Originally posted by lovebothkats
Us? What about you man? I heard you were leading one of the races, how did you end up finishing?
I did ok. There are some pretty fast Ams this year. Casmay (#23) is flying, he had a bunch of 14.1s. Kevin (#454) stepped it up a bit, he got down to the 15.0s by the end of the weekend. Moore (#55) is fast (~16.50s) but frustrating, he does some wierd stuff in corners that makes him hard to get around. I was running pretty consistent low 16s, with a best of a 1:15.79... but those were really only good for a bunch of 4ths and 5ths. I *did* eventually wind up with a 2nd in MWSS, so that'll at least net me some decent contingency cash.
I led ~5 laps or so in that rain race (MWSB I think?) I was WAY out in front, kept looking back, didn't see anybody, so I slowed down a bit. Next thing I know, I get passed down the front straight by 3 guys. *big surprise* Must've slowed down too much! I tailed them around, but there was a dry line forming, so I backed back down and took it easy (running on brand new rains, wasn't interested in wasting $400 by chewing them up on dry pavement.) Wound up finishing 4th.
Got hosed out of my top-5 spot in ULGP thanks to the stupid rules in CCS... made a pass for 5th on the last lap, hit the checkered in 5th... but somebody crashed in the back of the pack resulting in a red flag, before EVERYONE crossed the finish line. Red flag = results go back 1 lap, so I didn't get credited for that last pass. So I took 6th instead of 5th. Oh well. Still not bad for starting in the last row... those 750s and 1000s are tough to get around when I'm on a 600.
All in all, I'm happy with my weekend. That track has put me in the hospital the last two times I've ridden it, so I'm glad to have "conquered" it
Set a few other small personal victories... managed a 5th in GTU running 21 laps. I used to have a hard time making 8 laps before my armpump would get in the way. I actually managed to set by best lap time of the race on the 21st lap (1:17.9), and ran consistent across all the laps (low 1:18s), so I was happy. I rode at about 80% all weekend, still have a lot of areas I need work on, and a lot of things I want to try. I have a lot of work to do on T1 and T7 (both pretty crucial turns.) Need to get back to running WOT through T2 (still lifting slightly.) But I'll get there. I want to see some low 14s out of myself next time I'm there.