Round 3 was a real blast. We had a blazing fast course to challenge our survival instincts and Solo Storm to show us some data. Huge thanks to Warren L. for designing a course that had us running in 4th gear for the first time, resulting in a 50 second course around the whole west lot! We ran the car in the exact configuration from last time, but that was not the best idea. What I've noticed is that the additional clicks on the rear dampers we love for the SE lot, resulted in a very loose car on the West lot. So there's a pro-tip for you, don't expect one damper setting to work on every course(duh).
Another thing I learned is that SoloStorm is awesome! You can have the two drivers fastest laps play over each other, showing exactly where one line is faster than the other. I was faster in the first part of the course and Patrick was faster in the second half. We analyzed the data between runs and knew exactly where to make changes. Patrick had the lead at first with a 50.5 then I took the lead on my 3rd run with a 50.3. We looked at the data and hit the course for our final runs, sadly though we both kept sliding too wide at section 8 losing vital exit speed for the fast finish. So I was stoked that I finally beat Patrick, but a few days later the results were posted and apparently I hit 3 cones on my fastest run(really?!). My video doesn't show it and unfortunately video alone is not enough proof for the SCCA. So I lose again, but at least its not by much this time haha!
2017 (C50) vs 2018 (C60)
So now we've had 3 events to get acclimated again and to gauge how the C60 and weight reduction has changed the car. Lets look at the PAX results from this time last year after 3 events, but keep in mind I had a Cusco LSD(5 speed) and fresh Hankook R-compound tires:
105th....not great but who cares right. Ok now lets look at the 3rd event of 2018:
100th...and this run was a half second slower than my fastest, supposed 3-coned run. Without their mistake my Pax would have been 98th, 7 spots faster than last year.
With this information I believe its safe to say that the C60 is in fact faster, even without an LSD. I'm aware 3 events isn't enough to judge a whole season by, but its at least a good preview. We will all get faster as the season progresses and then we can get a better idea of how the car has improved with the C60.
Our next event is the 2018 Tire Rack SCCA San Diego Match Tour on April 6-8, and we have another talented co-driver signed up... Robert Stangarone. I've talked to Cusco and attempted to order an LSD, but there are no parts available for the C60 right now and it will be on backorder until late April. Instead of just being on stand-by, I dropped the car off at Yawsport for a full inspection and corner balancing to ensure the car is at its absolute best. There aren't many people I trust to work on my car aside from Bret. If you take a look at his history you'll understand right away.
Take a look at our video from Round #3 below: