2009-08-20

2009-08-08: PCA Autocross at Santa Rosa

Alex Maier runs AS23 at PCA autocrossBetter late than never.

We had eight runs at this event, even though we lost one run in the afternoon due to an old Volvo puking its guts out all over the course in the third heat, so that the event was stopped for about 40 minutes to clean up the oil. No matter the number of runs, there's always that one last one you need to get the perfect run in. I was inching my way closer to 65 seconds, but never got past 67.338, and even that one, I coned away.

Good news, I am beginning to remember the site's topography fairly well, and all the uneven or slick spots don't surprise me anymore.

Got to appreciate taller gearing of the AP1 coming out of the small loop at the end of taxiway called the "jellybean" (5) and flooring it through the shallow S-curve to the go-kart section entry (7). The limiter would only cut in once before I had to lift.

Was pretty frustrated that I didn't get the turn into the go-kart section right a single time. Most times I braked too early and had to adjust steering and coast before finally turning in. Another time, I hit the large potholes in the surface under braking and that messed up the entry again. Half a second lost right there.

I am looking forward to the two-day shootout event next month, so I get to practice on this site again.

Results [MS Excel file].