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Old 10-18-2019, 12:10 PM   #176
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:00 AM   #177
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The deciding race for the Northwest Mini Enduro Championship Series was run yesterday at PIR in the 2 hour portion of the Cascade Festival of Endurance. It was a day of sometimes rain with partly sunny skies. That makes for a special challenge in racing skills to recognize the changes before they bite you.

The race attracted some pro level teams we don't see in our NW ICSCC racing. There were three prototypes and a Mercedes AMG FIA GT4 car. The AMG is a factory built race car for the FIA GT4 group of races. He came complete with German mechanics. Absolutely beautiful and a marvel of engineering. He was smoking fast, almost as fast as the prototypes, and in our class!

The track was cold and wet for the start. First driver in was my friend Chris from Retro Racing. He would drive the first hour, then I would hop in for the second, take the 2 Hour checkered flag, then swap for another of Retro's driver for hour 3 then back to me for the fourth hour. Endurance racing rarely goes by plan.

There were several cars that lost it in the cold & wet and crashed into the wall. One driver was injured badly enough to be transported to the hospital. (It was his 3rd or 4th concussion. Probably the end of his racing if he's smart.)

Unfortunately the AMG GT4 was one of the drivers who needs more practice racing in the rain. $300K race car, $100K in bespoke composite damage.

At the end of the two hour I had collected enough series points to win the NWMECS championship and was presented our trophy:




A couple of pics of us getting ready for the LeMans style start:




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The black car next to us is our race partners at Retro Racing from BC, it's a Miata with a turbocharged Honda K24. And just beyond them you can see the silver AMG GT4.

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At 3 + hours into the 4 hour the left rear wheel bearing gave up and that was the end of our racing for the day. Apparently I need to change all the wheel bearings every 3 races instead of once a season.

Next year I'm hoping to run our Subaru powered 818 in fair weather and keep the STI for bad weather. The 818 should be a lot less expensive to operate.

I want to thank our Tier 1 sponsor Subaru of Bend for their support. It's great to win a championship with them!

I also want to thank our tuners and fabricators, ArcFlash in Bend, and Surgeline in Portland.

And a shout out for Boxkita from the Legacy GT forum for coming down to Portland to be our Crew Chief, many thanks!

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Old 10-21-2019, 12:40 PM   #178
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Congratulations on the season and the championship.
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:38 PM   #179
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Old 10-22-2019, 11:03 PM   #180
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Nice! Well done!
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:30 PM   #181
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Congratulations! That is no easy feat. And, I can't say I'm not surprised with the AMG driver

It's hard for people to understand the amount of effort that goes into endurance racing preparation especially at the level your STi is. Really nice work and keep on keeping on!
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:09 PM   #182
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Just saw this thread.

Awesome to see the development!

When do you run again? I'm local to Pacific Raceways and would love to come see the car
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Old 10-26-2019, 01:54 AM   #183
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Congratulations! That is no easy feat. And, I can't say I'm not surprised with the AMG driver

It's hard for people to understand the amount of effort that goes into endurance racing preparation especially at the level your STi is. Really nice work and keep on keeping on!
Thanks. You're right, endurance racing has it's own prep and planning levels that other racing like AutoX and Time Attack don't have. Rally is similar though. I do love the team atmosphere of a pit crew and more than one driver coming together to win a race. And the big benefit for me personally is my driving gets better all the time because I try to put multi championship level drivers in my car to share the driving in a race. Nothing like having the same car, same tires, same weather, for learning why one driver is a couple of seconds faster than you are....it's also humbling and you better be willing to check your ego at the door to the data review session. Then we pull the Video Vbox data and see where we both could go faster by comparing our best laps turn for turn, brake zone for brake zone. It's truly astonishing the revolution in driver performance that kind of data is bringing to the sport.

I see the Time Attack guys trying to figure out how not to overheat oil & coolant in 5 laps. In 5 laps our tires are just up to temp! I've learned a lot from them pushing the envelope, particularly their aero work. I hope the work we are doing on oil control/temps will help them and everyone with a dedicated Subaru powered track car. More on that next year!

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Awesome to see the development!

When do you run again? I'm local to Pacific Raceways and would love to come see the car
ICSCC (known as Conference in the NW) is done for 2019, the 2020 schedule won't be out till next February or so. We usuually have two races at Pacific and one race at The Ridge (Shelton WA) every year. Next year I'll probably run the STI in only the foul weather races and run the Factory Five 818R for the good weather Enduros and Sprints. It *should* be a lot less expensive to operate. But no 818s have run a full racing season yet so it's still an unknown factor for sure. I'll be posting here a week or two before each race on what our plans are. We can always use more crew!
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ICSCC (known as Conference in the NW) is done for 2019, the 2020 schedule won't be out till next February or so. We usuually have two races at Pacific and one race at The Ridge (Shelton WA) every year. Next year I'll probably run the STI in only the foul weather races and run the Factory Five 818R for the good weather Enduros and Sprints. It *should* be a lot less expensive to operate. But no 818s have run a full racing season yet so it's still an unknown factor for sure. I'll be posting here a week or two before each race on what our plans are. We can always use more crew!
Sounds good man! Let me know when you're in the area again, can grab a beer or something
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:19 PM   #185
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Sounds good man! Let me know when you're in the area again, can grab a beer or something
The ICSCC 2020 schedule is up here: https://www.icscc.com/season.php

Arcflash is also considering building a shop NA Imprezza for Lucky Dog Racing, so I'll probably be driving that a lot too in NW races.

Come on out for some fun!
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Old 05-16-2020, 04:21 PM   #186
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ORP was finally open last weekend from the COVID shutdown for very limited testing. We had the STI and the 818R out for their first sunshine since last fall!



