June 2018 Autocross Report
The Carlsen Porsche Autocross Event #3 started out on a bumpy road, but it turned out fine for the 81 drivers that attended this event. We had a sunny (quite warm) day at Alameda Point with excellent conditions. “No tire warmers required” was the comment. (these are not allowed for autocross, BTW, so no ideas there)
The event start was delayed by a simple equipment failure with our aging timing gear (a battery died), but some quick thinking and battery borrowed from another piece of equipment saved the day! Though we began the event a bit behind schedule, but we were still able to achieve 9 runs each on a excellent course put together by autocross regular Magnus (the best times ranged between 45 and 63 seconds).
It is always interesting to note the course designer’s time. Magnus came in 5thoverall and 2ndin his very tough class (AX4). Here are the top 10:
|Raw Pos.||Pos.||Class||#||Driver||Car Model||Raw Time||Diff.||From 1st|
|1||1||AX02||222||Blyholder, Andrew||1975 914-4||45.376||0.000||0.000|
|2||1||AX04||1760||Lam, Eric||2015 911 GT3||48.677||3.301||3.301|
|3||2||AX02||24||Hunter, Ed||1973 914||48.810||0.133||3.434|
|4||1||AX06||106||Framhein, Teddy||2015 Cayman GTS||49.063||0.253||3.687|
|5||2||AX04||401||Back, Magnus||2007 997 S||49.101||0.038||3.725|
|6||1||SS12||427||Adams, Greg||2016 Cayman GT4||49.779||0.678||4.403|
|7||3||AX02||2221||Greathouse, Tom||1975 914-4||49.866||0.087||4.490|
|8||1||AX08||919||Carter, Grady||2002 Boxster S||50.320||0.454||4.944|
|9||1||SS07||48||Patel, Himanshu||2014 Cayman S||50.619||0.299||5.243|
|10||3||AX04||775||Boynton, Chris||2018 GT3 touring||50.836||0.217||5.460|
Full results are here: http://pca-ggr.org/autocross/results/
It is interesting to note that there were 7 mid-engine cars and 3 911’s in the top 10. Also interesting is that 3 cars were from the 70’s and that the rest were produced between 2002 and 2018. Cost-wise, at the lower end are the 914’s and Boxster/Caymans and at the upper end the 911 GT3’s. It is so interesting that a 40 year old race car can still run with a new GT3. One of these days I have to try one, PDK and all.
To be fair, the 914 crowd gives up a few things to the GT3 guys in order to be able to play at that level, cup holders, radio, interior, doors with hinges, windshield, etc. I’ve also noticed you have to become half mechanic and half driver, and to carry a full tool kit (including a sledge hammer).
I personally had 2 things “almost” fall off my car at the last event: my (admittedly giant) rear wing became loose and part of my front spoiler mounting system. No problem, as I (now) carry a full tool kit. 20 minutes later and all the offending parts are off and I’m ready to run again ! Car was a bit loose on the course without the wing though.
Upon arriving home, it was time to recharge the timing gear, order a new battery (for the afore-mentioned failed equipment) and get the spoiler back on the car!
The photos at left show the reattachment process.
Speaking of witch, the next Carlsen Porsche Autocross is scheduled for Sunday 6/17 (the day after the Annual GGR autocross school, which is Saturday 6/16).
You can signup for the school (on Saturday 6/16) here: www.motorsportreg.com/events/annual-carlsen-ggr-beginner-autocross-school-alameda-point-pca-golden-gate-511921
You can signup for the next GGR autocross (on Sunday 6/17) here: msreg.com/ggr4-2018
Registration for both events is open now.
I have confirmed the remaining autocross dates for 2018 against our contracts and the remaining GGR autocross days at this point are as follows:
June 17 Sunday AX #4 Alameda
July 8 Sunday AX #5 Alameda (some calendars has Saturday 7/7 for this event)
August 5 Sunday AX #6 Marina (Zone Event)
September 8 Saturday AX #7 Alameda (Zone Event)
October 27 Saturday AX #8 Crows Landing
November 17 Saturday AX #9 Alameda
Please double-check your calendars, especially if you planned out the entire season in advance at the beginning of the season.
See you at the next Autocross !!
PCA-GGR AX Chair