By: Flinn Lazier
Going into the third weekend of the SCCA Super tour GP4 Series, we were expecting to struggle at the beginning of the weekend because of a last minute car rebuild. The rebuild meant we would have to start from scratch and find a fast set up quickly. The first day of open practice, we slowly dialed in some of the new components we installed, like brakes and conformability. This was before we started to push and play with the limits.
After getting the car to a comfortable balance we decided to throw on a fresh pair of slicks to see what we could put down.
The next season; we went out on slicks and set a 1:28.6, a second faster than 2nd and, what would be, the fastest time of the weekend. We only made one mistake, we put the slicks on two sessions early. After we ran the fast time we went out for two more 30-minute sessions. We didn’t have any other sets.
Quali came fast after testing Saturday morning. We were half a second off the time we ran the day before and the car felt like it was starting to loose grip. We got the red flag halfway through the session, another car hit the tire barrier on the exit of turn 5. We sat 3rd for the moment but this gave us some time to recuperate and get ready for two hard pushing laps.
Coming up and under the bridge out of 10B I used all the road and prepped for two on the edge laps. Dancing through the track it was clear that the tires were slower from the previous day, coming across the line we qualified 2nd, two tenths behind P1, we were happy considering the life of our tires.
The race came came. It was sunny, dry and a great day to go racing. Off the line, we had a strong start and challenged for the lead, after the opening laps I could already feel weakness in the tires, using grace and pushing as carefully as possible we began to get closer and closer to the leader. Getting as close as two car lengths behind I planned my next move to overtake, but before I could the yellow flag fell, we were under a full course caution because of multiple wrecks.
Not losing a second of focus, we were ready for the restart. The green fell and the leader was not ready, we took the lead and lead for two more laps before the next full course caution. The race ended under yellow which meant we would take the win. Very happy with our result especially considering we had older tires then the rest of the field. The team pulled the car together at the last minute and still made it reliable and quick. We did great considering it was a very hard fought race in the field of twenty other Formula Enterprise drivers.
The next stop of the SCCA Super Tour could be at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) in April, but there is a possibility that we will stop by Miami for the first round of the 2017 US F4 season.
More to come!