So. To change the subject here.......... hope thats ok.
Another weekend of racing saw a further step and more testing time with my old project of softer springs, thicker shock oil.
A week or so ago I posted my results/ feelings on running 1050cps oil with the TM 1.3mm Springs. (15LB springs If memory serves?!)
This weekend I tried and ran two qualifiers with 1170cps oil and 6LB
rear and 7LB
front springs (!!!)
I still only have the 3mm (Mugan) roll bars but I wanted to see what reults I could see/get anyway.
On a very smooth track. Again I could run the car with next to NO - camber ! (-0.5 Degrees front and -2 degrees rear) With just 1 degree rear toe-in. A car with very little slop everywhere and running very little droop in the front (1mm) and 2 - 2.5mm rear droop from ride hight.
The car ran very well. Good grip without any indication of traction roll. Even though others were getting some. Not alot though.
I could run soft tires and yet get less or the same tire wear as others on standard set-ups.
I ran two qualifiers. Improving on the second and attaining a position in the running order which was about my usual.
I did find the car had almost too much off power steering........not surprising really and didn't have enough time to look into getting more on power steering.
The car was almost too responsive.......from the thick oil. My next test will be trying to take better advantage of the lack of chassis roll with this set up?!
.... more to come.
Now. As a comparison. I ran the last two qualifiers with a 'stock' set up. 3rd with no improvement and the 4th I had radio/receiver problems........ GRRRRR
But in the final. I ran the stock set-up with a little more fine tuning and ran the best I have driven the car in years. If it wasn't for a bad start and 3 flame outs .......who knows. May have actually won the Region 5 B main??!
Times show I was the fastest car on the track in fastest lap, 10 and 5 lap average!!
Still lots of more work to do on the new set up idea but things still look promising!?
The track? LeisureHours Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.
Check it out.