They basically had five classes.
Classic Muscle - 1960s and 1970s era muscle cars and pickups. Remember this event was put on Hotchkis suspensions.
Modern Muscle - Modern day muscle cars...lots of Mustangs, Cameros and Vettes in this one.
Compact - Everything else that didn't fit in the above classes.
Unlimited class - If you were running slicks or a full blown racecar, you were here.
Exhibition - This was for drivers not competing in the Hotchkins cup over the weekend and/or generally were event sponsors or event staff.
So that's how a NA Sky got lumped in with a Lotus. I was okay though. I know practice comes first, but having the right tires on the car wouldn't hurt. My times weren't that far off and of all the cars that had stock tires (or at least no 200 wearrating tires) I was probably the fastest in Compact Class. I was a second faster than an SS Camero on stock tires who was pitting next to me too. I'm not TOTALLY new to this racing stuff. Just have to figure out what it looks like from INSIDE the car. LOL
Getting ready to run on Sunday. Drove 60 miles to get there so wanted to get some of the heat out of the engine bay. Using my RC Race Track canopy made it easy to find my pit space. Bright orange stands out. Every car in that picture was competing.
One of the Focus STs in my group. I think he may have done this before.
While not in my class, this car was in my group. One fast Old School Vette in the Classic Muscle class. The Camero next to it wasn't a slouch either.
The Lotus twins. The black car the driver built himself. He's an engineer. His front splitter was made of...get this...plywood. Now, while the rest of the car was Carbon Fiber he told me the plywood was light and since the car sat so low the splitter would break regularly. The wood was relatively light and cheap to replace if broken. Hey, he was EASILY the fastest car on the track so who am I to argue? His wife drove the yellow Lotus and was the fastest car, on average, for the whole weekend. Apparently these two can drive. LOL
As you can see I was fairly consistent. My first lap was a 34 as it was my first time on the track. Then I got in the 32s for 3 laps and then pretty much stayed in the 31s. The 33 second lap late is after I was assessed a 2 second penalty for hitting a cone so that was a 31 second lap too minus the penalty. The 32 second lap there late in the day was with my son in the car with me and cold tires. Then I rip off the 31.4 by attacking the legs of the track a little harder. Then my son, who had rode with a couple drivers during the day, mentioned how they took a different line through the switch back corner. I try their line on my last lap and boom...30.5. What's worse is after he told me the line I thought about the corner setup and realized that had this been an RC track, I would have taken the corner like he mentioned.
Like I said, I do need practice, but it's more taking what I know to be a fast line in one form of racing and applying it here. Very different feel to things.