A pair of fives…

I was going to wait till we had some better shots of on-track action from last weekend at Willow, but the photographer is lagging. We pulled two fifth place finishes at the AHRMA Corsa Motoclassica event at Willow Springs last weekend.

Willow springs is a fun track, it looks simple, but it gets technical when you start picking up the pace. The Omega is tricky, it’s almost like a roller coaster. I know I was losing time there the first day because it took some time to train myself to stay on the power all the way through and over the top to keep my momentum. If I got off the power the tires would bite instead of drift, and the rig would just fall to it’s knees because the top of the Omega is deceptively steep.

You can’t actually get off the power and drop a gear till you’re clear of it, 100% flying downhill and ready to flick into six. Tricky but fun. Reminded me quite a bit of 3a/3 4 at Sears Point.

The rig gets light over 7, but not much. There’s so much downforce and ground effect that it just sticks to the track. I was drawing a straight line right through 7, and Mike was sitting in about the middle of the rig tucked in behind the intake for aerodynamics before he’d pop over the right hand side to set up for 8. Even the fast guys were sticking to the track like glue through there.

We had a good weekend, the rig ran perfectly, and we’ll be back down at Willow in two weeks to run another two day event hosted by the WSMC. Then it’s off to Wisconsin for Road America at Elkhart Lake. My only complaint about Willow was the heat, it was 100 in the shade, and my all black leathers, black helmet, and associated gear were not helping me stay cool on the grid.

No woman looks good in race leathers. It was hot. But we had fun, and can’t wait to get back out on the track.

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