I am the one in the blue to the far right.
Several of my friends and I completed the 2 day Audi Experience at Infeneon March 17 & 18.
Day 1 was completed in the rain from start to finish, but that did not dampen our enthusiasm. After a short warmup in the parking lot pacticing apex turning and a slalom course it was out to the track. For those who are not familiar the 1 and 2 day courses they are all lead-follow when on the track with the instructor talking and pacing you around the track. With each session we got better and faster, all the time fighting the rain and spray from the lead car which at times caused significant anxiety. This was particularly true when all you could make out was break lights going into a tight 90 degree turn. By the end of day one we were hitting over 100mph on parts of the 2.5 mile 12 turn course all the time running a "wet line" around the track. I never knew there was that much traction in wet conditions.
Day 2 was dry and began with a track session. The improved conditions allowed us to begin to run a faster dry line around the track. We focused on getting in and out of the turns and where we needed to be entering the turns to hit the apex on the way out. Before we knew it lunch was served. Following lunch the staff set up an auto cross in the parking lot. After a couple of laps in the passenger seat of the instructors R8, we each got to do several three lap runs of our own. After the auto cross it was back on the track to "put down some fast laps", and that we did. The intensity really picked up with the instructors emphasizing how important it was at the speeds we were carrring to break hard when needed, hit the apex correctly, and not be late into the turns. The instructors were great, but at one point my instructor got on the wrong channel and I went 2 laps in radio silence. Wow, did I ever miss his guidence and reassurance. Lets just say I was really glad when he came back on the radio! As we went around the course, instructions such as "Now..Hard break to the floor", "get down to the apex", "Roll on, Roll on...Now, wide open..Go, Go, Go", "Good lap now lets go 3 mph faster". By the end we were hitting over 100 mph at several points on the track and topped out at around 113mph. For reference I was told NASCAR hits about 130 at the fastest point on the track.
It was a tremendous 2 days. Aside, the breakfast and lunches served were excellent.
Looking back, I am acutually glad we had one wet and one dry day as they gave you such different experiences. If you get the opprotunity and want to drive someone elses R8 like you stole it and at the same time get great instruction this is the ticket. I am now trying to find the time to get to the advanced course.