Trey and I came up to race this weekend and also for me to finish up some house stuff. Here's the tale!
The Saturday report.
The POS-7 was prepped for Trey's qualifying session. We were using a new tire gauge so we took a few educated guesses from our previous notes on pressures. Trey jumped in and out he went. Our usual 5 lap stop showed some weird LF tire temps and the pressures were a little goofy too based on past history. Trey requested a big pressure change and I made it. The remainder of his session was uneventful and he managed to get "officially" faster than me with a 1:18:710 lap. FOR NOW!
During our debrief he asked if I reset the front shocks from our March race. DOH! Missed that item on the checklist. Bad crewchief! That explained Trey's description of "floating" and our goofy temps and pressures especially up front. I reset the shocks to our dry settings, checked pressures and off to qualifying I went. The fact that this little fart was now faster than me was more than I could stand! So what did I do.............well I ran an IDENTICAL time!!!!!!! 1:18:710!!!!!!!!!!! I felt good! I hate kids!
Trey's race went very well for him. He made his usual great start making up 3 positions by turn two. Now for the bad part. He ran a 1:18.4XX during the race!!!!!! Damn it! Faster than me again. FOR NOW! Steady behind the wheel and helped a bit by the really fast IT7 trashing a clutch, Trey picked up a class win and put a couple of those Miatas behind him too.
Darkening skies did not bode well for me. In run group 4 just before we went out the heavens opened up. On with the rain tires. Damn it again! The rain stopped! Decisions, decisions. We talked with a few other guys and the five of us all went out on wets. A few other of the Miatas went out on drys or intermediate drys. Green flag dropped and the madness ensued. It seemed this entire race there were spinning Miatas on every lap. Yep, those guys on drys and intermediates were the main culprits. In two corners after the green flag I realized the crew chief forgot to reset the shocks to the wet settings. Bad crewchief! After all this spinning and dodging Miatas I ended up 2nd in class and 5th overall. A good day for the POS-7. And Trey was "officially" faster than me. FOR NOW!
The Sunday report
Trey and I were both worried about the brakes and our suspicion was well founded during a routine inspection this morning. Not much front brake pad left. Our plan was to run our usual 5 lap session and call it a day for qualifying saving the brake pads as much as possible. Trey went out and could not get a flying lap due to traffic so he went back out for two more. Good call on his part! Lowered the lap time to 1:18:1XX. Still faster than me. FOR NOW!
I went out for my session and ran a 1:18:3XX so he was still faster than me. FOR NOW!
Trey's race went well again and he took another first in class and a respectable overall finish. The brakes seemed to have some life left in them too.
Race time for me. In spite of my best ever lap time I started DFL on the entire field. These national class racers are FAST! There were three of us in STU with Ralph Woodard's Bimmer leading the field and us other two guys a full five seconds off his pace. As Trey had been merciless in his critique of my starting technique I decided to do it his way. I hate kids! I managed to make few positions on the start putting a fellow class racer behind me and one of those pesky Miatas. The three of us were having a whale of a race swapping positions, drafting, and cutting each other off at each car's weak spot. LOTS OF FUN! Around lap 15 or so the lead pack of cars caught us. About a lap later I realized that Bimmer was nowhere to be seen. Holy Crap Batman! I'm in the class lead and in good position for a national win. I drove hard and smart using some traffic to put some distance in between my other competitor and me. It worked! I kept the lead all the way to the finish for my first national win! And the brakes...................................metal on metal at 6 and 7 of the last lap!!!! Used them puppies up!
Did I mention that I ran a 1:17:848 lap during the race? Take that you little fart!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I truly did not believe the POS-7 could ever get that fast on our budget plan! I think this will probably be our last race for the year. It looks like Memphis will not happen at the end of the month and the October STL SCCA race has been canceled. I have to finish moving and some new job responsibilites will take precedence anyway.
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