Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Autocross' started by Slowclimb, Sep 8, 2015.
Reno taking a .115 lead into day 2 out in Lincoln.
I wish I knew the lingo so that I understood what you were saying. Mind dumbing it down a bit for me?
Greg Reno in his Mini Cooper is leading the STs after day one out at the autocross nationals in Lincoln Nebraska...top 6 are made up of 3 Fords and 3 Minis.
results listed here: http://sololive.scca.com/HS.html
Nice to see a lot of FiST out there. I'm rooting for Ted Descovich, he usually beat me handily heads-up
Thanks for the explanation! Glad to see the FiSTs doing well.
Greg Reno showed us again how great of a driver he is, and how the Mini can still win. In my opinion Reno was always on of the absolute top drivers, but beating Darren Seltzer and the prepped Fiesta ST should stop anyone from arguing otherwise. Darren said he did not leave any noticeable time out on course.
Unfortunately for me I really struggled on day one with an awesome course that does not allow drivers to struggle without punishment. Today, I drove much better but still left a few tenths on course. I am so pleased with how well a bone stock Fiesta ST handles with just wheels and tires.
Sorry i couldn't put faces and names to the avatars in Lincoln, but it was a good week at Nats. I learned a lot. Like the heat limits of the Bridgestone tires. I was not into watering them because our short courses around here did not cause them to overheat that much but Lincoln's long runs caught up about mid course, third runs. After the big sweeper, day 1 the right front was like butter.....Both days, run 3 should have been 2/10ths faster.... But that's why we do it!
Ed, good run there! Beat me by 83/1000s!
Until next year, keep racing those STs!
So....freaking....close to the trophies
It's a shame that Josh Salvage (codriver) coned out on Tuesday. Had the fastest scratch of the class on West (on his first run no less)...4 cones, but they were all "ticked with rear tire" cones then the 3rd fastest time on Wednesday. Took him from high in trophies to out of trophies.
We swapped front tires midway thru runs both days, that really seemed to help as a heat management strategy.
FWIW, this was my 11th Solo Nationals (been every year since 2005) but this was the first one I DROVE the car to the event. 1650 miles...each way...from San Jose CA. Really impressed that the car returned 37 MPG (!) (helped by being in caravans with trailers both ways, so only going low/mid 70s MPH) and in relative comfort.
Car de-stickering happens this weekend. Being in Northern CA, we still have a half-dozen event weekends left in 2015
Looking forward to another year in HS in 2016!
My 4th year; gone from 8.8 to 4.4 to 3.8 to 3.3 sec back so I am closing in....
I worked with Josh on corner; he's a cool guy.
Part of my problem was the unreliability of the Hawk pads. They need to be hot so when they failed to grab in run 1, I was tentative thereafter. Over the winter I'm going to new rotors and back to OEM pads. Also have found the happy spot in tire pressures.
I wish I would have socialized with you guys more. I am very pleased with the HS turn out. I am looking forward to doing more events during the next 12 months. This was my second Nationals and I learned so much this time. I sure hope Greg Reno stays in HS.
I was happy with how I did, but I need to remember to push the car more on the larger sites. Screwed my fast run on day one and coned my fast run on day two. Still ok with how I did...but I knew I could have done WAY better.
It would have been curious to see what Darrin would have done in a prepped Fiesta.
Darren Seltzer? He was in a prepped Fiesta ST. We tested both cars together here in Florida.
Was it? I didn't look at it in impound but he said it was a someone else's car from his region that all it had was tires.
Absolutely prepped. It did have a stock fsb but only after our testing led us to take off the Eibach bar and go back to stock. Konis, filter and proper alignment.
I stand corrected then.
it was running on BFGoodrich tires?
Correct it was running on the Rivals as he and his co-driver were sponsored from them (based on the BFG outfits they were wearing).
I believe he was on the 17s as well? I looked but don't remember.
They were on Rival S, and I'm pretty sure they were on 16s (2 "kinda applicable" 17" sizes are either really tall for the 225/45, or likely wide enough to rub badly and be "extra floppy" on the 245/40 given they were on +42 Sparco wheels).
From the testing I did, I could get "somewhat close" (but not faster) on the Rival S (215/45R16 all around) versus the RE71R (215/45R17 F and 205/50R16 R) but it requires a pretty big adjustment in driving style to do it. Think "pitch and pray" (BFG) versus "precise but don't overdrive it" (Bridgestone).
I'm personally a lot more comfortable with the Bridgestone driving style.
FSB : try the Base Fiesta bar next . It is a pretty good compromise between the stock and Eibach, and seems to keep (mostly) the advantages of each with minimized downsides of each.
Well based on his driving style the pitch and pray method would suit him.
I as well prefer the Stones though I would like to try one with the Rivals to see if they would be faster, even though I HATE the way they feel (dead)
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