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Old 10-15-2020, 02:35 PM   #141
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This concludes my bucket list and I fulfilled a commitment to my father in the process. It was a 2 year plan that culminated in the achieved target - a Top 10 in a national event.

The car was flawless BTW. Never had the engine/trans/diff out, never skipped a beat, brakes work great, maintenance is low and car is crazy fun to drive. I really thing the 86 is one of the best platforms and T4 really is the ideal class to play with it in.

Totemo and I did "budget builds" with his being more budget oriented than mine, yet finishing better at the Runoffs and consistently having faster lap times. The fact of the matter is that we just raced against people who bring what seems like a F1 budgets to club racing. I'd like to think that we aren't that far off the pace. On the Monday test day the best I could do is 2:50 then Q1: 2:46, Q2: 2:44, Q3: 2:42.0 then during the race a 2:41.0 and I was clearly leaving time on the table.

I'm confident that we if had a bit more time and experience at RA we would have found a way to be comfortably in the 39's. My Lap timer showed low 2:40's several times on the predictive only to have it interrupted by passing, defending or mistakes later in the lap. I'm still 5-7 MPH too slow on T1 entry, 3mph too slow around the carousel and I'm not doing 7 and 13 completely flat and I absolutely should be. Carrying speed really pays dividends at RA.

Finally - we have improved as drivers as a result of this experience that will make us faster at our local tracks. RA really showed me where the gaps in my driving exist, along with my data analysis and the comparisons we did with Nick Leverone.

I'm more excited than ever to start next season. Y'all should get started on your T4 builds!
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I'm more excited than ever to start next season. Y'all should get started on your T4 builds!
Contemplating it!!
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Great job to both of you, and an awesome tribute to your dad! You both looked great out there IMO, and the announcer(s) definitely noticed your comeback @rice_classic (albeit a little late). I was very surprised to see you in p8, good racing.


Any future plans? Are you still planning on running in T4, or will you be moving onto something else?
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Contemplating it!!
You're in a special place in the PacNW because you can race with both SCCA and ICSCC in competitive and populated grids. We have a friend who is looking for cheap FRS's to possibly start his T4 build this winter for the Runoffs next year. If there were 4 of us locally - it would be a damn good time and you'd always have someone at the track with spares and help if something goes sideways!

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I'm quite happy with T4. It's sort of my ideal set of rules and I can run it with the local conference (ICSCC) in CT4 which has very good sized grids. I expect to be running T4 as long as I have the car to do so. What I may do is run it in other events in a trim as close to T4 as possible - like with the LuckyDog series (when it's eligible in 3 years) or in E3 at the 25 hours of Thunderhill.
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This concludes my bucket list and I fulfilled a commitment to my father in the process. It was a 2 year plan that culminated in the achieved target - a Top 10 in a national event.

The car was flawless BTW. Never had the engine/trans/diff out, never skipped a beat, brakes work great, maintenance is low and car is crazy fun to drive. I really thing the 86 is one of the best platforms and T4 really is the ideal class to play with it in.

Totemo and I did "budget builds" with his being more budget oriented than mine, yet finishing better at the Runoffs and consistently having faster lap times. The fact of the matter is that we just raced against people who bring what seems like a F1 budgets to club racing. I'd like to think that we aren't that far off the pace. On the Monday test day the best I could do is 2:50 then Q1: 2:46, Q2: 2:44, Q3: 2:42.0 then during the race a 2:41.0 and I was clearly leaving time on the table.

I'm confident that we if had a bit more time and experience at RA we would have found a way to be comfortably in the 39's. My Lap timer showed low 2:40's several times on the predictive only to have it interrupted by passing, defending or mistakes later in the lap. I'm still 5-7 MPH too slow on T1 entry, 3mph too slow around the carousel and I'm not doing 7 and 13 completely flat and I absolutely should be. Carrying speed really pays dividends at RA.

Finally - we have improved as drivers as a result of this experience that will make us faster at our local tracks. RA really showed me where the gaps in my driving exist, along with my data analysis and the comparisons we did with Nick Leverone.

I'm more excited than ever to start next season. Y'all should get started on your T4 builds!
Awesome effort man!
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