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I like the look of this........... ...reckon it will be a hoot.

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What are the track laps like are they ok for someone who hasn't been on a track before?
A bit disconcerting Nigel saying his brakes had given up


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What are the track laps like are they ok for someone who hasn't been on a track before?
A bit disconcerting Nigel saying his brakes had given up
No need to worry. It isn't a track day. No helmets required. You can pick your pace. Have a look at 'The Event' on the website:
https://minisatdunsfold.co.uk/the-event/

"The event is not a track day, there will be no timed laps, and cars will not be allowed out on track on their own – this on safety grounds as the Top Gear test track is a figure of eight.

On arrival, Minis will be put (actually you choose yourself which group you go in) into three groups according to speed and ability, and you’ll be led out with other cars in your group 10-15 cars at a time. You will have approximately 5 laps following a safety car, and then return to the paddock. Each Mini should have three or four track sessions during the day.

The speed of the laps varies by the group you are in. The slowest of the three groups is suitable for all Classic Minis, while the fastest will cater for even the latest John Cooper Works MINIs."


Regarding my brakes.
A) I did a couple of runs in the 'medium' group. Second time was behind one of those gigantic Countryman things. It was an SD. Surprisingly quick in a straight line but oh deary me, the corners!! "Hard aport on the helm". "Aye, aye Captain". So next run I changed to the fastest. And it was fast. And it did for my brakes.
B) turns out mine had pretty new Girling pads fitted that are made of Welsh Granite. They'd do about 200k miles before wearing out. And don't work. They were awful in terms of feel on the road. So on Steve The S Works advice, after Dunsfold, we put in a set of EBC Ultimax2 DP1388 pads in the front. They are 'just' EBC's OE ones, not green, red or anything else, only £25 a set and they are in another league.

No-one during hundreds of laps went off. And if you do it is only grass - as you must have seen watching Top Gear.
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Thanks Nigel

Think I'll go with the classics group to start with then move up if appropriate
Probably less embarrassing than doing it the other way round!!!

I can sympathise with your experience I was pretty shocked how close people followed each other at brands hatch even 2 entirely different cars a lotus Elise and a Renault hatchback doing 80 with less than 1m between them god knows how much the braking distances differ before you even factor in the drivers skill. Guess the 2 second rule doesn't apply on track

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Thanks Nigel

Think I'll go with the classics group to start with then move up if appropriate
Probably less embarrassing than doing it the other way round!!!

Guess the 2 second rule doesn't apply on track
They'd nearly sold the 100 car allocation yesterday.
Yup, start with the slower and get a feel. It is just nice to be on very wide tarmac with no-one coming the other way for a change!!

Correct, no 2 second ********. You just assume the guy in front has similar skill, ability, capabilty, braking - trust. Unfortunately can be misplaced trust, not always the case on track days. If you watch some of the UK Saloon Car Championship racing they are all packed about an inch apart. But then they all know what they are doing and similar capability cars.
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Thanks for posting the event up here - completely forgot this year.

Thanks also for purchasing tickets! They have sold really well, and now just have four tickets left (at time of writing). After that there will be an automated reserve/waiting list to take advantage of any refunds or drop-outs.

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I went last year and had a great time. Just tried to book again and it looks like I've missed out. Fingers crossed that someone drops out.
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Gutted, would’ve loved to do this and drive on the TG track, a longtime dream! But not around that weekend


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Also lost out spent too long deliberating whether it was for me going from the post stating 4 places left looks like I only missed out by a couple of hours hopefully I'm early on on the waiting list

Can you come as a spectator (and to look at everyone's Mini when they aren't on the track) or is it only open to Minis going on the track?

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No spectators unfortunately. Only 100 cars. But each car can have as many passengers as they want. Depending on where you are it is possible you could come in my car?? You can go round as a passenger. In fact it is the car that is 'registered' so it can be driven by multiple drivers.

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