The Nebulizer wrote:
Wow, Mathew tore it up. Nick too. Nice job, guys. I would have loved to have been there for a ride along in one of those 4wd beasts.
Look at the detail by class. Matt and I weren't doing very well until the final runs. I was 15th out of 21 cars after the first 3. I dropped 33 full seconds from my first run to my last.
In my opinion Awd with summer tires would have been very boring to ride with in the first few rounds. I personally didn't have any grip, and was spinning all 4 tires with as much ease as only 2. The added power that the STI's and Evo's have made things difficult. Also, awd didn't help with braking which I tend to do late anyway. I would completely plow through the corners. In transitions I would hang the rear end out.
I learned a ton about my car. The ice taught me how critical it is to stay smooth. Brake early and ease into the throttle on exit. The evo is a very forgiving car on both wet and dry. I can brake late, and drift out of turns without feeling slow. Toward the end of the day I had learned the necessary discipline. Combine that discipline with better conditions and my times dropped significantly.