SCCA Autocross results thread

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Autocross' started by CrookedRacer, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. k757

    k757 Active Member

    1) finished 5th of 122

    2) class: GS
    Sport mode
    16" Sparco wheels, Dunlop Z2 (205/50-16) with 75 runs on them, warm temp set at 41F/38R
    surface temp ~85F and slightly slick/sandy (never really cleared up that great during the day)

    3) I felt I drove very well, maybe one element that I could have done better on my best run.

    Field had multiple national champs (past & current)

    4) This is my third season of auto-x and came from a '11 WRX, so still learning FWD acceleration. I was told that I was tripodding almost every turn. I also had multiple requests for rides and a dozen people wanting to know more of this car.

    Sorry about quality, my GoPro reset it’s settings somehow (grrrr) and I recorded in shitty mode

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  3. Des

    Des Active Member

    FIrst victory over the Focus we've been chasing:
    1st and 2nd in Street 3 (DS/GS/HS), 19 and 20 pax overall. Results don't show second sets of runs, where I chopped another half-second off.

    This club aims more at Mod and Prep classes, featuring very fast courses where street tired cars fare poorly. We benefited from a couple of thread-the-needle elements the Focus didn't fit through as easily.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014
  4. madhatter

    madhatter New Member

    Just got done with points 5 in the Atlanta region. First in GS, over an Abarth and a FoST, but no Celicas. 17pax out of 123 timed entries.
    My times were off though. I did not get to walk the course before the event more than half a walk, so it took me a little while. I don't think it's *not* competitive with the FoST on the type of courses we see at Atlanta regionals.

    Still, I need a well driven, well prepped, properly optioned FoST to show up and put me in my place before I say it's faster.
  5. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    1) Finished 4th in PAX at Capital Drivers Club event in Waldorf, MD on May 25, 2014.

    2) G-Street class, stock with Dunlop Direzza ZII's 225-45-16. (and a K&N drop-in air filter)

    3) I drove the snot out of this car! And I had a lot of fun, as it's a laid-back club. The car was really impressive on these tires.

    4) Lots of great drivers, but it's hard to tell where I landed since not everyone listed an SCCA class or prepared their cars according to SCCA classes. Like I said, it's a pretty laid-back club.

    5) My car got LOTS of attention! I took a couple guys for rides, and met a lot of new friends who also post to build threads.

    Here's a fun video I created for this event:

  6. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    36/1000ths. good run!
  7. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    1) a link to the results posted elsewhere on the inter webs

    Finished 2 of 2 in G-Street at Washington DC Region's first-ever NIGHT AUTOCROSS! They wrote down the results, scanned them in, and posted them to facebook. The bottom line: Andy drove a 56.6 in the Celica and I drove a 57.5.​

    2) your class and your setup (brief- we don't need to know your shift knob rocks)

    G-Street class, stock with Dunlop Direzza ZII's 225-45-16. (and a K&N drop-in air filter)​

    3) how you drove... Did you leave the a/c running? ( that's my personal go-to excuse )

    I drove well, I think. In April, I was five seconds behind Andy in his Celica. This time, I was less than a second behind. I'm happy with it.​

    4) notes on your competition (nationals driver in a sorted celica, or a novice with three passengers)

    nationals driver in a sorted celica... Also, there were only experienced autocrossers here, because of the experimental nature of the event. Plus it was really really laid back. I had a fantastic time.​

    5) color of your Fiesta ST ( or whatever else you wish to add )

    White. Check the video- I'm especially proud of it, except more of my captions could be funnier. The first one was meant to indicate that my Dunlop Direzza ZII's were better than the stock Bridgestones when it comes to wheelspin. It probably didn't come across that way. Anyway, not bad for 20 minutes of editing work.​

  8. Des

    Des Active Member

    That's actually pretty terrific. Congratulations!
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  9. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member


    2) PAX class running a GS index (NWR version). Eibach rear bar, 225/45-16 ZIIs.

