Fall at VIRginia International Raceway has always been an enjoyable experience for the Area 81 Team. Cooler temps, beautiful scenery and a relaxed atmosphere makes the Goblins GO SARRC a staple on the Area 81 Racing Team calendar. Both drivers stepped up on podium for both races. Saturday’s results were Richard 2nd, Tim 3rd. Sunday’s results were swapped between the drivers with Tim taking 2nd and Richard 3rd. Overall a good weekend for the team.
Tim Car # 18 – We made several improvements to the car since our last race here in the spring, so we were chasing setup all weekend. I qualified 8th overall and 3rd in class for the first race, but quickly passed five cars and was 3rd overall and 2nd in class. The car developed under steer in Turn 6 soon after that. I hit the outside curbing and it sent the car spinning across the track. I didn’t hit the tire wall but it was too close to get the car turned back on the track. We don’t have reverse so it was left to the discretion of race control to get me pushed back. The car overheated during the long delay and I had to bring it in. The shunt must have affected my alignment and the car handled worse on Sunday. I spun again during the second race but was able to get back on before losing class position. I was disappointed to be several seconds slower than I was in the spring and couldn’t compete for the win. I’ll be ready to defend my championship in the spring. Special thanks to Matt Bell and Timmy Orr for filling in as crew in the absence of my crew chief. I couldn’t have made the race without them!
Richard Car # 81 – The newly re-paved VIR track has been a bit of challenge for me. All weekend, the car ran fine and it was certainly fast, but just lacked overall downforce for the turns. That being said, I had a decent race weekend with 2nd Place Saturday and 3rd Place on Sunday. Saturday’s Race 1 was fairly uneventful after the first couple of laps I was by myself. I saw Tim go off in turn 6 and hoped he and the car was OK. Qualifying for Sunday’s race was going well and the tires had just warmed up, when I broke a throttle cable on my 4th lap. Sunday’s Race 2 was full of consistent laps, however the car just lacked a bit of speed in the corners. With all the racing, I expected the new paving to get rubbered in and gain some grip, but that was not the case. Either way it was an enjoyable weekend at VIR with great weather and great social interaction within our team plus NC Region SCCA Members.
Next event for the Area 81 Racing Team will be the Last Chance SCCA Time Trials at Roebling Road Raceway, Savannah, GA on Nov 16-17th, 2014. Stay tuned to our website –> www.Area81Racing.com or Facebook –> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Area-81-Racing-Team/173745692673454?fref=ts for updates.