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« on: August 28, 2017, 10:33:57 AM »

Might as well start one.  

Kathy and I, along with race dog Stella, are headed out on Thursday the 31st.  Plan to drive 8 hours or so, and stay in small town Missouri, then finish teh trip Friday morning to get ready for the Pro Finale.  

Expectations are low this year as we've really not done very many events (6 for me, and 4 for Kathy), and results have not been impressive.  Still, we've continuted to tweak and learn the car, and while the Pro will essentially be practice, we should do OK at the Nats. The car is better this year than last, so we'll see.  

A quick scan of Motorsportreg shows the following OVR / central Ohio Drivers headed out:

Me and Kathy - B-Street Corvette
Jeff Robinson - B-Street Audi TT
Brian Priebe - D-Street Subaru BRZ
Todd Kunze - STS Civic Si
Kyle Herbst - STX Scion FRS
Devin Taylor - ESP Camaro Z28
Eric Campbell - DSP BMW 330
Craig Carr - DM Lotus Elan
Phil Alspach - AM Lola T204 / Mazda
Jackson Priebe - FJB Invader

If I missed somebody, let me know!


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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 04:40:47 PM »

B-Street: Jeff Robinson, running 1st heat Tuesday/Wednesday. Camping on the tarmac.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 08:41:27 AM »

^^^ Good luck to all on that list! I'll be listening in.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 09:16:51 AM »

B-Street: Jeff Robinson, running 1st heat Tuesday/Wednesday. Camping on the tarmac.

Fixed!  Sorry I missed you!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2017, 12:39:01 AM »

Good luck everyone!!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2017, 09:45:44 PM »

Good luck y'all
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2017, 11:50:02 PM »

Some quick updates after the Pro today.  All from (feeble) memory so bear with me.

Rolled into the site around 2p on Friday.  They had paddock spaces pre-assigned but it turns out it is a bit of a cluster because the map on the reservation site did not match how the site was actually marked.  We are paddocked up a few spots from Greg Mc"Ambuance" and some NWOR folks.

Pro courses are really fun and challenging.  Fun in that even when you blow a run, you say "Damm! That was a blast!"  Challenging in that you blow most of your runs.  Starts with a series of offsets, then a fast sweeper to a fast four cone slalom.  Whoa it down and get your car to rotate to (essentially) a decreasing radius turn.  Then, an offseet to a hard 90 degree turn through a simple 3 cone slalom (don't let up), then a 90 degree turn to the finish. Do it right and you don't have to think about the mild offsets.  Do it wrong, and, well...

Short story here is I had moments of brilliance coupled with episodes of ineptitude.  I am 10th / 14 - but trophies are realistic - and Kathy is 9th / 12. 



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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2017, 04:27:38 PM »

Today went...OK.  

Given the large number of entrants here, we started early this morning at 7:30a. Kathy ran first this morning in the first heat, starting on the right side.  She was all psyched up and ready, had a good launch, and promptly spun at the first turn.  A little greedy for cold tires!   Next run on the left was a little slower than her Saturday best, and then she had a great run on the right but just over drove the turn towards the finish, pushing deep, and losing time. Her final run on the left was a repeat of the first time-wise.  So, unfortunately she stayed the same in 9th.

I was up next at the beginning of Heat 2 (or "Shift B" as they call the heats in Pro Solo).  First run on the right was a tic slower than my best, but I hit a cone. Run on the left was again a tic off my previous best - I was not as aggressive as I could have been entering the slalom along the back, and pussy-footed through the turn towards the finish.  What was I thinking?  Next run on the right was my best there, a 40.800 but I gave up a lot not setting up right  for the right hander across the middle. Arrgh!  Still my best but I gave up a good .3 or .4.    

Last run on the left I really did well from the begining through the slalom, and was going so fast exiting the slalom I thought "I better brake sooner so I don't blow the turn!" But, I brok too soon, and damn near coasted through the turn. Realizing, I gave up much of what I gained, I pressed my luck at the left hand back across the middle. and pushed a little deep into it.  THe net of it all was a .1 off my best on that side.  A 40.4 or better was within distance but I just couldn't do it.

Here's the unedited video from my runs this morning:

https://youtu.be/1XAlozb_V8Y

The net of it all was I improved time over Saturday but dropped down in the standings from 10th to 13th (out of 14).  Still, reasonably OK with it as 1) the car is good, 2) There were sections I was really on it, and 3) Finished a second off the leaders each side, closest I've been at a Pro Finale in Lincoln.  Cautiously optimistic for the Solo Nats on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2017, 05:18:54 PM »

A few more notes. 

  • OVR member Jeff Robinson stopped by grid this morning.  He is running B Street in the Solo Nats in his Audi TT
  • OVR member Kyle Herbst had a solid Pro Finale in his STX Scion FRS.  I didn't get to watch any of his runs as I was working impound while he ran but he ended up on the podium in third, just .5 out of the lead.
  • Finally, OVR member Eric Campbell ran DSP finishing 3rd.  Unfortunately, his car broke and he didn't get his runs this morning.  Talking to Eric, his co-driver and former OVR member Alex Shipkov brought his BMW M2 as a backup plan, and so they might be driving with me and Jeff in B-Street!
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2017, 11:51:24 PM »

Quick updates.

