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    In view of the upcoming VCMC track day at Mission Raceway in less than a month, I would like to post a bit of history and also a list of things that all track event beginners should read.

    The last time VCMC organized a track event was around 15 years ago. Prior to that the club had a poor average of members writing off their cars, at the rate of one per year for a few years, at those events. Granted, those were the days of Westwood, and the track was known for being un-forgiving. Also, the format used in running track days has changed substantially over the last 10 years, making them somewhat safer than before. The main difference is that most modern track days try to identify beginners and get instructors to provide the necessary instructions and guidance to minimize potential accidents. However, as vehicle speed increases, the risk level generally raises with it. As Carroll Smith once said “…the price of men in motion is the occasional collision….”. Our goal, as event organizer, is to provide a fun event and minimize the risk for our participants. This is only possible if the members themselves recognize the risks and conduct themselves accordingly while on track, as well as ensuring the car is safe prior to arriving at the event.

    The following are some recommendations, as well as some pointers, for all of you who will be running your first track event.

    For the car:

    1) For track usage, the most important component on the car is the braking system. If you haven’t changed your brake fluid in the last three months, you should (actually, “must” is a better choice of word here) do it before going to the event. The best is to use a fluid that is rated for 500+ degrees. Motul 600 is probably one of the most popular and I know PDM Racing usually has a good stock. Next is to check and make sure you have enough material on the brake pads. Mission can be really tough on brakes. Pads with a higher temperature limit are better if you plan on driving hard and don’t want to live with pulsating brakes afterward. If you choose to drive on stock pads, that’s OK too, just use a longer braking distance to spread out the heat generated. However, new brake fluid is a must.

    2) Tires must have enough thread to ensure you don’t cord them while at speed, which could lead to a sudden lost of grip at one end of the car. You don’t really need R-compound tires, you only need to recognize the limit of your tires and drive accordingly.

    3) If you have set up your car perfectly for autocrossing, meaning the car would rotate easily (aka minimal understeer) at low speed corners, it might just turn into full blown oversteer when the cornering speed is elevated. Typically, you would want a bit more understeer for stability as speed increases. Therefore, for you FWD owners, you might want to lower your front tire pressure so that there is less difference between front pressure and rear pressure. RWD might also need front pressure dropped to ensure the front tires slide first. Also, since you will be running for a much longer time than autocross, your tires will heat up and pressure will increase. Your initial pressure should be lower than your typical autocross pressure. In most cases, you could be seeing 6-8 psi increase in the driving tires during the session, and up to 4-5 psi increase in the non-driving tires. Some of the higher performance cars like to run with factory recommended air pressure at the track. Most economy cars would benefit with 4-10 psi higher than the factory recommended setting. If you don’t know where to start, please ask. Hopefully, we have some other members who have experience with the same type of car.

    For the Driver:

    1) Remember this: A TRACK DAY IS NOT A RACE. It’s entertainment, it’s recreation, but it’s not a race. There is no prize money, there is no trophy, there is not even results showing lap times at the end of the day. However, there could be broken cars and broken bones if we are not careful as drivers. Please don’t forget what I mentioned earlier about VCMC’s previous track record in hosting track days. Go to a track day with the right attitude and you will have a great time for sure. Go there with an ego or contempt, and the track will eventually find a day to punish you. As I said earlier, recognize the risk and drive accordingly. Mission has run off room for certain areas while other areas are lined with concrete walls. Pick your corners if you insist on testing your bravery, but please don’t do it with other cars in front or behind you, which lead me into my next point.

    2) Don’t follow the car ahead of you too closely. If he/she spins, you will most likely collect it while both of you go off the track. There are specific areas where you can pass safely and we will go thru passing procedures and techniques in the morning lecture.

    3) Use your mirrors, and be aware of where you are relative to other cars, just like you would driving on the streets. No, you are not allowed to talk on your cell phone while on track. Besides, it’s hard to listen with your helmet on.

    4) Remember what Velocity Driving School had taught you. Precision, smoothness and control. These three things become more important as speed increases, especially the “control” part.

    5) If you see a car in your mirrors that wasn’t there on the previous lap, then it must be a faster car (or driver). Let them pass at the next passing zone. These passing zones are usually on the straights. Just lift slightly so that the passing car can complete the pass before it runs out of room. Drag racing the passing car down the straight to see if you can stay with him will only create a hazard when both of you get to the braking zone.

    6) Pay attention to flag stations when you drive by them. It’s the only way we can communicate with you. Your instructors will show you where these stations are on the initial laps.

