Well, fellas… I finally hit my first autox today with my kart. What a mind blowing experience. I went out with no allusions of doing anything other than having fun. And to that extent, I more than met my goal. I’m sold on the kart for autocross. I will never, ever drive a car around the cones again. The raw, unadulterated madness and brutality of it all is so far beyond anything I’ve experienced. I knocked about ten seconds off my time over the course of my runs (11 total, 8 being my fastest) and beat a C6 Z06 by 1.8 seconds raw to get FTD. Not bad for my first time out and not having any expectations at all. I still have a long way to go, because I do feel that a kart should be faster than that in relation to a car. None the less, it’s an example of a superior machine making a bad driver look good. The guy in the 'Vette congratulated me, but I told him he was the real hero for being that close to a kart with a full size car.
There were the usual comments about how karts don’t count and one guy got rip pissed when I spun out and wasn’t quick enough on the clutch, so he had to stop his run behind me but hey, ain’t nobody going hungry if they don’t win an autox event.
The MG greens came up to temp just fine and I was also able to make my runs nearly back to back so I only went out on cold cold tires a few times. The thermostat was a good move as well, as the kart was up to temp before I had all my gear on and was leaving the line at 115° and staying around 120- 125° for the run.
What a hell of a day. I’m sure it pales in comparison to doing laps around a kart track, but it’s all I have available to me for at least this season. I’m just happy to be out on it.