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Northern Rider
09-16-2012, 07:30 PM
This was an EPIC BATTLE! The final race of our summer series - 2 classes GT1 and GT2 played out at Calabogie Motorsports Park near Ottawa, Ontario. Late Friday afternoon, September 14th, in the cold, pouring rain.

Grid was set, based on our best lap times in a 20 minute practice. Despite a packed field of heavily modified street and racing cars, including Audis, Mustangs, Porsche 911s, Bimmers, a Merkur, VW GTI, Subi STI, Civic . . . my stock engine, automatic tranny 4200 lb SRT8 managed to set the fastest time - in the rain.

2 days before, we were able to get our front suspension set with 3.5 degrees of negative camber and some positive toe out.

The organizers inverted the GT2 grid to make "things interesting", so I started the 35 minute race in the 3rd row at 6:00 pm in worsening track conditions.

By the end of the 5th lap, we manage to pass the GT2 cars ahead of us and started to work our way up through the GT1 field.

Here's a clip from a GT2 STi pilot who was behind me on the last two laps. He thought I was a GT1 car . . . I talked with him afterwards - nice guy.

The car ran like it was on rails! I diced with the 3d place red M3 for a few laps. Had to push to hang with him and finally decided to settle back and ensure a first pace finish for the GT2 class.

Down the front straight, I came up behind a GT2 car - Steve's Merkur - for the second time on the front straight.

That's when things went horribly wrong.

Steve moved over on me unexpectantly and I had to brake hard to avoid contact (his windows were fogged up in the wet). I was in a river of water and the big SRT8 aquaplaned as we approached the hard right turn.

Knowing that I wasn't going to make the turn, I chose to go straight ahead down the escape road, destroying a red cone in the process - pulled a 180 turn and was facing all the oncoming racing traffic. Managed to merge back in, only to find the 2nd place GT2 Subi STI breathing up my ass!!!

Here's an in car vid from the Subi driver, Mario - for the last 2 laps of the race to the finish. (edit: this vid no longer works. Pls see 2nd vid at end of this post - excellent editing by Mario the STi driver!)


My last 2 laps of GT6 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1SphaFxxrk&hd=1)




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Crossing the finish line in First - GT2!!!





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And - the Money Shot -


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Finally, 2nd place for the Entire Series -



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I gotta say this - if an old man with a 2006 SRT8 with 90,000 miles on the odo - a stock engine and a few suspension mods can win this kind of racing on a very twisty track - thes cars of ours are something special - don't you think?

Footnote for the racing gearheads - My GoPro didn't turn on properly (old man error http://www.300cforums.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif ), so i have no video from the race.

However . . . here is the entire race from Mario's Subi - worth a watch. Towards the end, you'll see him bombing down the Start / Finish straight with my headlights rushing towards him as I recover from my off-track excursion . . . Great fun!

My 2nd GT Race -- 2nd place finish in the rain.mov - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LczMAormx1o&hd=1)




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UpInSmoke
09-16-2012, 08:16 PM
Congrats on the win great videos & good save

rtr0id
09-16-2012, 08:27 PM
nicely done

fnkychkn
09-16-2012, 08:38 PM
congrats on the win, Pat. and in the rain, no less.

Northern Rider
09-17-2012, 01:53 AM
Congrats on the win great videos & good save


nicely done


congrats on the win, Pat. and in the rain, no less.

Thanks, guys!

Ron380
09-17-2012, 06:20 AM
Way ta go Pat! :not_worth

Mikes SRT
09-17-2012, 07:00 AM
Congrats on the win and great season. Yes these cars are special and you are representing well, kudos my good man

renman
09-17-2012, 07:46 AM
Holy crap, you are my hero. Congrats on the win! Well deserved!

hemiwagn
09-17-2012, 08:40 AM
Woot! Congrats Pat!!!!!

CT-MSRT
09-17-2012, 08:45 AM
great job man, way to hustle that beast in the rain.

joelvan
09-17-2012, 04:54 PM
Good fer ya dude. You are right. With a few mods, these cars are fast on track. and the ESP system helps in the rain. I cant wait to see ya next year on slicks. Just wondering, What are the rules on passing and such.

