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This is my first full rookie year. I will have my first BMWCCA Club Racing races. And because I ran an interrupted season last year, I still have one more NASA race with my rookie “R” in its orange tape glory.
I wasn’t intending to do much with the racecar this year but gut out the extra weight now that I’ve dropped the regional SpecM3 class to go for full-on GTS-2, but after talking to Dan Goodman, who built the car, and Mark Baer of SCR Performance, I decided to go for some rather profound improvements in my suspension — with new control arms, new bushings, new springs.
All of these things will add to the cars stability and safety, which I consider features I don’t want to blow off. The car always felt a little squirrely under hard braking and I hope these improvements help.
For a bit better performance, I also added a Bimmerworld race exhaust and DSC delete. And for safety, a 6-nozzle fire system.
I still don’t have a decent tune to max out my power under peak, so I don’t expect to be driving the quickest car out there. But I figure the biggest improvements to be had are in the driver, and that comes from seat time.
Which hopefully will resume in the next 2 or 3 weeks.
This has been my first year of wheel-to-wheel racing, so maybe this is premature, but I’m racing for the racing. It’s no fun running alone. In fact, it sucks.
So as this season approaches a close, I’m looking at dropping SpecM3 as a target racing class for next year. So far I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s still racing SpecM3. Those who did in the past have moved on to other classes, mainly GTS-2 or GTS-3 and higher.
This year with NASA, I’ve stayed within SpecM3 specs, but raced GTS-2. It’s doable. The problem is that with a full tank my car weighs in at nearly 200 pounds heavier than the competition. I have a lot to learn as a driver to be truly competitive, but having the wrong car can make that a challenge for seasoned racers. In the end, though, it’s about the fun, and I feel it just might be more fun racing against Lee, Gene and others in NASA GTS-2 with something other than a street-legal Panzer tank.
And I suspect it will be more fun in SCCA to be racing against … somebody, anybody.
I’ll finish out in SpecM3 for SCCA at Pueblo Motorsports Park next month. And then I’ll probably start removing car weight. First on the list: that carpet!
“At once, or right away, is the literal translation of this French phrase. This is very often written incorrectly as tout suite. The English have never been comfortable with adopting French terms into English and, compared with Latin phrases say, there aren’t as many as we might expect considering how close the two countries are geographically. This ambivalence, and the fact that most English can’t actually speak French or even make a decent stab at pronouncing French terms, is the source of the attempts to poke fun at the French by deliberately mispronouncing those French phrases that have made it into English - in this case as toot sweet. This teasing dates back to the First World War….”—The Phrase Finder: The meaning and origin of the expression: Tout de suite
Last year I was bitten by the road track bug. Oh my! I did a bunch of DE days with 4 different organizations on 5 different tracks. And was it fun!
This year I’m intending to take it up a notch and get into wheel-to-wheel racing. I got an old M3 with 150k miles on it, so I won’t be risking my daily driver (which I love too much to risk that way). But now I need to get the safety gear together so I can get started.
Arai helmet. The one I’m eyeing is SAH2010.
Stella Nomex suit.
Maybe also Nomex balaclava and socks.
This is all safety related, so I don’t want to skimp. But this stuff is expensive! So now I’m feeling the sticker shock.
And I’m waiting to gather a few more nickels before making the purchases. The problem is that the NASA competition school is in 9 days! I’m running out of time if I’m going to participate there. I am signed up for the BMWCCA Racing School in May, so it’s not my only opportunity, but I want to learn as much as I can!