So, event went pretty good. Nothing broke down, car was fine. After practice lap had to remove inner fender guards snd pull front feders a bit. Competition this year will be tough. In my old S4 class (stock awd) two cars got into 1:14.xx, that's great.
Also, after making wheel allignment I tried to discover mysterious noise in rear left corner and found dead coilover damper. Had to replace rear coilovers with old shocks, destroying rear allignment, of course.
Really liked competition in my class:
ZR1, really rare car for Cyprus. 2.0l cars are alreay quite expensive in taxes (road tax is calculated from displacement) I thnk it's annual toad tax is about the same as price of my car.
I'm pretty sure that this car is the same one Iast year. I had beaten his time by few hundreds of second with my record time on last event (1:12.73). His best time on single event he took part in was 1:12,78 if I'm not mistsken. I'm pretty sure he did that race just for fun, on oem tyres and wasn't really competing, just testing what car can do. Then it used to be yellow on chrome wheels, now car is black on black wheels, has michelin cup tyres, aggressive allignment, maybe something else. Anyway, it's time now was 1:09.36. I think it might remain the record for our class in 2015 because driver of this beast is participating in serious motorsport events outside of Cyprus and really knows how to drive
I also don't expect to see it in competition again this year, again, it was for fun, I think. In fact he left after first session.
Btw, his tyres width is 315, and max width as per our class regulation is 285. But everybody liked this car, so... who needs these regulations anyway?
Original CSL in perfect condition. Champion in 2wd class in previous years. Wasn't participating last year though and this was his first race on semi slicks. On slicks this car used to run low 1:09.xx laps, on street legal semis he did 1:12.1 this time
Black STi on photo ran 1:14.xx on shitty tyres, his set of hankooks was late for the event... Cyprus is kind of small and most of the time if you looking for something specific you have to order stuff an wait for delivery... Will be much faster on proper tyres, I suppose...
Car of last year's champion, also a hawkeye STi is in rebuild now and probably be ready by next event. Last year he ran low 1:11.xx
Always loved RX-7s
Has LS inside... kind of disappointed, i'd loved to see rotary power.
Monster EVO3 did 1:04.5 on practice day before the event
In top class race turned out to be a battle of old school vs new technology. Technology won by 0.04 sec...
red evo set fastest time in session one, but misshifted and overreved engine damaging valvetrain. It was fixable but they had no tools to fix it. In second session evo 9 had beten his time:
Now about disappoiniting moments
. My time in first session was 1:16.
engine wasnt pulling as it expected. I was hoping that 3 in exhaust will add punch a bit or at least reduce lag, but I wounder if it in fact it become worse for some reason.
then I reset and did fast re-learn procedure to ecu and did 1:15.6 in second session. Had one (my biggest ever) off and managed to set my best time on next lap.
short video of these two laps:
More pics here
Gave my blown dampers to local rally team, they promised to show them to their trusted suspension specialist who might be able to rebuild them. Hope it will be fixable, I'm not really excited to pay BC for replacement damper.. They carhged too much...
If I want car to be competitive I have to get it to 1:11.xx...
The plan remains: weight reduction, get suspension fixed and engine... neeed more power... any ideas what to do with ej20g on budget? I have spare ej20k with vf24 turbo, yellow injectors and snapped valve. Will it help?
I'm quite sure that I can't get into 11.xx without wider tyres.. Noone else uses 215s like me.. But I'm not going to buy anything untill my Dunlops last. I think they can handle at least two more events...
Wider tyres will mean new rims and probably flares..