I'm in the Tiger Miata with the poor line coming down the hill (T-4 & T5) and really poor through T9. Johns line around seems good for a 1.8 SM.
Also, Sean Douglass from O.C. gave me this advice: Turn 9
quote:Lift and no brake at the end of 8, get set up, (stop screaming like a schoolgirl, check your underwear) turn the car and get on the gas. The car will stick. Note:if you lift off of the gas, after you commit to 9, you will spin. Been there, done that!
Good luck, hope you do better than I've been doin'.
-------------------- Thanks, John Mueller NASA SM National Director http://www.Weekend-Racer.com #13 "Tiger Miata" - 2009 SoCal SSM Champion
Region: south pacific
Car #: 31
Year : 91 Posts: 447
its a very easy track to be honest, just hit your marks, the only difficult turn is 9, just go through a couple times and find the apex once you find it look for it, breath the throttle a bit to rotate the car and get back on it, you may have to feather it going through 9 a bit but you should feel the car doing a 4 wheel drift with a nice smell of tire rubber if your going fast enough
Region: So Cal
Car #: #29
Year : 1993 Posts: 232
Fight the urge to turn into 9 early and you will be much better off. T2 is flat in 4th, it may not seem possible at first, but you scrub alot of speed at the exit because it is slightly uphill. Have fun
-------------------- 2009 SoCal SCCA SM Champion "Only boring people get bored"
Car #: 23
Year : 1995 Posts: 912
quote:Originally posted by tgibson: Have you run an Enduro before? If not, make sure to read the rules carefully. Last time at Buttonwillow we ran with insufficient lights. At least upgrade the stock headlamps to H4 85w/80w.
That's not to say our lights were illegal--just not powerful enough. And the 85W/80W are Hyper bulbs by Osram, which kick out 2400 lumens on high and 1750 lumens on low, whereas stock halogen lights only do maybe 1500 lumens on high and 1000 on low.
Then there is the aux light bracket that we're still working on, which will have lights pointed at the apexes.
Finally, remember that for WERC, SM is in a different class. We're E2, not SM. Which puts us in the same group as some Honda Challenge guys.
But it sounds like you're getting your ride from someone, so they're probably already hooked up. So most importantly, just have fun. Come by and say hi--we're the #23 Montego Blue SM. See you there.
Region: SFR / NorCal
Car #: 72
Year : 93 Posts: 1276
I've run in the WERC series before, so I know what I'm in for. But, I really do appreciate the heads up! I remember the first enduro I did - scampering for kitty litter and 5 gallons of water at the last minute wasn't fun... oh, and a gas catch pan
Good tip on the headlight bulbs, as I think we're going to be looking for a quick solution. Not sure we'll have time to get a whole second set of "apex lights" on the car before the event. I think there is also a super-cheap HID kit available that fits the stock miata headlight position. Might go that route.
I'll definitely come around and find you guys. I appreciate all the advice! We're running the silver #68 and red #02 E2 SM's sponsored by Kumho Tires USA.
Region: SFR / NorCal
Car #: 72
Year : 93 Posts: 1276
Thanks, everyone! The advice was all good and resulted in me having a great time on Saturday. it was nice meeting the Gibson guys after the race.
I've heard that it isn't ALWAYS 105 degrees with sustained 20mph winds and gusts to 30 and that this was just a special treat to welcome me! At one point the folks in my pit were "rooting on" the giant brush fire just south of the track, hoping that it would generate enough smoke to black out the sun and provide some relief...
I was driving the red #02 miata in the enduro. The track seemed incredibly foreign to me compared to the tracks around here. Turning in at well over 100mph, having to do only two gear changes in a lap, incredibly "rough" runoff - I felt a bit like a pig on rollerskates at first.
Driving this high speed track at night with questionable lighting made for the longest period of sustained fear (about an hour and 20 minutes) for me that I can recall. About halfway through the stint I started to make peace with my fear and actually started to "embrace" it... I was still scared sh*tless, though.
There were a couple surprises during the enduro:
About half way through my stint, I had my steering wheel pop off in my hands 2/3 way down the front straight. I kept my calm and put the wheel back on without lifting. I kept pressure on it to keep it on the shaft through turn 1, then I was able to pull the collar and seat it back on the shaft.
At about the 2 hour 30 minute mark, I came through T2 to find the second half of the turn COMPLETELY covered in gravel. I can't begin to imagine the off that brought so much dirt and rocks on the track. It looked like an entire dump truck backed up and unloaded. 2 laps later a groove developed, but that made T2 a one-line turn and eliminated it as a passing spot for lapped traffic.
Very late in the race I came through T1 and was met by a wall of dust. I could only think of Days of Thunder... but instead of upshifting and flooring it like Cole Trickle, I braked like a little girl and crept through in case there were cars littering the track. Luckily, the cars around me did the same and we all got through unscathed.
I really enjoyed T2 and T9, but never felt like I got T1 (kept over braking) or T5 (inconsistent - either too early or too late) right. The #42 car would always be on my ass from T2 to T5, the I could pull out a bit of a lead. I don't know if the driver of #42 is on this forum - if so, I hope I wasn't holding you up. At one point I just pointed you by, but then it felt like I was being held up. I guess being in the draft is a HUGE advantage at this track!
I look forward to running at WS again in the futuer. I'll definitely bring my own car and do the sprint races, as it looked like fun with a couple of cars together on the track.