Northern Rider
09-17-2012, 07:26 PM
Way ta go Pat! :not_worth


Congrats on the win and great season. Yes these cars are special and you are representing well, kudos my good man


Holy crap, you are my hero. Congrats on the win! Well deserved!

Thanks guys! The win made me feel 40 years younger . . . (but just for a few hours, then it wore off - lol!)

Rose City GC SRT8
09-17-2012, 10:09 PM
Very well done! The rain makes it a driver's race. RESPECT given.

lmhoward
09-18-2012, 08:13 AM
After glow time! What a great result. So where do we sign up for the fan club?

-3.5º on street tires? I'm afraid I need a age proof camera too. It hurts to admit it.

Les

Adanac Charger
09-18-2012, 08:56 AM
Great job on the car and on the track! Congrats!!

Northern Rider
09-18-2012, 09:56 AM
Woot! Congrats Pat!!!!!


great job man, way to hustle that beast in the rain.

Thanks, guys!


Good fer ya dude. You are right. With a few mods, these cars are fast on track. and the ESP system helps in the rain. I cant wait to see ya next year on slicks. Just wondering, What are the rules on passing and such.

Thanks, Joel. I think slicks are in the picture for next year. Just gotta find some 18" wheels to fit over the front brakes.

The way the passing rules have worked out is this - Passing by point by, anywhere except apexes. Last lap, if running for position, then passing is wide open, except for apexes - no point by needed.

We had a clean season with no contact on the track between competitors. Corners are marshalled; entrants must be signed off by track instructors; and - it has been made clear that anyone who can't control their vehicle or follow the simple rules will be thrown out with no refunds.

Classes are set by lap times. If you get faster during the season, you may be bumped up a class. Cost per event was $200.00 . We're hoping for more entrants next year - run 3 classes plus the track Mustangs - and use the long track 3.05 miles.

Northern Rider
09-18-2012, 05:18 PM
Very well done! The rain makes it a driver's race. RESPECT given.


Great job on the car and on the track! Congrats!!


Thanks, guys!



After glow time! What a great result. So where do we sign up for the fan club?

-3.5º on street tires? I'm afraid I need a age proof camera too. It hurts to admit it.

Les


LOL - Les! http://www.lxforums.com/board/images/icons/icon6.png

lmhoward
09-18-2012, 07:23 PM
Northern, I have Forgestars and I like them. Light, reasonably priced and they make them to your specifications.

Les

Northern Rider
09-19-2012, 05:19 PM
Northern, I have Forgestars and I like them. Light, reasonably priced and they make them to your specifications.

Les


Thanks, Les. I've been looking at the Frogestars's website and will give them a call.

Patrick

Northern Rider
10-01-2012, 10:32 PM
The Calabogie Motorsports Park website just published the Season's final results, as well as a write-up on the last Race 6:


Final Podium
The final podium of the year announced the winners of the season long point battle. The Calabogie Mustang Podium was held by Chris Harrison in 3rd place with 26 points, Harry Steenbakkers in 2nd place with 35 points, and Class winner for the year Steve Bruder with 46 points.

The GT1 podium was still up for grabs even during Event 6, however, in the end 3rd place was taken by 2011 OCRS Champion James Bergeron, 2nd was taken by Chris Bernier, and 1st place in the GT1 Class went to Greg Van Dalen.

While Stephen Rocque had been holding on to 2nd place in GT2 for most of the season, a phenomenal race from Pat Irwin in Event 6 bumped Stephen down to 3rd place while Patrick jumped up to 2nd place. 1st place (locked in after event 5) went to Erwan James and a fantastic season of driving.
Congratulations to all season winners! We look forward to seeing you out there for the battle next year!
Event 6
With rain surrounding the track all day long but never actually hitting Calabogie, we were hoping to stay dry until after the race. Unfortunately, by 4pm, the rain started and stopped long after everyone had packed their gear and left for the night. A track full of standing water, rain still coming, fogged windshields and rear windows, and not-so-rain-oriented tires, made for an interesting night of racing for all our competitors and for our last event of the season.

