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Christmas at Laguna


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Great Racing out there!

Very few incidents and lots of fun! Thanks too all the teams for making it a good clean race!

 

Congratulations to Team 246 Uncommon Friends Racing and Team 95 Doorslammers for a well earned victory!

 

And a huge thank you to all our volunteers that helped keep our pit lane safe, and to all the Racers who made the haul out to Laguna Seca to make this event possible, you all Rock!

Saturday and Sunday Race Results are in!

They can be found online at:

https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1486742

Or you can download Lap times and Results from Google at:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1wQz8lvg4HCW06ziV3_Y0sfTqOYPmh2Dr?usp=sharing

Hope to see you at Sonoma!

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4 minutes ago, Ian Moone said:

Who is doing what?

 

Doorslammers have their fastest driver in to keep the lead from Basil Weenie, both on the lead lap.  Bare Bones is being caught for third, Uncommon Friends has their fastest driver in and has passed Miata PI for fourth and is quickly closing in on third place.  One hour left.

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1 minute ago, Ron_e said:

 

Doorslammers have their fastest driver in to keep the lead from Basil Weenie, both on the lead lap.  Bare Bones is being caught for third, Uncommon Friends has their fastest driver in and has passed Miata PI for fourth and is quickly closing in on third place.  One hour left.

Excellent! Keep up the info until the end if you would please.

 

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4 minutes ago, Ian Moone said:

Excellent! Keep up the info until the end if you would please.

 

 

Sure, I'm watching my daughter at roller skating.

 

Doorslammers continues to make about 3 seconds per lap on Basil, Basil about 1 minute back.  Both racing for the lead.

Uncommon Friends just took over third place and making time on fourth place by about 5 seconds per lap.  Third through fifth are all five laps off the lead.

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Doorslammers in the lead by one lap now, continues to run close to fast lap for their car.

 

Uncommon Friends not backing down either as they are also running close to their fast lap, although they are four laps down from the next place.

 

35 minutes to go.

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28 minutes to go.

 

Looks like Doorslammers are now just pacing Basil Weenine in second place, Doorslammers have a full lap lead.

 

Miata PI chasing Bare Bones for fourth but at 34 seconds back it does not look like they will make it.  Both cars are making close to their fast lap and they are pretty close for lap time.

 

Uncommon Friends solid in third.

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As Ron alluded to, it's the end of the 2017 Racing Season, and we are all looking forward to Sonoma in February.  2017 has seen huge improvements in the professionalism and quality of the race management and noticeable improvements in the  overall quality of the cars, teams, drivers, and on-track competition.  Also encouraging were the large number of new teams at Laguna Seca this weekend.  The future is bright-we just need to share our series with those who have raced with us in the past, those who might be racing elsewhere currently, and bring in even more new teams.  Here's to a great 2018!!

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Great weekend that didnt go quite as we wouldve liked...  broke a RF lower ball joint saturday while in the lead and then what seems to be some leftover damage from the broken ball joint, the control arm bolt came loose while up 1 lap in first on sunday.  

 

But we have the car pretty well dialed in with a 1:47.8 saturday morning.  

 

See everyone at Sonoma!

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Fun weekend. Was sad to see the field lower then normal and hope that everyone affected by the fires are okay. A lot of the regulars were missing as well :(. We are hoping to see RotoPlukers, Das Idiots, LAMR2, Pomona Speed Shop, Time bandits, and Uboot back at Sonoma. 

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42 minutes ago, Jamie said:

Fun weekend. Was sad to see the field lower then normal and hope that everyone affected by the fires are okay. A lot of the regulars were missing as well :(. We are hoping to see RotoPlukers, Das Idiots, LAMR2, Pomona Speed Shop, Time bandits, and Uboot back at Sonoma. 

Das Idiots will be there at Sonoma.

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52 minutes ago, Jamie said:

Fun weekend. Was sad to see the field lower then normal and hope that everyone affected by the fires are okay. A lot of the regulars were missing as well :(. We are hoping to see RotoPlukers, Das Idiots, LAMR2, Pomona Speed Shop, Time bandits, and Uboot back at Sonoma. 

 

Don't think we are going to Sonoma, hated the date and weather last year. Our plan right now is to haul the BMW East early in the year and race Daytona and NCM Championship leaving the car out that way in Mississippi so we can fly and drive. We will get started on the SC 300 we have been sitting on for a year and half to race out this way.

Things have been known to change though. 

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We always have a good time at Laguna Seca and this time was no exception.

 

To echo Voodoo Child, we felt the event was run much better than in the past. To be perfectly honest, we thought this would be our last Chu/amp race, but after last weekend, I'm sure we'll be back.  Kudos to the organizers.  Driving was exceptional from our point of view, so kudos to our competitors as well.

 

No matter how much prep we put in before a race, the Chotus always finds news ways to break.  For this race, the problem child was our new-to-us differential (sourced from a Jaguar XJS) with a not-completely-seated output shaft bearing (re-seating of which required removing and reinstalling the entire rear subframe - which took almost all of Saturday) and stock plastic breather -- that melted off mid-day Sunday. Making matters worse was our home-brew diff cooler which ended up starving the diff of oil - damaging it enough to cause that horrible whine you heard every time it went down the front straight.  ...And eventually we had a cooling system issue which had us doing 2-3 fast laps followed by 2-3 cool down laps for the latter half of Sunday.

 

Part of our pre-race prep for Laguna was to re-engineer the rear trailing arms. Doing so tightened up the rear end enough to make it incredibly loose. We also moved to the stock, vented hood, which required us to put the air clearer above the hood in cold, clean air - giving us a good bit more power than before.  

 

The combo of very loose and more power meant we were sideways... a lot.  Our drivers eventually settled into this setup... When the car was running, 3/4 of us were in the 1:48s with the 4th not far behind.  That's 3 seconds faster than last year with minimal changes to overall setup.

 

As a bit of show and tell, our first Laguna Seca race with Chumpcar was in 2013.  We were the first car to pull into the garage on Friday night so I quickly snapped the first photo (in black).  While trying to remake the photo this year, some of my team helped out (second photo). These are the type of people you need to run a '70s Lotus in an endurance series. Our team member who flew in from Holland for this race (and is now on his way back) and our team captain are not pictured because they were outside doing work.  :) 

 

For a lot more Chotus, here's the flickr set: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm7TMuVy

 

Looking forward to racing with all of you next year!

 

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I also agree that this event was well organized. Chu/amp has continued to surprise me this year with the increased professionalism. I thought the corner workers were much better then the ones at Vegas, not sure how that works but it was noticed. 

 

I still can't get over the car count though. They had 58 cars at Alabama in the snow but only 38 in Seca? This race used to have 10 cars on the waiting list. I am guessing LuckyDogs race in two weeks that has a "cheaper" entrance fee has something to do with it. 

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