for SCCA Solo II, Audis tend not to be the weapon of choice. But when I was in high school, it was my first experience driving a car in anger, well, legally. I remember not really knowing how to race, I hit plenty of cones, and that ur-quattro just loved to understeer with my ham-fisted steering and going into every corner way too hot.
last friday I got clocked by a cop - 96 in a 55, and I saw him and was hard on the brakes before he pulled the trigger. I have realized that I need an outlet for the car - 55mph is a crawl in these things, and commuting home at 120mph in an RS6, well, if this were Germany, it'd just be a sedate cruise.
So I've decided to enter an autocross this weekend. The track is a NASCAR-type short track with a sort of "outfield" with a chicane. Should be interesting, and I'm hoping that I can put down some power to make up for handling deficits.
I'll be racing in E Street Prepared; the competition locally is only one other driver, in a Mazda 6. On paper I should beat him, but in Solo II it's about not hitting them damned cones and my new suspension will truly be put to the test.
It's been two decades, but I do remember the fundamentals of autocross. I'll be running with about 5 gallons of gas in the tank plus spike it with some xylene (I prefer toluene, but you can't really get it in the States without the cops knocking on your door looking for a meth lab!). Adjusting tire pressures, etc, all those tricks too.
Only question on my mind is whether to run with ESP or not. My thoughts on that is with ESP off, the car is running with completely open differentials, if I understand the system correctly. Will ESP exacerbate understeer, will it help, or will I fry my brake pads?