Ok, here we go.
Firebird East this weekend with the newly modified Mini.
Normally, I run in 4th/5th place depending on who is there for the weekend.
Just my luck, this weekend, 2 of the fastest are there.
Saturday, was spent learning the track (new track for me). I started racing in Nov. 2005, this was my 5th race EVER.
Saturday, in 4 sessions (practice, qualifying, qualifying race, race), I drop about 1.5 seconds in best lap time and place 3rd in the race.
Sunday, in practice, I get the 2nd fastest lap time in practice, but qualify 3rd (pushed the car too hard - entry too fast). Get new tires for the 40 minute race and 2nd qualifier grids wrong, so I jump up 2 places in the grid and now sitting in 2nd for the start. Have a great start and first lap and on and off the bumper (for the rest of the race) of 1st place - he's almost always first - noone can catch him in points.
Get into traffic 3/4 through the race and this RX-7 (that I am lapping) decides to squeeze me while I am passing on the outside...couldn't believe it...he let the first Mini go by - Mazda sits track inside to let him go by, I make my move, I'm at his back panel, he decides to squeeze track left for upcoming right-hand carousel. I slow since I am running out of real estate and don't want to get punted off the track. No point by, nothing, I cross-over to the inside line and *WHAM* 3rd place goes flying by me. It looks to me like he isn't going to be able to hang on and make the right hand turn, but he does, I just applaud (in my head - both hands on the wheel you know!) - it was a great move...
Finished that way (top 3 places within tenths for a 30 lap race) - but the car is WWAAAYYY faster now...the competitive spirit is back...time to lose some of my weight to go even faster now...