What a difference after-market makes!
I swapped out still usable factory pads for EBC Red Stuff Brake Pads when I was headed for my second HPDE track weekend at Sebring International Raceway. Wow! I did get to drive my MINI Countryman S a few hundred miles on roads and highways before my track days and proper break in was followed. I knew these were better brake pads but they really shined with the hard use on the track. Not too expensive (at least here they aren't) I will use them again even if there aren't track days in the plans
DTC- 60 on 05 Mini Cooper S
Good torque and release. Probably more than what the car needs. Upgraded front calipers to R56 calipers, Bendix Premium blanks and cooling ducts installed. Limiting factor now are the tires. Confidence inspiring. Bedding them in was a lot of fun. Expect a sparkler show. Yes, it is normal.