We are now well on our way for our long 600 mile drive up to High Plains Raceway, just east of Denver, CO. Long drive, but almost all highway. And unlike the Great Lakes area, these are nice and smooth! Traffic is light too, we may just make it to the hotel at a very reasonable time!
As we were leaving the track, there was the first bit of real drama on the track. One of the Porsche GT3s lost a coolant line, dumping coolant around about half of the track. Unfortunately, this caught out the #46 Rochester DSM Mitsubishi Evo, who ended up sliding off track in the slick coolant and adding some new character lines to the left front fender. Luckily it just looks like cosmetic damage, but it did hold up the entire group while they cleaned up the track.
Back to the results - after a great lunch, courtesy of Kicker Audio, and some time studying video and data, Dan lined up for round two at Hallet. Armed with a plan, he roared off the start line, slid through the corners and put down 3 solid laps. End result was a 2 second improvement, down to a 4:26.788. This placed us 11th overall and 1st in class. Renner also picked up a bit of time, dropping about 2 seconds down to a 4:29.035 for 13th overall. Chow wheeled his car to 23rd with a 4:35.651, followed by the #48 CTS-V in 25th with a 4:37.048, Baron’s #8 M3 in 36th with a 4:40.632. Next was the #69 CTS-V with a 4:43.907 in 39th. Dawn Treffert in the #56 Panamara ran a 4:48.823 coming in 48th. No time is being shown for the #55 Audi S4 (along with a handful of other cars that I saw at Hallet).
With the set of solid runs today, we have moved up to 17th overall, with a tight pack through 13th place. Bonus is that we are consistently placing better than 5 of the car in front of us. We have also whittled Chow’s lead down to 20 points. It’ll be a battle to the finish!
Looks like its my turn to take the wheel for a chunk of transit driving. We will be on hwy 70 for the next 350 miles or so… At least the directions are easy!