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Ran HPDE 1 last Friday at Auto Club/Cal Speedway with NASA. Beautiful weather and small run groups. HPDE 1/2 only had about 15 cars. No other E46's in my run group, but the HPDE 2 leader and HPDE director both drive E36 M3s.

It was my second day on this track and 7th track day overall, so I'm still pretty slow. Got passed by several cars that's a big improvement from my first day there, when everybody passed me and the faster cars lapped me. My first time there my best lap time was around 2:50; this time my best lap time (based on the video) was 2:17. I hit 120mph (speedo reading) on the straight and 100mph around the banked turn, which felt impressive until my instructor said he's gone around the banked turn at 140mph on street tires. The NASCAR guys probably take it at 200mph or more.

Here are the first 3 sessions. Not that exciting to watch, except maybe when I pass a few cars in session 1 or go completely off course after making a pass in session 3.

Session 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N54yLDgQkkM
Passing yellow Eclipse and red Mazda RX7 around 13:30
Drop 2 wheels off in turn 2 at 14:20

Session 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6KzXA2lYAw
We switch drivers twice in this video so instructor can drive 3 laps
Otherwise not much exciting to see

Session 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUL4JvK3FNA
Going off course after pass at around 13:40
Celica driver gave me point-by on previous lap, but I couldn't pass in time
On this lap I passed him then forgot to slow down for the next turn
Got me black-flagged
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