Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SCR Autocross #1

Saturday started way too early.   I woke up at 3:50 AM, a full ten minutes before my alarm was set to go off.   I was out the door and rolling along at about 4:10, bound for the North Charleston Coliseum, and event number one in the Folger Subaru South Carolina Autocross Championship.    After unloading and walking the course, I dashed back to the car to set air pressures, hook up the camera, and get the car to grid.   Pro ran in the first heat due to only running three groups instead of our usual four.  Don Moody and Jon Nwanagu took the early lead in pro in Don's Corvette on fresh Hoosiers.   I think at one point I was up to 4th, but I was struggling mightily to find grip.   I chose to bring our 90+ run tires instead of the fresh ones, and hoped that the afternoon sun would help get heat in the tires.   Running first group killed that plan, though, and I was driving too aggressively for the slippery surface conditions and tire temps.  I ended up with the 6th overall fastest time, a 32.801, and 6th in pro class.   John White took the pro class win in his Mazda 3.     I wish we had run a little later in the day, and been more careful on course, but I still had a great time.     I ended up getting home around 11:45pm, completely exhausted after a great day with friends.  I'm looking forward to the next event  -- April 16-17 at Michelin's 'Black Lake' proving grounds.  

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