SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

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SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Toby Larsson » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:21 pm

The first time trial of 2012 will be held at Buttonwillow on March 24&25.

This is one of the better deals to get on a track, $125.00 for one day or $200.00 for both days, transponders are available for rent too. Three sessions per day and no work assignment ;)

Any car that can pass a solo tech, prepared up to and including Street Prepared is ok, cars prepared beyond SP (SM, P M etc) must be able to pass roadrace tech (cage fire system drivers gear etc).

More info here: http://www.calclub.com/time-trials.php

Link to sign up: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm ... 4D088DC400

Hope to see some of you up there, I'll be there Thursday-Sunday for the Super School, with some luck I should run my first club race on Sunday the 25th :D

There are some restrictions re. open cars, rollbars are required if no factory rollbars/hoops are installed. Contact cal club for more info on what open cars are ok.

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:52 pm

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:08 pm

Karen is doing the Super School also.

We had a great time last year doing this SCCA Time Trials. Buttonwillow is a really great technical track. Good compromise between the high speed and long straights of Willow Springs and the twisty Streets of Willow.

Guide: http://www.trackpedia.com/wiki/Buttonwi ... rack_Guide

Lap record holder shows you how to run a lap at Buttonwillow, the typical configuration 13:

http://www.motoiq.com/magazine_articles/articletype/articleview/articleid/923/fast-lap-with-billy-johnson-buttonwillow-configuration-13-cw.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDuKHjEN8Bs

The hills are a cool feature.

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Toby Larsson » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:31 pm

Mako, will you be there too?

Saturday configuration is 27 CW
Sunday configuration is 1 CW

Perfect time for those who usually run with SV to try something other than 13 CW ;)

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Jeff Stuart » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:28 am

Toby Larsson wrote:Mako, will you be there too?

Saturday configuration is 27 CW
Sunday configuration is 1 CW

Perfect time for those who usually run with SV to try something other than 13 CW ;)


I've been twice in my car and once for a LeMons race and still haven't run 13 CW. I'll finally get to run 13 CW two weeks though with SV.

I'd go to this, but I'll be at Infineon for my second LeMons race.

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Toby Larsson » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:38 pm

Jeff Stuart wrote:
I'd go to this, but I'll be at Infineon for my second LeMons race.


Same team/car as last time or different? Did I hear correctly that there's ~170 cars entered!

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Jeff Stuart » Tue Feb 28, 2012 6:24 pm

Toby Larsson wrote:
Jeff Stuart wrote:
I'd go to this, but I'll be at Infineon for my second LeMons race.


Same team/car as last time or different? Did I hear correctly that there's ~170 cars entered!


Yep, same crap-can as last time, assuming we (they) get the engine and rear-end put together in time.

I've heard that the event is full, so that very well could be the case. I haven't been paying too much attention to be honest. It will be nuts for sure.

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:26 pm

Shouldn't this be in the EVENTS section? We ARE suppose to be supporting the SCCA Time Trials program. No need to hide it here ... as long as it doesn't conflict of course with our schedule ... which this one doesn't

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Toby Larsson » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:00 pm

Mako Koiwai wrote:Shouldn't this be in the EVENTS section? We ARE suppose to be supporting the SCCA Time Trials program. No need to hide it here ... as long as it doesn't conflict of course with our schedule ... which this one doesn't


I put it here because I know how some people feel about promoting a non auto-x event, I don't feel like being part of any more controversial topics.

If you want to move it feel free :thumbup:

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:22 pm

Nice video of Jeff S at Buttonwillow last weekend. Broken front sway bar mount made his RX8 a bit loose. He gets distracted near the end of the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eD7lfG7Gt8

So much fun ...

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:34 pm

Bev's got her new 500 mm ... Karen got her suit ... tranny flushed on the Previa tow vehicle ... the Miata is serviced, axle seal replaced, balanced, fresh fluids, new starter and fresh tires for Sundays race ...
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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Toby Larsson » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:56 pm

We'll be leaving around 11AM tomorrow, need to get a new log book issued, was told that tech opens at 2PM.

