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something for the track drivers

Started by RS_Sprint, September 23, 2003, 08:36:42 PM

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Quote from: Sc0oby on February 17, 2004, 10:19:11 AM
Your welcome, mz danni.
Just trying to help out as always.

An additional thing to check when going to the track.

You should also check yourself to make sure your relexed & not in "gigil" mode.
More often than not, accidents of new(& old) track drivers stem from making mistakes by being to tense.

If your a new comer to the track take time to learn the limits of your car, the track layout before going flat out.

Something more about clutches & brakes.
Don't forget to break in you new parts first before subjecting them to hard use.
They'll last longer as you won't glaze the mating surfaces of the brake pads/rotors & pressure plate/disc/flywheel.

Subjecting them to abuse immediately after installation will result in the surfaces having a slippery mirror like "top coating".
You might end up with parts in worst condition then you started out with.

Using Sc0oby's PC....Auto_Xer

yup tama ka dyan, i just had a sports clutch installed, nasunog ko agad when i went up a stand for a muffler change (medyo nanibago sa tigas ng clutch). 3 months later slide agad siya. its better talaga na ma break in mo ng maganda bago birahin...

Angels Die Hard


I might be joining if my workload permits me. :)

Just a reminder:

Please be familiar with the flags that will be used at the track.  

Blue flag - a car faster than you is trying to pass, make way.
Yellow flag - hazard ahead, slow down.
Black flag - you are a dangerous driver, you are not permitted to be at the track anymore.

These are all for our own safety. :)

Just a suggestion that can be added in your checklist:

1) Don't forget to bring food.

2) Bring lots of drinking water.

3) Helmet - full face or open face. As long as it fits your head :)

4) Driving shoes or anything that is comfortable for your feet.  Just make sure you can still feel the pedal

5) Car with at least 3-point working seatbelt.

6) Check your car with leaking fluids. Correct it before track day.

7) Check for super loose joints, bushings and bearings.  Car will not handle properly at the track if these are not replaced.

8. Check all fluids.  Bring extras if you can.

9) Use roadworthy street tires.  You don't need intermediates or slicks.  Check air pressures (including spare tire) in the morning before you proceed to BRC because cold tires provides accurate tire pressures.  

10) As much as possible, bring your available tools and equipment that you can easily carry in your car.

11) Full of Patience.

12) Lots of Discipline.


Quote from: Ralliart on October 06, 2004, 07:29:16 AM
Blue flag - a car faster than you is trying to pass, make way.
Yellow flag - hazard ahead, slow down.
Black flag - you are a dangerous driver, you are not permitted to be at the track anymore.

just to be more accurate...

blue flag - this is used when a backmarkeris about to be lapped by the race leaders.

yellow flag - this is used to indicate hazardous conditions ahead. speeds are reduced. the race still continues but there will be no passing allowed under the yellow flag.

black flag - this used to signal adriver to exit the track because of dangerous conditions on his vehicle or for misconduct on the track.


Hi! im just new here in AI and after reading this topic i was surprised to know that there are a lot of things i oversee in my car.. Thanks for the tips! Track day is really hard up on our cars and we should take a lot of time, setting and tuning it for the event. :)
I'm not Speeding... I'm Qualifying!!!



Very very good thread.

The list provided by the thread starter was strictly observed when we had our trackday last sunday!

Thanks to "Accord GTR" for teaching me how to go around the track and checking the tire pressure, lugnuts torque, etc. :)


indeed very informative....
thanks to the thread starter.... :thumbsup:

mitsulancerph/ autosingkitph


Quote from: RS_Sprint on September 23, 2003, 08:36:42 PM
Was sent ot me by hesperus, just wanted to share this with everyone.

How hard do you drive on a track day? 90%, 100%, 110%?

Have you any idea how hard your car is working too?

How hard do you drive on the road? 60%, 70%?

Track days are incredibly hard on a car. No problem for an Evo but
bear in mind how much you are stressing the car. Everyone
understands that brake pads wear quickly, tyres wear on the edges
faster than normal but what else?

Think of the stresses on wheel bearings, wheel studs, discs,
suspension bushes, oils, steering joints, engine mountings, brake
fluid etc.

If you are serious about track days and do more than two or three a
year then look at the maintenance schedule of your car. You cannot
expect to do this to your car and then poodle off home and go to
work in the morning, checking only the washer fluid level.

You should think about a service and check over after 3 track days
if they are occurring within a 2 month period. If you regularly
visit the track and cannot bring your car to us then please take
some advice from us for free.

The list below is in addition to the usual tyre and brake checks:

* Change the brake fluid twice a year.
* Change oil and filter every 3000 miles.
* Check the air filter every meeting.
* Clean if cleanable every other meeting.
* Change wheel studs and nuts (if applicable) every year without fail.
* Change transmission oils at the end of the year.
* Inspect discs for cracking and overheating after every meeting.
* Get wheel bearings checked at the end of the year.
* Change cam belt every year (depending on road mileage).
* Check suspension alignment twice a year and all bushes (unless an
off meant this was recently done).
* Check all air, water and fuel hoses and clips for stressing and
chaffing every meeting.
* Check engine and transmission mountings at the end of the year.

Regarding actual track day use, try to follow this advice:

* Take a torque wrench to the track day and check wheel torque after
1st session and then at the end of the session before lunchtime. If
one stud only needs tightening at any time then it is stretching.
Replace immediately.

* Do the last lap of each session a lot slower than the others, let the
whole car cool down.

* Do not switch off immediately on returning from the track.

* Do not put the handbrake on immediately on returning from the track.
It can warp the hot rear discs, because of uneven cooling. Try to
keep the car still with the engine running but with no handbrake or
footbrake. When you switch off the engine put it in gear, do not use the

* Check oil and water levels and temperatures (carefully) before each

May mga ibang obvious, mga iba hindi mo rin naisip.

See you all on the track soon!

Hala! Nakakatakot pala ang abuse na ginagawa sa car... Naaawa tuloy ako sa car ko kahit sabihin na 1.5 yrs old pa lang kasi bone stock sya & yet 3 trackdays ko na sya nagagamit just this 2008 alone... Kinakabahan ako kasi kahit casa maintained eh malamang pang daily use lang ang maintenance na ginagawa nila.. :(

but nonetheless, very helpful info sir! :)



Speaking of track days was anybody lucky enough to join the advanced track session on Subic International Raceday this Oct 18 & 19? Wanted to go but only found out about it a few days ago. Not enough time to get ready for it considering all of the stuff that I have to get checked... :evil5:
Wassup!!! :-)


Another thing that you should consider before going are your tires. Make sure that they are up to spec because this can save you some heartache and can be an added factor to avoid some major accidents but then again a lot of discipline is also needed for that. If this is your first time then try to invest on a good set of tires that can be used for the track.  :wav:
Wassup!!! :-)


So there are a lot of things to consider eh, I hope we do not stress out our trucks too much but I guess it's build in those conditions...


I dont know what the key to success is, but I know the key to failure is trying to please everybody...