Great start to 2011. I’m continuing the co-driving w/ Don in the ’66 Austin Healey Sprite for the foreseeable future (i.e. as long as some money continues to come in). Budget is very low for anything racing for this past year or so since I’m now a full-time student again, but that is another story.
We ended 2010 kind of poopy – car still wasn’t running right, crazy snap oversteer, etc. Don fixed all the little issues like oil/tranny leaks (the big ones anyway), adding an MSD ignition so we can start easier in cold weather, upgraded to rear disc brakes for better bias, and most importantly removed the rear sway bar.
O M G, what a world of difference. However, it was only slightly different in the morning, still very drift happy. Once we found out we actually had the suspension set to full hard, instead of full soft, we lowered it to half way, and put the stickier newer Hoosiers on. Afternoon practice runs were a blast. I got down to a 48.0xx with still SO MUCH left in the car. I just need a lot more seat time now. The ST civics were in the high 46′s & low 47′s. We haven’t been this close to them since very early last year.
Sunday went even better. Didn’t make many changes other than putting smaller spacers in the front to fix the rubbing issues we were having Saturday afternoon. I managed to pull off a 55.4, which was barely enough to get 1st in CPM (Combined Prep Mod) w/ our GP indexing vs the other cars. It goes w/o saying, but I was a very happy camper. Again, still much more left in the car. Super predictable. Hopefully it will be even better w/ some minor mods like a rear spoiler & putting the front lip back on. Rear spoilers for similar cars have been helping w/ the rear inside tire wheel spin we have been dealing with when coming out of corners too hot.
One of Saturday’s Afternoon Runs:
Sunday’s Fastest Run: