Renamed the thread to keep all my logs in one place.
This weekend was at NJMP Lightning. Weather overall was excellent. Saturday was sunny and in the 60s. Sunday's forecast was for a washout but it rained briefly in the morning and didn't see a drop after that. Temps on Sunday were mid 60s. Saturday's tire pressure started at 45psi and moved up to 60psi as the day went on. I didn't check Sunday.
I registered for HPDE 1. My instructor has an STI so he knew a lot about the AWD format. We got 5 sessions in on Saturday and 4 on Sunday (I bagged the 5th to get home before the rain).
Video from the last session on Saturday:
On Sunday my instructor started talking to me about HPDE 2. At first I was reluctant, but there were some really slow moving cars in HPDE 1 and I was getting frustrated. I agreed to move to HPDE 2 if he stayed with me in the car, which he did for a session. For the fourth, and what would be my final, session, he wanted me to go alone.
Video from my solo session in HPDE 2:
I ran the above session in Track mode (all others were in Sport). I felt much more responsiveness from the car without the nannies. I had an absolute blast moving up to 2 with no bottlenecks. Granted, my form degraded because I was just mashing the gas trying to not hold up traffic. But it was amazing nonetheless.
The suggestion I got to move my hands down to below the thumb bolsters was huge. I had no death grip, no hand sweat, and I felt more in control. And I think I figured out the GoPro exposure with the tip about the locked exposure setting.
Small, incremental progress! I got signed off to move to HPDE 2 when I come back to Lightning. My registration at Thunderbolt I'll leave at 1 since I haven't been there before. When I head back to Summit Point in a few weeks I hope they will let me move to 2.