The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dealing With Brake Failure at Trackdays


I found this article from Road & Track a while back and I’ve been meaning to share it because I’ve had to deal with both things: brake failure and hitting the wall. The article has some pretty good tips that I won’t bother copying here, it’s a quick read so just head over to their site.

The time I hit the wall was not because of brake failure, I lost it on a wet track and was not able to regain control. In my case, I didn’t have the chance to control how I hit the wall, I just went in sideways at around 65 MPH. Having experienced that, I think the article offers some good information for such a situation.

As for brake failure, I’ve been dealing with it on the BRZ as I push the car to go faster. I’m using HAWK DTC-60 pads which work great but the rotors are getting too hot, so I’ve boiled the fluid about 4 times. The last time it happened was at Sebring, last session of the last day. It was the only session I had open track and I was determined to get the most out of it. I ended up going 2 off because the pedal kept getting longer and longer and I wasn’t able to slow down enough going into turn 16, I ended my session after that.

One of the last upgrades I did was installing brake cooling ducts. Haven’t had the chance to test them but I’ve been told they should allow enough flow to keep the temperatures under control.

This post originally appeared on Peaches Motorsports and has been republished with permission.