We removed the power steering and welded up the quill over the winter, this is the first test session.

The Pros: the road feel was incredible, every tiny change in the road surface was transmitted directly to the steering wheel. And as the weight shifted from braking, acceleration, and turning, I could really feel the change in the wheel. As the car crested the hills the instant feedback of the front wheels lack of traction was great.

The Cons: With big R comp tires and aero downforce it is a major workout. To make smooth turns I had to anticipate each one in advance and be ready to apply brute force. Instant major line corrections were very difficult. I can probably handle it for a 30 min sprint session but a 2 hour enduro would be a killer. Some of the folks who share the enduros with me couldn't possibly have the strength for even 30 minutes.

The Decider: Twice going into Turn 13 a seam in the track I was crossing under braking grabbed the front tires and spun them to the right, while I'm setting up to turn left! I flatspotted two sets of front tires trying to keep from going off the track and down a ravine. So the no P/S was an interesting experiment but we will be re-installing a power steering system.

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So not sure what you used previously for powersteering but one thing I have always liked is the feel of a manual rack, but that as you mentioned requires a specific balance to everything to be manageable over a longer stint.

I went to a remote powersteering pump on my '04, what I liked was with it being an electric pump you can effectively wire it to provide a variable amount of pump power to make it feel and be less assisted. I did also add a quickener to the steering column so that added some resistance so it could have played a role in how much I enjoy the feel. Just something to think about if your going back to powersteering.
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So not sure what you used previously for powersteering but one thing I have always liked is the feel of a manual rack, but that as you mentioned requires a specific balance to everything to be manageable over a longer stint.

I went to a remote powersteering pump on my '04, what I liked was with it being an electric pump you can effectively wire it to provide a variable amount of pump power to make it feel and be less assisted. I did also add a quickener to the steering column so that added some resistance so it could have played a role in how much I enjoy the feel. Just something to think about if your going back to powersteering.
Thanks Scuby. Do you have more detail in a build thread or can you provide them here? We are looking at using an electric pump. We are trying to figure out if we can use the quicker ratio STI electric off the newer models.
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:39 AM   #189
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Thanks Scuby. Do you have more detail in a build thread or can you provide them here? We are looking at using an electric pump. We are trying to figure out if we can use the quicker ratio STI electric off the newer models.
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You can use a volvo pump we have a local who has it on his Forester XT

You can use the 2015 + rack or use a rack from PRS that will bolt right in
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You can use a volvo pump we have a local who has it on his Forester XT

You can use the 2015 + rack or use a rack from PRS that will bolt right in
Thanks. I hadn't heard of PRS before.
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Awesome thread Sgt. Gator, congrats on the success. Hearing your thoughts on P/S is reaffirming. I've always believed it's the perfect relief to driver fatigue, which in turn allows us to maintain focus on other things, hence I've vowed to never get rid of it.
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Thanks. I hadn't heard of PRS before.
Oakos is going to start stocking them I plan on grabbing one this fall , I would love a 12:1 rack
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Thanks Scuby. Do you have more detail in a build thread or can you provide them here? We are looking at using an electric pump. We are trying to figure out if we can use the quicker ratio STI electric off the newer models.
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Yeah I have a build thread in members cars, but there are a LOT of options for pumps. People like mr2 pumps a lot and they are readily available. I got something I wouldn't buy again simply because the noise level it has.

But the thing I never get is why people don't just do a column quickener over s full on rack replacement? It was relatively cheap to add a 1.5 ratio quickener.
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The Volvo- Ford pump looks like the one we'll use. Plus re-install the P/S cooler. We may put it int passenger compartment or all the way back in the trunk.
Thanks for all your inputs!
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The Volvo- Ford pump looks like the one we'll use. Plus re-install the P/S cooler. We may put it int passenger compartment or all the way back in the trunk.
Thanks for all your inputs!
I went for the trunk option. I am leaning towards tossing my radiator back there too just for balance.


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Got my trunk mounted power steering in, just need to plumb the lines and I can removed to OEM unit that has been on its way out. I piggy backed it off the end of my battery box to keep things simple:

20170225_073058 by Bret Stevens, on Flickr

20170225_073133 by Bret Stevens, on Flickr

I think it was a good route to go given my goals, plus I am really looking forward to what things will look like once I am able to remove the engine mounted unit.
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Nothing to add about power steering or lack thereof, but man, ORP looks fun interesting! A few of those corners were looking pretty banked!
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I went for the trunk option. I am leaning towards tossing my radiator back there too just for balance.
Clean job. looks good!

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Nothing to add about power steering or lack thereof, but man, ORP looks fun interesting! A few of those corners were looking pretty banked!
280 feet of elevation change in 2.3 miles. And the corners with the banking you mention (T9 &T10) are named the Half Pipe. Sometimes it's fun not to run the classic racing line clipping the apexes but rather to run up on the banks. Most any car even with all season tires can exceed 1G of lateral acceleration doing that. Great fun!

Blind corners, off camber corners, banked corners, hairpins, high speed sweepers, it has them all. And it's one of the few tracks designed to be run in both directions. On a typical HPDE weekend one day we run it clockwise, the next day counterclockwise.

The only thing it lacks is a really long straight. For that we have other tracks in the NW, Spokane being the longest.

If you find yourself in the NW let me know and we'll get you on track there in your own car or one of the rental race cars.


Here's the same weekend doing a test & tune in our 818R, EJ207 detuned. No power steering, no power brakes, 209 HP, open top. The contrast between the two Subaru powered cars couldn't be any starker:


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