Hallet was a super fun looking track. The elevation change, rolling hills and blind apexes and track outs always make for an exciting track experience. Catesby and Leh continued to lead the field and both cars sounded incredibly, especially from a standing launch. The Forged Performance GT-R ran absolutely flawlessly all day, and required nothing that cleaning off the bug splatter from the front bumper. Catesby best time was a 1:20.7, and we took home wrapped up two more runner up positions.
I am pretty tired from running all around the infield taking photos, coupled with the several hundred mile drive to High Plains Colorado so I will keep this update short. We will be up at 5:30am and looking forward to having a few guest appearances it would appear. See you in the morning.
We hold onto our solid 2nd place overall position into the next stop…High Plains Raceway, Colorado.
We were looking forward to the first real road course event, and Autobahn’s technical South Course was just the ticket we were looking for. The Forged Performance FP800 equipped GT-R continued to perform flawlessly.
With current reigning Grand-Am Champion Leh Keen behind the wheel of the TopSpeed GT-R, we knew that making 3 clean laps and playing it safe was the way to go at this point. Remember, it’s still the first day of the event, and OLOA is all about patience, and consistency and that’s what Catesby did. On our medium boost setting, the car looked smooth as glass through the very slow and technical T1/T2 while other competitors struggled for grip and power on.
Despite only have 6 laps of lifetime experience at Autobahn, Catesby managed to click off a pair of 1:31′s on barely warm tires while still playing it safe and leaving some on the table. The TopSpeed GT-R and the Forged Performance GT-R were separated by a cumulative 2 seconds after the standing start three lap blast. That’s pretty damn close in anyone’s book, I reckon.
With 2nd place overall after the first day of competition, me and Catesby feel pretty good about our progress so far knowing there is more power and time to be had. Thanks for your support and hope you all enjoy the photos I managed to snap.
Catesby and I left Forged Performance at 4pm yesterday and drove straight through with the GT-R tucked safely away on our trailer. At 3am, we arrived at the hotel and managed to grab a few hours of sleep before making the 15 min trip to Tire Rack’s headquarters in South Bend, IN.
No less than 74 crazy and brave souls, and their co-drivers arrived for the obligatory registration, and driver’s meeting. This was our first chance to have a look at some of our competitors for this year’s event.
The event kicks off in earnest tomorrow morning at 8am with the wet skid pad, followed by the banked oval, then a quick transit drive to Autobahn Country Club. Three full events the first day…it’s going to be a busy one.
For a look at the full schedule: http://www.onelapofamerica.com/currentEvent/Schedule.do?eventId=31