Lately, I’ve just been super busy with work and other drama to do a proper project log update. However, I wasn’t going to let a silly thing like real life get in the way of doing some racing!
I was able to pick up a Go-Pro camera for a super good deal, which was perfect as I had an autocross planned for the upcoming weekend.
So this weekend was a pretty busy one for Project Kyoko. I spent the entire day before preparing the car, and I had my friend John planning to co-drive.
After getting up at the crack of dawn, John and I made the trek south to Bremerton Motorsports Park. When we arrived, we were the third car there, so it was super nice to have our choice of grid spot. Pays to get there early, I guess!
I wish I had a picture of the track-map to show, but trust me when I say that it was a nice mixture of speed and technicality. The outer edges of the course were more power sections, while the middle section was tight with triple gates. (I’ll probably start taking a copy of course maps, and scanning them in on following posts.)
John’s a pretty fast driver, so it was nice to have someone co-driving who knew what he was doing. Both of us have driving styles that are as different from one another as chalk and cheese. I’m super smooth, and John just wrings the car by the neck.
I think the most interesting part of the day was to see how our differing techniques got us around the course in about the same time. Since we had the camera with us, we decided to just film one of our runs just for fun.
What was super cool about having a co-driver was that I could immediately compare his driving style with mine, and see where improvements could be made. His driving always highlighted areas where I could afford to be more aggressive with the car, when it wouldn’t bite me back. The whole day was just a blast! John got five runs, and I got a sixth due to a re-run because of some timing mix-up. (Not that I’m complaining ;) )
Shockingly, Project Kyoko survived all eleven runs without a single mechanical issue (that we know of), which is worth noting since I first since I got the car. I think that John might just be the car’s good luck charm.
If so, he’s welcome to drive her anytime. Now we just need better tires and more seat time.