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OOOOWWW-D.....National Tour in Evansville
I acomplished 2 of my three goals at the National Tour event this past
weekend. As you know, this was going to be the first time I had an
opportunity to race "the man in H stock", Andy Hollis since making a
few changes to the car (see later). I had three goals, at this my 9th
race ever; 1. Win the race. 2. Make Andy nervous for the Nationals. 3.
Determine the competitveness of the car (before dedicating more
resources) and my own abilities.
I definately accomplished number 2! Andy was looking at the car and
asking me, and anyone else he could find, questions about my experience
and the car. Andy found out that I am a rookie and that the car is
nowhere near sorted yet. I am sure he will be thinking about that
pesky Audi from now until the Nationals ;-) I ended up taking second
place behind Andy, but on Sunday he beat me by only .5 seconds. I took
a full second off my time on the last run. Obviously, I did not reach
my number one goal, to win. But second place was pretty good...as far
as losing goes!
The third goal, to determine competitiveness, was also acomplished.
Without a doubt, the Quattro is nationally competitive. I firmly
beleive that as the car sits today, Andy Hollis could have gone just as
fast in it as he did in the MX-6. I was a mere .5 seconds behind on
Sunday and I missed one apex and downshifted too late at one corner.
Once I get the car sorted a bit more, I think I could have won even
with these mistakes. The car was very fast, for an H stocker. I would
have taken 3rd in G stock and Andy would have taken 1st or second...I
Overall, I think I kicked some major butt. The OOOOWWW-D attracted as
much or more attention than any other car there. Dozens of people came
over to tell me how good the car looked and sounded. We can all take
pride in this. Not only are we all Audi fans, but I could not have
gotten this far this fast without the group effort put in by the
quattro list members. I especially want to thank Robert, Jeffrey, and
Glenn for all their detailed help....Thanks Guys!
I have some major work ahead of me...all the little details that make a
winning car. I think I am going to buy a g-analyst to help me sort the
car since it is hard to judge my success when I win the local and
regional events by a few seconds. Does anyone have any experience
and/or opinions on the g-analyst?
Changes to the car: In summary, here are the changes that have been
made to the car. Those marked with an asterix were done right before
the Nat. tour event; 1. Koni sport adjustables, full stiff in front and
90% stiff in rear. 2. K&N filter. 3. BFG R1 tires. 4. Remove AC* 5.
Replace timing belt and bump timing to max allowable setting* 6.
Flowmaster 2 chamber exhaust* 7. Richen fuel mixture* 8. Run Max
negative camber in front and .8 degree in rear. 9. Alisyn oil 10. New
If anyone wants any details about my setup, I will be happy to share
I can't wait to start working on the finer points of tuning the car. I
will be making the following enhancements over the next two months in
preparation for the nationals: Replace fuel filter, fuel injectors,
brake lines, brake pads, suspension bushings, allignment, and replace
One more question for everyone: Is there anyway to adjust the brake
bias on the car? The front tires lock up way too early. When I
complete a run,the front rotors are hot and the rears are just warm. I
know the 4000 has a sping adjustment on the rear..what about the