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Tips of first Track day in my TS Spider

Hey guys,

Im taking my TS spider on my first track day at Wakefield Park just outside of Sydney on Thursday.
Does anyone have any tips for a first timer on a track and using an Alfa.

Just to let you know the car has the following performance mods:
-Wiechers Strut Bar
-Drilled and Slotted Rottors
-New TRW Pads

Also the car has just had a major service last week with all the belts, tentioners, waterpump, air and oil filters and all liquid changed aswell.

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You did n't mention roll cage so go (relatively) easy. Also - all the new bits need bedding in so get a few miles in on them before hammering around the track.

Make sure the fuel cut off is working (black box in passenger footwell).

Unless it is race spec your brake fluid is likely to boil quite quickly even though the pads and disc are quite happy to go on longer so be wary of that.

Depending on track temperature and how good your cooling systen is you might want to keep an eye on the temperature.

Above all smile and be safe on your first outing.
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i would recommend upping the tyre pressure by about 3-5 psi all round....

Wear a helmet, TBH i would recommend having the roof up.

let everything get nice and warm before caning it....easy to get caught p in the excitement and come out of the pit lane and thrash it

above all enjoy the experience
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If everything is working correctly then the main problems I see are overheating tyres and brakes.

You'll need to increase your tyre pressures a few extra PSI, this will reduce the flex in the tyre a bit when cornering and also in theory stop them getting so hot.

Brakes take a real punishment and you'll use a lot of pad material but as you have new pads then should be ok but be careful of brake fade.

I tend to do about 5-10 laps then come in for 1/2 hour to let everything cool down before going back out - might depend on the track though.

Most tracks have pretty stringent regulations and they should give you instruction on track behavior and you may need to have the car scrutinized at the start of the day. You'll also need a proper crash helmet, dont take any short cuts here. Remove any loose items from the car prior to going to the track. You'll also need to fit the screw in tow hook to the car

BTW after you come in from the track dont sit with your foot on the brake or leave your car with the handbrake on, just leave it in gear with the handbrake off

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Take the first few laps nice and easy ,just to get to know the track ,and once you get confident go for it.
When you park up in the paddock after a few laps dont put the handbrake on , just leave the car in gear .The pads will stick to the discs. Take some selenia oil with you too ,just to top up for the way home .
The 916 Spider/GTV is a great track car so you will have a blast .
Have a great day and post some pics also
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