My first race in a few months was at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California last week. This race was round 2 of the 4th season of the Vtech club race series. I took out the passenger seat to save weight since the last race in March, but nothing else has been done. I have had an addition to my family so this will be my last race for the year.
The race series has grown a lot in the last few months, the organizers were handing out number plates starting with 200, now not that many people showed up to race but that’s a lot of racers. The four different classes where all full as this event sold out weeks in advance, and the competition has gotten greatly improved. This Ej civic with a GSR motor was very quick in the A1 class, which allows modified cars and aerodynamics.
This S2000 Cr was at the track ready to race, the more I see them the more I want a S2000 as a fun car. I wouldn’t want to track it just a great car to have fun on the weekend, I would just need to add some boost to make it more useful.
One of the different cars that I had not seen before was this EF civic with a D15 motor and an old Jackson Racing supercharger. The driver also uses this car for autocross and rally racing so the extra power is needed, but the supercharger puts the car in a higher class in the Vtech club series, a D16 with vtech would be a better choice if it was the only racing he did.
The track was also hosting Subiefest that day so a few of the sessions were taken up by Subaru cars. This Mustang was one of the few domestics on the track, and even though is seemed to be running it’s stock motor the suspension was highly modified and sounded like a thunder storm upon start up.
The action on the track was fierce, with each class setting new records for the track. The big surprise for me is how close the N2 cars are to the N class. What is suppose to be an entry level has turned into a full battle of some very talented people. The first place finishes of both class were only separated by 15 tenths of a second. N2 is filled with mostly older EF chassis civics, and a the N class is S2000’s, and civics with B series engines.
The track was shortened a little by removing some of the chicanes, and this allowed each class to set new records. My Integra was 5 seconds faster than last year when I ran the track, I don’t think all of that was due to the shorter track maybe only 3 seconds. The other 2 seconds came with being a little more familiar with the track and new tires. I ran a 1:25.79 compared to the 1:30 last time but the competition has gotten a lot better, where as at the last race I was about 5 seconds off the top performers, this time I was 12 seconds off. I have some plans for the car for the winter to get it lighter without costing a lot of money. we’ll see where I stand in January.