Andreas Trauttmansdorff

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  • in reply to: My Apologies to the White Group #26158

    Great post, Kevin.

    It’s so important to get to know the guys in your run group. Go chat each other up. Build friendships. Share your on track experiences. Get to recognize each others cars on track. It’s too easy to be impatient or aggressive with people in other cars when you or they are anonymous. The moment you actually recognize each other it’s so much easier to have empathy and consideration for each other. You’re also less likely to behave like a knob when all you buddies know what car you re driving. 🙂

    Cheers

    Andreas

    in reply to: Why is Green = Yellow and White = Black? #26157

    Great discussion.

    Passing in the more advanced areas is not about how fast you are but much more about the cooperation between you and the person being passed. You really have to be courteous and considerate of each other. No one needs to pass between 4 and 5 or 2 and 3 etc. but it’s really great when someone slower than you is generous enough to throw you a pass at those spots. And I say generous because they really have to be ready to adapt their line and check their speed to accommodate the person passing.
    It takes experience and finessed judgement to asses whether the person wanting to passing you is close enough to make the move and get it done. Will you be able to give them enough room? Will they be able to get it done before the apex? You have very little time to make all those decisions. And you want to be able trust the other person to be able to also make those judgements. All that only comes with more seat time and with trust in your fellow drivers. You want to get to know the guys around you and be comfortable with each other’s skill level.

    It’s also best to focus on getting as much out of each session and instructor and event as you can. What kind of skills are you picking up? Is it feeling smoother? Are you feeling more comfortable? How consistent are you? Get as much feedback as you can. If you are continually thinking about where you are ranked and how fast you are advancing through the run groups you are missing the point and likely in a head space that is going to impede your ability to learn.

    Just some thoughts.

    Cheers

    Andreas

    in reply to: Weather forecast for DE weekend #21317

    Thanks Dave. Thanks to my student too, for being a good sport. We had a lot of fun.

    in reply to: Weather forecast for DE weekend #21301

    Intermittent rain is more challenging.

    in reply to: Weather forecast for DE weekend #21274

    DRIVE SLOW! I mean that in all seriousness. Make sure you are using appropriate tires. R compound track tires are a bad idea when it gets down around the freezing mark. I’m sure you’ll get similar advice at the driver’s meeting. DRIVE SLOW. Have fun.

    in reply to: auto appraiser information #20713

    Check with Bruce Farrow. You can find his contact info. on the “Contacts” page of Provinz under “Appraisals”. Good luck.

    in reply to: In Memory of Horst Petermann #19337

    I’m also saddened to hear about Horst. I didn’t know him very well but he was always most pleasant at the DE weekends. I was always so proud to be able to tell people that I’d been on the track with a fellow instructor who’d actually raced Porsche prototypes at Daytona in the ’60s.

    Dave Osborne, bravo!. Great idea.

    I’m not totally sure. Maybe someone can confirm this for me but I think this was Horst’s car back in the day. It’s always been one of my favourite vintage Porsche images. It was really the girl that caught my eye. I think I’d looked at the shot a hundred times before I noticed the Canadian flag on the hood !

    Andreas T.

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