Saturday, May 8, 2010

SCR/CCR AutoX @ Michelin Proving Grounds

This was a close one... with a good ending! But before I start, I have to say how well run this event was, South Carolina Region SCCA and Central Carolina Region SCCA joined up on this event after CCR lost the site for our third points race, so we decided to ask our neighbors to the south if we could join them at what is probably all of our favorite solo sites; Michelin Proving Grounds (The Black Lake), Laurens, SC. With two groups joining together and such a premium location expectations where high and all of them were met. Once we arrived at the track I realized that there was well over 200 cars at this event and in my solo class (FS) I was the only V6 surrounded by V8's that all overpowered me. There was four run groups and after watching the first it was time to race in the second group. I was about the 4th or 5th person in line to run in my class out of the dozen or so that was in it, which made it difficut to see where I was placed after each run. I went out on the first run and laid down a pretty strong first pull and came through the timing lights 1st in FS. But on the second run the V8 power took over and bumped me down to 3rd about 1.5 seconds back. This was the first time I had been trailing coming into the final run since clinching the 2009 Washington DC Region Points Championship last fall. Realizing I had a lot of time to make up and that this was a points event for both of the regions I race in, I went for broke and drove hard but stayed smooth and ended pulling through with the win by .025 seconds! This gave me 10 points in both regions, helping extend my lead in CCR and gets me in the running for SCR after only attending one race. Here is a video of run 2 and 4.

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