From digest.v7.n470 Tue Oct 21 17:47:17 1997
From: "James Muskopf" <jmuskopf_at_vt.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 11:52:28 -0400
Subject: What Drivers' schools are, and what they're not.
The National Capital Chapter's drivers' school at Summit Point this weekend
was a blast. I only worked the corners, but it was very educational
watching the good drivers' lines and the ones who thought they were good.
The BMW drivers on the most part were very consistent and took fast lines.
The drivers of the other makes seemed to want to turn the school into a race
event. The Ruf Porsche and the Viper had to be black flagged and warned
about racing. I feel bad for the A group drivers who had to constantly
watch their mirrors for them. They weren't even that fast, either. By the
end of the second day, the Viper and Ruf Porsche were running 1:29 to 1:30.
One of the new instructors turned 1:29's in his E30 M3 on Friday, and the
head instructor has turned a 1:30 in her stock E30 M3. One of my friends
from VA Tech was running 1:30-31 on Friday, also in an M3.
It seems that people who bring other makes to a one-marque driver's school
have something to prove. This weekend, a young man got the scare of his
life. He showed up Saturday morning in a nice Sentra SE-R with brand new
R1's. All weekend, another young gentleman in an E30 M3 on street tires was
just a second or two faster. On the last turn, last lap, last session, last
day, the M3 was right behind the Sentra. From the testimony of the M3
driver, the Sentra turned into 10 late and lost the rear of his car. He
corrected, only to have the rear swing back to the inside and then off track
to the outside. The workers at 10 said that they saw a cloud of dust and
watched the Sentra jump above the cloud and roll one and a half times onto
his roof. From what we could deduce, the Sentra tried to hold the M3 off
just a little more. He tried to turn the school into an ego builder, and so
did many others.
The Sentra was totalled. The driver was fine, but very pissed off. The
session was red-flagged, and there was no more time to get in the
instructor's and the A group's last runs.
So don't go to a driver's school to see how many people you can pass.
You'll only end up getting shown up by someone faster (there almost always
is) or worst case, losing it and riding home. Learn the lines, the braking
zones, how much power you can apply as you dial out the steering, those
Us young guys have a problem with ignoring our egos. This is what happens
when you let it control you. I've had it happen, too.
(Off my soapbox)
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