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first autox experience
I like to share with you my first autocrossing experience yesterday.
Without knowing what to expect, at first I was just going to watch.
But the guys over there were very friendly, convinced me to jump in.
So I did. It was great, I have had more fun than I expected.
Although I didn't bring home any trophy, I was satisfied with my
first try out. Unfortunately I only had time to do two runs because
I had other plans for the afternoon. There were quite a turn-out,
approximately 40 cars. We had it in a parking lot. Quite a nice
one, offering a good balance of corners and straight away. Also
great for spectators; good view from everywhere.
OK, bottom line. I did 77 sec and 75 sec in my 2 runs. The fastest
lap time was 68 sec. To be sure, I have made several mistakes. I
wish I could do a few more laps to correct those mistakes.
Mine was the only Audi in the event. A lot of RX7's, Miata's. 1
rabbit, 1 Corvette, a few preludes, 1 NPV minivan (the drive is very
experienced), several Z240's. Some are stocks, others are mods.
I went in absolutely "stock". Regular all season tires 195/60,
normal tire pressure. Well, there were body roll alright, some
skiding on corners. I suppose my speed was too high for those
corners. I understand that skiding is undesirable. My gearing
selection has some problem too. In my 2nd run, I tried to stay in
1st gear for the first section of the course. I believe my high rev
limiter has cut-out on me. I didn't look at my tech. at all.
To cut the long story short, I had a great time, learned a few things
about my own driving and my 90q. BTW, the worst part is the helmet.
I had helmet on for the first time. Was it ever heavy. I felt the
helmet was controlling where my head moves. With that heavy thing on
my head, I couldn't straighten my neck; it hits the ceiling of the
car. I had to lower the seat. Then everything was out of syn. I
started changing my seat recline position, my forward/backward
position. What makes it worst is that, all of the above happened
when I was sitting next in line to take-off. I couldn't prepare
earlier because I had to borrow a helmet from the drive a few cars
Anyway, I am looking forward to the next autox event.
Solomon Ngan <firstname.lastname@example.org>