A few comments for your first time out;
Tyre pressures - Suggest a few pounds higher, you are likely to be cornering much harder than on the road, and the tyres will need a few extra pounds. I used to run 37PSI front & 35 PSI rear in my Alfa 33 when running it as a standard car in races on 185/60 x 14 tyres. (Dunlop FM901) You will probably need to adjust them as you see fit when you get used to the track environment.
Brakes - Inboard brakes do get hot, very hot, and are pad hungry. Standard road pads are likely to get overheated and may start to fade after anywhere from 2-4 laps, depending on the circuit layout and your driving style/aggression. I'd suggest getting the best/hardest you can and be aware that there might be degradation with heat after a few laps.
Make sure you have good brake fluid in the car. Brake fluid absorbs water and under extreme heat that water can vaporise giving sudden brake failure. A brake bleed is a good idea - use best available high boiling point fluid.
Going a plug range cooler probably wouldn't hurt. Use manufacturers suggested gap settings.
If its tuned right and running well, I'd leave the jets etc alone unless you really know what you are doing.
Some don't forget things
- Tyre pump
- Good accurate tyre gauge
- Plenty of water for a hot sweaty driver to replace fluids during the day.
- Wear cotton or other natural fibres. NO SYNTHETICS If there's ever a fire, you don't want your clothing (or underclothing etc) melting .......
We put a Getting started guide together for new competitors here in New Zealand. Have a look at
There will be differences to the Aussie way of doing things, but there should be a few things in there that are helpful.
As for your helmet, I'd ask another competitor or a club scrutineer what standards are permitted to be used in the event you are going into. There are very clear requirements for helmets to comply with in NZ, and I'm sure it's the same in Aussie.
And as for the stuck up ignoramus that reckons that Alfasuds don't have a racing history, he merely displays his ignorance !! They are a wonderful little car, and punch well above their weight in competition.
When you get out on the track, don't over-drive and try to break the lap record on your second lap. Ask questions of the knowledgeable, learn the circuit, and concentrate on smooth clean driving.
Enjoy the weekend !!