The first race of 2018 took place at Sebring International Raceway. We brought the Blood Racer and the Boxster down for the SCCA Majors Super Tour.
This is the top tier of amateur racing, a level above the regional races I’ve been competing in. The talent pool is incredibly deep in Spec Miata. I was about 3 seconds off the pace of the leaders and qualified 36 out of 60 some odd drivers. The top 20 were separated by less than a second.
T3 is an interesting class with a variety of cars and talent. The Boxster was quick right off the trailer and I qualified on Pole. Hunting for that extra bit of grip on the Hoosiers I made an error in turn 1 in the second qualifying session. I sailed the car in but did not get back to enough power. When the car hit the bump at apex, the rear lost grip and came around. The correction took me off track and into the tire wall to driver’s right. I was really disappointed. Fortunately it was all cosmetic. I avoided breaking the radiator (right behind the bumper cover) and there was no suspension damage.
Brian and Jim did a bit of creative body sculpting. With a hammer.
There was no time to dwell on the mistake as the schedule moved quickly to wheel to wheel action. The first Miata race was mayhem. A few guys up front came together creating a parking lot in turn 3, and someone drilled the wall hard on the start. We got about 3 laps of green flag racing after the extended red flag cleanup. I made a few passes on the restart and finished 30th.
In T3 the start was clean and I lead the race from flag to flag. Although there was not as much competition as Spec Miata, it was a cool experience to win. I got to do victory laps, a podium celebration, photos, and an interview. I also found those extra seconds I was looking for in qualifying. While keeping the car on the track.
Sunday’s SM race had lots of green flag laps and fierce mid pack action. I stuck to Brock’s bumper but couldn’t capitalize on his mistake out of turn 5. I finished mid pack again, but turned my fastest laps of the weekend and got much closer to the pace of the front runners.
The second T3 race was manic at the start. The leaders stacked everyone up in the first few turns. There was some questionable driving and more than a few overly optimistic passes. The second place T3 car (BMW 330) made a go of it, but I got a good drive off Turn 10 and put a slower car between us.
I won the second race to complete the sweep in the Boxster. That car is so fun to drive and win with. It is a ringer in the Touring 3 class. I wish more Spec Boxster guys would come over from PCA and play.
Anyway, stay tuned because we get to do it all over again at Sebring in a few weeks with the Porsche Club of America.