Whew, that was tough. The 2011 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals, that is, where the STR class was the largest with 64 drivers going head-to-head; and man, oh man, was it a battle.
We drove on the faster East course on day one, designed by GRM’s Andy Hollis. His course featuring a mix of transitions and fast sections had us to the rev limiter in three places. The S2000s ruled the day holding down most of the top spots. Our project drivers John Rogers and Chris Harvey finished the day in 17th and 18th place, just 0.046 seconds apart, respectively. Day two moved over to the West course, which featured endless slaloms and narrow transitions. Once again the powerful S2000s lead the way, with Robert Thorne needing his final run to edge out class newcomer Nicholas Bargato by a scant 0.002 second. Rogers was able to use the nimble handling of our MX-5 to haul himself up to 13th spot and in the trophies, as the second fastest MX-5 at the event. Harvey was not quite in sync with the car on this day, and slipped to 22nd, just 0.7 seconds behind Rogers.
Amazingly, after more than 2 minutes of driving the first 30 drivers were separated by less than 3 seconds, just 2%. Autocross is a game of inches where every one counts, and the tight STR class finishing order really shows this. Complete results for the Street Touring Roadster class can be found here.