November 26, 2006

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Last weekend I ran in the local autocross event. In hopes of getting some practice and more knowledge so maybe I can run the full season next year locally. It turned out to be a very nice day. It was sunny with the temperature in the mid 50’s. The supercharger loved it. Because of the low turn out, 48 cars, we were able to get 6 runs in.

The first 3 runs before lunch weren’t bad though I was getting quite a bit of understeer. After messing with the tire pressures I was convinced it was due to my recent mod. The M7 strut brace. The product is great and I plan to keep using it. The problem was that it put a little more understeer into the car which I had removed with the rear swaybar. So during lunch I removed it as it was easier to do than adjust the swaybar.

After lunch, the other 3 runs were held and I felt more comfortable with the cars handling. While under steer with the M7 strut brace feels great on the road. During autocross I like to have a little over steer so the car can be tossed around more freely. I dropped my times down around a second compared to before lunch to a best time of 64.617. Enough to finish 3rd in my class. Those Subaru’s are fast and the drivers more experienced that I. But it felt good to be running against them and they keep me pushing for more.

Here are links to the results. I’m STX #6. Final Pax Raw


Let’s try autocross this year….

November 15, 2006

A local club, Twickenham Auto Club, holds an autocross school once a year so I thought I would check it out. It was a two day event. The first being a full day of car contol and becoming familiar with different types a autocross sections. The second day was an actual, non championship, event to give us an idea of what autocross is like and to see if we learned anything from the previous day.

It was a blast. I arrived early to take a quite walk around the coures several times to familiarize myself with it. After two hours of working the course then lunch it was our groups turn to drive. We had three runs and of course my first time I dnf’d. I have to admit. It’s a lot different driving the course than it is walking. My times increased from there to a point where I placed 22nd out of 88car in the PAX results. Third in my STX class. Those Subarus combined with my first year trying is rough but I like it because it makes you try harder if you have competition or just someone that is a lot better driver than you. 🙂

Here are the PAX and Final results from the school.

I then ran another autocross event in July. This one being a points event. Though you can still run even if you aren’t there for points. I’m just trying to get some runs in this year to see if I want to do this full time next year. This was a totally different layout from the school event. It was a shorter course with sharp turns. Very little time for a novice to think. Except once when I missed a downshift and almost went on the outside of a cone. Knowing that would dnf me for that run, I turned the wheel and plowed over a cone to only get a 2 second penalty instead of a dnf. All in all it was a fun day with the Subarus making me push myself harder each time. The time with the cone, that was the last run of 4 and I figured I had nothing to loose as I was still not up to their times.

I ended up 18th out of 73 cars in PAX results. And, 3rd in my class. I messed up and lost a trophy on this one. I forgot to add myself as novice and they gave out a trophy to the quickest novice. Like I said. This year is a learning event. 🙂
Here are the PAX and Final results for this event.

I’m signed up for an event this weekend, 11-18-06, so I’ll post the results if I can make the event.