Congrats Alan! That's a tough crowd. And congrats to everyone who had a great opening weekend! Nice to see expectations confirmed. Luckily we can autox all year, so yesterday was Round 2 of the Fiestus Smackdown. This was concrete event set up primarily for CP and SSM cars, really. Nothing remotely technical, quite definitely a power course. In preparation I found a little more front camber in the Fiesta (now at -1.4) and took advice to go bold on rear pressures, so started the day at 42/56. I let the backs climb to 58. But neither Josh Salvage, who was co-driving, nor I could get anything more than a little lift-throttle looseness. At the same time, Mark Scroggs in his Focus on RS3s, didn't make it 300 feet before spinning off course, but he found his footing as the tires and day warmed up. My best: 40.000 Josh's best: 39.996 Mark's best: 38.6XX Ouch. Afternoon, Mark and I switched, both cars set up as they were in the morning. Mark promptly cut a half-second off in the Fiesta, then burned the next three runs trying to force it to turn. For his last run, we dropped 33 pounds of air out of the back. THIRTY THREE. Running 25 PSI in back, he dropped another half second, down to 39.102. Which is pretty awesome, just a half second in back of his Focus time. But he said the difference was mainly from not fighting the car as much, though it did turn better. I was at 38.8 in the Focus, and it wasn't difficult to get there. I was dropping 2-3 tenths each run. While I'm disappointed it's not me making the Fiesta go faster, it's nice to see that it can. This was a worst-case scenario for comparison: Concrete makes any car pushier, we were on the rev limiter but the Focus wasn't, and there were three digs where power mattered a lot. But after four events in the Fiesta, I'm still not seeing anything resembling tail-happy.