Today was the first autocross for the SASCA club autocross season. I called it the “FrozenCross“. It was the first after many years back at the Blossom Athletic Center. It was a good first event!
The day had a frigid start with setting up the course cones in the cold morning twilight. Before the drivers meeting the temperature got up to freezing (see marquee sign at top), & later it almost got to reach 50! Below is what can happen to a frozen cone very early during course setup – it shattered into pieces.
The newly sealed Blossom Athletic Center parking lot surface gave all competitors an equal challenge on a number of the different corners. Due to uneven surface issues, many of the turns were off chamber – multiple people’s car’s reacted as if they were drifting, not autocrossing. I lost control of Karlino in 2 different places on the first 2 runs, but steadily improved. Also nice was the fact that we each got 7 runs; 4 in the morning heat & 3 in the afternoon, with lunch in between.
Although the course was a challenge, most everyone was happy with the plotted layout. VP Jay did a great job! I hope I can do as well, as well. I will be the Eventmaster for the February SASCA autocross.
Also, to mark the beginning of a new autocross season, SASCA members whose cars passed inspection received their annual inspection sticker. This is a traffic cone symbol with the year “10” in it. I placed on Karlino‘s driver’s side window, next to last year’s “9”.
Racing Ready knows this will be a good autocross season… We had a great start!