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Way to go and Congratulants on your podium finish.. Man I like road racing the last track I was at was Elk Cart Lake in Wisconsin.
 

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Congrats, Patrick! Nice start to the season, I must say. So how did it feel to get out there again?
 

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Thanks guys!

Michael - it was great to 'go rassin' again. We ran the short track - which mean lots of tight turns, more traffic and no long straights that favoured the big torque of the hemi.

So I had to really work through traffic. We had a good qualifying time, so that helped. Lots of aches and pains from being tossed around . . . but that was all forgotten when the results were announced.
 

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Nice job! Congrats on a nice finish.
 

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wow that map behind you makes the track look like knotted string
Knotted string on acid . . . LOL! Over 3 miles of twists, turns, big elevation changes and optical illusions. I've done hundreds of laps there and am still learning better lines.


 

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congratulations!
 

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Nice work Patrick, what class are you running in this year ? any new mods ? I hope you didn't embarrass too many "track cars " lol

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Nice work Patrick, what class are you running in this year ? any new mods ? I hope you didn't embarrass too many "track cars " lol

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Thanks, Brian. We are still sorting out classes. We added a GT1 "Super fast" class, as some serious machinery and good drivers are now entering our series. So the old GT1 is in now mostly GT2 (my old class). I am now running GT3. The slower cars are now GT4.

I have some new mods going on soon. Adjustable end links for the sway bars; frame stiffeners, and new tension arms along with some rear cradle work. Hope to start that later this week.

It's a good group of racers. 'Noobies' usually need a season under their belt to learn this very technical track. Just a lot of fun for all of us. :)
 

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Good to hear the season has begun! And congrats on the 3rd place finish! :fing02:

I always enjoy seeing your pics and especially watching the videos.




Speaking of pics and video.......???.. ;)
 

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^^sweet. How fast would you say they are averaging?
 

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Cool vid. I like the rearview too. Was throwing me off at as it was reversed.

Looks like a fun course! :fing02:
 

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Hey Patrick thank Doug for sharing his video!! Do they run all classes together ? Just before Doug passed you he was passed by 2 fast cars. I noticed he very seldom had to shift most of the time he appeared to be in 3rd and 4th ??? It looks to me that there would be very little advantage to having paddle dual clutch etc. transmissions in a road race. The car mags. sure seem to make a big deal about how slow a manual is compared to the dual clutch paddle shifter are. What am I missing??

Thanks Brian
 

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I'll thank Doug, for sure. Yes - all classes are on the track at the same time. Makes for interesting times.

As to shifting - you're not missing anything - it's not a big deal. I run mostly 3d gear - down to 2nd on the tight corners. If I'm doing the long track, I do go into 4th - for less than 2 seconds.
 
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