2009-05-04

Little ways to go... but damn close

The results have been published this morning and I am still 38 raw and 37 PAX. Which is a bit unusual with an A-Stock car, because PAX would tend to favor folks in lower-classed cars, so higher-classed cars would drop a few positions in PAX. Oh well, I'll take what I can get :)

This placement did not get me in top 30 percent, but rather 42 and 41 percent respectively. I will have to work on the remaining 10-something percentage points over the rest of the season.

Anyway, here are the results.

Oh, and by the way, my readership, as you surely have noticed, both today's and yesterday's posts had pictures of TIR 32. That's Graham driving. Will post pics of my runs later if anybody caught them.

5 comments:

  1. Congrats Alex! As you are seeing, having a codriver, particularly one faster than you, is a great learning aid.

    You will be doing well indeed if you get into the top 30% on street tires. By next year you'll definitely be ready to take full advantage of stickies!

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  2. @Carl F: Indeed. Having someone good show you what your car can do is very valuable. I am so glad I got Graham to learn from!

    Also, I think I have finally broken through the hesitation of being afraid to lose control, and found that there are tons of traction left past the 100% grip, I just need to be in tune with the car and catch it if it starts breaking loose.

    With this new level of comfort, the S2K is so much more fun to drive, I can't wait till the next autocross to try and push it a bit farther.

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  3. Yes, exactly right- when the tire starts to slide you're still only at 95% (guessing) of the grip, depending on the tire of course.

    You've got to let street tires slide a bit to get the most out of them (not too much, though), but more importantly, you have to be *OK with going there*. As you're learning, it's not like a big cliff that if you go over the edge you're dead, and having confidence in a slide is crucial to letting yourself work in that part of the tire's grip curve.

    Found a good page with more on this here...

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  4. I had that series of racing physics articles bookmarked for a while, with the goal to read them some day, and as usual, never got to them! :)

    For myself, I found that knowing the physics in your brain is very different from trusting what you know in your gut and actually keeping right foot in when it gets scary :)

    I have also found that if I do trust the car and go beyond the comfort zone, not only do I have faster runs, I have much more fun out on the course. After my fastest run of the day, even though it was during fun runs, I could barely steady my arms and legs enough to work the steering wheel and the pedals on the way back to grid.

    I think I was not that excited after a run ever since my first ever autocross run at Sanford two years ago.

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  5. Haha- absolutely it's a very exciting thing to go from the "knowing" to the "doing". Going outside your comfort zone and making it back OK is a thrill, sort of like skydiving only milder. :)

    As you continue to improve you'll be more comfortable as you asymptotically approach the limit, but the good news is that perfection will always be outside your comfort zone (if you are mortal anyway) so you will always be able to get that shaky-hand thrill... :)

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