Really fun first time out at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, MI. Located in a really beautiful area, this is probably one of the most open tracks I have experienced with lots of run off room – total opposite of Road America. Gingerman also feels unique in that there are a lot of long duration corners and consecutive corners. While other tracks may be more traditional go-brake-turn-go, Gingerman is technical in it’s layout, with various challenging corners.
I actually hated it at first – it didn’t really make “sense” to me. However, after learning more of the line and adding speed, there was definitely a fun flow to it. It is no doubt a very challenging track. The evo’s current setup is a little sensitive to fast hard weight transfers from side to side, and you really need to work on sensitivity of input here.
I initially registered in Intermediate as I expected to be quite slow, especially early on. Indeed, my first encounter with the decreasing radius in corner 6 on cold tires flung me right off the track. Once I started adding speed and getting the hang of things, the car felt pretty good and was able to set a respectable 1:42.22. Theoretical showed a 1:40.x, so I’ve got some analysis to do to see how to go faster. Car is holding up well, but the rotors will need to be replaced soon:
Set Up (Evo):
- Ohlins DFV (Custom valved); Shocks 2/6
- OEM FSB 4/5; WL 26mm RSB; Medium
- RE-ACD: Gravel; TRE-OSG Rear Diff
- Camber at -3.5, -1.9 rear, 0 toe all around
- Brakes F: Girodisc 2-pc & ST43s Brakes R: Girodisc 2-pc & ST43s
- CE28N 18×9.5; 255/35-18 Falken RT660 rear, RE71Rs front
- 2020 Evo: 6 autox runs, 20 track sessions (8 on Falkens)
2020 Event Count: 4 Autox, 6 Track Days