Session 3, Race 1 – I put fresh rubber on the car, but why can’t I go any faster.


My qualifying time puts me 3rd overall on the grid, but P1 in class. The two cars on the front row, an Atlantic and F1000, have a big power advantage so I’m hoping they can get away out front and leave me some clean track. Unfortunately, the opposite happens. The Atlantic has serious power and opens a gap on the straight but then holds up the F1000 in the corners and their battle in consequently holding me up.

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I am tailing their battle for a few laps until the F1000 spins, I have clear track now and I look down at my dash.

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I am running in the high 1:17s. For 13 laps I tried, and tried, and tried to find time and go faster but the times popping up on my dash were all slower!

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Thru my helmet I’m thinking, “These newer tires should be faster. I know they’re takeoffs, but they’ve got tons of tread left. This doesn’t make sense. I blew it!”

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I know the tires will only slowdown from this session onwards. I feel like my best opportunity just slipped away. Another thought runs thru my head. “Well, there are two laps left, I’ve got a good gap to 2nd, let me back off a little, take it easy for a lap, then try and throw down a flyer”

…..1:16.64 later. Shit, that worked! How did I manage that!?

I managed to surprise myself with a lap 6 tenths faster and 3 tenths off the lap record. There’s more in here apparently, and I must have found something. We have to sit thru impound for way too long. I’m anxious to get back to my paddock and find out how I did it.

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Let’s whip out the computer and take a look.

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Welp, the data says it’s possible so I better sack up and get it done. I’ve got 4 tenths to work with so there’s no reason I can’t do what I set out to.

The rear bar change (deletion) seems to have been a big improvement. It’s put a little bit of understeer back into the car. I know my driving style pretty well and I really like understeer on entry to help carry speed into a corner, but that means I have a hard time telling when understeer is actually slowing me down. The only way to work around that is to make another change and try and loosen the car up. Since I no longer have any rear bar I move to the front and dial some front anti roll bar out.

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Pt. 4 tomorrow; Sunday Qualifying - qualifying lap times don’t count toward lap records.