SASCA 2011 Autocross #3 – By Eric

This is my Contributing Blogger Extraordinaire Eric’s well-documented submition of last Sunday’s SASCA autocross event.  Enjoy!

This past weekend, I participated in SASCA’s third autocross of 2011, and the club’s second at Retama Park after a many year break.  Every time we change venues, a good crowd always shows up, with 91 drivers taking to the course despite a chilly, think 30s, start.

SASCA 2011 AutoX #3 - Drivers Meeting

More than past events, this one drew a wide variety of cars, with everything from a Street Modified, pro-touring style Buick GS with a 455 to this extremely clean Porsche 914.  This time, might triumphed over light, as they ended up first and second in class, respectively.

SASCA 2011 AutoX #3 - Vintage Porsche 914

Kevin, SASCA’s novice coordinator, designed the course both for Sunday’s event and Saturday’s extremely successful novice school.  Both were similar, with the competition course using elements of the school course but run in reverse.  Per the luck of the draw, Super Stock ran in the last heat, which would provide the best grip, with rising temperatures and grids of other cars cleaning off the surface.  Though not surprisingly, Drew and Steve in the red D Prepared Miata on the left side of this picture would end up with the two fastest raw times of the day.

SASCA 2011 AutoX #3 - The busy autocross grid...

After a great lunch at Rudy’s, it was finally our turn to run.  Jay and me, co-driving my 2001 Z06, was one of only two double driver cars, and with fast times in the mid-30 second range, the pace was brutal.

SASCA 2011 AutoX #3 - Eric's Corvette, Sunshine!

The course was characterized by offset gates, a couple of tight sweepers and a slalom with a weird entry, and I never got my rhythm quite right, with my early times in the high-35 to low-36 second range.  In the meantime, Jay was in the low-35s, eventually clicking off the 35.1 seen below, good enough for first place in Super Stock.

At last, after riding with him a couple times and improving my timing, I managed a 35.4.  Unfortunately for me, this would be third (aka last place) in my class, with Peter in his father’s Lotus sneaking in with a 35.2.  Granted, .3 seconds covering a field isn’t a heck of a lot, and it was fun running against both of them.

SASCA 2011 AutoX #3 - 3 directional autocross cones

Special mention must be made of Federico, whose yellow Boxster is seen below, sporting a fresh AMSOIL Racing decal courtesy of Racing Ready Oil.  He ran in the Street Prepared class last year, but has started down the slippery slope to Super Street Modified-dom, stripping out the car and preparing a swap to a 3.6 liter motor.  He faces some stiff competition, including this week’s SSM winner Beth in her brutal 3-rotor RX7, and I can’t wait to see his car go once he’s done with it.

SASCA 2011 AutoX #3 - Federico's SSM Porsche Boxter - with AMSOIL Racing livery!

See everyone at the Tour in two weeks, when Jay and I will exchange the 60+ run Hoosiers for the fresh set of stickers in my garage.  And if Dan lets me, I’ll be blogging about it all right here.

Eric, of course I’ll be looking forward to a nicely descriptive blog series!  In addition, Eric has offered to carry the Racing Ready “colors” on the sides of his car.  The Racing Ready logo will  look great on Eric’s Sunshine.  It should also bring more of you readers here.

Till then,

Dan

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