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Old 10-18-2019, 01:10 PM   #176
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nice!! Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:00 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, 01:40 PM   #178
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Congratulations on the season and the championship.
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:38 PM   #179
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:03 AM   #180
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:30 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, 10:09 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, 02:54 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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