I use both Toyo RA1’s and the Dunlop Star Spec. I would say if you only have a few years driving experience and are still in the intermediate run group go with the Dunlop, you’ll get several years out of them. They will get how and lose some grip however once hot they stay consistent.
As for the RA1’s I love mine, however I hated them at first, I got a set unshaved and they were terrible. Once I wore off the tread and they became slick they are fantastic. My next set will be shaved. One recommendation is you go to a race tire, get 15” rims there are a few that will fit the svt, however you may need to grind down the caliper a little for them to clear. The 15” race tires have more choices available and tend to be a good bit cheaper. Remember once you go to a race tire you will have a hard time going back
My rides a 2002 SVT track car, & Boosted 2007 ST with the SAP.
The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it to you? - It protects my head.
Do you have any special rituals when the helmet is concerned like many have? - I wipe it so that I can see better.