That changed on Sunday.
On Sunday it became official that I am the Novice Champion in the SFR region of the SCCA Solo championship.
It's not Formula 1, but it is as good a place to start as any.
Rewind the clock a bit and Scott and I are standing in the office of Roger Kraus Racing speaking with Brandan Kraus and Bryan Nemy about upgrades for the Subaru. After a fairly lengthy and in-depth discussion, we decided to get new tires, which were kind of required after the last event's shredding action, and to adjust the alignment to try and address the understeer of the car. Later, we installed a beefier anti-roll bar in the rear of the car.
We considered a lot of options in tires, and the tire that offered the best match for our needs appeared to be the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec (whew). The tire features a lot of rubber in contact with the road and not a lot of cuts in the tread. This makes for good dry weather grip. When the tires were mounted we had Kraus Racing increase the front camber to -2 degrees, and add some rear toe-out. These two changes would help to front get sucked into the turn, and the rear pivot outwards more, respectively.
Also, it's red.
So did these changes help? I was certainly very curious to find out.
On Sunday we woke up at 5 AM and headed down to Marina. Hotels were over $400 per night for the Monterey Reunion weekend so we kind of had to.
We each took our first runs and I included our immediate impressions in the video.
It's an enormous improvement and while it could use a little fine-tuning (I think we can set the roll bar to the stiffer notch, as it still understeers a little), it's a really nice handling car now. I thought the extra stiffness would make it a but unruly, my logic being that there was a reason Subaru made it so pushy. But nope, it's still a fuzzy teddy bear with no sharp edges. Just a really easy car to drive, and with these tires even more so. Dad was immediately quicker, getting to within 1 second of my best time of the day.
And with that best time, I won the 11th round, scored a perfect points result in the championship, and made it official that I am now Novice Champion. Happily my dad also got a good result, finishing 3rd for round 11 (only a tenth of a second behind the Mini Cooper in 2nd), and scoring a fantastic 2nd place in the championship. An Evans 1-2 in our first season! Could it get any better?