Good times. I just had my first track event 2 weeks ago. And my 2nd one yesterday. Things I've learned:
-Helps to study videos of other people on the track...just pay attention to the lines at this point. Braking zones, turn-ins, and track outs. Trying to get smoothness is key. And familiarity with the course will help that. If the group you're riding with has any print-outs and write-ups on the track, helps to familiarize yourself with that too.
-Just listen to your instructor. And if there are classroom sessions, attend them, and pay attention. Especially when they start going over track information and strategies.
-It'll help to familiarize yourself with the flagging stations...but at this point everything will be so overwhelming that try not to focus too much on that. Your instructor will be there with you, and he'll keep an eye out for them. After you get more comfortable, you can start trying to locate them as your field of vision opens up.
-Don't get too caught up with speed...your first session should be slow and you just want to get used to the track. The speed will come as you learn the track, stay smooth with your inputs, and gain some confidence. Yesterday on my first session, I was literally letting everybody pass me except for this one mustang. But by session 3 and 4, I was passing everyone except for a well sorted out civic. I'm still in the newbie group...so everyone was generally "slow." I didn't bother keeping track of my time...obviously the whole point of this is to get faster and have fun. But I know when I'm getting faster without tracking my time. I didn't want the number to affect my driving.
-Oh and if you want to let someone pass...keep yourself in your driving path. Point them by and back off the gas a little. Don't brake. And I still struggle with this...but if you want to pass someone else, you really have to get up on them to let them know you want a point by. Otherwise they think the two of you are driving equally and that they're staying a little ahead.
-I brought a basic set of mechanic tools with me. Torque wrench. Air pressure gauge. Some glass cleaner and towels for the mirrors and glass. Blue tape to number my car. Extra fluids just in case. I brought a lot of water and some snacks.
That's about all I can think of right now.
2007 Chrome Orange Lotus Elise