VIR Report 14-15 Oct. 2017

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VIR Report 14-15 Oct. 2017

Post by fp55scca » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:44 am

--Participated in the 14th annual "Production Car Festival" at Virginia International Raceway 14-15 October, 2017. A double race weekend, and technically, the first races of the new 2018 season, as the National Championship Runoffs occur in September.

--A 40 car field, with a variety of entries: EP-7, FP-7, HP-6, GTL-1, SPU-4, STL-4, Legends-5, GTP (Pinto)-3

--Here's a clip from Saturday's race. I managed a second place finish in FP Saturday, despite two out of bounds excursions. The first place finisher in FP won the whole group Saturday! I beat my personal-best lap time by 3 seconds!! Finished 2nd on Sunday as well, and hope to have that video up soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4OWBRW ... ture=share

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Re: VIR Report 14-15 Oct. 2017

Post by chrisrupnik » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:19 am

Did that guy hit you at the 3 minute mark? Sure looks like it. No damage or anything i hope.

The orange bmw tries to force you off the track at 10 minute mark?

The track is lovely though, wide open grass areas with lots of runoff.

Congratulations on the best times - very satisfying to exceed it like that. Was the air quite cool? My personal bests were done on bright sunny days with cool (low 60s) air - i figured my jetting likes that best.

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Re: VIR Report 14-15 Oct. 2017

Post by engineerted » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:32 pm

Jim, congrats on your 2nd place finishes!!!! You really get that motor wound up. I had to laugh at at the "oh" that's where i left the water bottle and this looks like a good spot to chuck it. (Part 1 video) :lol: :lol: Plus the few extra donuts trying to get out of the infield on your second off road excursion. These cars were born for Rally and sometimes a little dirt and grass is needed to keep them happy.
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Re: VIR Report 14-15 Oct. 2017

Post by fp55scca » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:20 pm

chrisrupnik wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:19 am
Did that guy hit you at the 3 minute mark?
The orange bmw tries to force you off the track at 10 minute mark?
Was the air quite cool? My personal bests were done on bright sunny days with cool (low 60s) air - i figured my jetting likes that best.
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Chris,
--Yes, I did get clipped slightly by the VW Golf at turn 1 at the start of the race. No damage; we just traded a little paint. Then the BMW slid in there too, so I couldn't drop in behind the VW. I was OK with it because neither car was in my class, and I figured I could catch them later. This was also a first race on a new motor, so I was taking it a little easy at the beginning. I've often got to remind myself that you can't win a race in the first few laps!
--The BMW did squeeze me at the dog-leg, on the front-straight, at the 10 minute mark. He apologized afterwards....said he didn't see me making the pass. It is natural to drift to the right there due to the dog-leg, but it did get a little hairy due to the speed.
--Temps on Saturday morning were in the upper 70's.

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Norfolk, VA
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Re: VIR Report 14-15 Oct. 2017

Post by fp55scca » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:38 pm

engineerted wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:32 pm
.....I had to laugh at at the "oh" that's where i left the water bottle and this looks like a good spot to chuck it......Plus the few extra donuts trying to get out of the infield on your second off road excursion.
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--Yeah Ted, I had forgotten about the water bottle. (lol) Had it stuck in the door bars when I went to the grid, and forgot to pass it out. As you noticed, I "found it" under my clutch pedal on the first lap. Couldn't help but wonder what the corner workers were thinking, if they saw me chuck it?

--This particular weekend was the culmination of a lot of changes that we've discussed in the last few years: the tri-link rear suspension, LSD, engine rod and piston upgrades, and improved header, to name few. I was running this weekend with an OEM gearbox and a 3.9 diff.(just to break in new motor), and the gear combinations just did not work in a couple of corners. I believe there will be a couple more seconds there when I put the Colotti gearbox back in, which is geared to the 3.9.

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Re: VIR Report 14-15 Oct. 2017

Post by chrisrupnik » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:50 pm

Thanks for the report Jim, and great to see it run so strong with all the changes. Bravo!
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