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Jul7

Seashell Asphalt

Posted by Andrew in News

I noticed something of note when I arrived at PBIR. The asphalt ( including the track surface ) was much lighter than the dark gray stuff I'm used to. It was almost white. When I walked on to the track to check out the course layout, I realized why: it's made with seashells.
I apologize if you've experienced this before and are thinking "yes Andrew, seashell asphalt. DUH. Seriously, it's not that crazy", but I don't think I've seen it before and it tripped me out! What's really cool is that it seems grippier than normal asphalt, so it works really well as a track surface. Anyway, on to the event.

 

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Once again the field was quite large; in the last few years Formula Drift has grown considerably in both driver and fan numbers. In past years there have been events with barely enough drivers for a top 32, but nearly 70 drivers have driven in at least one event this year. The bar is constantly raising due to car builds and the growing pool of driving talent.

 

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Being the newest venue on the circuit, the FD officials weren't decided on which course layout to use. We tried two layouts during the first hour of practice; the original design provided the best looking entry and transition, while the alternate layout provided more options for the drivers. In the end it was the original course we were told to run.

 

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Above: following Chris Ward during practice.

 

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During the practice session on Thursday I pulled off some solid runs, both tandem and solo. I was feeling pretty good about the overall course, but toward the end of the day we knew it was my entry which needed the most work. If I could throw the car harder in Qualifying we were confident I would make it into the top 32.

 

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I felt pretty good during Friday's practice but couldn't quite get the entry down like I needed to. On my first qualifying run I came in too hot and went off course, earning a 0 and packing a tire full of dirt in the process.

Once again it all came down to my second run. I decided to do exacly what I did in practice and hope for the best. I ran up to the first corner at full speed and initiated but somehow bobbled and had to re-initiate before the transfer. I was able to put the rest of the run together in good form but it wasn't quite enough. My final score was 57; a mere eight points from the cutoff.

 

 

Thanks to Photo Finish Media and Larry Chen at Speedhunters for the photos!

Also thanks to:

PSI

Radium Engineering

Falken Tire

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