Well, my practice from Thursday paid off today.
Only change I made from Thursday was going to the 1.8 flex plates in the front, in the soft position, replacing my stock 1.5's that were pretty abused and fatigued to the point that I had a real tough time getting ride height with 42mm front tires. The 1.8's settled after the first 2 runs today, needing a little adjustment between rounds to bring the front ride height back up, and then held solid the rest of the day, no issues and a ride height close enough to my start setting that tire wear would account for the difference.
Speaking of tire wear, I saw right at 1mm on the day, front and rear, rotating the tires only once, after the second qualifier, and the tires are even left to right.
The car was predictable with a very slight high speed push and only a brief hint at double steer mid-sweeper, neutral off-power, and I'm pretty happy with the steering and stability at corner exit.
That said, the car was definitely better than I am with it at the moment. We didn't have a bad turnout today, but not huge either, 8 guys running boosted 10.5 today, which was split into 2 mains, but I made the cut to start last in the A
And turned nearly double the amount of laps on the day than I was able to manage last week with the spin-o-matic car I had last week.
So again, for the guys that gave me suggestions to try, thank you, the car is good enough to make me learn to drive it mistake free, and then worry about finding the extra 3-5 tenths of lap time I'm still lacking.
Unfortunately, I didn't finish the A-main due to an exploded rear axle bearing, but I'm still grinning from having such a fun car to wheel, and seeing improvement each time on the track, bot from the car and myself.
Thanks again guys.
I won't be able to race due to work for a month, but I do have one question.
When I get overly aggressive on steering and throttle, typically on a 180 turn, I'm sometimes lifting the inside rear tire and diffing out, making for a somewhat adventurous corner exit. I learned to open my line up and take smoother arcs around the track, but is this a setup issue, or driving issue?