How does it work on the track?
Can anyone on it or you have to demonstrate a certain skill level? Am I good enough for the Track? What to consider or is allowed there anything?
A step after the other. How to get on a race track?
In some circuits, (sometimes abroad) it is enough to make a 30 minute schooling to be allowed on the course. But is it thus then also ready for this?
If one has chosen the right thing, you can still choose a starting number and book may still be various additional insurances. Whether you need an extra track insurance or insurance must always know themselves. But since there’s about a getting Started here should reach the normal liability that one for his motorcycle anyway has (unless you go the same with a racing motorcycle at the start, but what are probably in the minority). In the event it is not even a race in which the attainment of maximum speed is important, so should they engage in an emergency. But I guarantee not accepting it, so better to ask me for their own insurance …
With what machine you want to take the training and what lap time you’re driving on race track which you can specify in the application form. The lap time you can normally do not fill out if you want to book a Getting Started, since it was not even on the Track. It is also only for the sports driver training (free rides) thought so that you can be placed in the right group (medium, fast, very fast). A transponder, you can also rent, of which I do not recommend but since it is an absolute waste of money when Getting Started. One may indeed not free ride on the track so counts the time nothing …
It`s getting started…
Well, the day had come for the training. From 8 clock you could sign up in the box. You had to sign a disclaimer and also indicate who should be contacted in an emergency. From 9 clock the Getting-Started-freshmen met in a hall for the half-hour theory unit. Meanwhile, we went out on the circuit already full to the point. It was in addition to the Getting Started nor the sports rider training site.
In the hall sat a variety of types. The majority was indeed male and between 20 and 35, but there were also many women and even senior citizens there. Hard to believe that in the upper age nor Inceptions to drive on the Run, but I think it’s really great! As varied as the participants were also their motorcycles. Supersports whether new or old, Supermoto, pure race bikes not street legal, naked bikes …
Us the rough daily routine was explained and made clear that is very much worth it laid on safety. Leather is mandatory. With fabric clothing (already was, of course, in the run-up to be announced) will not get you on the Track. It is a leather suit, prescribed proper boots, gloves and a back protector. Of course, a helmet. The mirrors, turn signals, headlight and taillight must be removed or taped. The background is that one in a fall leaves no splinters and that the flares may irritate others do not.
You should slow down to the point where one thinks itself and not where the driver ahead brakes. (does not actually for Getting Started, but more on that later) why an opaque adhesive tape must be taken. The mirror you do not need anyway, because you should only focus forward. This one has enough to do already. “Did you have time while driving in the mirror to behold, it is too slow.”
[sam id=2 codes=true]Of course you can also take a racing machine without lighting, even if it is extremely tuned. TÜV counts nothing! The only requirement is that they must not be too loud. On the Hockenheimring, the machine may not exceed 98 db, but this varies from track to track.
We drove on a large cordoned-off area and resulted in different groups running exercises. We started with braking exercises. First, we should make full braking from 50 km / h. Here it was about to press the brake and then to increase the brake pressure. The whole even with all four fingers. Since I kupple with only two fingers and brake, that was really a problem. It’s really hard to break with his habits.
Four finger should use it, otherwise you in a crash, the other two can Shelling out of his glove when one is trapped under the lever. Understand, but if you look in racing times using as good as every one or two fingers. It’s not to brake one or the other advantage with all fingers, so I stay personally in two fingers.
It continued with a point braking. It should come to a certain point to hold. Then it went back to full braking. The front wheel should not block and remain the tail on the ground. The rear has been raised with me but one or the other times. It was during the exercises about a feel for the brake to get. Sure, you may slow down but everyone, but on the Track this is still something else, as I have been able to see later. Was held back in any case only the beginning. The rear brake was completely ignored.
Since you can build almost no braking action through the rear wheel load anyway was deliberately waived. Professionals use the rear brake very well on the Track for the bike on the way out acceleration out of bends to stabilize, but that is only for professionals. The stopping distance can be shorter if you shared the rear brake, but only slightly and it also carries the risk that the rear wheel blocked and you fall. Most on the Run really only use the front brakes.
The faster groups have made more or other braking exercises. One group, the trained next to us had the brake intentionally block them immediately to solve again. This was done 3-4 times in direct succession. Brakes – go – braking – go – braking – going on. Next door was run on the banking motorcycle and another group has practiced with your own bike in circular driving the knee grinding / skew.
