Nic Serpell's Day @ MMS Track & Display Show



A special review from our long standing and valued club member Nic Serpell on the Mustang Motorsport Track & Display Day at Sandown on Saturday 11th May 2019.


Let me congratulate Mustang Motorsport, Driver Dynamics, all the drivers and spectators on pulling together a wonderful, fun and most memorable day.Big thank you to James Johnson for a wonderfully organised day and who also responded to my queries during the week promptly and helpfully.


A big thank you to Debbie Williams for organising the garage, was awesome to have and share with you Debbie, Joel Strickland Photography and Melbourne Mustang Club merchandise stand. A big thank you to Marc Giretto, Jiuliana McKenzie and Brad Francis our Admin for pulling together and making this happen for our wonderful club.

The shed was a hub of activity all day and also a nice place to kick back, enjoy some peace and quiet in my BYO camp chair with my home packed lunch from wifey Debbie Serpell, thank you baby.


It was great to see so many members there smiling, laughing, asking questions and admiring. Throughout the day I caught up with members Antonio Lancarubba, Shane Butler (my new nemesis), Jiuliana and David (biggest smile, I've seen on David's face). Johnson Subramoney, Alex McIntosh, Jeremy Wang, Megan Glover and Billy, Julian Mclean, Raphael Stark, Dustin Sterling, Tyler Hoppe, Brad Francis, Nicole Francis, Marc Giretto, Samy Michael, Jordan Hollett, Michael Garth (Happy Birthday), Christian Joy (thanks for your help with Track Addict) and Belinda Joy. Apologies if I left anyone out.


I bumped into work colleague Sue Johnson, we had a ball catching up, and took her around in the passenger laps.I got talking to a fellower racer Matthew Branch (awesome driving skills with fast yellow beast) and made a new friend.The day was jammed with totally awesome mustangs and peeps on and off the track. Driver Dynamics gave a fun, informative and comprehensive pre-race rundown, with on track surface inspection. Learned so much.

I personally had an absolute ball, was so happy to bring my PB lap time from 1.35 to 1.31, this was recorded via Track Addict on my phone and data collected from Marc Giretto's VBox (thanks Marc, so much). My aim was to better my time and try and beat Shane Butler's 1.32 from his previous Track Day in same car 2017 auto. I was ecstatic, when I posted my 1.31 only to have Shane waltz into the garage smiling ear to ear at his new PB 1.28, congrats bro.


I personally had an absolute ball, was so happy to bring my PB lap time from 1.35 to 1.31, this was recorded via Track Addict on my phone and data collected from Marc Giretto's VBox (thanks Marc, so much). My aim was to better my time and try and beat Shane Butler's 1.32 from his previous Track Day in same car 2017 auto. I was ecstatic, when I posted my 1.31 only to have Shane waltz into the garage smiling ear to ear at his new PB 1.28, congrats bro.


Debbie, Shane and I all lost control of our vehicles at one stage or another. Luckily no damage to any of our amazing beasts.


Thanks to the lovely couple running the Italiano Food Van, I ordered my schnitezel burger before the briefing session, bad timing on my part. Half hour later, I came back to pick up my new cold burger, they said they threw the old burger in the bin, but made me a new hot one, thank you.


Weather was mildly wet and dubious all morning, the track saw me spin out on lap 2 coming out of turn 3 on slippery 1984 asphalt (info from Driver Dynamics). I ended up on 2014 asphalt and only a couple of feet from a concrete barrier, phewww. This settled my adrenaline somewhat. The track dried out more for a wonderful afternoon of racking, was great to experience both wet and dry.


My car beast ran beautifully, I kept a hawks eye on my transmission temp and drove cool down laps where appropriate. I knew my brake pads were on the low side, so I didn't go ridiculously hard on them all day. Tried to warm car and tyres up firmly before putting pedal to metal and going hard as. If feels so good when becoming one with the vehicle and getting some awesome laps under your belt, really feels like a massive sense of accomplishment, not to mention too much fun.


The day culminated in a Wet Corner Slide Control session, or Drift sesh. About 20 mustangs tried their hand at controlled slides, most I saw spun out or didn't maximise their slides. I was just happy with my couple of drifts, the instructor gave me big thumbs up after my drifts. Our instructor then showed us how it's really done.


Feel free to visit my post on the Melbourne Mustang Club facebook page, for full videos of the day as well.

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