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2012 Winter Driving School #2 25 & 26 February 2012

February 25, 2012toFebruary 26, 2012
On the skid pad

Though the slalom
Slalom and braking

In the slalom
On the skid pad

If you’re reading this, you probably live someplace where it snows a good deal in the winter. You also probably drive an Audi, quite possibly with the fabled Quattro all-wheel-drive system. While you may drive one of the most snow- and ice-capable vehicles in the world, how would you like to really learn how to drive it in the snow?

Our past students are our best advertisers : “Prior to my first Winter Driving School in 2010 I was a mediocre winter driver. I had never been in any accidents, but that was because I was never forced to push myself, or the gas pedal, in slippery conditions.. I was dreading a weekend filled with more testosterone than anyone should have to handle. However, the minute I arrived I began to have the most fun I’ve ever had losing control of cars. The instructors were very knowledgeable… Aside from teaching me more in 2 days that I learned in 6 weeks of drivers-ed, they kept me on my toes & made me feel included.I enjoyed it so much that I insisted we return the next year and bring my mother! One year later (she loved it) and we’re all driving with a whole lot less anxiety during the winter.”    – Storey Duff

This year we will again be holding two Winter Driving Schools at Team O’Neil Rally School in Dalton, NH. It is a safe, low-speed event with expert instruction and a fun atmosphere. If you would like to learn to control your car in slippery conditions, to handle every type of skid including correcting understeer and oversteer, how to stop most quickly in icy conditions, then these schools are for you.

All vehicles are welcome.

Front and rear-wheel drive vehicles are required to have snow tires on the drive wheels as a bare minimum.
It is highly suggested to have snow tires on all wheels.

Again this year for our 25 &26th February 2012 WDS2,  we’ll be headquartered at the Spalding Inn (199 Mt View Rd. Whitefield, NH 03598 | (603) 837-9300) for our classroom instruction and Saturday evening Banquet. Our Lodging headquarters will be the Coos Motor Inn (209 Main St Lancaster NH 03584  |(603) 788-0379), which is about 15 minute drive north from the Spalding Inn.

The school will begin with a classroom session in which we will cover the basic principles of driving on snow and ice — proper tire pressure, types of skids and how to correct for them, winter car preparation (such as why snow tires are a good idea, even on a modern all-wheel-drive car), and so on. You will then drive your vehicle to the Rally School site, where we continue through a day and a half of exercises such as a slalom, a skid pad, and a road course (all under instructors’ expert tutelage) in which these principles are put into practice:

  • The skid pad teaches the difference between understeer and oversteer (and is a lot of fun!), while
  • the slalom teaches the importance of looking ahead, weight transfer, and the proper amount of steering input.
  • Combining the two into a challenging road course puts everything together and includes a variety of turns and a “lane toss” where a devious instructor directs the student to switch into one of two lanes and stop the car, all in distances that look difficult if not impossible (but believe us, with practice it is possible).

We will finish the two-day school with a fun ‘time trial’ that connects the skidpad and exercise areas where the goal is consistency through several runs.


Registration Spalding Inn Friday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Registration (continued) Spalding Inn Saturday 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Classroom Training Spalding Inn Saturday 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Track Time Team O’Neil Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Banquet Spalding Inn Saturday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Track Time Team O’Neil Sunday 9:00 AM – Noon
Time Trial (Optional) Team O’Neil Sunday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Student (Audi Club Member) $250
Student (non Audi Club Member) $265
Student (Under 21 sharing car with Registered Parent) $150

This event is very much at your own pace, and everyone from inexperienced to very experienced drivers will learn a great deal and have a blast. For drivers who have enjoyed our high performance driver education events on racetracks, the Winter Driving School is an excellent opportunity to hone car control skills that then apply to all sorts of driving, improving safety even on the track.

The clinic is open to drivers of all experience levels, and is especially instructive for inexperienced drivers.  Participants must present a valid driver’s license or learners Permit, and sign a liability waiver.  A parent must accompany drivers under 18, as well as sign the waiver on their behalf.

