Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • kfansett
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Well done on both sides.

    WIL;

    1) need to keep students at 60%…really!

    2) Great bunch and wish them all the best in the upcoming season.

    See you at the Grand Prix track!!

    Leave a comment:


  • xyz999
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    1) Had lots of fun driving & competing again
    2) Although I was pretty tired that weekend I still manage to meet with many new people and always happy to see familiar faces in the paddock
    3) I can use more brakes & tires on my Miata
    4) The 240 felt pretty good on the second day, still lots of area for improve but getting there
    5) Lap times were faster and more consistent than before, no off-track extrusions as well

    Leave a comment:


  • 2TH PWR
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    WIL

    1) I need more seat time this year
    2) You can't just slap parts on and go faster even if those parts are awesome.
    3) I need to optimize better. (ie trade aftermarket parts and their pips to lose a little weight)
    4) I really like the series
    5) Many of the competitors are very polished and I learned a lot by dropping back and watching a couple of their lines, especially up the hill with no loop.

    Leave a comment:


  • Oo=[][]=oO
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Great thread Will...

    Things I learned in DDT Event 1&2, 2015

    1) How Sparco race car seats magically shrink over the offseason!

    2) How much I enjoy the camaraderie and friendly banter at OTA,

    3) Wearing a balaclava or sunscreen stops you looking like a "Redneck"

    4) How the "wrong line" produces the "wrong time"

    5) How guys on the grid without helmets make it through the day!

    6) What a great fill-in job my wife did as "crew chief", and how much I miss the regulars!

    Leave a comment:


  • DT Racer
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Michael, I may be corrected by the Gov'ners but as far as I understand it is generally "Novice to the Series". The exception of course would be someone with extensive experience in multiple series or a Pro Driver. So enjoy your novice stats =D

    Learned:

    1. Yeah, sunburn on my neck. Lotion.

    2. GREAT new/old competitors at OTA make this an awesome series!

    3. Knowing how the classes will 'morph' is harder than picking winning lotto numbers. No one knows until the green flag drops on the 1st event every year.

    4. How to go 5 or 10k faster into some corners than you had been? By Nursing brake fade.
    4.5 When your sphincter starts to tighten, your getting there

    5. Friends who lend you a car to compete are good friends indeed. Thanks Scott Murfin.
    Last edited by DT Racer; 06-12-2015, 12:24 PM.

    Leave a comment:


  • ONdriver
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Sorry Michael, didn't want to sound negative at all, welcome to the series and it was a pleasure watching you go around the track, even if a bit hard on the ears!
    Just saying out loud what I suspect other people were thinking, especially other novice competitors.
    New faces in the series are great, no matter what their level of experience, it shakes up any complacency that may have set in and can only make competition better.
    Again, welcome to series and look forward to seeing you at the next event.

    Leave a comment:


  • Greg Campbell
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Originally posted by ONdriver View Post
    Observations from the timing van

    - many drivers attacking the new DDT much more aggressively especially coming onto the pit straight!
    ...
    - some novices are NOT novices!
    - OMSC needs more YMFC (young men in fast cars, girls would be good too!)

    Shaping up to be an interesting season!
    Originally posted by 2TH PWR View Post
    I heard this directed at me repeatedly over the weekend, and it's not my goal to upset people.

    Aside from the letter of the rule, on a spirit of competition level if a new competitor to the series had:

    - open lapping experience for the past 3 summers.
    - was completely self taught with no instruction.
    - had no legitimate competition experience.
    - will only have run 2/9 of your competition configurations previously
    - had little experience in what it takes to maximize your Pax system

    Would that person be considered a Novice?
    I could be wrong, but I don't think that forum comment was intended in a negative way. There have certainly been occasions in the past where novices to this series have done well right out of the gate. Some people have a natural skill for this type of competition and I think that applies to you as well.

    One thing I would like to point out is that the people attacking the front straight, needing more YMFC (YWFC too) and this season shaping up to be interesting has a lot to do with the new(er) people to the series. Not to say that the more experienced competitors are not an essential source of energy and competition (just see 'the ageless doctor') but we should welcome and celebrate new competitors, especially if they are fast out of the gate. It didn't take Corey long to get up to a winning pace, Kyle was a novice last year and is now fighting for overall wins, and I was a novice the same year as Erik (last years shootout winner).

    I for one think its great that you have come in, with a highly classed car (SGT1 is nasty on PAX), and are competitive and will only get faster. I think there's an event win this year out there somewhere with your name on it.

