Like always, I’m waiting till the last minute to get my races in. I would have like to have gotten the Spec Racer Ford race in first but it did not go official, so I went for the MX-5 race with little practice.
The MX-5 race this week was at the Okayama Full circuit. I ended up in the 2nd split with a pretty high Strength of Field, 1308, which means a good result will have decent points and is good for irating. So I qualified 7th, this puts me mid pack and in the beginning I always get shuffled back because I am not crazy in the first couple of turns. I like to get through them clean and just run my race. This may be detrimental to some of my finishes but I think these guys are a little crazy in the beginning and I am very careful in the rookie series. There was the 4 car who was just taking out everyone. He wrecked 2 guys that were in front of me and was just driving all over the place. The guy was fast but very chaotic. When he got next to me with 2 laps to go I was in reach of 4th place but I slowed to let him go because I did not want him to wreck me. This proved to be a smart move because on the next lap he spun himself out and gave up the position. Almost took me out with him but I was able to avoid him! I Ended up finishing 5th and gaining both irating and SR.
For the Global MX-5 cup I am in 373 position with 460 championship points. I will not be making my goal of the top 100, I still need more practice.
Next up was the Street Stock race at Charlotte motor speedway. This is a track that I’m fairly good at so I was excited to get into the race. I qualified 12 and was making my way up through the field when I was tapped from behind. The car got sideways but I was able to save it but got a pit penalty for going 100mph through the pits. It was a racing incident so I thought they would let it go but they didn’t. I ended up serving the penalty and finishing this race in 14th position 6 laps down. What a bummer…..
After week 11, I am doing pretty good in the Street Stock series. I cracked the top 100 and am doing pretty good. Since only 8 weeks count towards the Championship I may end up in the top 100 at the end which will allow me to accomplish my goal and move on to another oval series.
I was not able to get the Spec Racer Ford race in because every time that I tried, it did not go official so I did not run it. Not that the practice wouldn’t have done me some good but I just did not have the time. So this is it for this week.
For the Spec Racer Ford, I am in 6th place in Division 6 and 183 overall. This is in the top 10% so I’m pretty happy with that. This is way more realistic than anticipated and the learning curve is quite steep.