After the braking exercises, we have adopted the skew motorcycle. The adjustable cantilever could reach an inclined position of 45 degrees. But first, we got the correct sitting position shown. A beautiful Hanging off. We were all sitting sample times in an inclined position (at a standstill / lying motorcycle). I still thought, that’s not a problem because I am a Hanging off accustomed, but the geometry of the bike was completely different than an Supersport Bike. With hands on the handlebar it went, but without hands I had no chance to hold me
Now we were off to the part to drive in a circle. I wanted to have it right behind me and picked it up as the second. No problem I thought, now I’ll show them once how to get the knee to the floor.
Once the crate would almost dead and then at a millimeter, it has razed a sentence forward more gas. So much torque I’m not used to. Supersportbikes have to keep up to speed, down there is nothing around …
I did it by not done it to drive an even circle. So I wobbled around so first and then got used to it eventually. Okay, so then nice in an inclined position. The third wheel put on and also has the same full irritates me, so I flew out of the loop again. Even tried and toe slider have set up. I’m not used to so early, so it also made me equal brought out again. I am really embarrassed to the bone and my scuffed knee sliders were also very skeptical eyed of one.
The would have never believed that I have the self-sanded … This has been quite scratched my ego. In this exercise every case the view guide was extremely important.
The whole you should go with Hanging off. I thought I turn at the wheel, the pylons were so tight that it did not make it at the beginning has to slide back and forth. (Then you have to stop slow down was it only though the distance between the pylons was probably suitable “push” rather for the technique). In the ideal line turn the curve was so narrow that you had to go in first gear and had problems not to upset
For this exercise, I could see a helicopter in the landing approach. Shit, probably because somebody has already built a nasty crash, I thought to myself yet. That makes a right back aware that to drive on the track extreme sport. And in extreme sports risking his life, which should not be forgotten, nor talk nice. That is a fact …
Finally finished with the exercise, and it should go into the lunch break. However, we could not go because one of the motor is high cooked. But it was also a scorcher. Looked to me as if the cylinder head gasket. I have the driver then come back with them into the pits. Would be really crap if the machine is not running now, especially because he has the same yet booked an instructor training for the next day.
During the lunch break we treated ourselves to the kiosk on site a small snack. Indeed, a great time to come out of our clothes and sit in the shade.
The first meters on the track
After lunch we met yet for the second theory unit. She went back 30 minutes and our behavior on the track was declared. What that flag means, how to react when a yellow flag, as in a crash … I suspected before training that each group of Getting Started individually goes to the track, but that was not the case. The three turns a 30 min all participants were on the track, but only the. The sport driver training had in this time interval which was probably safer for all … So we were never told how it then runs there and how to fix it with the lapping, as you should so remain in the group.
Subsequently, the flow was again explained in detail by our instructor. Very important it was that we go after the other and everyone drives the same line. We should have a distance of 10 – 15 m to comply with the vehicle in front. If the distance is larger, it takes time to get out because he assumes that there is someone too quickly. Does not close the gap, he again takes tempo down and so on …
So it went around the first corner and all moved away from me. But of course with only 65 hp. There was also not as extreme speeds I had caught up quickly. I had to keep on my little speed dependent. Brakes I could have been much later skillfully as it has very good brakes and do not need to brake so much weight. In the curves it could have been even faster, but then I have every now and then something changed the line so I come around faster and more speed bekomm with the straight line. At the distance of 10-15m I am no longer held there. I am my front man for the part pretty hung so I do not lose too much ground on the straight ass.
So on the way it went around the course. I could already give correct gas and leisurely ride or boredom no track around the curves.
Unfortunately, we were getting slower because some participants the distance could be too large. It is also clear, you get always been told that you have to keep distance. Otherwise it is equal to speeders or tailgaters …
This was back the hammer. I started again last in my group and had full again my fun. I could fully to Hanging off rush into the curves and even got every now and then the knee to the floor.
However, it has been really great fun to drive on the Hockenheimring and I can hardly wait for my next time. I have decided for an instructor training to allow time again show me the path or the line, and it is also prescribed for spear-Racing before you can up alone. You have a bit of skill to have an incalculable risk for the other driver just already be.
Each of you is also toying with a trip to the Track should think twice what he booked. Getting Started is not necessarily for everyone, since although the driving exercises are good, but the one or ask for something else or frustrate (me
I could have in a faster group or Getting skip Started, but when it comes to learning or to improve the Hanging off or slowing down is no way around it. I held prior to training for a good driver and hold me still for it, but on the Track is one of the nothing.
I certainly hope that the contribution due respect for the Track mediated, but has also taken the fear of it, and I’ll see one or the other in the future of you there!
Thanks also to the team of Speer-Racing. Has been really fun and I’ve learned a lot. My driving style has also changed / improved as I discovered at Ner small tour today. Worth it so do always!