You may be right, but the challenge is that the top SMT cars are not nearly fully prepped to the rules. They are guys who have made a couple of changes to their cars and just want to run the big class. The first guy behind Brad has an essentially stock LS1 and was at his first event after major suspension changes. He will get faster as the year goes and there is a lot of prep left between where his car is and the limit of the rules.
We have but a handful of cars that are fully prepped to the rules and, with the exception of Scott Lewis who was on 3 year old radials with a bias ply chassis set-up, they are all lined up at the top of the order.
The other challenge is that this lot, like most of our lots, does not lend itself to PAX representative courses. It is smaller and is very sandy (they were out with leaf blowers trying to contain the gravel). Our courses also tend to favor smaller cars as the designers try to optimize the area used and trade off corner radius and slalom spacing to do it.
In the end, 0.852 may be too harsh, but we don't have a really good measure of what it should be yet. AllI know is that there is a lot of development in the SMT class in the region going on and the class as a whole is making progress, which is always a good thing.
Hope to see ya out and about this year sometime. I miss the MiniBoss.