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Old 08-21-2006, 01:19 PM   #11
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Talking Here's the vids.

(Please “save as” versus directly opening the files. They’re between 12-15Mb.)

Day 1:
Event 9-10_Helena-Top Gun_Day1-Run2:
This run was my fastest adjusted time of the day at 2:28.633.
My raw time was a 2:26.633 plus (1) 2 second cone penalty.

Event 9-10_Helena-Top Gun_Day1-Run3:
Here’s a good one.
Zan (runs an Audi TT) was along for the ride on this one.
This was (believe it or not) my fastest raw time of the day…even with that little “off”.
Adjusted time of 2:31.238.
Raw time of 2:25.238 plus (3) X 2 second cone penalty.

Where I went off, I thought I had been braking too early.
You can clearly see, I thought….wrong.

And, yes. That’s 5…count em…5 – 90° boxes in the infield portion.
^^^ My idea.

Day 2:
Event 9-10_Helena-Top Gun_Day2-Run1:
That’s focusedaddiction riding in the co-pilot seat on this one.
Me; “That start sucks”. Yep…damnable TC.
focusedaddiction; "Wo, that was close". as we came into the 1st slalom.

Note the shorter infield, and the “figure 8” was reversed.
And, check the speed comin’ out of the figure 8 and into the only remaining 90° box in the infield.
Holy Cripes!
I hadn’t quite got my braking point set yet, as it was the 1st run. Woops.
Check out the unedited conversation after the finish.
Ya think we got some adrenalin flowing at the moment? LOL!

Oh…I ran a 1:59.555 with 2 cones, for a raw time of 1:54.555.

Event 9-10_Helena-Top Gun_Day2-Run3:
All right! I finally got in a clean run!
After the 2nd run of the day, and mashing 3 cones on that one, I sat down and had a talk with the car, and the track, and my head.
I’ve never/ever run 5 runs in a row with cones. So, we all came to the same conclusion.
I took things a bit wider (I was hitting a LOT of apex cones, a few slalom cones, and the last cone on the 90° boxes).
I think the car was the one that suggested I step down my aggressive button by a notch or two as well.
It worked. I Finished up this one at a 1:58.303 raw time with NO penalties.
But…check at about 11 seconds into the run.
I reach over with my left hand to roll up the passenger window, then the right hand starts to go up to check the moonroof.
Forgot to do that at the line, as the microphone on my camera picks up way to much wind noise.
I’m thinkin’ I’m going to tape a “pre-run check list” on the dash somewhere, so I’m not screwing with things when I’m on the track.

Epilogue
I don’t care how long you’ve done this, “rookie” mistakes get made all the time,
and I made more than my share this weekend.
I’m going to concentrate on getting back my nickname of “Mr Consistent”.
I’ve been all over the place lately.
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Old 08-21-2006, 01:28 PM   #12
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Wow... Looks like a fun time was had by all!
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:06 PM   #13
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Good Lawd man... That's a heck of a course! Felt like I was watching "Targa Montana".
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thanks to WD40 i dropped a bunch of sec.s wow!
Ah man, I'm most humbled. It was my pleasure.
Amazing how much time you can pick up with just a couple "tweaks" in your technique isn't it?
Like...almost 10 seconds was it??
sometimes a fresh point of view on the correct line through the course can make all the differance. I should have done it sooner! always more to learn!
my very next run picked up a hair under 14 sec.s, unreal!

I can't emphasize enough on how important seat time is, there is always more to learn just in technique alone & finding the fastest line around the coarse!

so get out there and start REALLY DRIVINGyour car like it was ment to be driven!! best time you can have with your clothes still on!
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I want to autox. :(

Do people ever get lost because they missed the pointer cone?
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I want one of these...
looks like a plastic go kart!, but...OH SO SEXY!!MMMMMM * drooling*
this thing moves man!! & sounds great!
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I want to autox. :(

Do people ever get lost because they missed the pointer cone?
Well, we did have to give out a "wrong way" award this year.
But, don't fret, part of the design of an AutoCross course is to make it easy to follow...
^^^Provided, you look ahead...
Which was something the aforementioned award winner neglected to pay enough attention to. LOL!!!

See Carrera26's sig...pretty much explains my sentiments to a tee.
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I want one of these...
looks like a plastic go kart!, but...OH SO SEXY!!MMMMMM * drooling*
this thing moves man!! & sounds great!
<<<<<<<<<<dont we all
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all you need to do is talk about how bad american cars are at the end of your run while youre filming and itd be like i was watching TopGear hah
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^^^ That's a good idea. I need some more commentary!

And, it's about time...
Compiled (2 day) results are finally posted:
http://www.mtscca.com/index_files/Page442.html

WD40 - 1st out of 5 in STS
focusedaddiction - 5th out of 6 in SM
Magic, the "rogue" SVT (not a forum member) - 4th in STS.

But...here's the results I like to pay attention to.
Special thanks to the SouthWest Montana Region 52 for putting the PAX results together:
http://www.rockinmicro.com/racing/eventresultstgpax.htm
Out of 84 drivers that ran both days:
(100 drivers total, but the one day only cars didn't show up in the PAX results)
WD40 - 16th
focusedaddiction - 68

I just wish I had put together more than just 1 clean run, but then again, it taught me a few things.....
Cause....wait till you see where I finished in PAX this last weekend (09-17).
Thread to follow when I get some time...
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