The 2013 SCCA Solo Championship Tour opened this past weekend in
. It also kicked off my season
of National SCCA competition. The forecast called for rain showers on Saturday
with the weather clearing up for Sunday’s action, but we ended up with a dry, windy
weekend and “cold-for-Texas” temperatures. We had 5 competitors in E Street
Prepared Class and ran in the last heat which gave us the best course
conditions, especially for r-comp tires, on both days. College Station,
As with last year, Vivek Goel designed a great course for the grippy but inconsistent Texas A&M Riverside Campus concrete. All of my events this year have been on the low grip, very coarse surface at the Mineral Wells Airpark so it was nice to race on a surface more representative of the Lincoln concrete. When we took to the track on Sunday, I coned my first run, then cleaned it up on my 2nd run trying to stay within reach of ESP pacesetter Mark Madarash. He finished with a 63.479s run, and I was able to improve by about 0.5s on my last run to trip the lights with a 63.880. This was certainly better than the College Station Tour last year where I put myself in a 2.7s hole after the first day, but was hoping to be a bit closer to the top. However, I was solidly in P2 and had nothing to lose on Day 2.
|Trying to find speed before Day 2|
The higher-grip concrete in
College Station changed the balance of my car
vs Mineral Wells, so I made an adjustment after Day 1 to free the car up. Sunday’s
runs were my best heat so far in the ESP Camaro. I drove well, the car felt
good (could be better though….), and I had a nice battle with Mark for the win.
My 61.933 2nd run gave me the fastest ESP run on Sunday by 0.3s and
put me 2nd in PAX overall for Sunday. I had a chance on my 3rd
and final run to take the ESP win by dropping my lap time a tenth, but was not
able to improve leaving me in P2 in class by 0.116s....so close! I finished 3rd
in the Overall PAX ranking for the weekend. My Dad and I will be racing again
on April 13th and 14th in the Mineral Wells ProSolo event.
Hopefully we can find some more speed in the meantime!
I am working on editing the onboard video and will have it uploaded soon. The class and PAX results are below:
|Final ESP Results|
|Day 2 PAX Ranking - P2!|
|Final Combined PAX - P3 Overall|