Update - Snowbirds
Considering that it is my first big event with this car - I am happy with it. It is great to meet a lot of the folks that have been following this thread that wanted to get their hands on the A700. It has been a challenge not having a brain-trust of other drivers to bounce ideas off. The XRAY, TOP and AE guys do a great deal of sharing.
Car and driver are adapting well to the high-bite surface. The classes are uber-competitive with best carpet racers in the sport. The lap times are very very close and every hundredth of a second can mean a lot of positions in the overall qualifying. We still have 1 qual to go for tomorrow and currently sitting in the top 20 in both expert tc and non-boosted. Hopeful to move that in a positive direction.
I have found myself getting softer and softer with the car. The track is high-grip and dont expect it to get 'greasy' any time soon. My setup is going from spool/gear diffs to gear diff/diffs as the bite has increased. Making small changes now and focusing on clean runs.
I have really good power from ORCA and feel competitive. I am ready to race for another week!