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    getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    I am getting ready for my chance to attend Porsche Driving Experience in Australia. I would like to hear some helpful suggestions from those who have attended it before

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    Hi WR! In Victoria there is a Porsche Driving Course in Phillip Island about 3 hours from Melboune, costing about $1000AUD. The next one is in mid-October and in this case you bring your own car and have instructors teach you a few things and there are 2 levels (beginners/ intermediate). The other PDE is up north in Queensland north of Gold Coast where you have the chance to drive their P-models from Boxsters to Turbos and in-between. Again there are instructors, cost is more but I read reviews that this is really worth it. I've not been to either but would love to attend, and also hear from those who have attended in the past.

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    I schedule myself for the one in Mt Cotton in QLD. I am looking forward to it as I get the chance to see how fas the 977TT can do on track

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    I have heard great things about the Mt Cotton course. Worth doing it I think.

    Charliepug, if you want to do track days I really recommend the O'Neill days as they have some very very good racing drivers as instructors. Come with me for the next one!

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    hi wr, i have attended levels 1, 2 and 3 at queensland pde. i have to say they are well worth the money and time spent. the instructors, led by tomas mezera, are great fun and make the 3 days very enjoyable and you will gain a lot from their instruction. level 1 and 2 are held at mount cotton test centre where they also teach ambulance and fire engine drivers how to drive fast and safe. there are off road courses, a skid pan track where you learn to "drift" and a big open car park where your drive around a wet circuit made of cones and a road circuit for high speed driving. level 3 is held at queensland raceway on a race circuit. as with all pde, you will be taught good accelerator and brake controls, good driving lines and some emergency exercises. all the students share the cars and you will get plent of seat time, particularly on level 3. there is also a level 4 course which is 996 cup car driving experience. i am attending that on 13 september next month at queensland raceway. all in all, i think you will gain a great deal from the pde's and i certainly improved my track time at sepang after my training in queensland with tomas and co. my only advice is to try and do levels 1 2 and 3 at the same time, saves the flying in and out, but then again, the goldcoast isn't the worst place in the world to spend a weekend... good luck and enjoy yourself.

    henry

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

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    WAY said:
    I have heard great things about the Mt Cotton course. Worth doing it I think.

    Charliepug, if you want to do track days I really recommend the O'Neill days as they have some very very good racing drivers as instructors. Come with me for the next one!


    Thanks Wayne. I'll also love to drive the 997TT too up in Mnt Cotton, and I hear it's a blast up there too, with tropical-like weather and great scenery. Good excuse for a break from work

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    When are you doing the course WR? I am booked in on Sept 21st at Mt Cotton.

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    porsche's really very smart... they make their customers pay for the marketing (which is what they're doing 50% of the time during lvl 1). in any case, PDE's good fun (even better if you're able to attend w/friends) & highly recommended. as henry mentioned, best to do lvls 1 thru 3 over one visit (note: lvl 3 is only held twice a year, so you gotta book early).

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    anyone doing 15 OCt, Mt Cotton? If so, see you there!

    Re: getting ready for Australia PDE, anyone been there before?

    I am doing my on 23rd and 24th, a 2-day course... anyone doing that time as well? (in Mt. Cotton)

     
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