While on paper a ~4500lb street car would seem like no competition for a Subaru STI or Porsche 911, especially in the rain, after the IMSA Cup weekend though, few were surprised when veteran racer and “rain driving guru” Patrick Irwin took first place in the GT2 class with his Chrysler 300 SRT8. Pat dominated the field, and even after overshooting turn one for a spin out late in the race, there was still no question, that the top tier of the Event 6 podium belonged to him. Our second “Spin and Win” Victory of the year!

Mario Godbout took second place and his first podium in only his second race, and Michael Schmitz rounded out the top 3 for his second podium finish of the year. It only took 30 minutes of fiddling, bump starting, and a broken tow-rope to get his #515 Porsche 911 started in the paddock minutes before qualifying finished.

With racing finished, Sally and I are off to England in the morning for a 3 week break and a visit with her dad.

renman
10-01-2012, 10:35 PM
Congrats Pat, you've done the LX community proud!

gfr-300SRT8
10-01-2012, 10:56 PM
I'm not a twisty guy, but I'm impressed. It ain't no joke getting a 4500# car around a wet track for an entire race and winning it at that! Great job!

check6x
10-02-2012, 12:14 AM
Congratulations, don't mess with the old guys.

I am a member of Old Farts Racing for open road racing (shhh I drive a Corvette for that) and we have been the best team for the last four Silver State Races. Now we are working on Big Bend in Texas. Lots of Canadians run these, take a look at www.bborr.com (http://www.bborr.com)

hemiwagn
10-02-2012, 08:02 AM
Congrats Pat, truly an amazing accomplishment!

Your videos and story telling has been very much appreciated. Enjoy a well deserved vacation!

Northern Rider
10-02-2012, 03:01 PM
Thanks guys!

we are onboard the Queen Mary II - in the harbour at Brooklyn, NY - waiting to set sail for Southampton, England . . . :)

Ron380
10-02-2012, 04:18 PM
Going to take a crack at Silverstone while you're there? ;)

Northern Rider
10-02-2012, 04:39 PM
Going to take a crack at Silverstone while you're there? ;)

We are going to Sally's dad, who lives about 20 minutes from Silverstone.

Had some track time at Silverstone when we were over here 2 years ago.

Here's the video: NR Does Silverstone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GkeXbgrdjM)

May have another go, this time . . . .

Northern Rider
10-03-2012, 10:38 AM
Congratulations, don't mess with the old guys.

I am a member of Old Farts Racing for open road racing (shhh I drive a Corvette for that) and we have been the best team for the last four Silver State Races. Now we are working on Big Bend in Texas. Lots of Canadians run these, take a look at www.bborr.com (http://www.bborr.com)

I would love to run Big Bend - and I qualify as an 'old Fart Racer' - lol!

Northern Rider
10-25-2012, 07:00 PM
Thanks guys!

we are onboard the Queen Mary II - in the harbour at Brooklyn, NY - waiting to set sail for Southampton, England . . . :)


Going to take a crack at Silverstone while you're there? ;)

Just back from England! Guess what - it rains a lot over there - lol!

Ron, I didn't do Silverstone this time - nothing going on there that really was of interest to me.

However, we had a new Mercedes E-Class (in Black, of course) to drive around on the twisty roads over there.

I gotta say - my 'ole 2006 300C SRT8 would drive circles around the new Merc - any day, anywhere . . .

Ron380
10-25-2012, 07:11 PM
I gotta say - my 'ole 2006 300C SRT8 would drive circles around the new Merc - any day, anywhere . . .

Nice to know Dodge can still whoop the Merc's! :mrgreen:

Mikes SRT
10-25-2012, 11:15 PM
Congats on a great season I would love to do some road racing. How do you think a blown SRT would do? Assuming the driver is capable

Northern Rider
10-26-2012, 08:33 AM
Congats on a great season I would love to do some road racing. How do you think a blown SRT would do? Assuming the driver is capable

Thanks!

