TestaVeloce on Track: Silverstone GP Circuit June 2018
The first summer outing on track took place at an overcast Silverstone. The last time the team were there it was raining with standing water everywhere, at least this time the track was dry. The track day itself was organised by the magnificent RMA Track Days team (rmatrackdays.com). RMA are an unrivalled track day supplier and we always chose them where and when possible. We rejoin RMA for their double header at Spa & Zolder in July and then Donnington in the late summer so look out for those (and book yourself on).
Back to the overcast Northamptonshire countryside and todays TV crew consisted of a 911TurboS, gen2 R8 V10 Spider, Huracan LP610, tuned GTR and an R8 V10 plus. RMA trackdays get access to some of the best tracks and sessions so you are likely to see a super selection of exotic road and race cars as you can see.
As this was the first time the team had experienced Silverstone GP in the dry, it was essentially a new track and what a track. A lap can take well over 2 minutes, for some, so you really get your moneys worth, especially as RMA days are mainly open pit lanes. Mixed track experience in the TV squad and generally on track yet Silverstone has very generous run off areas next to the already very wide track so all can be forgiven. If you happen to finally nail Copse you'll be carrying more speed and you may have to cut short your congratulations before you hit maggots and beckets.
Many people are put off by track days due to the costs. Yes they are expensive but you are experiencing the best of your car and access to an international track. To give an idea on comestibles, the Porsche 911 TurboS used three tanks of fuel and has plenty of rubber left for the next four track days mentioned above. They will need changing after that although you could probably use them on the roads before your next track session. Brakes can be a worry especially if your car tweaks the rear brakes as part of the TCS. Manufacturers don't expect rear discs to need replacing but if you are heavy on the TCS then some cars may need a new disc and you don't want to be left in the pits messing with your car. With cars, like the Porsche, that run Ceramic discs it may be a good idea to save money in the long term to and buy specific pads for the ceramic discs eg RSC1's for the Porsche (yes it was learnt the hard way).
Silverstone provided a thoroughly meaty track experience as it should for a F1 and Moto GP track however Spa is meant to be the best track so we look forward to that in July.