I'm starting to like Willow Springs; it's only 80 miles away and the weather is always nice. It's been around 100 degrees all week.
I got there on time and was first to register yesterday.
was much different than TrackXperience as far as rules and the way they run things.
I'm glad my first day was with TrackXperience; they don't allow passing in Turns 3,4, and 5 in the C group. Turn 3 is where most crashes happen.
With TI2TT, passing is allowed on the outside of all turns with a 6' clearance.
Their red flag rule is different also.
Also, TrackXperience collected the crash bikes immediately, whereas TI2TT brought them in during lunch break and at the end of the day.
On the plus side, they had raffles with 10 prizes. Top prize was a $1k custom paint job; free track day was another nice one.
They were nice enough to loan me one of their rental suits at no charge. It was their 3rd track day of the weekend and turnout was about 65-70%.
I finally got my suspension dialed in and was ready to tear it up for session 1, which was delayed by an injury crash in the A group. I hate seeing wadded up bikes in the pits.
The control riders took us on a parade lap to show everyone the proper procedure of getting on and off the track then set us loose. You had the option of following any of the control riders you wanted.
Once all the formalities were out of the way, it was a free for all. The pace was a little quicker in the C group, and IMO some of the riders should have been bumped up. Especially the two that split around me going to Turn 7. The debaffled R1 passed me within a foot on my right; I wasn't expecting that in the C group and flinched a little.
Later on, during a red flag, I was in the process of signaling my pit entrance, and got off the track and into the dirt. Caught me by surprize for a second, till I started riding it like a dirt bike in deep sand.
Besides those two incidents the day was your typical track day; lots of fun till you make a mistake.
Next track day is August 3 at Streets of Willow.