Had a good 2019. Did 25 track days (7 of those were TT and the rest DEs), Reset PBs 6 times plus 2 new tracks set (ccw ECR 1.65 and 2.7). If I had (4) RS-4s in hand I would be looking at lowering PBs as 2020 goals. Maybe in the 2nd half, or if weather cooperates in April/May.
Car is going to stay pretty much the same. I'd like to get off the Carbotechs (XP12/10) so am mulling over Cobalts in X3-X1, Hawk DCT50-70, Raybestos st43-47,et al. I'd like to be in a better TT classification, but I'm not willing (nor able) to invest in a stick axle in a competitive environment. I might buy a set of slightly narrower tires and rims for better fit in SCCA classes (locally and for regional race here). What I'd really like is to find myself in a really competitive environment with equal (or slightly better of course) than my competitors. My best days this year where a couple when I knew I had to run my PB number to beat out some significantly better cars. But it messes with my head when you know that when it clicks a little for the other guy you'll be grossly smoked. Sadly, I won by nearly 9 seconds driving not at my best and lost by over 2 seconds when I drove very well. I'll probably try a NASA TT event for the experience.
I'm stuck on some tires I'm not happy with until March (or so). So I should take the time to work on some development tasks:
1) Left Foot Braking. It doesn't feel natural when hustling the car. My current technique is right foot always and roll to throttle in a motion simultaneously much akin to rev matching "heel-toe". I use the wide part of the foot for both pedals.
2) Improve the transitions from braking to cornering. Its magic when you can run on the arc of the friction "circle". I'd like to hit that sweet spot more often, and miss with less magnitude when I don't nail it. ECR really rewards trail braking so should have plenty of opportunities.
3) Use ALL of the track. I feel like I do a pretty good job now, but I want more. Sam (BRZ4Science) turned me in to a new spot, and it got the gears in my head churning. I plan on exploring some inside curbs in a big way in 2020. The big girl has soft ish suspension and its a struggle to get her mass through the twisties especially when in transition but any line straightening will help. Yup, I'm gonna take some bites at being a curb jumper. Maybe not Aussie Supercar crazy, but we gonna learn where it works and where it doesn't. Maybe it won't work that well with the stick axle, but I'm damn sure going exploring.
For new growth. I look forward to running the other 4 configurations of ECR as they open them up this year. Spectacular surface in my own backyard. But I want to get back to COTA in 2020, and maybe get to Hallet too. 2020 may be the year I do a race school too. With any luck, I'll have a better plan for W2W in 2021/beyond. When baby girl graduates, it should open up more financial flexibility.
As always a work in progress.