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: My first time trial event (Texas Time Trials)



SWortham
07-30-2008, 02:37 PM
This time trial wasn't on a road course. Rather it was at the same location many autocross events are held in Mineral Wells. It's popular because there's a ton of space out there and it's a cheap site to rent.

The basic idea is this:
- Limit registration to just 15 people.
- Set up cones for a temporary medium/high speed course with some sweepers and S-turns.
- Allow just 1 driver on the course at a time.
- Allow the driver to make 3 consecutive laps.
- The fastest time counts.

That's how the organizer of the event had set it up and thus a new club was born: Texas Time Trials.

By the end of the day I had run 9 laps total and held 2nd place in my class. I was really close to getting first place though, just a hundredth of a second away. Yep, 0.01 seconds. And then my brother got the fastest time of the day in his Z06 on R-compounds. The top times went something like this:

350 hp+ class
57.63 - My brother in his Z06

250-350 hp class
58.01 - Another STI owner
58.02 - Me in my STI

It was an exciting day though. The surface was in horrible condition with gravel everywhere so it felt almost like a rallycross event. My car was sliding and oversteering like crazy so I had to learn where to be aggressive and where to let up. I had many moments where I almost spun, but managed to keep it together -- all of that Richard Burns Rally-ing is paying off I guess. :P


A couple pics...

http://gallery.imagingbyfrank.com/images/A_6/3/5/8/18536/IMG_1102_70dcc.JPG
(missing that apex by a mile as I start to slide towards the camera man)

http://gallery.imagingbyfrank.com/images/A_6/3/5/8/18536/IMG_1103_578ab.JPG
(at least I kept it together...)


A video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnptPCcCeQE

BobMs_wht2k2
07-30-2008, 03:00 PM
Looks awesome. I'd love to do something like this.

SWortham
07-30-2008, 03:40 PM
Yeah it was a pretty sweet setup. With so few people we got more run time than a typical autocross event. And it was a nice change of pace from the typical autocross-style course as well.

Sounds like we'll be doing another one in August. I'm not sure if the dude will use it or even take any elements from it, but I made a course design for next time. That'll be pretty cool to drive on my own course design even it may be an unfair advantage. ;)

SuperGLS
07-30-2008, 05:08 PM
Every time Steve posts these things I feel like I need a faster car. Why is that?

You're brother traded in the Mazda6 for a Corvette? Good stuff.



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Qyn
07-30-2008, 05:12 PM
Ya know, if your window was up.... you mighta had that extra 0.01!

SWortham
07-30-2008, 05:27 PM
Every time Steve posts these things I feel like I need a faster car. Why is that?

You're brother traded in the Mazda6 for a Corvette? Good stuff.
Yep, yep. His Z06 is his daily driver. It's a little impractical for a daily driver if you ask me. The lack of a good cup holder would really get to me. But he loves it. And it's fast, very fast.


Ya know, if your window was up.... you mighta had that extra 0.01!
True, but we were all required to roll the windows down. It's a safety thing. I think I could've also made up that 0.01 seconds if I had my new wing installed at the time (soon I'll have some pics of that). After all, I was fighting with oversteer the whole day.

Doohickie
07-30-2008, 10:04 PM
You need to let us know before you do this stuff. How do you expect to build your fan base if you don't do that?