Monday was a fairly casual day.  Worked the gate from 8a  - 12p, and got to see a lot of long time friends (I hesitate to say "old friends") come in.  Spent time walking the East Course which is a great design. Fast, fun, challenging.  Even when you screw up a sectiion and lose a half second, you have big fun on the next.  We hit the Welcome Party for dinner but did not stick around for the talent show.   Got to see Racer Phil - one of a handful of 100%'rs and numerous others.

East Course Map:

Got to the site around 8a on Tuesday for a 9a start.  I ran first heat, and turned out to be the 5th car out after the junior karts.  We have a relatively low number for sentimental reasons, but this was a bad strategy for a Day 1 Heat 1 Course.  My first run I could hardly keep the car in a straight line.  But, got a clean one in but it was slow-ish.  There were timing issues, and several folks got reruns but unfortunately not me!   OVR Member Jeff Robinson ran a few cars after me and had a similar experience.  Lots of cones among the 55 drivers.  

A big surprise was OVR Member Eric  Campbell in B Street.  Eric's car broke at the Pro and he used co-driver Alex Shipkov's BMW M2 to to run.  Eric and Alex were both quick from the start, ending up in 4th and 7th respectively at the end of the day.  Eric is only .5 out of the lead.   Jeff and I had our struggles - I am in 31st, 1.1 out of the trophies, and Jeff is behind me.  Racer Phil was quick to point out "You are in the same place as your car number.  You should run a lower car number."

Personally, I felt the green track and cold temps really hurt, and had I had a higher number I would have done better, but at the same time, this is the first time the car has been so good and I could drive it hard.  Had I got to this setup in, say, July, I would have had better reactions and results to show.  Oh well...

Kathy had a much better day.  She came out of the chutes strong, leading the first two runs.  However, competitor Tara Johns got it together on her third run, and moved in front by .7.  Kathy has her work cut out tomorrow.

Me?  I look forward to charging the course and seeing what happens!
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2017, 05:30:34 PM »

West Course Map:

It was pretty cool this morning - 48 degrees when we got to the site at 7a.   Got in a quick walk before Heat 1 started.   The course was great but turned out to be a bit tighter than it walked. Sections I thought we could charge through, we had to tiptoe through.  Good news were all my runs were clean, and my third run was decent.  But to be in the trophy hunt, I had to be down in the 62.0 range and the best I could muster was 63.0.   Still, reasonably happy with my driving today, making me wonder how I would have done had this setup been on the Corvette all along.  Moved up a whopping one position in the standings to finish 30th overall.

OTOH, our very own Eric Campbell did a fine job in Alex's BMW M2 to come in 5th and with a trophy!  Congrats to Eric on a car he's not driven in anger previous to this event!  Jeff Robinson had trouble keeping his car under him and  finished in 38th.

On the East Course today, Deven Taylor took the Team Dumpster Fire Z28 to a great third place finish and trophy in a tough class!  Congrats Deven!

As noted above, Kathy had her work cut out for her to overcome a .7 deficit against Tara Johns.   Run 1 was solid, giving Kathy an edge of .06 for the lead.  However, that was as good as it got as Kathy couldn't improve on her first run 64.8 and Tara turned a 63.5.   Still, a solid 2nd place trophy, and some contingency!

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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2017, 11:40:24 PM »

Found out before runs today I had run all West course runs with no rear sway bar...

Watts link and damper adjustment on the last run fixed all my complaints. Wish I had the car like that on day 1
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2017, 07:43:19 AM »

It should be noted that the winner in ESP was driving Mark Steven's developed 2015 Mustang!

I'm sure that Mark would have rather been driving than being noted as the ex-owner! Sad
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2017, 08:54:10 PM »

Kyle Herbst makes a big move today to go from 8th to finish 3rd on the podium!

Racer Phil fiinished 7th in AM.

Craig Carr was in DM in his Lotus Elan but didn't make his day 2 runs. Not sure what happened.


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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2017, 12:36:38 PM »

It should be noted that the winner in ESP was driving Mark Steven's developed 2015 Mustang!

I'm sure that Mark would have rather been driving than being noted as the ex-owner! Sad


Thanks for trying to make me feel better Larry....you're a heck of a nice guy..... but your good will was terribly unsuccessful!! Lol
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2017, 01:25:52 PM »

It should be noted that the winner in ESP was driving Mark Steven's developed 2015 Mustang!

I'm sure that Mark would have rather been driving than being noted as the ex-owner! Sad


Thanks for trying to make me feel better Larry....you're a heck of a nice guy..... but your good will was terribly unsuccessful!! Lol

Half the fun of autox is building the fastest car.  Mark wins!
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