We got 4 practice runs for the day which wasn’t a lot in this weather but with Andrew Larson helping with my setup and some minor line discussions between us we had figured out the best line for the day and ot 1 solid run down before the session was over.
First run was conservative, I didn’t get as high on the bank as I wanted to and the transition to the rear clip I missed 2nd gear and scrubbed a lot of speed. Second run was better but I got way too far down in the RPM coming out of the first corner and had to clutch kick a lot to get it back up and get the car to transition to the rear clip. Overall those runs netted me 9th spot.
My First run was going well until I straightened after the rear clip, the rest of the run was fairly clean and my opponent spun so I was fairly safe for the second run as long as I didn’t spin. I had some initiation issues into the bank for run number 2, once I got the car entered very late it was a fairly smooth run and netted me the win and onto the top 16!
Top 16 (gopro batteries ran out)
This round I was up against an S13 coupe that was in front of me all day, very consistant driver and was doing great so I knew I had to lay down a great run to keep going. Andrew came up before my run and told me to “RAGE” the run… so that’s what I did…. Full throttle into the bank with a nice high line hitting all my clips and got a nice clean solid run. Moved onto the Top 8!
I got paired up with Derek and his newly built corolla. Although it seemed he was having some issues with the bank his infield runs were great I knew I had to lay down a solid run if I wanted to advance. By this time of the day I knew my line and had it down so as long as I didn’t spin or straighten I could take it home… And I did! Onto the Top 4!
I was paired up against my team mate Marc-Andre Tatto so of course I knew this would be a struggle as he and I drive very similarly on very similar lines. After a 2 decent runs the decision went to Marc which left me to fight it out for 3rd.
My runs for that round… sucked. I ended up spinnig both runs due to silly mistakes which left me with 4th and just shy of the podium.
Overall it was a great day and I had fun! Looking forward to next round.