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      06-30-2017, 01:37 PM   #89
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Canadian Nationals 2017



Last weekend we had our Canadian Nationals autocross event, our largest local event that we hold in Vancouver. The format is 3 runs on each of 4 courses over 2 days with the cumulative time determining the winner. We had 110 competitors - not much different than our usual numbers, but most of the novices that would normally show up did not and were instead replaced with folks traveling from Washington and Oregon and neighboring provinces in Canada. We had 7 drivers in the STX class for the weekend.



The additional front camber has been a game changer, the car simply works much better. We only had one event to test though since adding 0.7 degrees of additional negative camber, so the car is still relatively "unrefined" and we spent the weekend trying to achieve some shock settings we were happy with. We rolled the car on the scales - 3,032lbs at race weight. Considering the car has stock seats, exhaust, brakes, and battery - I am not surprised. I am targeting 2,950 next season.

(Photos from the test and tune event - hence two drivers)



We had some challenges this weekend - cones and temperature. Cones are cones, I just need to drive better, but the temperature was killer. It was about 90F and with two drivers in the 128 on RE71Rs with only 3-4 minutes between runs, despite spraying and doing our best, the tires were absolutely dead by third runs. It was only by the fourth course that I actually was able to get the discipline together to set a fast time on run 2 - the previous ones I had dirty second runs and then a slower clean third run.



As you can see, it was a good weekend overall for us in the 128 with a 1-2 finish out of 7 drivers. However, I included the "scratch" column to show that there was a lot more time on the table for us. Just continues to reinforce that I need to drive better! Looking forward to the Packwood National Tour next weekend - 17 drivers currently registered in STX.

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      06-30-2017, 10:07 PM   #90
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Just looking at pictures, what are you running for rear camber? Seems to go positive under load.
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      06-30-2017, 11:04 PM   #91
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I think that's just an optical illusion - I am running -2.2.

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      10-24-2017, 12:40 AM   #92
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Packwood SCCA National Tour 2017



... was, to summarize, not a great event for me. I always look forward to this event, the drive down and the event is held in a stunningly beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest. It's in a small town with no cell phone service that seems to triple in population when the National Tour is in town. It's all good stuff, except for, you know... my driving. Cones, cones, cones everywhere!

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The car is definitely having some issue with rubbing the front tires that is annoying, although perhaps not actually a performance impediment. It got us through Canadian Nationals just fine but is distracting as it's loud when you hit the right type of bump and I wish I had a solution for it. Actually I do - it's cutting the fenders and running DSP - we'll see about that.



With names like Steve O'Blenes, Annie Gill, and Chris Thorpe there was no shortage of experience and driving ability among the 20 drivers in STX.

Day 1 was tough - I ran a 45.7 on my first run, which ended up being my only clean run. I had a 45.5 +2 on my second run and in an attempt at a hero third run managed to go off-line and out in the marbles, for a 47.0 +2.

Steve ran a 44.0 in a borrowed to set the fastest time on day 1, closely chased by Annie Gill in the same car at 44.2. I finished day 1 in 8/20 and was 1.9 seconds back of the lead.



While I wasn't having much luck with the cones, I was in good company - STX was responsible for a lot of cone deaths over the weekend.

Day 2 didn't start much better for me with a cone on each of runs 1 & 2 (45.3 and 45.2), leaving me just one run to get it done. Luckily I managed to get it together and ran a clean 44.598 on my last run - a good time which I was happy with.

Steve ran the fastest time for day 2 (now back in his own RX8) at 43.8 with Annie nipping at his heals with a 43.9. My time was good for 4/20 on day 2 about 0.8s back from Steve.



At the close of the weekend, I finished in 7/20, one out of the trophies. At 2.5s out of the lead, it's a weekend I'd like to forget. My codriver didn't hit a cone all weekend but was having a hard time with finding the pace he had at Canadian Nationals and finished in 15th (without hitting a single cone I may ad).

It's been a tough adjustment in the past year - my time off has not done my driving any favors and to go from being very competitive to off the pace has been a bit emotionally challenging. It's fun to drive no matter what, but this is SRS BZNS autocross after all!



I had an opportunity to do an event in a CM Formula F and the fun factor is truly off the charts - I recommend you don't do this unless you are prepared to have regular cars wrecked for you. After that day, I was hooked and spent the rest of the season driving "Groot" the Van Diemen with its owner Phil.

For 2018, I am going to do a full season in Groot and we intend to make it to Crows', Packwood, and Nationals. I am not saying the STX build is "done" - I have some new springs on order for the front and am going to add a little rear camber as Ryan mentioned earlier. But the plan is to just enjoy this great car in 2018 for what it is - competitive and capable, but just a damn great street car.

There is a proposal out to move this car to DSP (that I have requested), the same class that I used to run with my white E36 on the first page. If this is approved, I have a hunch that despite my best intentions about not building another SP car, I will be cutting the fenders on this car to make some room for 315 Hoosiers.

Until then, have a great winter!

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      10-26-2017, 08:02 AM   #93
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See you at Nats next year.

Head up, STX is not for the faint of heart. If this was easy everyone would be doing it
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      10-26-2017, 10:30 AM   #94
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The close competition is lots of fun. Of course having the oddball car always makes it easy to point to the car when I am getting my ass kicked.

We had an event on Sunday up here that was pretty variable in terms of weather conditions, and my co-driver took 1st in STX and 7th PAX overall of 94 drivers. He was about 0.5s on raw time back of Pax 1st which was Ryan Clark's Cayman S (along with another 4 BS cars in the top 7)....

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Great thread, just wanted to say I appreciate the effort you have put into detailing the progression of the build.
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Just wanted to say that I really appreciate the thorough information posted in here.

Thank you!
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      12-12-2017, 11:28 AM   #97
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Glad to see it's of interest to others! My friend and I are running the car through our winter season and it is proving to be extremely capable, we have done a bit more fine tuning and that's helping the car be easier to drive faster.

For 2018 though I am not intending to campaign the car seriously since I'll drive the formula car, I am going to move the spring rates up slightly, particularly the front. The car is very slow to transfer weight and I theorize this may be part of why we have such variable problems with the "ice mode" on ABS.

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Looks like a ton of fun, great thread!
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