I just thought I would post this on TI for anyone that is interested. The spring 2015 WSCC HPDE is now open for registration. Classroom Dates: May 6th and 7th 2015 Aaltos, CanadInns 826 Regent Ave (@ Plessis) 7:00pm to 9:00pmGimli Track Dates: May 9th and 10th 2015 Gimli Motorsports Park 8:00am to 4:00pm
Basically, you have two evenings to do some basic "classroom" theory on racing and driving your car near it's limits. They also go over what it's like on a track day with flags, etiquette, etc. There are also written tests that you need to do in order to get your FIA Competition license which is necessary for road racing and time attack. I can tell you from exerpeince, you probably do not know what you're doing unless you attend these two days. Although some of it is redundant, there is a ton of helpful and relevant information. Shelf your ego and go with an open mind. You will learn a ton. WTF is a meatball flag? You'll learn!
The following weekend is track day. You'll get 2 full days @ Gimli Motorsports Park. If it's anything like last year, day 1 will be skidpad work with high speed slalom, figure 8, and braking area. it's meant to show you the limit of your car and help identify what it feels like. After that, you'll do a full course walk and later take a few laps in the passenger seat as an instructor shows you what your car feels like at about 80%. I can tell you right now, if you've never driven your car at a track with guidance from an experienced driver, you have no idea what 100% is. When the guy was doing a warmup lap, I thought I was going to die. By lap 3 or 4 when he was settling in to about 70-80% of it's limit, I was shocked. It's a huge eye opener and an awesome experience The end of day 1 and all of day 2 will be you lapping your car with an instructor riding shotgun. You will get a LOT of running.
Speaking from experience, this is probably one of the most rewarding things you can do with your car if you're a motorsports enthusiast. It's one of those things you look back at in life and are really proud that you took the step and did it. Doing the HPDE last year was my first time taking my car on a track and it was a game changer. After doing that, it gave me the confidence and desire to do more. I ended up going to gimli to hot lap my car a few times, I headed down south to Brainerd International Raceway and raced there, and also go involved with Ice Racing with a plan to move into Road Racing. If I didn't do the HPDE, I doubt I would of had the balls or the ability to do any of it, without even considering that I would not be licenced to do it. I *HIGHLY* recommend doing this, and truth be told, they should be charging double or triple what they are.
Cost is $250 for the classroom and track sessions for WSCC members. You'll need to purchase a $50 WSCC membership if you don't already have your 2015 paid for.
To put that into context, you pay $100 to hot lap on a Friday from noon til dusk on Lapping Days. For $250 you're getting 2 FULL days on track (morning til evening) PLUS classroom instruction AND an instructor in your car. It's a steal. I'm pretty sure I paid $300 for ONE day @ Brainerd just to get onto the track.
WSCC LINK: http://forums.wscc.mb.ca/index.php?/topic/9826-2015-race-school-registration-now-open/
DLB Racing link to register: http://www.dlbracing.com/Event/5902
Please note to registrar if you are bringing a convertible.
Registration is only open to the first 45 registered entrants so do not delay.
Entry fee $250 and you will need a WSCC Membership prior to registering.
If you don’t have a current WSCC membership, click on “My Clubs” and choose Winnipeg Sports Car Club membership.
Register the vehicle you plan to bring to the HPDE under "My Garage" prior to registering for the event. If it asks for a car number, pick any number.
- Daily Driven Street Car (you do not need a sports car) with all maintenance up to date. *Vehicle must be dimensionally wider than it is tall!*
- A plastic tub for your belongings and contents of vehicle.
- A current SNELL “M” or “SA” helmet (SA is encouraged)
**SNELL SA helmets are mandatory for use with vehicles that have factory or aftermarket installed roll-over protection**
Notes: SNELL SA helmets are required if you choose to road race after the school.
Current SNELL helmets are 2005, 2010 or 2015.