I can finally post in this thread, having gone to my first lapping session yesterday at Cayuga (finally).
I have literally zero modifications to my car (other than bilstein dampers) and, as such, I was using the regular semi-metallic brake pads I had mounted at the time. Here's what happens into turns 1 and 2:
On stock brakes, I could only really manage 4 laps at a time without having the pedal go to the floor. I think for next track day, to better use my time I will perform the following upgrades:
Ceramic (perhaps racing-spec) pads
Re-bleed brakes prior to the day
Thoughts? Will the pads/lines really help as much as I think they will? I have no idea how long or how well the stock e36 (non m3) brakes should last on a track.
My thoughts are stop doing lapping until you do at least one school. The sooner you do that, the fewer bad habits your instructor will have to undo, and fewer things to convince you of that you don't really know even though you think you do.
Plus 1000 on getting instruction. Koodos for going to the track though.
Nt saying that you are, but Lots of people make the mistake of thinking that simply driving on the track suddenly makes them an amazing driver now and they dont need to be taught anything.
Dont be that person.
You need to talk to Racer, I hear he's a Cayuga expert.
From what I've seen on these forums, he's also an expert troll. I like that.
Thanks for the advice guys! Instruction (and brake pads/fluid) are my next motorsports investments. Shawn, I will definitely look into signing up with MCO, though I am no longer in Ottawa (the girlfriend is, but that might also change ). I graduate from school in the spring, so where ever I find a job is where I will be looking for a local motorsports club!
Did you learn from MCO? I remember you destroying everyone at Top Karting last fall.
Yeah, most of my instruction comes from MCO - they have been really focusing on their instructor program to get a good set of qualified instructions - some of the best around. I also did a driving school with Glen Clarke (2006 Targa Newfoundland winner). I did the BMW driving school at CMP last year as well which was good too.
haha yeah Top karting was fun I don't think I've been back since!