    Leave a comment:


  • 2TH PWR
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Originally posted by ONdriver View Post
    Observations from the timing van

    - many drivers attacking the new DDT much more aggressively especially coming onto the pit straight!
    - much more even spread of cars across all classes, on Sunday there were 7 classes with 4 or more cars
    - between both days 9 classes had 4 or more cars, GT4 had 10 entries total
    - some novices are NOT novices!
    - OMSC needs more YMFC (young men in fast cars, girls would be good too!)
    - I do need to get out on track now that there is a blue Mustang missing in action
    - it was pretty easy organizing Sunday thanks to Dave B doing all the background work, thanks again Dave

    Shaping up to be an interesting season!
    I heard this directed at me repeatedly over the weekend, and it's not my goal to upset people.

    Aside from the letter of the rule, on a spirit of competition level if a new competitor to the series had:

    - open lapping experience for the past 3 summers.
    - was completely self taught with no instruction.
    - had no legitimate competition experience.
    - will only have run 2/9 of your competition configurations previously
    - had little experience in what it takes to maximize your Pax system

    Would that person be considered a Novice?

    Leave a comment:


  • ONdriver
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Originally posted by iamthewheelman View Post
    lol at #3 Jeremy

    I learned one very simple thing this weekend, you can still register at the track even with the new registration website being pushed on us.
    Yeah, but if that happens more than once you won't be scored.

    SO USE MSREG!!!

    Leave a comment:


  • iamthewheelman
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Originally posted by Apex177 View Post
    1. also remember to wear sunscreen
    2. While you may only need one lap, it helps to complete them all
    3. Having someone in the passenger seat to tell you when your being a wimp is helpful
    lol at #3 Jeremy

    I learned one very simple thing this weekend, you can still register at the track even with the new registration website being pushed on us.

    Leave a comment:


  • Apex177
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    1. also remember to wear sunscreen
    2. While you may only need one lap, it helps to complete them all
    3. Having someone in the passenger seat to tell you when your being a wimp is helpful

    Leave a comment:


  • schmitt tuning
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Wil in event 1 and 2

    1) when going to the track, its more fun to drive the cars then fix them.

    2) there is a need for comunication from the building to the paddock, we all need a reminder for drivers meetings...

    3) who knew you could remove and replace a transmission at the track with a basic socket set, a floor jack and some jack stands....

    4) you need more then one sleeping bag if you plan to camp over night!

    Leave a comment:


  • Gary
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    First OTA event for me. Lots of fun, despite the car developing an oil leak that brought a premature end to the fun. Here goes:

    1. Failing to ensure the correct positioning of O Rings and application of RTV to surgically clean parts while the engine is on an engine stand provide a wonderful opportunity to do it over again, while lying on your back on the garage floor with the engine in the car, working with parts that are now contaminated with oil and old RTV. Sigh.

    2. Notwithstanding the driver's school, I have a lot to learn about driving close to the limits of adhesion on pavement.

    3. Once said limits are exceeded, The results are the same on pavement as they are on ice, except there are no snowbanks, and things happen at higher speed.

    4. Fellow Ice Racers who also do OTA look different without a toque.......

    5. The volunteers who make things happen in OTA run a great event.

    6. I will be back...

    Leave a comment:


  • ONdriver
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    Observations from the timing van

    - many drivers attacking the new DDT much more aggressively especially coming onto the pit straight!
    - much more even spread of cars across all classes, on Sunday there were 7 classes with 4 or more cars
    - between both days 9 classes had 4 or more cars, GT4 had 10 entries total
    - some novices are NOT novices!
    - OMSC needs more YMFC (young men in fast cars, girls would be good too!)
    - I do need to get out on track now that there is a blue Mustang missing in action
    - it was pretty easy organizing Sunday thanks to Dave B doing all the background work, thanks again Dave

    Shaping up to be an interesting season!
    Last edited by ONdriver; 06-08-2015, 06:10 PM.

    Leave a comment:


  • kmorris
    replied
    Re: WIL (What I learned) OTA Event #1 and #2 - DDT

    WIL:
    1. Great to see lots of new people/cars this weekend - numbers pretty good even with so many regulars absent (hope to see you back soon Kelly!).

    2. General level of competitiveness seems higher this year, good to see.

    3. Moving from slicks to Toyos is going to take some getting used to.

    4. You can forget a lot about driving over the winter.

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X