As to a blown SRT - more power is always welcome in road racing - providing the chassis, brakes, suspension and tires can handle it. With the LX platform, we are very fortunate that it has so much torsional rigidity - on a par with the iconic 911. This means that the chassis really resists "twisting" from g forces and torque - and that is a very good thing.

For example - at my track, there is a stable of a dozen "Race Prepared" Mustangs available for rental or pool ownerhip. Ownership is about $53,000 and here are the specs:
MUSTANG SPECS

- ~3400 lbs.
- 4.6 liter V8 (~350hp @ 5700 RPM, ~340 ft-lbs @ 4500 RPM)
- Steeda racing wing and front splitter
- Upgraded locking differentials and rear end gear ratios
- Ford Racing performance clutch
- Ford Racing handling kit (springs, struts and sway bars)
- Short throw shifter
- Ford Racing performance kit (cold air intake and ECU)
- Stoptech 4 piston big brake kit
- 18″ lightweight racing rims shod in high performance rubber

I should also mention that these Mustangs are seriously crossed braced and have full roll cages, competition seats and 6 point harnesses in them.


Now - you would think - with all that prep & the weight gutted down - that experienced drivers could easily beat the lap times of an SRT8. In fact - during my last race - despite there being 6 Mustangs in the race, my car beat every one of them for fastest lap times and final position, including one driven by one of the instructors at the track.

The SRT platform can handle the power and the stock Brembos can handle braking with good pads installed. However, with any road racing vehicle, you have to have the right rubber and the suspension set up for racing. In the case of the SRT - I went with Eibach fully adjustable coilovers and aftermarket adjustable upper control arms on the front for negative camber. A fairly simple and reasonably inexpensive procedure that can be readjusted for everyday street use.

Mike - I would suggest you get out to a circuit with your car set up the way it is and get a couple of lapping sessions in with an instructor. If you get 'bitten buy the bug' to do more, then just pm me and I will pleased to share my current knowledge with car set up with you. :)

srt8-in-largo
10-29-2012, 11:35 PM
WOW! Way to go Northern Rider!

Matt's
10-30-2012, 06:47 PM
Congrats Pat!! Must be nice up there on top!

Are you still using / liking the StopTech pads, or have you found something else? Were they the Street Performance variant?

Good luck next year!

DSKREET
10-30-2012, 07:03 PM
WOW!!!!.... Nice work. You are a master of your craft :)

Northern Rider
10-30-2012, 09:44 PM
WOW! Way to go Northern Rider!

Thanks!


Congrats Pat!! Must be nice up there on top!

Are you still using / liking the StopTech pads, or have you found something else? Were they the Street Performance variant?

Good luck next year!

Thanks! At the moment, I have EBC Yellow Stuff on the car, as I needed pads in a hurry during the race season. They are good, but my preference is for the StopTechs, so I will be switching back.


WOW!!!!.... Nice work. You are a master of your craft :)

Thanks!

The track finally published the results from the last race. Some of you might want to note my fastest lap time as compared to the identically track prepped Mustangs i alluded to in post #32. They weren't even close . . .

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Here are the final results for the entire 6 races, showing us in 2nd place (GT2 category):

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srt8-in-largo
10-31-2012, 12:13 AM
That GT1 class must be tough if a Z06 is only midpack; and surely the Contour in the list is not the eensy 4 cylinder Ford Contour... ???

Also interesting to see a "Ford" Merkur out there gettin it done. I thought those were Mercury.

Northern Rider
10-31-2012, 10:01 AM
That GT1 class must be tough if a Z06 is only midpack; and surely the Contour in the list is not the eensy 4 cylinder Ford Contour... ???

Also interesting to see a "Ford" Merkur out there gettin it done. I thought those were Mercury.

GT1 cars are mostly dedicated to track racing. Greg's C5 Z06 is very quick but he had a tire issue in the last race as it rained very hard. He finished at the top of GT1, though, for the 6 races. he is a very smooth driver.

