Lokking back, I should have downshifted there also. I maintained 1st in the first loop to give myself some power to induce some oversteer (or at least more neutral steer). The last loop was plow city for the first half. I actually got power oversteer even in 2nd straightening out for the finish.CD-55 said:
Yeah at the last loop. I downshifted while braking while at the double gate the first time. I drove around the loop in 1st, then just before crossing the stop timer I hit red line and QUICKLY shifted into 2nd.
As for the first loop I short shifted before getting there. I thought there was no need for 1st gear power there so I shifted into second at that first gate where you turn right to enter the 1st loop. At this point (the lanuch) I doubt I took 1st gear above 4,500-RPM before the shift.
BTW I was running the Roadster yesterday.
TD said:BTW, I saw this thread at bimmerforums about todays event- http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=35596
While I did not write the original post in that thread, I could have. The similarities are striking, down to the guy's times. I'm not quite as insecure about it, but I do definitely want to know what I need to do to get better. I'm defintely not embarassingly bad or anything, but I'm still a solid 3-5 seconds behind the truly leaders. And my times today were all 50.X s, just like the post's author.
Anyway, IMO, there was some good advice in the follow-ups, so, since I know a few of you are as new or newer than I am at this, I figured you might apprecite it.
Yep, and it was striped of anything with weight that did not help it go fast.Nick325xiT 5spd said:I think it was the "318" which was acxtually a '94 325is that had the complete M3 drivetrain dropped in. It was awfully close, though.
It sounds like you had a very respectable first time out. Relax and quit beating yourself up.Nick325xiT 5spd said:*groan* I just checked my pressures and discovered that I had dropped to 34 up front. I must have set the pressures when it was very hot. (I'm an idiot.) Ah, well. I bet I'll get more speed next time around just from getting the fronts boosted.
I've been thinking a lot about understeer too lately. I cured the worst of mine by doing what I think was #1 on the list...slowing enough before trying to turn. The last two events have been much better for me (and, unfortunately, my GY RS-As) WRT understeer in the more dramatic turns. I brake earlier than I did that first time out. About half the time, I feel the ABS tickle just once or twice, which leads me to believe that I'm doing a decent job at threshold braking. I suspect that I need to start braking a tad bit earlier still since most of the way around these turns I can't give it gas because I start running wide.TD said:And here's a great thread diagnosing understeer from bimmerforums- http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=34243
Especially scroll down to a post by "Jim O.".
I see one pic of JST on pg 9; a bunch of pics of JST, CD-55 and I on page 10; on pg 13, one of me with Clyde riding shotgun; more of CD-55 and I (one w/Clyde) on pg 15; and a few more of CD-55 and I on pg 19.clyde325xiT said:
If you look at the ordering info, the smallest size is still rather large and expensive, so I assume there is a high-res copy of all of these filed somewhere.nate328Ci said:
Yup, it is :thumb:
Unfortunately, the photos are pretty poor, IMO.
edit: why is your head tilted so far right?