Re: Preparing My Car For A Trackday
One other important bit of advice, when you come in after each session, make sure you do a warm down lap, trying not to use the brakes (use engine braking and generally go much slower). Crawl into the pit lane and try and use the brakes as little as possible. Most important, when you stop, leave it in gear rather than using the handbrake. This allows the brakes to cool down, and if you leave the handbrake on, you can get material transfering to the disks leading to vibration commonlly mis-identified as warped disks.
Not having had an alfa before, could someone explain why you would want to run more tyre pressure, rather than the correct pressure? I have always had to let pressure out - as the tyres warm up the air expands and pressure increases. Didn't make it clear in my post I guess. I would have thought that if you start over inflated, as you run the pressures will increase further. If overinflated, the contact patch will be decreased (bad for handling) but rolling resistance will decrease (good for acceleration). Underinflated, bigger contact patch but more rolling resistance - will also get up to temperature quicker. Sidewall stiffness can be affected as well. Complicated things tyres. Of course you could always get a non contact pyrometer and take temps (inner, mid and outer) of each tyre after each session, but that's getting into overkill for a first trackday ;-)
I'd say concentrate on getting the right line, and being smooth, rather than tweaking the car. If you can get an instructor for a session or two, you will probably benefit from that more than anything. Of course you may already be a driving god ;-)