Yeah, was great fun (again) and the weather was perfect also so it made it that much better. The only complaint I had is that there were to many cars (ie. aorund 60) and therefore only about 1/3 of track time one would expect. Still, the track time (or more so 'skid pan time') that I had was great ... and you can't complain too much for $40 ;-)
I'll write later a bit more about how I found the 350Z there this time, as first here are all the results that I took down during the day:
- Morning cone-dogging exercise (ie #1):
This was a pretty long cone-dodging exercise which was not easy to remember and we all (but the white S2000) got 3 runs at it. Some of us took most of the runs to make it without any mistakes in terms of sequence of cones (ie. getting lost), but all of us got at least one clean/good run.
- 350Z Track (me) = 1:02.1 (1 wrong cone), 1:07.3 (1 wrong cone), 55.1
- 350Z Track (Iggy) = 1:07.1 (1 wrong cone), 1:03.5, 1:00.0
- 350Z Roadster (Gary) = ?:??.??, 1:16.0, 1:02.6
- 350Z Track (Yun) = 1:24.5 (few wrong cone), 1:17.0, 1:13.07
- S2000 = 1:19.3 (few wrong cone), 1:04.10
- RX8 = 1:13.6 (few wrong cone), 1:06.5, 1:04.2, 1:07.4
Quickest HSV/Ford (ie. quickest other vehicles) returned 57 and 58sec times. Rest of them were above 1:02 from what I could tell.
- Morning acceleration/stop exercise (ie #2):
This was kind of simple as you just take off as hard as possible, run for 20m (or so) and slam the brakes to stop in another bay in front. You barely reached 2nd gear. We had 3 tries at this and these were the quickest times:
- 350Z Track (me) = 5.69sec
- S2000 = 5.83sec
- 350Z Track (Iggy) = 5.94sec
- RX8 = 6.04sec
- 350Z Roadster (Gary) = 6.08sec
- 350Z Track (Yun) = 6.47sec
- S15 200SX = 6.66sec
Not sure what times the other guys (in other cars) were getting, but I think one of them matched my time while we were still there.
- Afternoon slalom knock-out exercise (ie #3):
Like Iggy said, this was a started from stop, then you slalomed across to the other side, made a 180deg turn, and came back through the slalom into the starting gate. There were two of these next to each other so that two cars could run at the same time. It was a 1-on-1 knockout competition where only the winner advanced. The quickest person was the winner, but if you were not clasified as 'finished' untill you stopped in the gate/bay (ie. if you overshoot the gate then you had to reverse back in). Also if you knocked a cone down then you lost. The finishing order of us (ie. the poeple who got furthest) was:
- 350Z Track (Iggy) = got into final 10 and lost to a HSV GTS Coupe. And not by much.
- RX8 = got into final 20 and lost only because of a mistake on the way back where he had to almost stop to recover.
- S2000 = out in the 1st round even though he won the race. Lost because he overshot the stopping bay.
- 350 Track (me) = out in the 1st round even though I won the race. Lost because I knocked one cone over.
- 350Z Track (Yun) = out in the 1st round (I think) ... not sure why? What happened Yun?
- 350Z Roadster (Gary) = out in the 2nd or 3rd round as the other car beat him. Not sure what car ... what car was it Gary?
Competition was won by an old VK (?) Commodore that has a Vortex Supercharger and was very good at doing hand-brake turns to make the 180deg turn. A ~'88 Prelude driven by a girl did really well and made it also into the top 20.
- Afternoon big-circle exercise (ie #4):
This was notn-timed (ie. non copmpetition) as the idea was to go around a big semi-wet circle a few times and have some fun. Made for some nice footage as most of us spun here (at least a few times). Personaly I spun 2x here and those were my 1st ever spins in the 350Z ... I should have them on footage.
Also as I mentioned, there's footage to come as well as a few of my thought on how the Zed went there.