This weekend was a blast and the most fun I've ever had in TT!! Running some close times and doing some really fun sessions with other TTE/D guys. The urge for w2w is strong, but the low PTE turn-out in the SE keeps me away from it(and the entry fees/not being able to instruct). My dad also finally got to come out and run in HPDE in his GTi. Eventually he'll work his way up to TT and we'll do a team entry.
Came to this event with fresh R7s, I didn't get to scrub them in properly though. At some point, I'd like to get another set of wheels so I can scrub and cure correctly. First timed session I grid behind Espinosa in the E30 and got to run with him the whole session and holy **** does that guy haul ***. The entire session I could tell he was having fun, we did a small tandem slide out of T5(I thought we were going off tbh) and topped the hill and he was pumping his fist, it was great lol. Unfortunately we got caught behind some traffic that held us up in T6/T7 the whole session, so our overall times were slower than what they could of been. I believe the E30 had some old Toyo RRs, because there were several turns where I could close the gap between us and even hold me up. The power difference was noticeable, once we hit 95mph it's like a switch went off and the E30 walks away from me on the straights. So my draft on him during the front and back straight wasn't for too long. Lucky for me, I did something just a hair better on our first hot-lap. This Saturday session was around 10:30AM, no clouds, and already 85* or hotter.
(Espinosa is on Team Parkhurst)
On Sunday the weather looked super sketch, 80% chance of rain(tstorms) by the end of our first session. So I figured I would have to get it done then, granted it rained during the night and it was damp out for the first DE4 session. Traffic was great, more or less an open track, some overcast and low 70s*, I felt good about it. First hot lap I get through T1 like I've been wanting to for awhile, much higher rpm in 4th than normal, still don't think I can take it in 5th. T3 felt great, used all the curb, T5 felt decent, traffic let me by coming into T6/T7, and I thought this was it! So..... I run harry's lap-timer on my phone mounted on windshield/dash, I basically only run it to look at my times across the start/finish, so if I run a good time I can end the session early. Well, I decided to look at it on the back straight and see that it's green -0.24x from my virtual best of 1:44.8xx, thinking "hell yeah, I'm guna get into the 44s!!!" I come into T10 and **** up my downshift to 3rd, slip a little too much, finally get out of 10b, crest the hill and look again at the phone....... red +0.9xxx
End up with a 1:46.0 for that session :(. Come in and see that Rensel(who drives a Sentra) ran a 1:45.2xx that session, ugh..... I lost.
Our next session is close, about 45min after finishing our 1st session. I check the weather to be pleasantly surprised that the rain will hold off! This session I don't even start the laptimer and I don't have much to lose.... I was already happy about winning on Saturday. Espinosa hops behind me, Rensel is a couple of cars up. Thankfully, traffic played really nice and I was able to get some clean laps in. By the end of lap 2 I could tell I was reeling the Sentra in(from t1-t7 anyways). With a rabbit to chase I pushed pretty damn hard and by T7 of lap 3 I was right behind the Sentra. Once we hit about 75-80mph he starts to pull away, by the time I'm at 95-100mph, he's 8-10 cars away, so I guess I caught some of his draft at least until 90mph maybe? We do another lap front-to-back and it was a blast, Rensel gets the most air-time I've ever seen on T3. It honestly looked like his whole passenger's side was 2+ ft in the air, lol.
Come off track, go get a weight because I'm sure that was my last session. I actually weigh in at 2433, a solid 20lbs over weight, go figure. Talk to Rensel about how much fun that session was, he tells me his timer had a 1:44.5xx. I thought "oh there's no way I went faster than that, I think I might of been a 1:45.0-flat". Shoot the **** some more with him, then I head back to my spot. Asked my friend if he checked the results, see if either of us went any faster, then tells me "ohhh 44.2" ...... "holy **** that's my time?!". Best feeling in the world running way faster than you ever thought. I love having a rabbit to chase!
The rest of the day turned out really nice, it didn't rain at all. I was able to give Don (CurlyDE on here?) a ride during an afternoon DE4 session as well. Unfortunately I didn't have the gopro4, so I had to use the gopro1 which has a bad mount and dies quickly. I think got the session of Espinosa and I, but I'll have to double check the video later today.