Even HPDE's they be hittin' evrrybody out here!
Fast forward to 9:00 mark
He went full Forza...You never go full Forza
I see he was still on throttle as he passed the "2" sign, a point at which he had hit the brakes long before that on prior laps (hit brakes prior to the 3 board... on the crash lap he waited until between 1 and 2). Looks like he looked down for a second at his gauges about that point (around board 4). He was doing about 155MPH and at that speed he is moving over 227 feet per second. That's over 2/3 of a football field in one second. "Eyes up!" is what all instructors will tell you. Not sure why he looked down, but hat half-second glance took him about 100 feet too far, and his brakes couldn't do anything more. Looked like a pretty hard hit, I hope everyone is uninjured.
Last edited by Dave_Car_Guy; 07-12-2019 at 03:30 PM.
That view looks familiar. I had a similar situation coming into T14 a few years back as a result of mechanical failure rather than red mist like the Mustang driver, but I decided to go left instead of right to avoid doing the same thing to a Mini at about 70 mph. Yes, the GTI is back in business, though it could have ended MUCH worst.
The fun starts at 1:00:
Last edited by badsmell; 07-12-2019 at 04:00 PM.
Had a close call once when a 904 dive bombed me at LRP during a track day at the 1 in Bing Bend....Lucky I saw her and drove out wide. Went over after and talked to the driver and she apologized and thanked me for dodging her poor judgement of speed.
I have personally pulled in the pits many times when having overly aggressive drivers in big power cars. No awards in DE's other than successfully going home with no damage to the car or ones self.
Guessing his brakes probably had warmed up over that period though.
Skip to the 7:15 mark - you'll see he braked one braking zone earlier - roughly between the 4 and 3 and that was enough not only to make the right hand turn, but to grab the inside of the left hand kink first and avoid traffic on the right-hand side of the track. Then fast forward to 9:20 or so and the braking is between the 3 and 2. These aren't terribly widely spaced braking points either but not only does he not make the left kink whatsoever but of course he goes right off the track and through the grass. I have to wonder if maybe his foot slipped off the pedal initially or something. The braking point was quite similar from the 7:15 point in the video yet it was a radically different result. And yes, I've done track events at all different tracks before, I'm not saying "this was brake failure" or anything like that, but I felt it was worth pointing out that it wasn't like he went from braking at 5 to braking at 2, this was only a modest miss of the braking zone was the difference between an easy turn with loads to spare versus missing the left kink entirely and going into the dirt because he couldn't make the right that followed whatsoever.