I realize that this might just be an exercise in futility but maybe just by writing it out I'll figure something out.
Background: 2010 I attended my first autocross and got hooked. I was required to run SM because of the turbo I put in but since I was new I was placed in the Novice class. There I got hooked to the sport and also learned that PAX SUX! (beat an CR4 Corvette and a 08 Mustang in raw but they scored better than me because of the class difference). The car was basically stock at that point except for the TRD suspension and progress rear sway bar I put on. About half way through 2010 the US Army decided that they would help fund my autocrossing adventure the only way they know how, sending me to the sandbox for a year. So fast forward this winter I come back and get some tires (Z1 Star Spec), clutch/flywheel and seats.
So the first official autocross of the season was last weekend and while I think I did good in the SMF class I'm not all that pleased with the results. Now I'm sitting here wondering why. The other two cars in SMF were a 94 Acura Intergra and a 04 Mini S. They were not on R-comps but the tires did look wider than stock (or maybe I want to believe that). Beyond that I can only guess at what other mods they have but I have to assume they are pretty much maxed for the class. I also did look up the curb weights of both cars and they are around 400 lbs lighter than the tC. I do remember the Mini S from when I started running in 2010 and he was fast then as well. Both the the Acura and Mini were within .1 of each other. That's where I want to be.
When I looked at the video I shot I noticed a few places that I could improve on but I don't see 2.5 seconds worth of time, at least not in any one run. I'm also starting to notice a clunk noise coming from the left front when I'm in a right hand turn and accelerating hard. I haven't seen any rubbing marks on anything and it's impact type noise anyways so I'm starting to think that I'm finally out driving the TRD suspension. Also with getting the Star Specs I've started messing with tire pressures as that's about the only adjustment I know how to do on the car at this point. I was running 38 front and 42 back and didn't notice any pushing on the sweeper turns if anything I probably could have pushed it more but the clunking noise kept me from doing that.
Now part of me want's to say I'm just out driving my car. That I need to go get some R-comps and a good set or racing coil overs. The adult part of me says that it's not the car that has the problems but the driver. I shouldn't expect to keep up or near people that have several years under their belt. The next race is a month from now at a new track for the club and I think even for the region.
Things to do:
Need to figure out the best place to mount a camera. Over the center makes for a good line shot but sucks for telling how close your getting to the cones. I can't afford three GoPros but there has to be something doable.
Need to get better control of throttle. Spinning tires don't add to acceleration.
Data logging. Torque is an awesome app but I got to explore it more. I know it does data logging and throttle position but what good is that if you don't use it.
Would be nice if I could find a place to practice, stuff like slaloms and switchback turns.
Autocross school? Would be fun and I do have leave to burn this year...
Danville Mar 2012 - YouTube