With two damp events, it was time for some typical socal weather, and the third event of the season certainly kept up appearances! Weather was clear and warm, with temperatures in the high-70’s all day.
This event was the first with camber set to “kill” at -3 degrees. We also added in the bolt-in 4-point cage along with 4-point harnesses, to help us stay put in the stock seats. The course was fast and rewarded patient driving, resulting in a lot of muscle cars getting sideways. Our favorite! We enjoyed the course but had issues sorting out the back third, where a choose-your-own slalom kept throwing us off our game.
Entries for CAM-C consisted of a co-driven 2001 Roush Mustang (featuring Brett Madsen of BTM AutoSport), a 2006 Mustang GT (with a brand new set of Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R’s), and a 2013 Camaro SS. An extremely tight battle for the podium resulted in milliseconds separating first through third. Madsen, in the Roush, came in first with a blazing fast 58.648, followed by the 06 Mustang with a 58.889, and finally the Stealth Bomber with a 58.925. Rounding out the field, the Camaro put down a 62.924 +1, and the other driver of the Roush with a 64.690. A bit more of a gap than last month’s rain event, which is to be expected. Unfortunately the CAM-C vs CAM-T battle was lost, with the fastest CAM-T car putting down a 58.579. Milliseconds of difference, but the score stands at CAM-C 1, CAM-T 2.
While this event was hard fought, third was disappointing. The plan is to verify alignment settings and focus on tire pressures for the next event.
The second event of the San Diego region was quite the wet one! Rain throughout the day with spectacular conditions for our first 3 runs. The Bomber was set up in the “new” street configuration, running -1° camber and zero toe on the Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R 275/35/18 tires on Rotiform 18×10.5 ET45 wheels. While we brought the equipment to switch to track configuration, the rain dampened our spirits enough to prevent such adjustments. We did, however, take some time for glamour shots with Team BMO.
CAM-C had a strong showing with five total entrants. Joining the Stealth Bomber was a 2015 Mustang V6 Coupe (driven by Brett Madsen of BTM AutoSport fame), a 2001 Roush Mustang, 1998 Mustang Cobra, and a 2013 Camaro SS. The course was on the west lot with two river crossings due to the rain. This meant it was a rare windows-up driving experience! The event was a flury of activity with two cars overheating and a CAM-S truck losing both rear wheels due to stud failure.
A wet course and 200tw tires gave us pause, but the RE-71R’s performed amazingly well, unlike any performance tire we’ve experienced in the wet. Luckily, the course dried out for our fourth and final run, resulting in a 60.953+1, placing us mid-podium in second, while the 2015 V6 Mustang put down a clean 59.775 for first. Rounding out third was the 2001 Roush Mustang with a 61.368. Competition across the board was close, with the slowest time coming in at 62.148. Our CAM-T contemporaries lost this round of the CAM battle with a fastest time of 60.080. We’re looking forward to seeing how the Bridgestones perform under dry conditions and full camber.