    7) Although it is not a requirement, I highly recommend all drivers to wear long sleeve shirts and full length pants rather than shorts and t-shirts. Wear gloves if you have them. Basically, cover yourself from head to toe. Potential fire hazard is extremely low, but it exists. Also, wear pure cotton or wool rather than synthetic materials. The only synthetic material that won’t burn or melt onto your skin is Nomex.

    I might add onto this list, as we get closer to the date. If any experienced members can think of anything I have missed, please feel free to post. Details on flags, passing procedures, track/corner specifics and running format will be covered in the morning lecture.

    Last edited by Vancouver Special; June 1, 2010, 13:18.
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    Re: Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers

    Make sure your brake lights work!

    Come with a full tank of gas.

    Take off any plastic pieces off your wheels.

    It is the responsibility of the slower car for the pass to happen safely.

    Pay attention how the behavior of the car changes if you've been out on the track for a while. You cook your brakes, they tend to drop off fast.

    If it rains, tone it down by 40%. Feel out how it behaves and then find your rythm. Lower rpms offer more grip in rain.

    That's all I can remember to add.


    • #3
      Re: Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers

      Mission is a very brake intensive course with little brake cooling time, ie long straights. Because of the little run off area, if your brakes go, you can get into a lot of trouble fast.

      That being said, take the time to properly prep the car before hand. Highly recommend higher temp brake pads, something like the Hawk HP+ or better. It sucks to glaze the brake pads on the third lap of the first session and then have to baby the car for the rest of the day.
      Brake cooling ducts might be a good idea.
      Get the higher temp brake fluid and do a proper change. Do not mix Dot 3 brake fluid with Dot 4 or Dot 5.
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      • #4
        Re: Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers

        Thanks Joe and others for the detailed writeup. To add on to what Joe and others have already said, me and Arnold have compiled the following rules and guidelines for the track day. Make sure you read it in details.


        - Brakes - minimum 50% brake lining on pads.

        - Brake Fluid - must be clean and full. We highly recommend that you have your braking system flushed with new, fresh brake fluid. (high temperture fluid like Joe mentioned)

        - Tires - DOT approved, 3/32" min tread depth, not below wear bar, no cuts or cracks.

        - Wheel nuts - properly torqued according to manufacturer's specs.

        - Fuel cap must be securely fastened and leak free.

        - Hood and deck lids must be securely fastened.

        - Headlights & Brake Lights operating properly.

        - Windshield - no cracks longer than 4 inches.

        - Safety Belts - in good operating condition with no cuts or frays .

        - Batteries - securely fastened with no visible leaks or corrosion.

        - Throttle - smooth uninterrupted release.

        - Helmet - Snell (automotive) rating according to current regulations. M or SA 2000 helmets required

        - Driver Safety Gear - Long sleeves and long pants of cotton material. We highly reccomend that you use Nomex driving gloves and nomex balaclava for those using open-faced helmets.

        - All loose items (inside passenger including floor mats, luggage, glove and engine compartments) must be removed from the car.

        - Cabriolets require a roll bar or factory roll over protection. Your helmet must be below the roll bar - same goes for the instructor.

        - Car ID # decals - displayed clearly on the right side of the vehicle . A number will be assigned to you later, you could use tapes, but makes sure people can see it clearly at a distance.

        Note: The on-track tech Inspection will be conducted at all VCMC hosted events. Failure to pass the inspection will result in exclusion from the event and no refund will be given. It is the drivers' responsiblity to make sure the car pass inspection.


        - The track shall be entered at the end/exit of the hot pits only.

        - Exiting the track to the hot pits or paddock (at the end of the hot pits) is on the right at the end of Turn 9. Drivers exiting the track must extend his/her arm vertically out of the window before Turn 9.

        - Entry speed to the hot pits or paddock is maximum 10 km/hr.

        3. DRIVING / PASSING


        - Doors must remain unlocked and sunroofs (if installed) must be closed while on the track. Windows must be either fully up or down.

        - Pass ONLY when acknowledged by a hand signal (point) from the driver being passed. Slower cars has to let faster cars by, remember this is not racing.

        - A participant will sit-out the event if he/she spins their car or goes off track twice whilst driving.

        4. PASSING ZONES

        ZONE A - Commencing on the exit of Turn 2 up to the last "brake marker cone" for Turn 3

        ZONE B - Commencing on the exit of Turn 3 up to the last "brake marker cone" for Turn 4

        - Novice- Zone A

        - All others- Zone A and B









        6. FLAGS

        - Knowledge of flags is mandatory. The following describes the meaning of flags used by VCMC at MRP.

        GREEN - Track is clear.

