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Twincharge rising

Thursday, 06 May 2010 02:07

Determined to make a good morning run at mid Ohio was not meant to be as we woke up late and were not able to set foot on the track prior to the timed session. It seems we have made things hard for ourselves once again. I was able to crack a 17th overall place and lead the econo class despite the lack of track knowledge. Looking at the results and talking to the competitors revealed that this track is familiar territory for many one lappers.
With continuous improvement our afternoon session rocked the field with another 7th place overall. It was an enormous 23s improvement over the mornings 3 lap cumulative time. In doing so I was able to catch and pass the 911 gt3 rs that was sent out on track nearly 10s before me. Preoccupied with the passing maneuver on the last turn of the final lap, I actually missed the checkered flag and flew into turn one of the cool down lap at full speed. Woops.
Well that just shows us how much a good track walk is worth in time and we won't be showing up late again!
While most of the overall order has remained the same the enmo civic has moved up one more place to land in 9th place in overall standings. Jon and I are beside ourselves with excitement because the last two tracks left on the calendar we have both driven before. We're going to make full use of this advantage. Our crosshairs are set on an Ultima GTR sitting in 8th place with 60 points on us.

 

Video from Hallett, Oklahoma

Wednesday, 05 May 2010 20:56

Here's the afternoon session of the One Lap time trial on Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.

There was some confusion with the Mazda 5 (gutted, and mazdaspeed 3 engine swap) about what you're supposed to do when a faster car catches you. He didn't make it easy to get by like you’re supposed to. I was quite angry in the moment because we could have wrote off both our cars in a couple locations when he closed the door on me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGUZ7qIAbkk

 

   

Mid Ohio

Wednesday, 05 May 2010 19:14

The unexpected surprises continue today. This morning Will's phone died, and after 2 nights with no sleep, we slept through my iphone alarm. When we did wake up at 9:30, we leaped out of bed and rushed to the track. Luckily, we didn't miss the AM session and was able to go out in a later run group. The weather is sunny and warm, and the track was fast. Will was able to post up a 17th overall time in the morning.

As we checked over the car, we found that blow by is pushing a lot of oil out of the valve cover and into our catch cans. We decided to redo our catch can setup, now the oil mixture vents to the windshield washer tank. When the car comes in after a session, we just run the pump to empty the tank back into the engine. This should reduce the amount of oil spray that is coming from the front left corner of the engine bay.

In other news, the latest mechanical failure on the car is the glovebox tabs. Now when the glovebox latch is open, the entire box comes off. I can't believe the trouble that we're having. Luckily we're more than half way done, only 3 more days left.

Right now we're waiting in the Whitey's Honda service department waiting room as we're having new fuel tank straps installed on the car. Its quite odd for us not to work on the car ourselves, but since losing our jack, it would have been quite difficult for us to perform the repair ourselves. To be honest, we are really enjoying this downtime, the event has really worn us down.

Shortly we'll be leaving for New Jersey motorsports park, where I'll get to drive the familiar lightning course. Here's hoping for a quick 425 miles tonight.

   

Back to civilization

Wednesday, 05 May 2010 04:08

We are on our way to mid Ohio tonight and just stopped for a decent sit down dinner. It's the first one of the trip and it's quite nicer than the take out we've been having from gas stations and truck stops. We should be at the hotel around 1am, so we'll get some sleep tonight.
We are halfway through the competition and now the push to the finish begins. The points leaders in the top 20 are close enough that everyone needs to finish well if they want to maintain their positions.

   

Econo car breaks into top 10

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 19:56

Gateway events complete. We're already on our way to mid Ohio. One of the benefits of being a front runner is to be gridded early, so we finish early as well. We're shooting for an arrival before midnight so we can have some much needed rest.
Speaking of grid order, we were in the 2nd group of 4 today. In my group was a 450hp BMW 325, a Porsche gt3 rs, and a Porsche turbo. The morning session was difficult for me, the track was slower than expected in the slow corners and faster in the fast corners. Luckily I didn't run out of gear on the front straight. I ended up placing 12th overall for the am session.
The afternoon looked better, I had an image in my mind of where to improve and was much more focused than in the morning when we arrived. Unfortunately while resetting the ecu in the morning, Will inadvertadly engaged the over-sensitive lean protection! When I launched off the line, the engine cut out and bogged hard. While I struggled to get off the line, precious seconds passed. I eyed air/fuel readout on the display and saw 18-20 when the engine was cutting, so I realized what was going on unfortunately I could do nothing about it Finally I got going, but still had some engine cut to deal with. I cleared my thoughts and focused on making back as much time as possible. I was able to toss the car through the esses and get some 4 wheel sliding going. I tried to go flat out through the 2 banked oval corners leading on to the front straight, but the began pushing at the apex and I had to reduce throttle to keep the car from sliding into the wall. It is quite the feeling to go so fast around a corner! Even with the engine cutting and the horrible launch, I managed an 8th place overall in the afternoon, edging out the Porsche gt3 rs and putting our econo car class civic into 10th place overall in the cumulative results! Hooray :)

   

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