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Look ahead!

No really, look ahead!

Can you see the finish line? No? You're not looking far enough ahead. :p
 

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Look ahead!

No really, look ahead!

Can you see the finish line? No? You're not looking far enough ahead. :p
That has to be the hardest part of auto-xing. When I find myself looking at cones just in front of me I know the run is a throw away.
 

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i learned that at a driving course i took years ago, though i also know it is hard to always put it into practice.
 

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The hands follow the eyes. I love new guys when I instruct I work hardest on proper seating position, being gentle with steering, brake and throttle inputs. My goal is to not let bad habits form. I also try and get new people to go slow and work into it. I want new people to keep comin back and not get discouraged.
 

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well i did it. it was raining for all of my runs, which certainly slowed me down . the good news is that i didn't spin out, and i didn't knock down any cones, let alone plow through a whole row. My time improved with each run, and i only DNF'd one time, when i got a little confused and went wide of one cone. i can definitely say my driving and not the car was THE limiting factor in my performance. i am curious to know how well a good driver would have done in my car as it was. i suspect one could have knocked at least 5-7 seconds off my best time of 64 seconds ,if not more, judging by the times some of the stock class cars turned in.I will note that i did spank another novice in a miata (a cb5 member who shall remain nameless:biglaugh: )

i will link the event results once they are up, in 1 or 2 days. one must remember though, that the first three run groups of the day had some dry track to work with.
 

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If you don't hit any cones, you're not driving hard enough. :lol:
 

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Sounds to me like a seed has been planted. Keep at it you'll get faster, I liked reading that you identified that you and not the car was the limiting factor. That shows me that you have potential to be a good autocrosser. Too many times whilst instructing a guy will be all " damn I need springs and tires to be faster." Truth be told those people will never get good, I have been autocrossing for 14 or so yrs and still manage to attend an Evolution school every 2 seasons to find things to work on.
 

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with only four runs allowed, and this mostly being so new to me, i decided slow and steady was the way to start , and then get more aggressive on the features i felt comfortable with. the slaloms i feel like i did pretty well on, keeping a tight line, starting each turn in the middle of the previous one , so i was continuously set up for the next cone and could keep looking ahead. i also think i did o.k. on the lane change feature (except the one time i didn't look ahead, and ended up missing a cone-my one dnf)
where i really felt like i lost alot of time was on decreasing radius turns. i could tell i was very tentative through them, afraid of carrying too much speed into the final tight section, and unsure of what line to take. i think as i get more experience with the different features, i will be able to string together a better total overall run, and be more aggressive too as i learn the limits of my car. it would be nice to have a spotter to manually time me through different sections, and further analyze what tactics through different features gained me the best time.

overall though, i enjoyed it very much.i would appreciate any suggestions on decreasing radius turns, too.
 

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If you don't hit any cones, you're not driving hard enough. :lol:
oh yeah, i was going to suggest that as well.
 

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2 things that come with experience. The first is knowing how to set a turn up backwards, meaning knowing where you want to get back to the throttle and entering that particular section being able to keep a constant radius and throttle setting. So I am sorta I guess saying forget that it is decreasing and pick your exit point and let that dictate your midcorner and entry speeds and total turn radius. The next thing and it is in direct relation to the aforementioned will be experience will teach you to dissect a given course taking in factors like driving style, car and car setup, overall conditions etc and know where to "give up" a bit to the course and where you can "take some back" with out the effect of either being too detrimental to your overall speed.
 

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the official results were finally posted, and i was 175th out of 181 cars. Among the cars i beat;a 2004 ford mustang, a 2004 ford mustang cobra, a 96 mazda miata, a 2002 honda civic. here is a link to the overall results
/http://%20www.soloatlanta.com/results/080705/pax.txt

and the class results http://%20www.soloatlanta.com/results/080705/class.txt .

Of course the only people i beat were also novices, or else some beat down car of which the make isn't shown, and some 12 year old in a go kart.

what strikes me most is the relative lack of difference in the spread of times between the stock classes, and the similar level modified/prepared classes. It seems to be more proof that its the driver as much if not more than the car.
 

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There's a guy in my local group that raced a Cavalier in GS. He turned in a time roughly 7 seconds faster than me... This make me cry because I'll be out of Novice next season.
 

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Saturn SL2 weighs in around 2400lbs with 125HP/tq. The SC2 weighs just a bit less.

I've been looking around for a cheap SL2/SC2 to do a bit of auto repair learning and racing but damn Saturn owners want too much money for their cars :)
 

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Just signed up for my next event at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 4th. I will be in the novice 1 (N1)group, which runs in the morning. I would love to see some other Atl/GA B5's there too.
 

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WOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!

Just got back from the latest autocross event, and let me tell you what a difference it makes when its not raining. I was much less cautious, and ended up doing alot of 4 wheel drifting.:D :D :D (<- permanent grin) This time around, while my driving skill and choice of line were still the most limiting factors in terms of my time, i could definitely say my tall skinny 195/65-15 non-performance stock street tires were a major contributor as well to my suckiness.

When the new season starts next year, i will probably run some kind of budget 15" performance tire (falken azenis was suggested to me) I will have to look at what sizes are available, and find out if a wider tire 225/50 vs 215/50 vs 205/50 will offer a whole lot more performance. I am not even sure a 225 would fit without rubbing some of the suspension bits( i know the 215 fits).I guess one advantage of running a shorter than stock tire on a stock size wheel is the lowered final drive ratio, but i am not sure whether it really makes all that much difference in this kind of racing.
 
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