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Kill Story: Smacked down a stock 2002 with my M3

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Well, "smacked down" is probably a bit of an overstatement. But I did manage to jsut barely beat a well-driven 2002 at the most recent DC area autocross by less than half-a-second. In talking to the driver, the car is basically stock, with an updated head and new carb being the only engine mods.

My car: 240 hp, 3500 lbs.

His car: 110 hp, 1900 lbs.

Bigger and more expensive is not always better at the autocross (though, in this case, 25 years, 130 hp, and 1600 lbs. bought 3/10s of a second).

Edit: Rematch this weekend.
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CD-55 said:
Here is the quote from Steve: It's my novice impression that JST is smoother, based on riding with him at
the TARA event(3 weeks ago)... CD-55, you should charge admission to ride with you. When I rode with you (Sunday),
it was pretty much hold on for dear life.
CD - Don't know if you want any other comments about your runs, but from pole D it looked like you were overdriving quite a bit. Not as smooth as I remember at the last one. If I had to sum it up in one phrase, it looked like you were trying a little too hard to go a little too fast.

I, OTOH, tried to go slower this time and was successful. I stuck to my plan of conciously braking earlier than I had last time. As a result, I didn't push through the turns like before. I think I slowed too much a few times though. I couldn't get the slalom on the first half right...I think I tapped the brakes each time even though I knew that I didn't need to. I probably should have downshifted to first in a couple of places but didn't. Oh, and I have to remember to disable DSC before the runs start, and not when I'm on the course :D

Also, FYI, the gate right next to pole D changed a little between heats 1 and 2 due to a growing pothole. No idea how much time it might have been worth, but you may want to keep it mind when comparing your times with cars in the first heat.
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