Returning to COMSCC

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Returning to COMSCC

Post by SquidInk » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:49 pm

I am returning to track days after a time off. I wanted a few opinions as things have changed.

I used to SSC and ST4/ST3 VW GTIs. On a good day, they had 100HP.

My current DD with an eey toward track days is a 2015 GTI with the "performance pack". Haldex diff, better power and brakes... and defeatable traction and stability control.

My last event was in a V6 Lotus Exige at Hethel, UK. That's a lot of fun. 165MPH. But there is runoff.

I am looking at Palmer, and it looks like fun, but a lot of close concrete walls. I have a stock 2015 GTI that is other than wide tires - 255/35-18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S. Stock suspension and a somewhat high CG. I think I am just in T-40.

I rather famously rolled a GTI at Mt Tremblant in '94... When Grove Marcy ran across the infield and beat the safety car to me.

I was wondering if I should skip this season and find a proper car and a Snell 2020 SA helmet for next year? Nobody rents spec racers anymore, it seems.

Thanks,

Seth
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Post by dinoracer » Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:49 pm

Hi Seth

Nice to have you back. Take a look through the TT results and you’ll see a few gti in there, so it can be run , but you may be onto something in looking to something else. Really depends on how far you might want to go. Hopefully a couple of our regular VW guys will chime in on what they’ve learned.
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Post by paultg » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:27 pm

I believe Palmer has Miata cars for rent. You might want to consider calling the track directly and asking. - Paul G.
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Post by billrice » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:55 am

Hi Seth
I’m running a Mk7 GTI. The MQB platform is very capable. I’m still a newbie though. I’ve done quite a few mods putting me into T-70. It’s a fun car to drive. I’d be happy to talk more if you want to give me a call (any evening)
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Post by TXBDan » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:22 am

There's no reason you can't run a stock GTI. The major weakness is the ones without PP because the e-diff cooks the brakes. You have the LSD with the PP so you're solid.

I tracked a mk6 for a couple years when i first moved to Boston and had plenty of fun smoking the waxers in BMWCCA :lol:
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Post by gcranston » Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:53 pm

Pete McParland also has Miatas for rent.

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Post by brucesallen » Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:34 am

Seth,
I remember seeing you do an airborne flip over the berm leading into Namerow. I was amazed to see you not injured but you didn't really hit anything.
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Post by SquidInk » Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:56 pm

I think this was in the "no point by required" time in COMSCC? I am not sure. But I was passing a 911SC in my GTI and he didn't see me and put me in the grass. The car rotated in the grass and rolled coming back across the track and impacted the berm. I remember at *least* two somersaults and a barrel roll or two. It didn't stop that quickly, it wasn't a fast car and it had a 6 point welded cage, 5 point belts and I had a fire suit. I

got a little dirt in my eyes. Barely a bruise.

My instructor crashed a V6 Exige with me riding passenger last year. A gust of wind dropped the downforce in the braking zone at about 120MPH. We hit the armco. But real belts and seats and helmets mean that all I had was bruises and a story to tell. And no bill to pay. :D

I didn't scratch the Exige...
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Altitude record holder at the kink at Mt. Tremblant. :oops:

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Post by SquidInk » Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:12 pm

Thanks for the feedback, folks. I think I want to start with Thompson. Palmer looks terrifying. I may try a SCDA day at Thompson, as I don't think there's a COMSCC event there that I can attend this year. I would prefer COMSCC but that's life.

I must say that my memory of COMSCC instruction and novice driver support is very good. Even compared to a "pro" organization.

Feedback on the Haldex LSD is nice to hear. The new wider, tires transform this car, even if they are just Michelin Pilot 4S. I expect that Hawk pads will last for a weekend or two.

Still a little worried about center of mass height, but it's a wide, low car compared to a MK1 or MK2.

Bill- I'll probably reach out this weekend. I am trying to work my way toward T-30, not T-70, but I am interested to hear about your experiences. If I enjoy this as much as I think I will, I may look for a 2nd hand Evora or something similar. I think I need RWD for a track car.
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Holder of two ancient class lap records purely by luck and technicalities. :D

Altitude record holder at the kink at Mt. Tremblant. :oops:

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