So the past weekend we attended our first National Auto-Solo event.
The 2017 Tire Rack College Station Championship Tour, and it was certainly an experience.
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Our team went into the competition feeling pretty confident, until we went to the grid and check out the competition's cars.
The top runners are using the Honda S2000 Club Racer edition, that is a limited run of 699 cars designed with aero package and soft top removed to reduce weight.
Only the CR are allow to run without the soft top, as the class rules state what came on the car in factory trim must stay; and looking at their engine bay you can see how well their cars were prepared.
Most are using the PasswordJDM carbon fibre intake, and a few cars was running Moton Clubsport 2-way adjustable coilovers; that is only what you can see.
In contrasts, we have a pretty standard 2007 Honda S2000 with 90,000 miles on the clock.The only mods were a K&N intake, Invidia exhaust, Eibach front anti-roll bar, and MeisterR ZetaCRD coilovers in our prototype race specification.
Even our ECU was standard and unmapped... so you can imagine how our confidence drop "slightly s:(
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Most were using the same tyres, the new BFGoodridge Rival S... so that mean we were on even ground at least on that part.
But never mind, this is our 1st national event so it was just to see where we sit outside of the Houston region.The STR Class we are competing in have a total of 17 drivers, many are experienced veteran at national event.
Our driver is 21 years old Landon Thompson (who is getting a lot of stick up and down the grid because of his age), but it was all good fun.
Overall, the competition was great and environment was friendly; but you know it is a competition and people are serious and there to win when you speak with a few. s:D
s:D So at the end of the two day race, we end up just edging out for a 3rd place trophy finish out of 17 drivers.
Considering how under prepared our car was and it’s our first national attempt, we were all very happy about the result.So that is it from MeisterR's team and our first national event, we came home with a blue cap (trophy winner) and a big meal at the end of the day.
We will continue to improve the car to bring it to a more competitive trim, and can only hope or better result in the next event.
It was a great weekend, just want to share our excitement and our result. s:D