Re: First Autocross
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Anyways, I've been checking for the results to be posted, but how were your times? The course was really good, although a lot of the first drivers got confused and went the wrong way. My first run was actually a DNF since I went around for three laps instead of two lol.
Haha, you weren't the only one who went around three times...don't feel bad about that happens all the time. I went "slow" the first run to get a visual of the course before pushing it...a ton of cones out there. The second run was really bad, ABS kicked on twice and I hit 2 cones. The third lap was okay but I still hit a cone...45.1 +1. The last run I had to do clean, and I did with a good run...44.5. Could have gotten a better start and clipped some cones closer, but it was a 95% run. I think I finished 2nd behind the prepped "buzz can" focus.
As far as understeer, I have almost none...once the weight transfers on my stock springs/shocks...ofcourse unless I am going entirely too fast. I actually have less understeer in my 3(with my current mods) than I had in my stock AP2 S2000. I can easily dial in the under/oversteer with tire pressure adjustments too. But like OTS said, it is more likely due to technique than set up...speed control, steering input, racing line, weight transfer, pedal inputs, etc. It takes head knowledge, butt in the seat knowledge, and lots of practice.
Congrats man I saw that you won your class! I think I entered most of the corners way too fast, which is what led to all of the understeer. I think that I also need more air in my tires, or maybe just more in the front. I had 40 psi all around.
Thanks all for the responses and advice. I'm not sure how the rear sway affects my class in the CSCC events, but I'm still running in the novice class so I can worry about that later. I think that I still might get a small RWD car (although I will probably have to give up my motorcycle), but I would autox my 3 as well in order to have experience with front and rear drive.
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