Please note that if you are sharing a car, you need to register each driver separately! Each driver needs to be registered with a unique email address. Please contact if you have any questions about how to register.

Hotel options in the area include:

Click this link to begin registration – WDS 2 – February 2012

Time Trial results

Time trial results are available here or in the following table:

Name Status Vehicle #1 Time With Penalty #1 Penalty #2 Time With Penalty #2 Penalty #3 Time #3 Penalty Best Clean run Time Delta between cars total Delta Time
Mike Collier Instructor Audi A4 02:14.48 1C 02:01.20 02:01.20
Buddy Gregory Instructor Audi A4 02:03.33 02:04.81 1C 02:02.99 02:02.99 00:01.79 00:01.79
Mike Kelly Instructor Audi A4 02:08.75 1C 02:06.64 1C 02:06.64 00:03.65 00:05.44
Mark Sibley Student Audi A4 02:26.42 4C 02:22.05 2C 02:10.01 02:10.01 00:03.37 00:08.81
Scott Hochgraf Instructor Audi A4 02:15.97 02:10.97 1C 02:10.97 00:00.96 00:09.77
Chris Miller Instructor Audi A4 02:15.37 02:13.19 2C 02:13.19 00:02.22 00:11.99
Gary Haslam Student Audi A4 02:32.77 02:15.56 02:15.20 1C 02:15.20 00:02.01 00:14.00
Spencer Sibley Student Audi A4 02:21.17 02:20.73 02:15.59 02:15.59 00:00.39 00:14.39
Michelle Gregory Instructor Audi A4 02:17.57 02:15.73 1C 02:16.83 02:16.83 00:01.24 00:15.63
Alex Kuklov Student Suburu 02:40.10 02:23.27 02:17.02 02:17.02 00:00.19 00:15.82
Natalia Kuklova Student BMW 328 Xi 02:27.60 02:29.67 2C 02:18.04 02:18.04 00:01.02 00:16.84
Paolo Volpati-Kedra Student Audi S5 Cab 02:27.29 1C 02:20.60 02:20.60 00:02.56 00:19.40
Mike Koppstein Student BMW 325Xi 02:20.75 1C 02:20.75 00:00.15 00:19.55
Justin Koppstein Student BMW 325Xi 02:26.10 02:18.59 3C 02:21.27 02:21.27 00:00.52 00:20.07
Andrew Chan Student Audi A5 02:21.77 02:21.77 00:00.50 00:20.57
Terrence Sturm Volunteer Audi A3 02:26.19 1C 02:22.19 1C 02:22.19 00:00.42 00:20.99
Peter Schulz Volunteer Audi 90 02:23.33 02:25.28 02:23.33 00:01.14 00:22.13
Eric Boudreau Student Suburu 02:41.03 2C 02:27.20 02:24.63 02:24.63 00:01.30 00:23.43
Alex Hammond Student Audi S5 02:24.69 02:24.69 00:00.06 00:23.49
Wolfgang Oeller Student Mini Cooper 02:26.06 02:26.62 00:01.93 00:25.42
Emily Oeller Student Mini Cooper 02:29.44 02:29.44 00:02.82 00:28.24
Wendy Haslam Student Audi A4 02:41.10 02:32.15 2C 02:32.15 00:02.71 00:30.95
Dean Turner Student Audi S4 02:33.17 02:33.30 2C 02:33.17 00:01.02 00:31.97
Mark Hammond Student Audi S5 02:37.06 4C OC 02:37.06 00:03.89
Chris Mack Student Mazda 3 02:37.67 02:37.67 00:00.61 00:36.47
Liz Baker Student Stable 02:38.34 02:38.34 00:00.67 00:37.14
Frank Chan Student Audi A5 02:50.58 1C 02:50.58 00:12.24 00:49.38
Tina Mack Student Mazda 3 02:51.20 02:51.20 00:00.62 00:50.00

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