Course Safety Feb 15, 2007 20:06:07 GMT -5
Post by MattP on Feb 15, 2007 20:06:07 GMT -5
integra55 said:fthose finishes were atrocious, especially the last event of 06 at Knights... anyone in a fwd car was taking a very real risk of spinning out as they crossed the line ( assuming for a moment that they cared enough to try to win their class)
I have to agree with that, and will add that was the case for the NTI finish before it, to a lesser extent. In a FWD car that wanted to come around on lift throttle or braking while turning, you had three options if you wanted to try and get a good time.
A: Brake while turning, hope you can catch it, plow into outside cones anyway.
B: Brake while turning, intentionally spinning the car to slow it down after the finish line, but avoiding hitting the cones.
C: Power through the corner, and hope you can get the car stopped in the short straight that pointed directly at the cars lining up to start.
At NTI, there was a bit more room, and I was able to avoid all three (though I did touch a cone after the finish and had to back up to get back to the grid).
At Knights, after experiencing choice A quite by accident, I spun it intentionally (B) after the finish on my last two runs in order to avoid the cones. I know Mike (co-driving my car) had to finish the course in a similar way at least once.
I also remember remarking to several people about that course that someone would hit the curb after the quick transition at the end of the long pull across the lots, and we all know what happened with Steven's Miata. I was working the other end of the course when it happened, but I knew exactly where it would be when I heard it hit.
I wasn't at last weekend's event at Knights, so I can't comment on that.