    3) I drove well (3 of 15) but took off 0.9 on fun runs so there was more left. Car was quite a handful in the rain with the rear bar. Without it I would have been closer but the surface was very slippery which favored 4WD.

    4) The ususal Nationals-level drivers we have in NWR

    5) Performance blue. Afterwards I took a ride with the 7th pace FoST driver who matched my scored time with my coaching. I had moved on by nearly a second at that point however. The FoST had a lot more side to side grip than the FiST but it felt pondurous in the tight bits. One good bit is that I am still leading the season points standings after 3 events :).
  10. Couldahadav8

    Couldahadav8 Active Member


    2) GS class, all I pay attention to is PAX index since the region is small. Worst finish of the year, 9 of 66, but my comparison to top PAX, ,975, was actually my best of the year. I have 215/45/17 rivals all the way around on stock wheels front OZ's in back. Fronts are toast. I have GTI yellow Koni's in the back, which I have a half turn from full stiff. I think I need to go full stiff, but its going to suck around town. I hope the koni's they make for the ST don't require complete removal like these do (they also did on the GTI) in order to adjust them. I was the 2nd fastest front-drive car on a course that I think favored the RWD cars.

    3) I drove poorly, with 2 areas of the course where I probably left 1 second. A better driver would have been in first with my car.

    4) I felt I slipped relative to the local drivers. The drivers ahead of me are mostly the sort that go to Nationals with 1 previous national champ and 2 trophy winners.

    5) Black. A Focus ST was there. Completely stock and driven by a literal first timer. He was 1.4 seconds behind me, which essentially means he beat me. The focus seemed to do better with the pivot cone and tight left turn I was having problems with, which could be the car or the driver because I completely botched those portions of the track.
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  11. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    1) a link to the results posted elsewhere on the inter webs

    June 8th at Philadelphia SCCA series:
    2nd in class, 17th in PAX out of 180 entries.

    2) your class and your setup (brief- we don't need to know your shift knob rocks)

    G-Street class, stock with Dunlop Direzza ZII's 225-45-16. (and a K&N drop-in air filter)

    3) how you drove... Did you leave the a/c running? ( that's my personal go-to excuse )

    I drove so-so. I took passengers on my first three runs, just because everyone was so interested in the Fiesta. But I felt like I messed up a couple digs and I could have carried more speed.

    I ended up a full two seconds behind Andy this time. He really drove well - coming in 8th in PAX.

    4) notes on your competition (nationals driver in a sorted celica, or a novice with three passengers)

    nationals driver in a sorted celica... again. And his co-driving cousin, who hasn't had a lot of autocross experience.

    5) color of your Fiesta ST ( or whatever else you wish to add )

    White. Thanks to the Philly region for hosting a very welcoming event. The Dunlops started flopping around at 37psi so I had to bump back up to 39 psi in front. They had scuff marks most of the way to the bead. Another driver in DC was seeing this happen but his were 205-55-15's, so I just attributed it to the higher sidewall and narrower patch. But this time it happened to me. It sounds like a really wet raspberry. Like FWOP-FWOP-FWOP faster than you can say it.

    I think I need to go with Hankooks. Any way we can get 225's or 235's on the FiST?
  12. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    Finished 2nd in GS behind a 2014 FoST, and lost by a significant amount. To be honest I attribute it most to the stock tires not being up to snuff against the Hankooks the Focus had. Hopefully I win the lottery this week so I can get a set of wheels and tires... In PAX I finish 48th out of a total of 91 drivers, many seasoned racers were out and I only got a few dry runs so all in all I am content, but anxious to see what the car can do with better rubber.
  13. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    I hope you win the lottery too.

