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View Poll Results: How many track days did you do before bumping up to level 2?
One or two 13 50.00%
Three to five 6 23.08%
Six to ten 3 11.54%
Eleven or more 4 15.38%
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:43 PM   #1
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How many track days at level one?

Level two and higher track day riders and racers: how many track days did you ride before bumping up to level two?
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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When an instructor told me to.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:08 PM   #3
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I only did 1 day at level 1. Prob should have at least done 2. My speed was there for lvl 2, but it really doesnt matter who you are. You dont know everything to do the first time you ride track. Also you wont ride the way you should until the new wears off. Then you can settle down and actually focus on body position, markers, and being smooth/predictable.

I have to add that I use to ride a lot of the sunday-type rides, and learned to ride at a fast pace and be safe. So Im sure that helped me make the jump so quickly. I had ridden street almost 2 years before my first Trackday..

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When an instructor told me to.
^^Thats when I made the jump to lvl 3^^

I prob would have done a few more in lvl 2 if they never mentioned.

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Old 10-26-2010, 09:10 PM   #4
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:21 PM   #5
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:18 PM   #6
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the instructors said i had good body position and i was making passes in between nearly every corner so i got an instructor approval and moved up after lunch on i think my 4th TD
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I actually got moved up before lunch on my first track day. Its all about your own confidence level. If you are passing people on every strait can maintain and adjust the same line from lap to lap then you are ready to move up. if not then you need to stay in 1.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:12 AM   #8
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:31 AM   #9
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It depends on the rider. I've had some move after only 1, and others do dozens in novice. Some just like that pace, while others just haven't gotten it yet. That doesn't make them less of a Trackday rider, it just means it takes longer to build their own confidence. To each their own. As long as they have had fun by the end of the day, learned something new, and feel they received good value for their dollar, then success can be claimed.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:40 AM   #10
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I've done 8 (at th same track) and I'm still in level 1
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:06 AM   #11
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I've done 8 (at th same track) and I'm still in level 1
I think the number of days can get skewed a bit if you're unfortunate enough to have a decent wreck in the first few trackdays.

Everybody goes fast quickly until that first oops.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:14 AM   #12
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you could spend half a day in C class, and if it feels like everyone is in your way ask to be moved up.. normally not a problem
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:18 AM   #13
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I think the number of days can get skewed a bit if you're unfortunate enough to have a decent wreck in the first few trackdays.

Everybody goes fast quickly until that first oops.
Aren't you a newly level 2 rider???
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:23 AM   #14
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Aren't you a newly level 2 rider???
to brain ratio. Unfortunately that's likely to lead to more hospital trips.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:43 AM   #15
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I doubt it.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:07 AM   #16
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Guys, this isn't a ladder to performance or accomplishment. There is no number of track days that anyone "should" move up.

We have lots of folks that are perfectly happy riding in the B group, like that pace, and feel comfy riding within that skillset.

Changing groups can and should be something that accomplishes your goals at a good pace. Nobody should be in a hurry to "move up".

Learn the craft, be humble, listen to folks who want to help, and when you're ready to move to another group you'll know it.

We offer all kinds of instruction at LSTD including a fantastic 1:1 program with video review of only you provided by our uber-experienced racing instructors. Most all of our instructors have been students of the many national schools and we have a incredibly well developed teaching curriculum. I'm sure our competitors offer something too. Take advantage of things like this and don't put so much time in to thinking about moving to the next group.

Track riding is fun! Don't take it so seriously.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:37 PM   #17
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Tom and Godsuki said it all.
GSS with Groove Union is a blast, good folks and a great track.
I would recommend the LSTD 1 on 1, doubles your skills in half the time. It will get you faster quicker.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:42 PM   #18
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Tom and Godsuki said it all.
GSS with Groove Union is a blast, good folks and a great track.
I would recommend the LSTD 1 on 1, doubles your skills in half the time. It will get you faster quicker.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:55 PM   #19
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1/2 day after begging and pleading. I had 3-4 TMGP races under my belt, and took a new to me GSXR to TWS (Texas World Speedway). Level 1 felt like the right pace for street riders making a transition, but having been knee down on minis and with SCCA track experience, I needed to stretch my legs a bit. In hindsight, it felt dangerous with TWS (Texas World Speedway)' huge turn 1 looming at 150+ indicated.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:58 PM   #20
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Don't worry about how many track days. It is different for everyone. An instructor will notice you if you need to move up and will stop you to tell you. If they havent, your lines aren't correct or you are unpredictable. I rode Level 1 until i was pulled over 3 times in the same session and told I should go to level 2 next track day. Then they told me to follow them for a lap and really showed me how to rail some turns.
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