Mani's Ford Contour is very interesting. It is a 'sleeper' as it looks like a road car - from the outside. Up close, it becomes obvious that the inside is gutted and a lot of work has been done on the car to turn it into a track beast. Mani started the season in GT2 and was leading the series. As his lap times got in the range of the GT1 cars, the organiser bumped him up to GT1 (that's how our rules work). Mani finished 6th overall in GT1 -not bad for a Contour!

Steve's Ford / Mercury Merkur has never turned a wheel on the street. It is an ex-Bondurant race car from Arizona when Bob Bondurant was running Ford products at his driving school. Steve and I are 'ole racers and our association goes back over 40 years.

Beating Steve in my first year back at competitive racing was sweet!!! He has been trying to get me to buy some 'racing junk' like most of the guys run, with racing slicks, but i think I'll just run my daily driver, 06 Chrysler, on street tires again next summer. Will probably add an oil cooler over the winter - otherwise - will just run it as it is now.

srt8-in-largo
11-01-2012, 01:49 AM
Thanks for that interesting read. I should say that Contour is a sleeper! Possibly the mother of all sleepers.

I'd love to see your progresss if you get that oil cooler in. Maybe next year they'll bump YOU to GT1 :-)

Northern Rider
11-11-2012, 11:13 AM
Thanks for that interesting read. I should say that Contour is a sleeper! Possibly the mother of all sleepers.

I'd love to see your progresss if you get that oil cooler in. Maybe next year they'll bump YOU to GT1 :-)

Definitely a sleeper! And - the pilot, Mani - is smooth as silk driving it.

The engine oil cooler will be going in over the winter months. I also want to either install paddle shifters or perhaps the Tranzformer TCM controller.

I will start a thread to show the build progress as we move through the changes . . .

HemiSam
11-11-2012, 12:19 PM
That's a great write-up and a phenomenal accomplishment....congrats! Way to keep your cool on the off-roading.

I agree 100% on the StopTech pads...they rock. I run 4 pistons front and rears (thank you REDDOG!) and they provide an exceptionally balanced braking experience. Wouldn't change the pads to another brand. They brought me down from double benjamins at the Texas Mile in a hurry and my car is a piggy....about the same as your without me in it given all the add ons.

vroom vroom....

HemiSam

Northern Rider
11-13-2012, 10:43 PM
That's a great write-up and a phenomenal accomplishment....congrats! Way to keep your cool on the off-roading.

I agree 100% on the StopTech pads...they rock. I run 4 pistons front and rears (thank you REDDOG!) and they provide an exceptionally balanced braking experience. Wouldn't change the pads to another brand. They brought me down from double benjamins at the Texas Mile in a hurry and my car is a piggy....about the same as your without me in it given all the add ons.

vroom vroom....

HemiSam

Thanks, HemiSam! Your Texas Mile run was epic.

Can you tell me what was invoved to put the Brembo 4 pots on the back? Sounds interesting . . .

E-ville
11-14-2012, 12:20 AM
fantastic!

these cars sure do like to throw their weight around​ on the track. i just wish mine was an srt!

HemiSam
11-14-2012, 12:36 AM
Thanks, HemiSam! Your Texas Mile run was epic.

Can you tell me what was invoved to put the Brembo 4 pots on the back? Sounds interesting . . .

Thank you, Pat. It was a lot of fun.

I run StopTech four-pistons front and rear...awesome setup. Very balanced and I don't see a need for the 6 pistons up front based on my beating on my big girl. If you decide to go that route, reach out to REDDOG here on the LX. He set me up with mine and is a great gent to deal with.

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HemiSam

Northern Rider
11-17-2012, 11:35 AM
Thanks for the info, Sam. Looks like a good setup. I may look into that with REDDOG.



Thank you, Pat. It was a lot of fun.

I run StopTech four-pistons front and rear...awesome setup. Very balanced and I don't see a need for the 6 pistons up front based on my beating on my big girl. If you decide to go that route, reach out to REDDOG here on the LX. He set me up with mine and is a great gent to deal with.

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HemiSam