|"Pumpkins and Pylons" featured some scary cones!|
Late in October I headed out to Tobay Beach once again for the penultimate autocross of the 2022 season, and enjoyed another fun filled day of being outside, a little bit of driving, and a whole lot of what you might call "goofing off with other car people." The weather person had a different idea, but we didn't let that stop us. With the field of 30 drivers split in half, we managed to get everyone out for 3 runs in the dry during the morning, and then when it got wet enough to slow things down, everyone drove 4 more runs. Here's how I did:
In the gigantic class of 2 drivers in S02, I managed to take 1st place. Out of the Porsche car drivers, my RAW time saw me finish 4th fastest out of 11. On the modified PAX time, same result, 4th out of 11 Porsches. Then, with all drivers of all brands of cars, my RAW time was 12th fastest out of 29, so a little better than right in the middle! On PAX time of all drivers, I ended in 7th of 29, so at least this all keeps me in the top 10 Porsche drivers for 2022, with only one more event to go for this year.
My three runs in the dry-ish morning went like this. My app times in the car do not always add up to the official run times from the club timing system, but I wanted to take a look at each of my runs and see how it went. I broke the course down into 3 sectors, the first and third are pretty straight-ahead autocross stuff with some slaloms, while sector 2 is shorter and is just a big sweeper turn at the halfway point.
Run 1: I was driving the course, when I noticed a few cones that were knocked over and out of place, so I came to a stop. This let the course workers see that there were cones that needed fixing, and that this run didn't count, and I got a freebie re-run, or "do-over!" more practice is always a good idea!
sector 1: 20.454
sector 2: 7.704
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The Real Run 1: 46.106 OK, on the board, rain not so bad, and with no cones, all I had to do now was drive faster on the next two attempts. Top speed was 60.7mph.
sector 1: 19.132 (faster than the 1st run that didn't count)
sector 2: 7.305 (also faster than the 1st run)
sector 3: 18.726
|Beautiful and sunny Tobay Beach!|
|Not so sunny today!|
Run 2: 46.242, a whopping one tenth of a second slower, so while that might be great in the Consistency category, it was not so good in the "why aren't I getting faster" category. One more fun to go. I have a video of this run, but my camera auto focused on either the rain drops on the windshield, or the windshield wipers, so it's just a video of a blurry parking lot! From the data I saw a top speed of 56mph.
sector 1: 19.293 (a tenth slower than previous)
sector 2: 7.278 (about a tenth faster than the previous run)
sector 3: 19.215 (oops, slower than the previous run!)
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Run 3: 44.544 OK, this drive felt a bit better, and dropped just over 1.5 seconds of time in one run. A few more attempts in the dry would have been fun, but the rain just kept coming on down! Top speed of 58.9mph.
sector 1: 18.193 (about a second faster than the other runs!)
sector 2: 7.205 (and the fastest 2nd sector too!)
sector 3: 18.083 (and faster again)
Here's the video of that run: My fastest run of the day, before the rain!
Maybe not a lot to learn from the sector times, but it's fun to try and figure out how to drive faster! My afternoon times were all slower in the wet, although the top speed of one run hit 58.0 with a middle sector of 7.390, so that was pretty close to the best dry time in the morning. Now all I need is a few more decades of practice, special rain tires, a better car, and what scientists called "driving skill!"