We missed the Indianapolis spherical of Purple Bull World Rallycross, so I haven’t been within the CORE Autosport GRC Lites automotive since June — and man, am I aching to get again in!
It’s been good, in a manner, to have a break and give attention to the IMSA facet of issues, however on the flip facet, it had been a loopy type of enjoyable leaping forwards and backwards in between the Porsche and the GRC automotive.
It actually doesn’t take lengthy to get reacclimated to the automotive. I’d say it takes nearly so long as it takes to get into first gear! You shortly notice it’s not a paddle-shift automotive and also you’ve acquired two sticks to the suitable of you — one for the hand brake and one for the gear lever. So fairly shortly after you sit down, your mind is like, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, that is the GRC automotive.’ It’s a drastically totally different trying setting than what the Porsche is.
I believe my favourite occasion thus far this yr was as at Thompson Speedway in Ohio. I loved that format. It had a bit extra character to it. A whole lot of the programs are arrange in parking tons or inside an oval monitor. The course in Thompson was fairly distinctive by having the ability to go up and out of the oval monitor via slightly little bit of some street course stuff and dust. It had form of a European rallycross model to it. It drove slightly extra technical than a number of the different locations we’ve been.
Additionally the truth that we helicoptered into Thompson might need one thing to do with my affinity for that place.
I imply… it doesn’t damage.
We’ve acquired Atlantic Metropolis in New Jersey, Seattle and LA developing now. I’m most trying ahead to LA. I loved that format final yr — we had some good runs and good outcomes. It’s an amazing venue and a very cool place.
Atlantic Metropolis this weekend will likely be loads of enjoyable. It seems like this yr they’ve modified the format fairly a bit in comparison with final yr, which I’m kinda bummed about as a result of I assumed final yr was an amazing format.
Seattle, I really didn’t get to race final yr. That was a race that Jon Bennett and Scott Anderson drove, so I’m very a lot trying ahead to partaking in Seattle. It regarded enjoyable final yr, however I didn’t get to drive on it.
Since we missed a spherical, we’re not within the hunt for the season championship. For me, although, the aim for the remainder of 2017 is apparent: I actually, actually, actually need to win a race. I’m not in it for factors anymore, which, because the season will get to the top, loads of opponents are involved about factors. I don’t have that to fret about. I need to be respectful to what these different guys are doing, however on the similar time, it’s a really clear set of expectations for me: I need to win a race. Everybody at CORE is making an attempt tremendous laborious to make that occur.
By way of this yr’s GRC Lites Champion, I believe Cyril Raymond would be the man to beat. Coming in as a Lites collection champion the prior yr from Europe, he’s acquired loads of expertise and he’s driving for, in a way, the manufacturing unit workforce. It’s been enjoyable to race towards him however I believe it’s fairly clear he’s the favourite proper now.
Off to Atlantic Metropolis, and hopefully the following time you hear from me, I’ll be speaking about my first GRC Lites win!