October 17, 2009

Renegade Miata Final Event!

Well, this is it everyone! The last Renegade Miata event for the season. A lot has happened this year, and I would have to say it's been a great roller coaster ride. I've learned a lot from my peers at Autocross, learned a lot from codriving with a few different people this year, and have definitely grown a lot with my car. It's too bad that it has to end, but with how cold it is getting in New England (was in low 30's this morning, highs of low 40's) there is just no way we could continue to race.
Today's course was unfortunately a crossover course due to the low amount of people registered. A crossover course is where you go up the runway, and turn around at the end and go backwards a bit, go up the other runway, turn around, and then cross the finish line. Very challenging to a variety of skilled drivers from new to old. If you remember from last year, my very first autocross was a crossover, so this brought back some bad memories for sure.
Big ups to Bob as I got to codrive with him today, and we got to use his 285 sized Hoosier A6 R compounds on my car, wrapped around some nice looking black Konigs (factory wheel spec as he is in B Stock). I was surprised how well it looked on my car with that offset and a black wheel, but I think I'll stick to my silver wheels for now! Today was really a bad luck day for me, both on and off the course! The car's power steering began to give out on me on my first run, but then came back for the rest of the day until the very end of the night when I was ready to leave. Ran out of oil (luckily I remembered my usual extra container of oil), ran out of gas near the end, lost a piece of the splash shield/oil cooler covering on the course and managed to run it over, and went off course almost every run. Not sure if I even managed to secure 2nd place due to all that, but hopefully I got something!

This race taught me a lot, and I already can't wait for next year to apply what I've learned. The settings I should be running, what to work on for driving, take some Autocross Evolution schools, and maybe even a 3rd club for more seat time. I'll be updating this post with results when they come out, for now enjoy the pictures and keep checking back as I'll be updating not as often, but probably getting back into media reviews and other neat things. I have some body work project planned around December while she sleeps, maybe another mod, so stay tuned!

UPDATE: Results are posted! Great job Bob for getting 1st for the year! Good job Kevin and Bill! Looks like I secured 4th, so maybe next year I'll be able to secure a higher position. (As I've said before, my wheels look great on anything, even Bob's truck!)
(Big ups to Bruce for letting me try out his car on fun runs! Car is just as fun as it looks! Rocked a 1'26 in it. Not bad I'd say!)
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