11:12 pm - Well, I went autocrossing today.
Changed the oil over to Synthetic at ~1250 miles, after discussing it with a tech at a Toyota Dealership. The 'dino oil' the car came with looked like medium-brown pearlescent
paint when I was pouring it from the oil-tray to the oil-jug for recycling later this week.
Ran bone-stock aside from the rear sway bar, so I ended up in STS instead of H-Stock. Since Mini Coopers are in H-Stock, I'd have had my arse handed to me regardless, so I didn't bother trying to take off the sway bar on-site.
The course was a two-cone slalom immediately into a sharp right-hand turn, then a big sweeper left, brief straight-away, then the sweeper continued another 180 degrees. Sharp right into a narrow 'cone alley' then another sharp right into WIDE slaloms down the incline of the parking lot, moderate right turn, double-cone slalom on level ground, then a sharp right into the uphill five
gate slalom into a quick S-bend to the right for the finish. Those last five cones nailed a lot of people that spun out because it looks like a straight-away but you can't go very fast.
I managed to botch my first run (no surprise) but didn't get a DNF, my times dropped steadilly through my runs and I avoided any cones though I was told I got two wobblers that I clipped with my back tires in that last five-cone slalom stretch.
Best time? 58.2xx, duking it out with some of the heavy powerhouse cars like non-Cobra V8 Mustangs and the like. Largest obstacle? The fact I was leaving four skidmarks behind in every single slalom area says volumes. The fact my OEM tires are the worst-rated in their category on TireRack says volumes too.0 comments