|Super long extension!|
Friday, July 25, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
|Getting ready in pits|
|A little tire rub up front....|
|Coming through Turn 3|
|Nice panning shot|
Photos Credit: David Ogburn
See more of my Dad's photos here: LINK
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
With a business trip putting me in Ohio in late June, I was able to run the Toledo ProSolo for the first time this year thanks to Jeff Cox and his high horsepower Mustang GT500. Thanks Jeff....it was fun man! We had 16 drivers in class sporting mainly V8 muscle car variants except for reigning ESP Champion Greg McCance and his Subaru WRX.
|Photo Courtesy of Perry Bennett @ AutoXPix.com|
|Lined up for Sunday Morning|
Onto the Super Challenge where the field was incredibly tight - I think the qualifying delta was around 0.2s! I had my best Challenge to date marching to the Final Four as I got even more comfortable with the heavy, high horsepower muscle. I came up against Jason Frank in the Final Four round and scored a come-from-behind victory by 0.2s.....except for hitting the last cone on the course which bounced me out of the Finals! I tagged another cone in the 3rd-place round to put me in 4th overall.
In-Car video: LINK
Here is the SoloMatters.com writeup: LINK TO FULL ARTICLE
SoloMatters ESP recap:
Once again, Greg McCance drove his E-Street Prepared 2002 Subaru WRX over half way across the country to compete. He held the lead in ESP after Saturday morning over Dave Ogburn III, who was co-driving Jeff Cox’s 2010 Ford Mustang GT500 on Hoosier Tires. Greg suffered a broken hub during the Saturday afternoon session, but still managed to hold onto the lead as Dave continued to work on the handling of the Mustang. McCance was able to get the car ready for the Sunday session, but suffered a broken differential on his first run of the day. Dave Ogburn III dialed in the car and was able to laid down times to win ESP by 0.111 seconds, Dave Heinrich finished third only 0.031 behind McCance.
SoloMatters Super Challenge recap:
All of the close class battles meant a low margin to get into the Super Challenge; you needed to be within 0.263 seconds of the class winner to qualify. There were lots of very close battles and very few red lights throughout the challenge rounds. The final four drivers in the Super Challenge featured Dave Ogburn III from ESP versus Jason Frank from STS, and Chris Harvey from CS versus John Vitamvas from SPB. In the first matchup, Jason Frank held a lead after first runs, but Dave Ogburn III laid down a smoking fast run beat Frank back with enough time; however, a cone awarded the win to Frank. Chris Harvey was able to defeat John Vitamvas to move into the finals. The final round didn’t disappoint, Jason Frank held a 0.124 second lead after the first run, they switched sides and Chris Harvey was first back on the second run, but not enough to make up the margin; Jason Frank took the Super Challenge win by 0.055 seconds.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Here's the quick summary: Monaco is awesome and you should go GP weekend or any other weekend if you can.
Here are some photos which will show you why:
|Driving through the Alps en route to Monaco|
|La Ferrari sighting|
|Stepping out of the Monte Carlo Train Station|
|The Fort Antoine amphitheater (hint: it was in GoldenEye)|
|GP2 teams lining up for their turn on track|
|That's a nice building!|
|Our view of pit lane|
|Casino de Monte Carlo|
|The Famous Fairmont Hotel Hairpin|
|Partying til 5am at La Rascasse|
|Racing two scooters on the GP Track with some ahole going the wrong way.....|
Monday, June 16, 2014
|Cruising through Southern Germany.....sponsored by Red Bull|
|C'mon Ferrari...let the Peugeot through|
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Despite a group of weird Belgians playing skee-ball in livestock costumes, this is the best indoor karting track I have been to. First off, all of the employees spoke English well so that was a good start. The karts were gas-powered which I prefer and the track was long with lap times around 57-60s. At first it seems a bit expensive at 38 Euros per session, but one session is a total of 35min of track time - 10min qualifying session and a 25 minute race which is far superior to the 8min non-race sessions standard at American tracks. We had 16 drivers in our session. I got beaten by a few flyweight Belgians qualifying 4th and finish 4th in the race. Overall, I would high recommend this place if you are rolling through Eastern Belgium....it's just around the corner, right?
Btw, I didn't get any photos or video from the karting center so these are photos and videos I pulled from the interwebs.
Link to the East Belguim Karting Center
Oh yah...with techno beats:
This is what it's like onboard:
|Castle Vianden on the drive from Lux to the Nurburgring|
|Lambo action on the Autobahn|
A little late posting video and pictures from my trip to Europe....this was back on May 18th. I rented a Suzuki Swift stage 2 from Rent4Ring. Same as last year, Dale Lomas of Bridge to Gantry blog fame helped me get the rental sorted and he hooked me up with the highest HP Swift they have....
|Driving the Suzuki Swift out on track|
With my trip to Luxembourg, I was able to make the 1 hour drive up to Circuit Spa-Francorchamps for the 2014 Spa-Classic historic races. There was a really nice mix of cars there highlighted to Group C prototypes, F2 formula cars, and the Sports Racers and GT cars of the Classic Endurance Racing classes.
My favorite cars of the weekend were the Group C. This was my favorite:
Here is onboad video from one of the car owners....pretty spectacular noise:
Here are some photos from the weekend:
|Elevated Podium...euro style|
|Endurance Pits and Garges...a blast from the past|
|Mazda 767B in before Group C Quali|
|1978 Porsche 935 in the CER 2 Group|
|Historic F2 car in the F1 Garages|
|Sports Racers coming through Eau Rouge and the Raidillion|
|Cool view through a hole in the fence looking up the Raidillion|
|Hot looking 1968 Chevron B8|
|A look down the Endurance Pits|
|Nissan R90 missing its engine cover|
|Group C cars in the pits after a red flag|
|Sauber C11 poking out of the F1 garages|