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01-07-2006 11:58 AM
FSP Focus ZX3 You guys should really try to make it to the Homestead Runs. The track layout really suits our cars.

It's smoother (No LSD? Well, this fact will help you a little then!), More full direction changes (Not unlike Bank Atlantic Center), and the grip level is much greater since cars and go karts run that parking lot all the time.

I know it may be a bit of a stretch but trust me it's worth it. Besides, driving there early in the morning is no big deal, NO TRAFFIC!. If you guys don't go, I guess I'll see you in April, first 3 events are scheduled for Homestead.
01-07-2006 05:17 AM
wesley Thanks. It's very different to what I thought it would be. I had never raced before in my life, and I had never even driven this car hard until that day. Even as I pulled in that morning, I was wondering what I was doing at a racing competition. Turned out to be a hell of a day. I'm definitely going back, but like you, I'm not running the Homestead events. So I think that leaves me (us) out of the next 3 or 4?

I notice the guys in 1st and 3rd place are the same ones who beat me. We might have a little bit of arch-rivalry going on, so that will be kind of cool. I'm always wondering how much faster I could have gotten on that day, and what other factors played into my placing. And now to add the same guys/ same cars to my class for the next times throws a little bit of flavour into the mix. The soup thickens!
01-06-2006 09:26 PM
DJsYellowZX3 hey wesley, welcome to sofla auto-x. if you check the results of the dec. 4th event, i placed 2nd in HStock. i dont run the homestead events, so if they run hialeah or bank atlantic center this season, we might run into one another.
good job
01-05-2006 05:53 PM
FSP Focus ZX3 You know what though, even a car that you would consider weak can still get away from you. Just look at some of the miatas and the stock S2000's. There are still plenty of people with control problems there.

On this event, I had to switch cars as I was staging for my runs, So I ran my best friends 97 M3 (Silver with 18in BBS Wheels). Man that was a challenge, rear drive, alot of torque, and a totally different clutch. My hands were shaking after the first run, I almost lost the car 3 or 4 times. By the 4th run though, I was really starting to get it. I got third in the class I was running (STU), I just didn't have enough seat time to squeeze past those 2 pesky evolutions. I really did think that the car was capable of matching their times, I just hadn't gotten completely used to the FR configuration and the throttle response. I have to say that I fell in love with that car on that day.

Hey, I didn't do that bad, got to take home a trophy, and beat plenty of regulars in a borrowed car. I could sleep at night with that.
01-05-2006 04:23 PM
Carrera26 ^^^It's one of those things that's a fun time on the weekend for some, and deadly competitive for others. I would have to put myself in the competitive camp by now...

You also succintly summed up my opinion about a lot of high-performance cars with
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It's almost sad to see all these people with high performance, fast as hell cars, and they can't control it enough to finish a 1 minute course.
I'd much rather have a car I can squeeze nearly all the performance out of than one that looks faster on the internet.
01-05-2006 02:36 PM
wesley My first run was the most impressive - I regained control from what could have been a total spin out. I still missed a cone though, so that run didn't count. But I could hear the screams of all my friends as I went through the finishing gate.

I improved each time in all of the other runs, but there weren't any incidents, and so they were boring to watch by comparison.

I did better than a few people, so for the first time it was pretty exciting. Point to note is that most of those people I beat simply didn't place: Corvette runs into bushes at first run, mangles his paint job (and I suppose his dignity). That M3 apparently didn't stay on course for a single run.....

This isn't even (supposed to be) a vigorously competitive tournament. You go out, you test your skills with your car, see what it can do, and how well you do it. It's almost sad to see all these people with high performance, fast as hell cars, and they can't control it enough to finish a 1 minute course. On the flip side, like just like FSP said, it's a real sight to behold when you see these professional drivers in a really nice car, just manhandling the course. Almost as fun to watch as spinning out like a noob.
01-05-2006 12:18 PM
Carrera26 Yeah, I know what you mean. What's the friggin point of coming out to a race and dogging it? It sure isn't going to impress anybody...
01-04-2006 09:43 PM
FSP Focus ZX3
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Originally posted by Carrera26
Gotta be fun to be within 1.5 seconds of a Skyline GTR in a Zetec sedan...

You guys have some NICE stuff out there racing. I think the combined value of your Super Stock and A Stock would buy every car in my region... twice.
You feel great when you just whip up on a Skyline GTR, Vette, Viper, Lotus Elise, and a few 911's. The problem is that alot of the guys that own those cars just aren't used to driving them aggressively. By nature, our Foci' have to be driven harder just to have a similar result in basically normal everyday driving. When you drive any of the cars listed above hard, your heart's in your throat until you let off. At least, that's been my experience.

The car's that impress me the most, besides those evil Miata's are the S2000s. When a guy is driving one of those just the right way, it's a beautiful thing.
01-04-2006 09:20 PM
FSP Focus ZX3 Hey man! I would have run my focus on that particular Auto-X but I found 4 bubbles in the inside of my rear tire. Good deal, I didn't know anyone else from that Auto-X (ER Racing) was in here.

Next time will exchange notes and figure out a good way to beat the crap out of everybody in our repsective classes.
12-21-2005 08:28 AM
MyBlackST they didn't make you have your class on your car? Nice pics though..
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