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Well it’s -7 Celcius here in Mississauga today, the exact opposite of the weather back in August of this year when it was 29 Celcius in Grand Bend for Round 4. Some of you might be wondering what happened to Round 3 of the 2016 season. Well for unknown reasons iCar in Mirabel Quebec decided to give up the pre-booked event date to a corporate client. The majority of competitors already had accommodations booked and time off work so this was a really big annoyance for most. This also meant the series was cut down from 5 rounds to 4 as an alternative date could not be found in the middle of the year. TSK TSK iCar!
While I was looking forward to running at iCar again it was time to look forward and start planning for Round 4 at Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend,
The Holidays are upon us and we wanted to wish all of our followers, friends and customers a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. We will be closed from the 24th to the 27th, open the 28th-29th and closed the 30th to the 2nd.
This is less of a journal entry and more of a cautionary tale for anybody looking to push the limits of their car or driving capabilities. What was supposed to be an exciting first time track experience quickly escalated into a spin fest in what David Pratte from Speed Academy called “The Worlds Scariest S2000”.
When I was purchasing my S2000 one of the things I noticed the set of Falken Azenus RT615K tires it was equipped with. The tires had good tread depth, no signs of uneven wear, and were 10mm wider than the stock tire width front and back. This was great news for me, as I knew I wanted to get this car on the track for some fun right away. As I began to daydream about the various parts I could get for my car now that I didn’t need tires, the cold hard hand of reality slapped me in the face at turn 1 of Toronto Motorsports Park as my car understeered into the corner and snapped to oversteer and spun me off the track at 80 km/h.
Some of you may have seen posts on our social media channels about me hitting the track with Speed Academy for a test of our 2015 Subaru WRX aka Project Northstar. Well the video was released recently and I thought it would be good to post up and give you some information that may not have made it into the video. But first take a few minutes and watch me be awkward with my hands…
Hope that was entertaining for at least some of you. Now I want to start by saying that Dave Pratte is not only a great driver but he’s also probably turned more laps then 99.9% of people who have driven at Toronto Motorsports Park. He knows the track well and is very quick at getting up to speed, because of this I was pretty definitely worried he would demolish my personal best times. … Continue reading Speed Academy Track Test of Project Northstar
After a successful day at the Hanson school the second round of CSCS Time Attack quickly approached. With the car working so well I made the decision not to change anything mechanically but with the tire contingency prize provided by Steelcase Tires I thought it would be a good chance to try out the new RE-71R from Bridgestone that everyone was raving about. My previous best time at TMP was a 1:22.5 at the final round of CSCS in 2015 running very used Hankook RS-3’s. All of the information I’ve heard and read has the RE-71R being over a second faster then the RS-3.
With the weather for the previous round being horrible everyone was crossing their fingers that Round 2 would be better. The rounds at TMP also tend to have the biggest turn out as there’s also drag racing alongside the Time Attack, Drifting and Show and Shine.