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Your engine will probably be warm but you don't want it hot enough for the fan to be cutting in. Increase the tyre pressure on the rear and slightly lower it at the front, this will reduce rear resistance and increase traction at the front. Also if you get there early you can get a run when its a bit quieter and cooler, you will find your times will improve with practice :)
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has the timing belt been done recently?

are the brakes in top condition for end of run

you got a harness fitted incase of an accident

all hoses to turbo and intercooler tight

keep fuel level down to a minimm,less weight and less risk of fire

get a set of wide tyres with min tread if a dry day

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Oh and don't park near Podzilla - see car on left in that pic ;(

 

That's a mk5b on left of shot..

 

For an amatuer run you don't wanna go mental with the pre-race checks. Im sure you've driven the car to the redline on the road without checking your levels first...Dont buy harnesses,or wear a helmet, or worry about your brakes not being up to the job (how often do you leave a motorway sliproad and brake for the roundabout? You have that kind of distance to slow down so if you dont worry about slip roads then why worry about the drag strip?)

 

Just make sure your clutch isnt slipping before you go down,otherwise it may get undriveable after a hard launch or 5.

If you wanna get better numbers to brag about then remove your back seats before you go and ditch the spare wheel,and dont carry excess fuel.

 

I wouldnt bother with tyre pressures and warming the tyres (read burnouts,wearing them out) really on a low powered car, tame the small amount of wheelspin with good throttle control and you wont put a few months of wear on the tyres in 20 seconds

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It's probably a good idea to learn the rules and process of the drag strip you're going to. Eg how to get to the line, when to do a burnout, when to move forward, how to stage at the lights, what the xmas tree lights mean, when to brake at the end, where to turn off, where to get your results ticket from, etc.
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