Dang, that's a scary place to lose some brakes Danch! Glad you came out of dood
Long read, deal with it!
I had a great time! I was considerably nervous going into this, I musta taken a piss every 15 mins from the time I woke up thursday morning until the first time we went out on the track.
Let me say that the parade laps (first session) were a little too fast imho, but in hindsight nothing bad happened, and I'm sure a lot of the people that have done this before were ready to get going, so I just stayed in my comfort zone and let it flow. I tend to be a little modest about my abilities, even to the point of saying that it's just a confidence problem. I was fine at the beginning pace and only had one little pucker moment on the first session, actually the first lap, coming into turn 5. That turn is blind and most of the braking area is downhill, so it comes up pretty damn fast. The guy in front of me was a little more surprised than me as he went straight off the turn, and it took a lot for me to not just follow him off
But I tossed it in and made a mental note to give that turn a little respect the rest of the day.
The next session was spent working on brake points and not turning in so early, and it seemed that I was putting in decent laps. By the third session I was setting up turns very well and getting good drive out of them. I even passed a coupla busas on the back straight out of a turn. Of course they passed me and parked in the next turn, but I was happy that I got that kind of momentum out of a turn.
After lunch, I rode like SHIT. The first 2 laps I was missing my points and driving WAY too deep into turns. I kept finding myself having to trail brake to make the turns, so I eased back a little for two laps and rode a bunch slower. Then I tried to get back up to speed for a lap and realized I was getting tired and it wasn't gonna come back to me, so I packed it up and went home. I wish kinda wish I wouln't have, but I felt like I was putting myself (or worse, someone else) in jeopardy so I think it was the right thing to do.
Sucks missing out on some sessions though, felt like a heroin addict walking away from a fix.
What an awesome track though! Four miles long,(made for easy passes when neccesary, and little traffic at most times) pavement in awesome shape, and besides a little chilly the first session, nearly perfect weather. You guys who didn't go because of the cold they had last year really missed out this time. By 10am it was nearly 50 degrees and hardly any clouds, never had any traction issues.
I have to thank NESBA, CLSB, and Ken for doing this stuff, I would have never done this without you guys. From getting all the gear, advice, confidence and the track day itself. You guys rock!