    But I would agree, the tires make the most difference. I was shocked at how much more grip the 200 treadwear rated autox tires had than the supposedly 140 treadwear-rated stock tires. Great drive on the stock tires!
  14. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    How about this, if I win the lottery, Moton shocks for errybody! :p
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  15. eRic

    eRic Active Member

    Detroit SCCA Summer Heat Solo - Sunday, June 8, 2014
    1) 4th in G Street
    2) OE wheels/tires 42, 39 PSI front, rear. Green air filter. COBB shift knob. Perrin shorty antenna. STOA "ST" badges.

    3) Did all 5 runs in Sport mode and had passengers. We almost spun on the the first run.

    4)G Street Class
    # Name Year Make
    8 Eddy, Evan 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
    11 Chapman, Edward 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
    17 brown, jason 2014 Ford Focus ST
    24 Britton, Neil 2013 Ford Focus ST
    26 Clute, Lori 1994 BMW 325i
    34 Penn, Eric 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
    71 Hartsaw, Tom 2014 Ford Focus ST
    125 Wong, Jen 2010 Volkswagen GTI
    135 Garrett, Joshua 2014 Ford Focus ST

    5) Performance Blue
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014
  16. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    225/45R16 fit with no rubbing at all.
  17. Des

    Des Active Member

    Packwood NT results -- 4 of 8, but not far off on raw time. Day 1 was very power-oriented, Day 2 slightly less so, but not surprising that the car with the real LSD picked up some time.

    FiST was on 235s up front (Dunlops first day , Federals the second) and stock 205s in the rear; the lack of steady-state grip probably hurt as there were three good-sized sweepers. The Federals had way less wheelspin and did not seem any worse in the sweepers.

    Good stiff shocks and a bit more rear tire to go with them would have helped quite a bit -- certainly enough to have been in the mix for first.

    T 1 197 Darrell McVey 2013 Ford* Focus ST red BFGoodr
    62.295(1) 59.871 61.821(1) 120.496
    60.625 62.543(1) 60.935
    T 2 96 Steve Wynne 2005 Dodge* ACR SRT-4 W BFGoodr
    61.750(1) 61.849(1) 60.148 120.680
    60.672 60.708 60.532 (0.184)
    T 3 19 James Rollo 2014 Ford* Focus ST Blu Dunlop*
    63.856(1) 61.214 60.641 121.380
    61.687 60.844 60.739 (0.700)
    4 66 Des Toups 2014 Ford* Fiesta ST Re Multi
    61.005 62.442(1) 61.125 121.887
    61.325 60.924 60.882 (0.507)
    5 71 Mark McFarland 2013 Ford* Focus ST Yel BFGoodr
    65.407(2) 61.627 62.047 122.876
    62.584 61.755 61.249 (0.989)
    6 188 Chris Lo-Pryke 2000 Toyota* Celica Mid BFGoodr
    64.062 62.538 61.957 124.617
    63.990 63.405 62.660 (1.741)
    7 88 Graeme Adamson 2000 Toyota* Celica Bla BFGoodr
    64.442 64.383 62.793 125.263
    63.596 DSQ 62.470 (0.646)
    8 97 Jeffrey McVey 2013 Ford* Focus ST red BFGoodr
    65.397 64.933 64.262 128.345
    64.561 64.083 64.800 (3.082)
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  18. Mr UFO

    Mr UFO Active Member

    Des, you beat my brother in his FoST-Mark McFarland. I'm sure he was happy:)
  19. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    So Des why is the entire class avoiding the Packwood Pro? Just because I'll be there? (By myself so far) :)
  20. CrookedRacer

    CrookedRacer Active Member

    Saturday, finished 1st in PAX at a local club

    G-Street, drop in filter, rear koni single-adjustable sport yellows, harness, 225 /16 Direzzas zIIs

    I drove the crap out of it. Tight, small lot course with lots of slaloms and a double-back on itself. Perfect for the car.

    Mostly run what ya brung types.

    Really fun club.

