Hrm. Actually, the garment shipped today. It'd be nice if I had it this weekend, so could have some on-track time in it before the event.I've ordered a rather strange bra-like device from a company and am eager to see how it does, but I don't expect it to arrive before the race, so for this event I'll still be in my normal stuff.
I love seeing the bunnywagen with all of its cousins several times removed! It looks great! Getting excited for next weekend...
This is endurance racing. Don't drive the wheels off! If you find yourself wanting to use 10/10ths, remember that the car wants to die! Back off, and give it a fun, friendly Sunday drive!.
The car is actually pretty well behaved. It doesn't have bad snap-oversteer characteristics; rather the car provides some subtle, gradual oversteer if you lift mid-corner, and easily pulls out of the oversteer with some throttle. It's floppy, and you'll feel a lot of roll, but I wouldn't describe it as oversteery.
Keep in mind, the brakes on this car are poor. The brake pedal needs heavy application. The brake pedal needs heavy application. However, as the car does not have ABS, you will lock up tires if your brake application is heavy and sharp. Don't be afraid to use leg muscle on the brake, but experiment with it. Brake early and gradually at first and work up to more aggressive braking as you get to know the car and the track. The car will pull under extremely hard braking. That's just how it is with rear drum brakes. The movement of the shoes needs adjustment to reach the drums at the right point in the pedal movement. If this adjustment is not absolutely precise from side to side (and it won't be), the car will pull under extremely aggressive braking. The good news is since it's from the brake adjustment, it pulls the same direction each time and is pretty consistent about it. The pull will change a bit as the shoes wear, but not much throughout a race day. It's something that's easy to adjust to.
Again, I restate, this is endurance racing. The goal is to nurse the car to the finish line. Everyone will be passing you. Expect this. Even if you were the Stig, everyone would be passing you. Our car is slow. Take care of it, and bring me back a running car. Remember to watch your corner stations and watch which side people are using to pass. If you're uncomfortable, just hold one side of the track. We can't prevent people from passing us, anyway, and if you take it easy and give them a wide berth, you'll preserve the car..
We'll discuss driver order the day of the event, but my hope is to get the less experienced drivers (you and coco, primarily) out in the car earlier in the race, when yellows are still a constant thing. This means you'll be in a lot of traffic and you'll need to watch flags, but it means there's no pressure to try for a fast pace - it's impossible to do so safely in that much traffic - so you can take it easy and get to know the track and the car.
If you want to practice something before the day of the event to help you prepare, practice spotting and looking for corner workers. As you watch the videos of the track, note them. See where the stands are. I'm sure the videos aren't great quality, but that's ok. Just do your best. Some of the flag workers at this track are a bit hard to spot, so practice being on the look-out.