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    Am taking my 996 TT for its first track day outing in a couple of weeks at the Dubai autodrome. Can't wait, of course, but would like any info from you guys as to what I should do to prepare the car.

    Also, any recommendations in terms of helmet/gloves?

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    skinnylad said:
    Also, any recommendations in terms of helmet/gloves?



    Something that fits good and comfortable !

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    Try different types of helmets open/closed from different manufactureres. They are all slightly different, and you will find the most comfortable one that suits your head. Personally, I like wearing open faced helmets when driving GT cars.

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    Jean said:
    Try different types of helmets open/closed from different manufactureres. They are all slightly different, and you will find the most comfortable one that suits your head. Personally, I like wearing open faced helmets when driving GT cars.



    Thanks. I am definitely going for an open-faced helmet. Any manufacturers that are particularly recommended?

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    As for the helmet, Stand21 (www.stand21.fr) has an open-face one that can even be adapted to their HANS-system later if needed. I personnally prefer full-face helmets.

    About your car, make sure your brakes are ok (discs, pads, fluid), and check your engine-oil (take some with you). For better braking performance, you might want to switch to a race-type fluid like Castrol SRF and/or to better pads like Pagid RS-19 (yellow). These are not the only options, but it's been my setup for 2.5 years, and I'm pretty happy with it.

    Oh!... How could I forgot that: make sure your tires are going to survive the day! Again, you might want to switch to semi-slicks (like Pirelli PZero Corsa), but if it's your first track-day, I don't think this would be a good idea.

    And... take it easy... but take it! Have fun!

    Greetings,
    --Pierre

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    I can recommend the Arai GP-Jet as an open-faced helmet. It is more compact than most other manufacturers and very comfortable to wear. I think Arai helmets are overall very good, also the full-face versions.

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    pierre said:

    And... take it easy... but take it! Have fun!

    Greetings,
    --Pierre



    I will...I think! Thanks for the great advice, and to you tazmaniac.

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    I recommend full face. Safety is important. Also, start with cold tire pressures of 30-32 psi. Do not let your hot tire temps above 40 psi. Watch your brakes as if you drive hard, you may have trouble keeping them cool.

     
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