Last night was the first Monday of lapping with ASE Lapping Club. Although the weather wasn't great, many new drivers showed up. I had three different students and they all did well. I got to drive a Hyundai Genesis coupe for the first time. As I thought it would, it drove well. The car felt stable and the torque was impressive. However, in a blindfold test, I don't think the car would be mistaken for a BMW. Over all, though, it is a nicely finished car that is pleasant to drive.
I went out for a couple of sessions in the Civic, and again, the car felt great. In each session, I managed laps times better than at any time last year. I would estimate that the new asphalt at St-Eustache will drop lap times by about a second. My best lap was a 1:02.69, which is in fact my best ever lap with the 1.6 liter engine. As usual, I ended up following Pascal.
Here is a video, with a small tutorial on passing before the Carousel at 2:30.
This week I noticed that the rear tires of the BMW are really worn, much more than they were when I installed them a month ago. This seems to point to a toe problem in the rear. I will have to bring the car to Marc as soon as he is available to see if I need to change some bushings or something. Also, the driver door sensor only sometimes recognizes that the door is open. These are the first reliability issues I have had, and I guess that it was inevitable that some would pop up. I have driven the car 10 000 km, so I guess I was due for some repairs. Let's hope it doesn't hit the wallet too hard.
I was planning to take the M3 to the AISA school at Calabogie this weekend and ride in comfort, but I don't want to put that kind of mileage on the car until the alignment issue is fixed. I guess Alex will have to put up with the race car for a few hundred kilometers!
My basketball team lost again on Friday and we are eliminated from the playoffs. Again, we had only five players. Bummer.
Cool cars spotted:
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Lamborghini Gallardo Spider
Porsche 997 turbo
Porsche 997 GT3
Porsche Boxster Speedster
Nissan Pulsar GTi-R
Volkswagen Golf R32
Dodge Viper RT/10
Corvette C6 Z06