For tyre pressure I referred to the website of the manufacturer of my tyres. I normally run them at 32-35psi and upped them to something like 42-45psi, IIRC.
Goodwood is a fantastic circuit - very fast. You should see 120-130mph down Lavant straight. Please be careful at Woodcote (corner before the chicane) as I got out of shape there, twice, during the afternoon session after a light shower at lunch. Woodcote is a "technical corner" according to Autocar magazine.
To get an idea of what to expect, you can view my Saab 9-3 Sport going round the circuit. The first link involves me overtaking a Jag E-type, a Scimitar bi-turbo and a TVR 350i ...all on the same lap
The second video is without cars - so you can see what the track is like.
Goodwood is a good circuit because it's not too intimidating for first timers but is also technically advanced.
Good points- it's quite kind on tyres and the turn in points are excellently marked. Forgive me this one piece of advice if you have heard it before, but it is very much the golden rule of track driving. Make sure sure have completed your braking and got into the appropriate gear for the corners by the time you reach the turn in cone. This will help you stay composed.
If you do feel you are losing it in a corner under power (St Mary's is a favourite for this, then try not to back off the accelrator too suddenly or you will end up in a massive oversteer situation. There's a few of us learnt that the hard way
Things to be aware of- the double apex of Madgwick, the first corner after the pit straight. Go nice and wide on the way in and resist the temptation to turn out of the first apex too soon.
St Mary's is deceptive- it lulls you in to a false sense of security that you can take a load of speed in to it and then power through. You can't. Get well on the brakes.
Lavant corner in to the straight is the fastest part of the track. Get the power on early out of the corner and drift wide.
Don't go hell for leather on the first lap of any session- build up your braking. After you've seen the chequered flag for the end of your session, try to cruise round at a reasonably quick rate without using the brakes.
When you get back to the paddock, don't stand with your foot on the brake pedal. Also don't use your handbrake- it's levle so it shouldn't be necessary. Let the engine have a couple of minutes cool down as well.
Oh, and by the way, if all this sounds a bit daunting, print it out, give it to your passenger and enjoy...
You can read some further reviews of Goodwood on the Bookatrack website here
Thanks guys thats a great help. I have just carefully checked my tyres and brake pads and I cant see the nearside front lasting the whole day at Goodwood-i`m too rough with the car and always end up understeering. So have bottled out and will have to take the wifes MINI cooper-should be good round the corners but will be overtaken on the straights-still good fun though
Shame /john, there`s not that many cars there tomorrow -I booked on Friday and am only number 24 so should be plenty of track time. May be i`1l try get the Aero on for the afternoon session-it`d last that long I guess
Had fantastic day at Goodwood last week. I am interested to know how you guys secured video cameras in your cars as on the day the scrutineers were very insistent that these were proper fixed mounts not just the suction type . I believe these can come loose if you roll it
and you have camera acting as missile in your car. Also what sort of lap times were you guys doing and what power to weight ratio do your cars have?
I followed MarkE and BillJ's use of a tripod in the rear of the car. Two positioned behind each front seat and the third positioned into the ski-hatch. Then the whole lot was securely lashed down with cords attached under the rear seats. Very stable
When we were at Goodwood in February I noticed a Lotus Elise with a suction mount for a camera. It looked like a professional mount.
The tripod things sounds possible next time i`m at Goodwood-the missus and i plan to abuse her Mini again on 11th August with Goldtrack-a bit more expensive than some but I had about 200miles on track that day-fantastic.SWMBO was nearly car sick
Oh! how does 1min 50.4 sound in a bog standard Mini cooper(not the S)
Anglesey is distinctly possible-the circuit looks "interesting" for big Saabs and certainly much cheaper than some trackdays ,and I think SWMBO will be working ,this may be opportunity for boys weekend away