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Old 08-03-2001, 06:58 PM   #1
winterhammer
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Hey Everyone....
This sunday is my first SCCA Solo II meet. I have a completely stock WRX with no tire changes. What do i need to do to the car for it to be ready (if anything) ?? What about tire pressures and fuel? If asked, what class is the WRX in? Is it GS? What (if any) damage should i expect on the car? How does Solo II work? Is it a drive around a track for the fastest time or is it an actual race on a circuit with other cars?

Basically any and all help would be appreciated....
Also..are there any volunteer opportunities? How do i go about it?

Thanks in advance for your help
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Old 08-03-2001, 07:13 PM   #2
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Solo2 racing is just that solo. In most cases you will be in a parking lot with a bunch of cones. You will run 1 maybe 2 cars on the course at a time, but never head to head. In normal situations the worst damage you could incur is some cone hits. Make sure the car is washed and waxed. This should keep the cones from damaging the paint.

You will need to make sure that your car is all cleaned out. You will probably want to remove the spare tire and stuff also.

As far as setup goes, you will want to add some air to your tires. I dont know the specific pressures, but I am sure a WRX guy will jump on here and help you out. You will want to have slightly less air in the rear tires to help you prevent understeer.

When you get to the meet, tell the people at registration that this is your first time and you would like some help. Most regions have people that have volunteered to help new drivers out.

Hope that helps.

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Old 08-03-2001, 07:27 PM   #3
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hey man,

heres whatcha need to do....
  • [1]Get some chalk or white shoe polish to mark your tires. No whitewalls, just enough on the edge of your tire to measure how much the sidewall of the tire is flexing. Ask someone at the meet about what to do and they should be glad to offer assistance.
    [2]Bring lots of water, and sun tan lotion.
    [3]Get one of those cigarette lighter air pumps so you can increase your tire presures. I would recommend 48-50psi all around at first. Then after each run, check your tire presures. You will learn that the presures will increase 3-5psi after a run, the higer the psi, the harder that tire is working. I like to run the front softer than the rear, in theory this can help the car rotate better, but next time I am experimenting with what other have said and try lowering the back which does not make sense to me, hence the experiment.
    [4]Car classification: If you have a bone stock WRX with no mods, short shifter, spoiler (I think), or aftermarket rims, then you are in GS. If you have the factory short shifter, or aftermarket rims, then you will be in ESP. If you have installed a boost controller, then you are in Street mod. I think from what you have stated, your in GS.

autox'ing is a time trial. You race against the clock for the fastest time. Speed is not so much a factor as handling and driver skill. I rarely get out of second gear, but sometimes you will bouce off the rev limiter in 2nd which equates to about 60+ mph in a sea of cones. Be sure to do the course walk. It's very important. they should have a novice walkthrough where a more seasoned driver talks you through each corner of the course and offers tips on how to negotiate the layout. If not, just ask questions, people will be more than willing to suck you into their autox'ing addiction. When you sign up, be sure to sign up for your work group. That is how this works. You drive in one session and volunteer to work another, kinda like a buddy system. In my region, if you don't work, they won't record your times.

Driving tips....

The biggest mistake is not braking soon enough. Do all your braking before the corner. It's better to enter the corner slow and get a fast exit, then to go into the corner too fast. That's my current problem, I am still trying to drive my stock WRX like my modded ESP talon tsi AWD, it just does not work the same way.

After you get the basic driving techniques down, go to this site driving techniques. Up there will find details on more advanced topics on making your WRX a killer GS winner..

above all, enjoy!
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Old 08-03-2001, 07:45 PM   #4
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You are going to have a great time and will hopefully become addicted to the sport. Your car will probably be classed in GS unless the new classifications are already being used in your area.

I couldn't agree more with Jeff about washing and waxing. You really have to pummel a cone to leave a mark, but if you do the wax will protect the finish.

Take everything out of the car; spare tire and tools, floor mats, owners manual, the piece of fiberboard that covers the spare tire. You want to remove anything that will move around in the vehicle while your screaming through the bendies.

Take plenty of water and something for lunch. Most SCCA events are held in locations without vendors. I also recommend a folding chair and an umbrella. Don't forget sunscreen.

Identify yourself at registration as a novice. Most regions have a novice director and novice trainers. They will help you do your course walk, expain your work assignments, etc.

Everyone helps out in order to put one of these events together. You'll probably have a work assignment (manning a corner, working the grid, etc.). This is a great time to chat with the experienced drivers.

Tire pressure is something everyone does a little differently. For AutoX events I run about 45 in the front and 40 in the rear. You'll have to determine what works for you. The pressures must be higher than you would drive on the street to prevent rolling (the tire, not the car ).

You can find lots of good information (including a novice handbook) at Autocross.com

Let us know how much fun you had at your first event.

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Old 08-04-2001, 01:59 AM   #5
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Looks like the WRX is in D Stock effective 1 August. The interesting thing is that street prepared WRXs will compete in ESP. This information has been posted in the latest issue of Fastrack News that will go out in the August issue of Sports Car magazine .

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