I've done quite a few track days over the past few years at Oulton Park, Mallory, Donington, Silverstone and Rockingham - at every single one it was mentioned in drivers briefing that absolutely no timing was allowed for insurance purposes.
So where do we stand on this? Does everybody abide by the rules or do some people capture timings?
If you have captured timings, what do you use to capture? There's a few mobile apps out there but the accuracy isn't the best I guess.
Whats the reason for no timing at track days? Always assumed it because people chase times and end up with incidents or an insurance perspective.
It invalidates the circuit's/trackday organiser's liability insurance for the whole day.
Once the underwriters consider there is a competitive element to the day (people chasing times) the whole mindset of the day has changed from 'social/pleasure' to 'competitive' so I imagine the risk levels raise considerably.
Having said that - App wise I use RaceChrono, I record them and I look at the data to see where I could improve, but I never set out with a target laptime in mind, nor do I say to myself, "right I want to knock XX seconds off my best time" as I think that's best left to proper motorsport events. I'm thinking about entering the final Time Attack round of the year at Rockingham in October to see if I like it.
Yeah the breifing guys always usually say its for insurance purposes etc etc.
I am the same as you Pat - I use racechrono on a purely inquisitive basis to see what I'm doing right in which places and what I'm doing wrong.
Interestingly I asked quite a few drivers in the paddock last time I went on a full track day and every single one was doing some form of timing for their own developement and vehicle tuning/setup on the day. Most of the guys I asked were actually part of a race series and just doing a test day setting their vehicles up for the next round so I guess that makes sense for them.
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its a dumb rule because most people have a go-pro or similar so in effect they're all capturing laptimes (+/- a second) that said, its for an insurance technicality so hardly surprising its a DUMB rule I use a racecapture pro mk2 which is a bit overkill for timing but gathers a lot of other data aswell - I don't have access to timing or any other info from it from within the car, however it is possible to drive an app on your phone which creates a realtime dashboard (including timing - current lap time, lap number, best time, delta vs. best time, etc.) which I imagine has the ability to bring down the mist if used incorrectly!