I did my first track outing with the VX220 the other week. It was at Donnington and it was the first time I’d driven my own car on a track. The car handled very well and I was soon gaining confidence in the grip. After about 15 minutes on track though the brakes started to get very hot and the ABS kept jumping in. This knocked my confidence when braking for the chicane after Dunlop and I did have one very exciting moment here when I remember looking at the fence to the rear of the pit area wondering if that was where I’d end up.
Having got back to the pit garage after my 2nd session I noticed the front tyres were melting too, especially the near side front.
To address the brakes I’m going to try a set of Mintex 1144 pads on the front. There are a lot people raving about these on various forums so I’ve put a set in today. The disks look like they could do with changing soon too but I am kind of thinking that I need more power and a turbo VX may be the cheapest option all round. As for the tyre, there seem to be no options other than Bridgestones or change the wheels. So Bridgestones it is; should get some of these sorted next week and then I need to book another track day.
Incidentally I put some EBC Red Stuff pads on the front of the Skooby today and despite thinking that they may be a little too race for the road I was pleasantly surprised with the feel and bite they have when I tried the car out earlier in the wet. They haven’t even had chance to bed in yet and they feel far better than the last set of pads I put in.