This past weekend was the Hotchkis Cup Autocross event at Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, CA. I've been running this series along with @jgassor
for about 3 years now. For the first year, I ran on crap tires just getting the hang of how the events work. The next season I decided to get some good tires, Bridgestone Potenza RE-71Rs, but got put in Sports Car class against Vipers, Vettes, Lotuses, Porsches, etc. While my times improved (and I even bested a ACR Viper) I was still mid pack.
This year I missed the first event as I put my car in the body shop to get repainted and some body work done. I also missed the second round with my Sky but drove my GF's Veloster Turbo. Now they put us back into Compact Class and at the event in June, jgassor took the win on Saturday and third on Sunday. We were back to racing Miatas, Focus STs, Fiat 500 Abarths and Veloster Turbos. AWD cars were put into Sports Car and rightly so as the Focus RS has been very competitive against the best in Sports Car.
This weekend jgassor was off visiting family in the UK so it was my GF and I solo. Her Veloster club came out on Saturday and one of them raced with us while others just showed up to watch and socialize. This would be the first weekend back with my Sky on track and I couldn't wait to see what I could do.
The track was challenging and i don't think I ever really got a solid hold on it on Saturday. I ran a best of 41.562. Right behind me though was a Focus ST...two of them actually...running 41.749 and 41.991. The Abarth ran fourth with the other ST running fifth.My time held and while I was able to run another couple 41 second laps, most were low 42s. Fastest time of the day was a 38.08 by one of the Focus RSs but all the other fast times were 38.5 and up. My time stood up for the rest of the day and I won the class.
Sunday the track was ran in reverse. The first half of the track was very fast and the second half of that I ran flat out bumping off the rev limiter a time or two at the top of second just before braking for the switchback turn at the end of the first half. The return leg was far more technical and I never felt I had it down perfect. I think there was about half a second I was leaving on the track but every time I improved one part, I screwed up another. My fast time was 41.632. Today the track was longer so times were longer. Only one car dipped into the 38s with a 38.8 while most fast times hovered in the 39-40 second range. Again I had the same two Focus STs behing me but much further behind me this time with times of 42.843, 43.046. The Abarth in fourth ran a 43.269 and another Focus ST at 43.369. We had a Miata in our class too but on horrible tires. An S2000 was running this day too but was there with a sponsor so not in a class but his times were low 42s as well. I had a couple 41.9s and a number of 42.0s Again I wound up having my early fast time hold up and won the class but with a much larger margin of victory...which tells me either I was right about not having the course figured out well on Saturday OR the other guys couldn't get it sorted on Sunday. Take your pick.
I did manage to get a few shots through the day and some videos but still working on that footage. I'll post links once I have those up.