Last weekend was the first rallyx of the year for the AZ rally group.
I drove AWFUL, but I had a blast. My buddy and brother in law both went and drove my car as well. The way the run groups worked out one of us got to drive in the first run group, and my buddy jumped in and took second in our class behind this beautiful fully prepped MG:
Driving in the first run group was a huge advantage. Very few ruts, a smooth graded surface, etc. By the time the second run group got out there it was blown out pretty good. Plus they decided to run the water truck pretty heavily between groups, so our first 2 laps were a swamp. The tires grabbed much better than even I thought they would. I had been working like a madman the last few weeks, and working on various things on the car, which led to not much chance to get out and actually DRIVE the car, so I was over-steering a lot. One massive oversteer in a tough section led to an off course donut on lap one. Fun times
While I personally drove terrible, I think overall the suspension and tires are a huge upgrade over the last event. There was definitely a noticeable difference in the gearing, so I am going to be on the lookout for something a little smaller in the same tread style. It was fun to drive but I had to downshift a lot, and never got out of second.
Lucas Oil and a local Subie dealership provided prizes for the winners, first time this region has had anything other than plastic trophies. Pretty sweet.
Tons of photos from the event here if anyone is interested.