Too bad no one signed up for the TT from here, only 11 cars in the TT group, should be a lot of open track available and only $200.00 for Sat & Sun.

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby KJ Christopher » Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:40 am

Have fun! I'd come out to help/watch, but we will be in SD so Kencey fan get more seat time before the tour.
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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Ed Holley » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:45 am

Mako Koiwai wrote: ... as long as it doesn't conflict of course with our schedule ... which this one doesn't


Yes & no. It conflicts with San Diego which some of us are running as the last chance to run the surface before National Tour. As if, in my case, that would make a difference.
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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Ed Holley » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:47 am

Mako Koiwai wrote:Bev's got her new 500 mm ... Karen got her suit ... tranny flushed on the Previa tow vehicle ... the Miata is serviced, axle seal replaced, balanced, fresh fluids, new starter and fresh tires for Sundays race ...


Is that Danika? ;)
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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:51 am

Danica Zaterman!

Doesn't get much better - 2X 5x 25 minute sessions ... and then a free entry into a Regional event on Sunday ... Practice, Qualifying and 30 minute race

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:12 pm

Little video news item ... featuring Toby and Karen's cars:

http://www.kget.com/news/local/story/Race-car-driving-school/wg0eSHH15028lRMdmmQLOw.cspx

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Toby Larsson » Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:37 am

Doing the Super School is by far the most fun I've ever had :thumbup:

Every person involved from registration, tech, emergency and all the instructors are so friendly and encouraging you just can not have a bad time. 6 hours of track time doesn't hurt either.

Both Karen and I got our license and are running our first club race today, one practice session, one qualifying and a thirty minute race in the afternoon. It's raining here right now and will probably continue for the remainder of the day, should be interesting for a rookie :shock:

If any one of you want to get on track I would highly recomend doing it this way.

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Craig Naylor » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:58 pm

Toby Larsson wrote:
There are some restrictions re. open cars, rollbars are required if no factory rollbars/hoops are installed. Contact cal club for more info on what open cars are ok.


Is a hardtop on a Miata good enough, or will a roll bar be required?

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:46 am

Some snap shots from this incredibly fun weekend: http://public.fotki.com/makofoto/2012-racing/scca-super-school/

Toby won his RS class ... beating the head Instructor ... who picked the wrong tires, ie. the weather held and we had a dry track ... and he set a new RS Track Tecord!

He was 4th over all, out of 20 starters.

Karen was 14th ... after a spirited battle with a SSC Honda FIT, that set a new Track Record, an HP car and a STL Miata. I was thrilled she kept it on the track while a lot of others had offs.

Here Karen passes Toby on the last lap ... of Qualifying. :D

Video from inside Karen's car: http://vimeo.com/39254351 ... pretty much Toby's only misstep in three days of racing

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:54 am

btw ... the fastest speed we saw all weekend from Karen's Miata was 96 mph just before Sunset corner ... and Philip R. says that was likely a glitch in the GPS data recorder. She was hitting a little over 7K in 4th. So the Auto Cross at Lone Pine is faster ... we were easily hitting 110 in Mark Coleman's STI.

On Toby's video, he's just hitting 90 at that spot, so Karen is no doubt doing less:
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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:18 am

Karen gets passed by an RX7 ... who then spins: http://vimeo.com/39255062

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Mako Koiwai » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:13 am

Start of the Race ... Toby on pole ... Karen starting I believe 15th out of 20. They were being very strict about having proper order during the previous Starts, so Karen is taken by surprise that they weren't going to do another go around: http://vimeo.com/39257329

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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Bill Schenker » Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:29 am

Mako Koiwai wrote:Karen gets passed by an RX7 ... who then spins: http://vimeo.com/39255062


....Says, "private". I'd love to see!
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Re: SCCA Time trials @ Buttonwillow March 24-25

Postby Jayson Woodruff » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:27 am

I happen to know that car was originally bought for RallyXing. Looks like the car knows that too.

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