        YELLOW - Caution, slow down, no passing.

        BLUE WITH DIAGONAL YELLOW STRIPE - Check mirrors. Be aware that faster traffic is approaching or behind you. Point driver behind to pass in appropriate passing zone.

        FURLED BLACK - Rules infraction. Complete lap (drive off-line) at reduced speed, return to hot pits and report to Chief Instructor (Joe Cheng) and Track Marshal.

        UNFURLED BLACK - Rules infraction or mechanical problem. Complete lap (drive off-line) at reduced speed, return to hot pits and report to Chief Instructor and Track Marshal.

        RED - A serious incident has ocurred on the track. Slow down immediately and park your car safely by the track side. Await instructions.

        CHECKERED - Session finished. Complete cool down lap(s) as indicated and return to paddock.

        - A participant failing to acknowledge the Blue Flag for 2 laps will be shown the Black Flag at Start/Finish. Failure to acknowledge the Black Flag (unfurled) twice (ie 2 laps), will result in the Checkered Flag for the session.

        - We may simplfy the flag system, but you still should understand the meaning of all the flags.


        -Turn station workers (with flags) are located at the exit of Turn 10 (Start/Finish), Turn 2, Turn 4, Turn 6 and Turn 8. All participants are required to man corner stations as part of the Driver Education programme. More of this later.

        8. Waivers

        -All participants and guests will need to sign the waiver when they enter the track in the morning. You will need to email me the guests that you are going to bring for the day, we won't be allowing any spectators into the track unless they are on the guests list, this is to ensure VCMC is protected from potential litigation issues. My email address is [email protected].

        9. Registration and schedule of the day

        -Karelo will be up shortly, everybody who is already on the list earlier has to register. The fee will be $150.

        - Schedule of the day will be up shortly.

        That's it for now, additional information maybe added closer to the day, so please check back often!

        Please also read the following Lapping day regulation published by ASN CANADA:
        Last edited by Fab_vr6; July 12, 2007, 08:52.
        Gary Fung
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        • #5
          Re: Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers

          Here is a map of the track
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          • #6
            Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

            Stickied and moved to Racing Events for more attention. Thank you guys!


            • #7
              Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

              My Recommendation:

              Start easy (maybe 75% lets say) and then slowly build the speed up session by session. Learn the lines and watch for surface features that might upset the car in a heavy braking/cornering situation.
              Unlike autox where you are attacking 100% on your first run at a track day there are alot more painful and pricey consequences to a small mistake (by you or by the person near you!).

              Make sure you are totally comfortable with the speed you are at before trying to pick it up a notch.
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              • #8
                Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

                At Mission, its all about brakes, controlling the car and cement walls. Turn 1 is at the end of the straightaway, and if your brakes are gonna fry, that is a likely place. Fortunately, if it happens, just go straight, there is nothing but grass. Turn 2 is a trailbraking later apex corner. It has a monster cement wall facing your exit, and the best exit line is to get gradually over nearer the wall. Ignore the paint from other cars all over the wall. Turn 2 spills out to a short straightaway, so exit is power on. Meter it on as you unwind. This is typically a passing zone. Beware of the braking zone approaching turn 3. Turn 3 is a 90 degree left at the end of a short straightaway, and entry speeds can be high, but if you want to do it right, you need to keep entry speed under strict control. The braking point should be marked with a cone. Dont brake late. This is a corner to watch. It has an elevation and surface change mid corner, but the exit is very wide and there is nothing to hit if you made a mistake. Turn 3 is the single most popular spin location, mainly due to (1) the elevation change (2) premature un-metered massive power on while car still turning and not settled (3) oil on the track just where you are spooling up the power (this is where the broken dragsters drop their oil). There is a wall on the right and a surface paving variation (and old oil spills) that you want to stay to the left of. The wall closes in from the right as you approach turn 4. Its really deceptive, and needs to be watched closely the first few laps until you get used to it. Turn 4 5 6 are a connected series. Turn 4 is simple and pretty high speed (you are downshifting between 4 and 5 and braking) but turn 5 comes up fast and needs to be set up for properly. The right exit line is important to how you handle turn 6. Turn 6 comes very quickly. Turn 6 also has a monster cement wall facing you on exit, with the added problem of asphalt, cement, asphalt. You should drive this one a few times before you try to amp up your speed on it. After turn 6 there is a short straightaway, sometimes designated as a passing zone. You can really power on and late brake hard coming to turn 7. Turn 7 8 9 are a connected series. The line for 7 and 8 is crucial. Mess up and you are gonna feel it by turn 9. Turn 9 is the exit to the straightaway, and most guys are gunning it. The earlier you can apply power out of 9 the better, but if your line was bad, you will be late. Its not as simple as it looks, and high power cars that apply power too early or too hard run the risk of sliding to the big cement wall on the right. Bring on the power greadually as you unwind. Dont gun it. When you apply power coming out of turn 9, just know you are going to drift right. Now youre on the straightaway, and powerful cars will be doing very high speeds. The proper line is mid roadway. Also, the straightaway has a jog in it. The jog is a small break in the two massive cement walls along the right. This is a place to really watch your line because of the speed and the jog. Once thru the jog, you are approaching turn 1, a hairpin, and the flag station and braking cones. Braking and turn in points are absolutely critical to this corner, because you need an early exit with power metered on, or you will lose a lot of time. For turn 1, you need to late apex and run out wide with power metering on as you unwind.

