2nd Event in the books. Cutting right to the chase, I lost to the Civic Si by 0.516s. I was chasing him most of the event, and at one point he figured something out and dropped ~0.7s and from there on out it was game over. I pushed as hard as I could, tried a few different things, but couldn’t drop the time I needed to drop. Seeing the video more clearly now, I see that my lines got worse and worse throughout the event as I pushed harder and harder. Compared to how I was driving at the end of last year, it looks like I carried a lot more speed last year, looked ahead further & had better lines. Just not “getting it” yet this year.
Looks like this is how things will go most of the year, but I’m thankful for the competition. I am being pushed harder than ever this year; last year was competing on old tires – this year is having legitimate class competition. I think I can do it, but I have to string together a pretty darn good run to win. Fastest time this event was 48.592, my last run.
Things to work on (Mini):
- Still need to look ahead further to improve the line
- Slaloms are weak
- Carry more speed – few spots of dead area where I should have kept accelerating/braking later
- 3/9ths tank
- Ran 38/40 – RE71Rs deal with lack of camber very well
- Distance from 10th – 0.676s
- Pax Points: 9,507; Pax Time Behind: 1.911
- 2016 Runs: 12
Hopped into the Evo after the heat in the Mini for some fun/seat time. Biggest change was the tires – went from bald Z1ss to RE71Rs. The car was very, very loose on the first run with cold tires, but improved greatly after that. I think the car is still a tad loose, which isn’t necessarily bad, but I think a FSB is in order to remove more roll and oversteer. If it becomes too understeery after the FSB, I’m still on the softest setting for the RSB and can make some adjustments going forward.
I had no idea what to expect with the new tires, but I ended up pretty close to what I had hoped for evo-mini differential – ~2.2s differential, with a fast time of 46.325 which was fairly repeatable. The car feels great on the new tires overall and I’m really, really happy with the setup. Would have indexed 26th had I run the Evo in STU, which is not bad at all. There’s still a lot of work to do driving the Evo, mainly in driving the line better. The brakes felt great, happy they held up after the brake bleed I did during the off season. Shocks were set to 10/10 at the start, moved to 10/9 after and was happy with that + the ACD on the middle setting. No real bad behavior from the Evo, which is great.
Things to work on (Evo):
- Similar driver errors as Mini –
- Slaloms are weak
- Focus on line and car placement, especially in transitions when I am moving ‘too fast’
- Turn in earlier
- 1/2 tank
- 36 psi all around works well
- Car was very loose on cold tires, felt decent after that
- Shocks – 10/9, ACD on middle setting
- Distance from 10th – 1.074s
- Pax Points: 9,418; Pax Time Behind: 2.280
- 2016 Runs: 6
2016 Run Count: 18 (+6 Mini, +6 Evo)