25 wonderful 2016 Mazda MX5 Cup Global Invitational

you Might Wonder What We're Doing Here At The World-famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Near Monterey In California Home To The Jaw-dropping Corkscrew This Is The First-ever Mx-5 Cup Global. Invitational And It's A Huge Race Weekend That Welcomes The Best Mx-5 Cup Series Drivers From The US As Well As A Couple Of Ozzy Motoring Journals Including Yours Truly The Car Is The Latest Generation In D Series Mx-5 Racer Built By Long Road Racing Out Of Maryland In The US Now It Starts Life As A Spanking New Mx-5 Road Car In Japan And Is Shipped And Stripped And Transformed Into This Purebred Track Racer Pre Race Track Walks Are Essential For First-time Races Here And Our Guy Was Joel Miller A Current LM P2 Class Pilot, But Previously An Mx-5 Cup Driver Himself With Loads Of Experience Here At Laguna Seca It Takes A Good Hour To Walk The 3.6 K Track, But Joel Points Out The Best Approaching Exit Parts To Use Depending On The Ever-changing Conditions Of Race Day Which Of This Early Stage Proves Invaluable Like Any Professional Race Meet Run By The Sports Car Club Of America It's A Requirement To Attend A Drivers Briefing Before Practice And Racing Sessions In Our Case Given This Was An Inaugural Event Designed To Promote The Mx-5 Cup Series Globally Drivers Were Told That It Was To Be A Clean Race With No Contact, But Even Before That Drivers Need To Have Their Race Equipment That Helmet Fireproof Underwear Socks Overalls Gloves Balaclavas And Driving Shoes Certified By The Race Stewards For Compliance With Current Regulation And, If You Don't Get That Well You Don't Race The Same Goes For Your Race Car Which Is Measured And Wave With Driver In Full Race Gear Thankfully Your Race Director Generally Walks You Through This Process And In Our Case That Was Me Head Racing A Fully Fledged Race Team For Hire Out Of Washington DC In The US This Weekend There Were Two 30-minute Practice Sessions Which Again Are Invaluable Particularly After The Track Walk They Prepare You For Qualifying Which In My Case Meant That.

I Was More Than A Few Seconds Off What Was A Furious Pace Set By Most Of The Field And Just Like Qualifying Race One Was An Eye-opening Experience The Pace Was Astonishingly Quick Throughout The 45 Minute Duration In Fact Nine Of The 18 Drivers That Lined Up On The Grid Were Clocking Mid To Low 1 Minute 42 Seconds Laps Consistently To Whereas The Best. I Could Manage Was A 151 The Good Thing Was. I Knew Where.

I Was Losing Valuable Seconds Breaking Way Too Early In To Turn To And Basically Not Carrying Enough Rolling Speed Into Every Other Corner It Was Frustrating To Say The Least As. I Wanted To Push, But Felt. I Didn't Have Enough Laps Here Or Near The Car Well Enough To Push Any Harder In The Critical Turns Like Five Six Nine And Ten The Other Ozzy Piloted Car Had Crashed Out On Lap Six And.

I Was Already On Lap 20 With Only A Couple To Go Before The Checkered Flag My Goal Now Was To Stay Out Of Everyone's Way And Finish The Race, But Then Tragedy Struck When. I Was Hit On The Exit After Turn 4 By A Car That Had Lost Control And Eventually Hit The Wall The Damage To Mine Wasn't Severe, But With A Bent Rear Control Arm Race One Was Over For Me At Least. I Had Managed To Go From A 153 And Practice Down To A 151 In Race One, But Still Tragically Off The Pace Things Had To Improve In Race 2 Help Arrived With Our Coach For The Weekend Kenton Cook A Professional Race Driver With A 2016 Rolex 24 Hour Daytona Win Under His Belt As Well As Too Many Other Wins And Podiums To List Armed With Video And Data Of Each And Every Lap Kenton Analyzed Both And Was Able To Clearly Show Where And How.

I Was Able To Reduce My Lap Time Easier Said Than Done. I'm Afraid Rolling Starts A Difficult From The Back Of The Grid, But At Least. I Had Clean Track Ahead For Almost The Entire Race.

I Tried Hard To Push On In A Few Of The Problematic Turns And Managed To Pull A 150 Point Five On Lap 22 My Best Lap Of The Weekend Coming Down Onto The Final Corner Turn 11 The Lap 22 Down A Second Up Through The Gears Third Fourth And Fifth Over The Bridge And Down Towards The Critical Turn To Full Power All The Way As Late As You Can In Fact. I'm Not Late. I'm Not Breaking Way Too Early Here Into The First Apex Of Turn Two There's A Second A Text Here Driving It Hard Out Not Quick Enough Basically Up To Turn Three Very Little Tie Light Tap Of The Brake And Turning In Early That's Too Late.

I've Lost A Half A Second There At Least Up Through The Gears Into Fourth Hitting Turn For Too Tentative Here Half A Second There Roll It Right Out Onto The Curve That You Roll It Right Out Under The Curbs That We're Going To Say Because That Gives You A Lot More Grip Than The Tarmac Itself Turn Five Critical Down To Third Rolling It Through Here Again Too Tentative More Time Loss Critical To Get Speed Up This Hill Towards The Corkscrew And This Critical Turn Six Way Too Tentative Here Got To Drive It Hard Into Here Because It's A Compression That Pushes The Car Under The Tarmac Heading Up To Turn Seven As We Head Towards The Corkscrew Across To The Right-hander Turning In Left And Dropping Down Effectively Three Stories Need To Be Hard On The Gas Down There As We Head Towards Turn Nine Again Too Tentative Should Be Pushing Way Way Before The Apex Heading Into Turn 10 Now Which Is Another Compression Right-hander Again Too Tentative Here Time Lock There Again Rolling Right Out Heading Down Towards Turn 11 Down To Second From Forth Trying To Drive It Hard Out Of Here Because That's The Fastest Part Of The Track Heading Up To What Looks Like My Fastest Lap. So, Far A 150 Point Five Five Despite My Best Efforts The Top 10 Were Still Doing Consistent 142 S Or Even Quicker However My Goal Centered Less On Lap Times And More On That. So, Far Elusive Checkered Flag At This Time.

I Was Stoked To Finish The Race Unscathed As Was Mike And His Team From Me Head Racing Much To My Surprise My Combined Points Total Of 57 Had Put Me In 15th Position Out Of 19 Drivers And That's Despite My Off The Pace Times, But The Entire Event Was A Massive Success With All The Action Stream Live And Compared By The Radio Lamont Team It's Without Doubt One Of The Most Affordable Turnkey Racing Series On The Planet And We Can Only Hope The Series Grows Throughout The Asia-pacific Region And Encompasses Australia As Well As Japan As There Will Be No Shortage Of Buyers For The Mx-5 Cup Car Down Under.

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