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Old 08-28-2017, 07:25 AM
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WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

Great weather, high speeds, close battles, camp fires, spins, and broken cars defined the 2017 OTA Championship weekend. That doesn't count timing issues, track oiling cleanup and a suspenseful late event protest that leaves us all wondering about the results. More than the usual drama made this a weekend to remember. So getting my thoughts together here's what I learned.

1. Shannonville is bumpy which always causes breakdowns and this year was no exception. One in particular affected me when Pauly's car suffered it's 2nd engine failure in as many weekends. And I thought rotary engines were fragile. Sorry it happened because we had a great competition heating up. There is always next year Pauly, you're still young enough to win many titles.

2. Even our timing guru, Perry, had never experienced the system problems the team faced this weekend. While Perry celebrated his son's wedding the group soldiered on the bring us the right times in a lapping format, both days. When they spoke to Perry on Sunday he confirmed that this was a new and surprising situation. The results will be sorted out in due course. Thanks for everyone's patient and diligence.

3. The traditional BBQ was a huge success, thanks to Will for organizing and delivering. The subsequent campfire was awesome as well. What a super group of folks we have in OTA.

4. Always carry spare brake pads. Like many others I was trying to stretch my equipment to the end of the season and fell only 10 laps short with my brake pads. Lucky tail winds allowed my first session time to stand up for the day and I did not need to accept Alex's kind offer to borrow some pads from him.

5. Overall attendance at SMP was the highest in recent memory and is very much in line for the season as a whole, make 2017 a financially viable one and bodes well for 2018. Can't wait already, I have brand new brake pads ready to go.

6. Thanks to the Mazda drivers. We got a good picture that was taken for us by Kathy. (see below) We will send it on to our corporate supporters.

7. Thanks to everyone for helping out at the events. Be sure to make time to attend the year end season celebrating. It will be held at Dave and Buster's at 407/400 sometime in the next few weeks. Watch for an e-mail for details.

That's my 3 cents, what did you learn and how did your weekend roll?
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:34 AM
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

I didn't have much time to learn anything! LOL

My first session I went down pit lane and thought to myself man this is the bumpiest pit lane I have ever seen! I said to Chris is it this bad out there?

He confirmed yes!

I ran 5 laps having never been on the track before I really liked the fast straightaway. I pulled off and figured I would soften the dampers by a few clicks. When I reached in for the adjusters I got a hand full of shock fluid! MCS uses a pretty green colour!

My weekend was done as well as my season. 4 hr drive for 5 laps and them another 4 hrs home made for a very expensive not so fun weekend!

But it was a great year for OTA, car is still shiny and the panels are straight..

Type R will be debuting on track in a few weeks.

Thanks to all the OTA crew for running great events!

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Old 08-28-2017, 03:22 PM
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

1. Shannonville is lots of fun, especially when it isn't raining, foggy or both raining and foggy.

2. The marshals at corner 13 are nice folks. I had the pleasure of unexpectedly stopping to chat with them both Saturday and Sunday.

3. Albert's car does an artistic pirouette when it hits a track corner covered with oil.

4. Competition pushes you to find extra time reductions that you didn't know you could find.

5. Many thanks to Mohammed and Kathy for their support of OTA and the awards. Much appreciated!

6. Many thanks also to the marshals, organizers and volunteers who made the 2017 OTA season so much fun!
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Old 08-29-2017, 01:12 AM
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WIL : Shannonville 2017

1: The track is as rough and course as people say ... even my hockey pucks were pretty much FUBAR afterwards.

2: Chasing Miata's is hard as hell ( for my car anyway) but fun , especially when you manage to get into a cat & mouse battle with just 0.001 of a second between each other .

3: Setting the car in drift mode and entering the turn at the end of the back straight at 135+ With hockey pucks for tires is a quick reminder a 91' Escort never came equipped with drift mode ..

4: OTA after dark at the camp fires makes for some interesting conversations , lucky charms seems to be the go to camp fire snack.

5: I don't do well setting the pace and running at the front of a group ( I never did in stock car racing either ) I much prefer having a "rabbit" that I can chase to use as visual encouragement to push harder , As a novice I find this helpful to use as a tool in improving my limits and finding new limits of the car.