                And thats it.

                Mission is a 100% attention all the time track. Things happen fast. Respect this track. Watch your brakes, because its guaranteed they will change in braking power from start to finish. You need to factor this into your hot laps. Also your tires, because after 10 or so laps the pressure is gonna spike and they are gonna get greasy and lose grip. Also, your attention will wane as things carry on, watch for this. You gotta pay attention, or you'll be sorry. For proof, just look at all those pretty colours on the walls.


                • #9
                  Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

                  Great stuff in this thread!

                  I'll echo the comments about taking it easy. Do not treat this like an autox run where you go for it 100%! If you do you will be very sorry. Back off and enjoy the day.

                  wrt the turns, I'll add that T4 can trouble some people because it can be quite fast with a short braking section into T5. The problem here though is when you apply the brakes and what kind of car you're driving. There is a very slight elevation change and if you're on the brakes too soon while going fairly fast, the weight transfer will go to the front and leaving the rear a bit light. People spin here when that occurs. Pay attention to the course and get on the brakes after the surface change. This is more of an issue in the rain, but just be aware of it.

                  I hate T6. It has the concrete surface change Bob mentioned. My car feels skittish on that corner and even though it might be fine, I'm not. I just don't like it so I make sure I do T5 properly to make sure T6 flows the way it should. Then I'm half throttle going through T6 because I don't want to nail that concrete wall.

                  Do your cool down laps at a modest speed so your car is happy and don't use your e-brake when you park in the paddock.

                  Watch your brakes! When I was out there with Mitch a while back his brakes started to fade on him.

                  Here's braking tip from a Driving Unlimited instructor, especially for T1 (after the long straight) where you'll be going anywhere from 160-200km/h depending on the car. Do not gently apply the brakes and slowly build up pressure as you approach the turn in point. By doing that you will be heating up the brakes a lot as you are slowly scrubbing off speed and you might be in a situation where you need to scrub off another 50km/h in a hurry. Doing that is a sure way to fry your brakes.

                  If you get on the brakes fairly hard at the start of braking (never spike the pedal - just squeeze it), then you can release the pressure as you approach the turn-in point for a nice transition to the gas pedal. Also, by getting on the brakes hard to start with, if there is going to be a problem you will know about it sooner rather than later.

                  Have fun out there guys!


                  • #10
                    Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

                    One tip I want to add: If your tires start feeling greesy, or your brakes starting to fade, you could come into the pits and do a drive thru to let the system to cool down a bit. Make sure you raise your arm and signal you are coming in though, I've ran into situations in the past where the guy in front of me didn't raise his arm and suddently slammed on his brakes to get into the pit, I almost crashed into him.
                    Gary Fung
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                    • #11
                      Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***


                      my helmet only says DOT and SNELL approved but it neither say M or SA 2000 on it. can i still use this helmet for track?


                      • #12
                        Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

                        Originally posted by Arthur Nam

                        my helmet only says DOT and SNELL approved but it neither say M or SA 2000 on it. can i still use this helmet for track?
                        What brand is the helmet? And what model?

                        Usually, on the inside there is a reflective sticker that will say M2000 or SA2000 whichever the case may be.
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                        • #13
                          Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

                          Arthur, look underneath the helmet lining on the inside, there should be a foil Snell sticker in there that tells you the real certification. If there is no foil sticker, there's a chance it's not certified and wouldn't be valid for use.


                          • #14
                            Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

                            hey thanks for the quick reply guys~

                            my helmet is a Shoei RF-1000 Strife

                            so there should be a foil sticker somewhere inside the helmet right? i will look for it now~



                            i found it~ it saids M2005


                            • #15
                              Re: ***Upcoming Mission trackday - info for first timers***

                              Another little side note, on your helmet, look on the chin strap and there should be a helmet build date.
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