Thursday, May 17, 2012

NASA Southeast Round #3 at Roebling Road

NASA Southeast is our local region and run every where from Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC to Roebling Road in Savannah, GA. Round #3 of the 2012 season took place 5 hours south east of SOHO Motorsports in beautiful historic Savannah, GA on the small and flowing track with tons of history, Roebling Road. With only 3 weeks until the big race at Road Atlanta for Global Time Attack, this weekend at Roebling was essential to work out some of the final bugs on the car before going balls to the wall at Road Atlanta.
The weekend went absolutely great and with my first time at the track it was pretty easy to get the hang the racing line after a few sessions. With the hot Savannah sun beaming down on the track, the SOHO Motorsports G35's coolant was running cool as a cucumber, but under the engine it was a different story. The intense 18000 degree heat generated out of the turbo manifold and exhaust happened to run to close to the clutch line to the point where after a few laps into the later sessions the clutch began to go away slowly. I would go to shift into 5th on the straight away after 4 or 5 laps and the pedal would go soft and sink to the floor not allowing me to up shift or down shift, leaving me driving the course in 4th gear almost the entire weekend, as seen in the video above. The fix was an easy one and everything is fine now but other than that the car ran great and was 100% ready for Global Time Attack!

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