Monday, 14 October 2013

Donnington Park Wet Practice

With no Friday test being offered by Donnington Park we chose a Bookatrack trackday the week before our race weekend to get some practice laps in.

At a first glance Bookatrack look a little more expensive that some other track day operators.  However their approach is to limit the no. of cars taking part (up to half of other track days) which ensures you get maximum track time from the day.

The day was well really run, with a mix of race,track and supercars all behaving on track in pretty tricky wet conditions.  Persistent rain for most of the day threatened to close the track at times as rivers of water flowed across the tarmac in several places. 

We used the day to asses wet weather handling at different tyre pressures and damper settings.  We also experimented with different race lines.  Overall we improved our times by 4-5 seconds by the end of the day in worsening conditions.

We also tested out a new hardwired Blackvue camera to meet a newly introduced championship regulation (mandatory in car camera recording). This records whenever the ignition is on saving us the aggravation of usb charging, memory card management and forgetting to press the record button!