As a novice to Time Attack & OTA I had a great time , Looking forward to next season.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:44 PM
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WIL at Shannonville:

It's not only Subaru's that have oil starvation issues. When the engine was pulled out of the Focus you could see a fragment of the rightmost piston hanging out of the hole in the block. The good news is a replacement motor has been found and the mighty econobox will be restored to life tomorrow.

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Old 08-29-2017, 01:28 PM
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It's not only Subaru's that have oil starvation issues. When the engine was pulled out of the Focus you could see a fragment of the rightmost piston hanging out of the hole in the block. The good news is a replacement motor has been found and the mighty econobox will be restored to life tomorrow.

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Old 08-29-2017, 01:41 PM
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

Another great event with great talent.

Looking forward to running the entire season next year. Except for maybe TMP... that track is the bane of my existence.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:16 PM
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1. More front camber was a great idea.
2. More rear toe would've been an even better idea.
3. 'Loose is fast' was a pretty apt mantra for this weekend, but it scared the s**t outta me most times.
4. With that said, I've never had so much fun while being scared at the same time. Might be a mental disorder.
5. This is the first time I've been to SMP and not had some sort of failure. Just gotta find some wood to knock on...
6. Organizers and volunteers are always to be applauded for their efforts. Special consideration to the timing crew for getting through the SNAFU this weekend. I think I'll stick to Tech Inspection.
7. Having a pyrometer and piercing probe was probably the only way I survived this weekend. Would've never guessed I needed that much tire pressure just to stay on track.
8. Finding out your air mattress is broken SUCKS.
9. Having your brother bring you a new air mattress ROCKS.
10. OTA is the best time attack I've been to for many reasons.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:14 PM
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

1. Finishing-off the old set of RE71s seemed like a good idea up to a point.
2. Not being able to match the morning lap times, especially on Sunday afternoon, was the consequence and I won't do it again.
3. It felt good to be able to match the times of my old competitors and almost as good to be beaten by young novices! Really encouraging for the series.
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Old 08-30-2017, 04:37 PM
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

Another great year with a great group of guys (but I already knew that).

Here's the video of one of my faster runs on Saturday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRGdKBtslDE

Definite improvement from last year's time.
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Old 08-30-2017, 04:49 PM
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

1. Everyone was pretty polite and patient with me at timing for going through a SNAFU. We got things running and everyone was happily driving and no lynch mobs formed. Thank you to everyone for understanding. To quote Homer Simpson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZlOhSt_qW0

2. Being my first time doing any hot laps at SMP (I've only been there as a ride along and did alligator lapping), I really really like the track layout but HATE the surface! That bump on the return to the front was super difficult to figure out how to maximize entry. Part of the fun I guess!

3. Learnt and adapted a ton from going from Pro to Long track. Rob H. proved to be a VERY perfect bunny to chase and I did all my best laps with him in front.

4. I need new engine mounts... I missed 3rd gear on the back straight and it took me almost two seconds to find it.

5. Between running between timing and my car, this is where having a stock car shines - no need to mess around with anything except maybe tire pressures!

6. Clean up afterwards can be hectic. Need to make a list for future volunteers.

7. I CAN CATCH ALEX. I KNOW IT.
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:08 AM
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

Sunday's quickest lap...

https://youtu.be/cm3CNljJ8io

And video of (hopefully) everyone on a flying lap at the last corner.

https://youtu.be/oB4WBijlYKc
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

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Sunday's quickest lap...

https://youtu.be/cm3CNljJ8io

And video of (hopefully) everyone on a flying lap at the last corner.

https://youtu.be/oB4WBijlYKc
Thanks for sharing! My car doesn't sound too bad actually!
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Old 08-31-2017, 03:42 PM
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Re: WIL: Shannonville OTA 2017

Do the lap times/results from OTA events get posted somewhere? I checked the Results section on the CASC website and it appears that nothing for 2016 or 2017 was posted.
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Old 08-31-2017, 03:45 PM
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Do the lap times/results from OTA events get posted somewhere? I checked the Results section on the CASC website and it appears that nothing for 2016 or 2017 was posted.
They're on the main website: http://time-attack.ca/results/
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