Second event for me, but the first with a car that didn't have a host of issues.
At my first event I found out that:
- What I thought were loud snow tires was really a bad left front bearing (that still got through tech)
- A bad motor mount will not give you any wheel hop on snow tires, but will give you a sh1tload on R-comps
Plus when changing tires after packing it in for the day, i found that my right axle had a bad inner boot.
Replaced the bearing, replaced the mount, replaced the axle (thank you very much Mazdaspeed Motorsports for getting the stuff to me fast)
What do you know? I feel like I have a brand new car.
So at Devens this past weekend I traded times with my new HS competitor who had moved on from his STX Mini to a 2013 Mini. I put down a time, he beat me, passed him, got passed.
Had Grant Reeve (who has gone from "Grant Who" to a threat in SS Nationally) sit in the car for my third run. He tells me that I am braking too early, not getting any trail braking in.
I listen and drop a second on my fourth run in the afternoon runs. Charlie tops it by .2. Fifth run - drip another half second. Charlie beats me again.
Or does he? Charlie tells the story best from here:
Up shot of it is I ended up 21st out of 137 in PAX. Just about top 15%. In our region, just getting to the top 20% is tough, with a lot of great talent.
Pax results here: http://www.ner.org/sites/ner.org/fil...nt%202_pax.htm
Class results here: http://www.ner.org/sites/ner.org/fil...nt%202_fin.htm