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NHIS track event report
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- Date: 09 Aug 1995 15:15:16 -0400
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Well, had an absolute BLAST last Saturday
with the COM Sports Car Club at NHIS.
(New Hampshire International Speedway)
We ran the road course, a 1.6 mile road
course. This track is VERY technical, has
many elevation changes, banked corners,
flat corners, a 180-degree turn, and 1/2 mile
straight and is VERY tough on brakes.
Much more technical as compared to
Lime Rock or Watkins Glen and takes a
lot more time to learn and get comfortable
They had an intro school for drivers new
to the track that I found beneficial. I also
had an instructor ride with me for my first
two sessions. This was very helpful and
he did an excellent job of showing me
the various lines, etc. These guys are
more advanced as compared to the
QCUSA events. Passing was allowed
on three areas of the track and cars
are allowed to get as close together
as they dare. This event had much more
the feel of a real race Vs a "drivers school".
Anyhows, my first three 20-minute sessions
were in the morning and I had a blast. I then
worked a corner while another group of
sessions had the track. I had one track
session in the afternoon and it had started
to rain pretty well. I feathered the throttle
and short-shifted on the main straight to keep
my speed below ~80 MPH to avoid hydroplaning
on my R1 "slicks". I really started to dice it up
pretty nicely with a GTI that was following me.
He'd catch me on the straight (he had street tires)
and I'd pull away on the back twisties. One time
coming into turn 3, the 180 degree turn, I got
TOTALLY sideways. He was sure I was gonnah
spin and let up and waited to see if he should go
L or R to get around me. However, I caught the
spin by staying on the throttle hard and steering.
I shot off up the hill....he couldn't believe I saved
it and got left in the spray....nice.....Quattro............
He asked me about it after the session and wanted
to know *how* I saved it. I told him I was only 50%
out-of-control and that the AWD combined with
throttle and steering just pulled me right out
of it without a lot of lost velocity. He queried that
I must have been "scared". Naw, autocrossing
teaches one to drive right at the limit, or a bit
over, in order to be competitive, and I feel that
it was past autocross experience that enabled
me to keep cool and handle it without even
increasing the ol' heart rate, it was just an
instinctive, automatic reaction, no thought
was really required, just reaction.
Anyhows, this event was A BLAST! If you enjoy the
QCUSA events and are a "somewhat experienced"
driver you will love these COMSCC events too!
Highly recommended! "I'll be back!"
Sunday was a competition, but was already filled,
oh well, next time..... :)