A little too fast into the stop box.

Getting into the swing of things now!

Who wanted the veggie burger again?

Who wanted the veggie burger again?

No surprises on this one. No missing the event cause the car is in the shop, no new tires, no new car test-drive, no TV-crew watching. Just straight PITL action. Woo!

Ryan decided to hop in the car for the first run. Those runs are always the slowest and most awkward. Especially when you have ‘The Great Gazoo’ in your passenger seat. (No, I don’t know why he has that nickname.)

Ryan loves sliding.

Ryan loves sliding.

A little too fast into the stop box.

A little too fast into the stop box.

I found it quite interesting to watch cars (and their drivers) try to deal with a single cone which we had to do one full 360 around near the end. Some cars suffered (most often the open differential cars) and some drivers remained puzzled through most of the day. It’s very rare to see people re-walking the course on a lunch break. But during this event, I saw more than a few people (myself included) studying the 360 and attempting to formulate a line.

The infamous 360 cone.

The infamous 360 cone.

Typically you want to apex late for important corners. But given the odd layout (how many 360 degree corners do YOU encounter?) and tight confines of the surrounding cone walls, it wasn’t immediately apparent what the best approach was. Talking it out with some fellow competitors helped me decide to hug the outside going in, stay wide, and tighten up about three quarters of the way through. When your eager to get out of the element, being patient and keeping the line tight is harder than you think. It was also difficult waiting much longer than usual to see your next gate. In the end I don’t think I went as wide as I could have allowing me to carry more speed longer, but I was happy with how tight the car was able to get just by moving some weight forward by lifting the throttle.

Good fast sweeper!

Good fast sweeper!

Good fun filled day. I even had some time to shoot some b-roll. Awesome.

Another top 10 finish! I think if I’m lucky, I’ll get a top 5 finish this year.


Link to video

To see all the runs I recorded that day, head over here.