! First of all, former blogposts give a little help: 20 TREASURY 201612 and 29 THE CASTIRON’S P P P P P. At least the correct seating position is a must and the proper preparation of man and machine is essential.
Also a trackday simply gets off to a better start if you slept well. After breakfast it is time to drive to the track. Interior space and trunk are as empty as possible – on one hand for your safety, on the other hand for a lighter car. This stripping (including loose carpets) helps that no object can harm you in case of an accident by flying around in the interior and saves between 30 and 70 lb easily.
And then: driver briefing. Listen and reflect – and memorize! A few minutes later you will be sitting in your car, ready for the first lap. Ready? Helmet on and chinstrap fastened, between strap and chin just space to put one finger between them – not more! And please note: helmet on does not mean brain off!
The first lap is the opportunity to scout out the track and its conditions. You are responsible for yourself! Look for a rhythm that fits bests for you! The Castiron recommends to increase the pace step by step and to take a break after 30 to 75 minutes, depending on the track, the conditions and especially the car. Eleanor V forces The Castiron to pause after about an hour – because the fuel tank is almost empty (on the track, almost empty is very, very close to completely empty). Do not forget: not only your car needs fluids but also yourself!
Finally, enjoy the day and keep in mind: do not underestimate the challenge of such a day and do not overestimate your own abilities and, it is a trackday not a race, with the major aim for a happy end – driver and car both well, after a satisfying day with a lot of good experiences and fun!
For those, who want to know how passengers go through a ride with The Castiron and Eleanor V: you are invited to read blogposts 13 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 201611 and 28 IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PASSENGER SEAT 201702, both trackday experiences. Enjoy yourself!
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron