Race Date: 10/23/2016
Class: Rookie – A Street Prepared
– Class: 6th/8
– Overall: 109/167
– My FTD: 75.432 (PAX:65.248)
– Class FTD: 71.734 (PAX: 59.969) 2015 Scion FRS
– Class Win: 73.624 (PAX: 58.751) 2015 Ford Fiesta ST
– The FTD: 64.410 – 2004 Mazda RX-8
Fall finally arrived! The morning started cool, breezy and slightly overcast at zMax Dragway, and I was loving the change of climate. Today’s mission was two-pronged: try the Cantrell Motorsports lap timer app and make clean, fast runs. CCR put together another fun, fast, and challenging course and over 160 entrants registered for the event. I didn’t make any changes to the WRX for this round, because I have exceeded my season budget and am in the midst of reconnaissance for the best way to tackle the off-season. With this and the next autocross I am hoping to continue to refine my driving skills and determine the most cost effective way to tackle the ASP rule set.
Once again the rookie class ran with the fourth group, so I waited till mid afternoon to take my turn. By 2pm the clouds had opened and the sun began warming the track. My first run was a solid start at 76.480 seconds. The car felt solid through the sweepers and I was able to navigate the tight turns by inducing drop-throttle-oversteer. I swore I hit a cone with my right rear halfway through the lap, but the live timing showed no +1. The remaining runs were very similar, albeit slightly faster each time, including the cone feeling at the same spot on the track. No cone penalties showed up till the final lap; I was given a +1. Although I peeled almost 0.300s off my 3rd run, it wouldn’t have helped as I was almost 1.5 seconds away from 5th after the PAX weighting.
Otherwise, I was very satisfied with my driving. The car felt fairly neutral and nothing broke. I improved every lap minus the cone penalty on run 4. Another 6th place finish in class is disappointing, but with the PAX burden induced by my ASP classing I’ve come to terms with consequential lack of competitiveness. Right now I’m enjoying driving, challenging myself, and racing with over 160 fellow gearheads. The next and final CCR event of 2016 will be on Nov. 5, then it’s time to build up for next year.