Friday night we were running the full track at calabogie. The car/tires were fantastic, except for a little bit of excessive low-speed understeer (not enough to be disappointed in, but enough to notice). Chris and I were running essentially identical times - around 2:19.
For saturday's race, I reconnected the rear swaybar (I had it disconnected from last year because the car was VERY tail happy), and increased my wing angle. My hopes were to maintain the high-speed stability I had using the aero, and to get a bit better low-speed rotation. It was perfect - the car was amazing during practice/qualifying, and I was able to qualify on pole with a 1:17.0. Super happy
That's a hard question to answer. Do I feel it? i think so... Does it make a difference? YES, absolutely.
Given that I haven't driven the car for about 6 months I can't really say whether it feels much different - but my lap times are much faster, and I know I'm carrying more speed through the corners. So yeah - it definitely makes a difference!
The biggest change is that it gives me the confidence to carry more speed in the corners, and to get on throttle sooner. Could I have done it without the aero? maybe - but I was too chicken. Now that it's there, and I know it's "supposed" to help, I push a bit more to see what happens... turns out, now I can push even harder
edit: the more I think about it - yeah it made a huge difference. When I get on the throttle mid corner to corner exit, the rear end just "sits" and grips and launches me out. The car is nuts - I love it
there was a hyundai accent and a ford crown vic out there this weekend at the AISA school. pretty sure your car will be fine
Got my video from saturday's race posted:
What an awesome battle! I got stuck in traffic at the beginning and could see Greg (buddy in the black corvette) building the gap! ugh! I need to be THERE. Once I got by that civic, I started slowly reeling him in until we caught traffic, then bam - on his bumper! There were a couple great open laps there of "ok shawn, don't make a mistake - just be consistent - you're closing in - focus, hit your markers..." So intense, and so awesome.
Get the point by, same thing "ok shawn - he's right there - don't screw up - focus, focus!"
He stayed right behind me the whole time. We kept getting stuck in traffic, but as soon as we found some open track, I gave him back the lead - he was still there after all! Man that vette pulls on the front straight! At one point I outbraked him going into "1", then heading up into 9 I track out a bit too much and drop 2 wheels on the outside. OMG. whoa. focus buddy, focus!
A bit later he gave it back, and then it was traffic again. At that point I just wanted some open track to really battle it out. Could I build a gap or would he stay there? Then, he was gone? wut? He was right there coming down 9 into 10... weird... figured something went wrong. To bad we couldn't do a photo-finish, but man was that intense!
After the race was hilarious - Greg pulls up, face full of dirt... "dude, I went off behind you in 10!!!"
haha awesome, glad you stayed safe buddy
Couple slow point by's but all in all a good race, and lots of fun Can't wait to do it again!!!