Might as well be honest up front. Even at the HPDE school with an instructor, I noticed significant tire/brake wear on my E46 M3. My almost new front right tire was almost corded by the end of the weekend. A friend with a brand new C43 AMG who took the school last summer (after I encouraged him to) had to replace 2 front tires after the 1 weekend of the school. He told me he enjoyed the experience, but wished he knew ahead of time how bad the wear was going to be so he could budget for it.
Sure, you can let people try the track out and find out for themselves or posts like Brian's can warn them ahead of time so they know what to expect. Light-weight race cars are one thing, but given the heavy weight of modern cars these days, you don't need to "over-drive the hell" out of your car to experience significant tire/brake wear at Gimli.
My intention wasn't to discourage anybody. The comments above mine saying that 100km of lapping at Gimli with negligible wear & tear to show for it is UNrealistic, and I've responded based on experience from years of tracking.
It's unlikely that anybody is going to want to come to a race track and roll around like it's a Sunday scenic drive with the family, causing no wear on tires and brakes. They're going to want to have fun with their cars, and people need a realistic expectation if they come to the track.
So it's been said from one person that they had minimal wear, and from another who's had plenty of wear. Both sides have been told, so either way, people can make up their own minds, or come to the track and find out for themselves.
Comments like this will only discourage people from participating. It’s the opposite of what our club needs.
If you’re running a car on ANY race track you should expect significant wear on consumable items such as tires and brakes. If you over drive the hell out of your car and go diving in to corners plowing all over the place then yes you’re going to see massive wear. Hot Lapping at Gimli isn’t racing. It should be about learning how to drive smoothly and consistently. Upgrading the driver. Doing 100 laps on the limit should not be ones goal nor expectation.
It’s up to the driver to decide if learning the line and practicing consistency is more important than beating the hell out of your equipment.
You must have been putt-putting around then. Gimli is an utter cheese grater on tires if you're giving it hell. Especially the right front. I've had chunk missing from tires many times from Solo Sprints. I even had cracked front brake rotors one year. I remember Nish missing chunks of rubber from his old M3 too.
There's no way you did 100km on the track, lapping hard, and have minimal tire & brake wear.
I think that generally YOY people just read the highlighted sections. I opted not to do this so that people aren’t encouraged to skim. I’ve removed tons of antiquated details from this document and added some. It’s worth reading in it’s entirety if you want to go racing at GMP.
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