    Sunday, finished 3rd in class at WDC scca

    The course was just the opposite- so fast and wide open, I had a hard time memorizing the course. It really suited the focus st cars. I even got beaten by one on its stock tires. I wish everyone in GS had been there the day before!

    I gotta hand it to the guy who made second... He must've driven VERY well to achieve that time. With tires, he could have easily taken first.

    I drove ok, but I think I could have done better if I had worked the course first, to see it better. I definitely left at least half a second out there. Yadda yadda ...

    It's the most difficulty I've had remembering it well enough to drive it with confidence since I was a novice. Maybe I'm just getting old. :-/
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  21. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    Packwood ProSolo results.

    All eight drivers that ran SF at the Packwood NT skipped the Pro leaving me the sole car in SF. As a result I got put into a rather tough Bump class along with 8 other drivers including national-level drivers Scott McHugh in a C5 Corvette on race tires and Mark Allen Smith in a DS Subaru WRX. Saturday much to my surprise I ended up leading by 8 tenths but Mark’s last right-side run was 1.1 seconds faster than his left so I knew he was coming and fast. Mark had been stuck in the 2.2s for launches but suddenly figured things out and started doing 1.7s vs my consistant 2.3s. After Mark finished his last Sunday-morning run the announcer started to say that his last run was enough to beat me by hundredths but then he looked at my time and saw that despite the fact I was on my faster side I had been able to take off another three tenths which gave me the win by 0.262!

    This was only my second dry event in the car of the eight I’ve done so far and I think I am finally figuring it out a bit. The big problem is of course rotation, I ended up with a 37/45 F/R pressure split but I think I could have easily gone higher.

    In the challenge I won my first two pairs but was taken out by the eventual second-place challenge finisher. All in all a good event!

    T 1 99 Alan Dahl 2014 Ford* Fiesta ST Bl Dunlop* RT/60ft
    35.505 35.748 36.436 36.277 35.458 36.247 54.205
    36.274 35.476 35.104 35.231 37.231(1) 34.847
    T 2 96 Mark Smith 2012 Subaru WRX Blue Hankook RT/60ft
    35.502 35.202 34.854 35.065 34.823 34.551 54.415
    35.283 34.467 34.155 33.761 33.434 33.214 (0.262)
    T 3 147 Scott McHugh 2002 Chevrolet* Corvett Kumho RT/60ft
    33.101 32.465 32.779 32.600 RL 32.894 55.153
    32.604 32.407 34.519(1) 32.117 32.599 33.968(1) (0.864)
    4 91 Dieter Beldi 2009 GM* Cobalt Bailout Hankook RT/60ft
    35.022 34.518 34.647 34.897 34.687 33.913 55.254
    35.181 33.595 33.552 33.658 34.886 35.779(1) (0.123)
    5 24 Blair Reid 2004 GP Kart Honda Blac MG RT/60ft
    30.808 30.014 29.810 31.871(1) 29.489 29.743 55.916
    29.971 29.648 29.326 29.688 29.481 28.818 (0.690)
    6 71 Walter Dixon 2004 Honda* S2000 Silve Hankook RT/60ft
    36.220 35.517 35.513 35.233 RL 35.704 56.390
    35.207 35.253 35.123 34.556 34.852 RL (0.587)
    7 27 Scott Engler 1988 Honda CRX si Deth Toyo RT/60ft
    RL 35.765 36.287 35.917 35.266 35.715 56.595
    34.518 35.183 35.339 35.081 35.304 35.112 (0.253)
    8 47 Tom McDaniel 2002 Chevrolet* Corvett Kumho RT/60ft
    37.277 35.688 34.479 33.649 34.589 33.551 56.738
    35.310 34.233 33.918 33.642 34.052 32.887 (0.167)
    9 90 Kencey Christoph 2011 Energy Kart* Blue MG* RT/60ft
    41.011 38.424 DSQ DSQ DSQ DSQ 73.890
    40.331 38.625 DSQ DSQ DSQ DSQ (17.885)
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