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MCO autoslalom event 1

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Went to my first Ottawa autocross a couple weeks ago. MCO holds most of their events at the Canadian Tire Center in Kanata. It was interesting to note the differences between the WSCC events and theirs.

1. The light standards worried me a bit at first, but the course layout was very well done and I didn't even notice them during my runs.
2. The course was very short by WSCC standards, about 40 seconds. Average speed felt lower, but it didn't impact the fun factor since the course flowed well.
3. No overlap on the course which meant 3 cars on course at a time which meant a lot of running by marshals
4. No run groups. You do a run, then you marshal (a marshaling person tells you which station to go to), then you have a short break. Run, Marshal, Rest. Repeat. It makes marshaling much more tolerable this way since you're not out there for any longer than 10-15 mins at a time.
5. Cars are on course 10am - 4pm, 45 min lunch break, and they fit as many runs as they can into that time. 74 drivers had 9 runs each that day!
6. They have their own local classes, A, B, C, D, etc which are determined based on your "base" SCCA class and points awarded to modifications. A spreadsheet where you enter in your SCCA class and mods does the calculation and spits out your MCO class.
7. Pavement was redone less than 5 years ago so it's relatively smooth with some interesting & challenging elevation changes.
8. Lots of spectators since the event can be seen from the highway. It reminded me of the WSCC events in Steinbach back in the day, those were always a lot of fun.
9. They don't have a timing display to show your time when you finish which I didn't like. You had to check the live website on your phone for your time after you returned to your parking spot.


I found myself losing interest in autoslalom aside from the Gimli road course events, but the MCO event seems to have rekindled my interest. They run a solid event here. Here's a video of one of my runs, excuse the stupid navi, I accidentally hit the button on my steering wheel during the run:

 

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@nishanna what happened to the R8? How do you like the TTRS compared to it?

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Nish became distressed after realizing that even with an R8, he still couldn't beat me. So he sold the car, picked up his ball, and moved to Ottawa, hoping to try his luck against some less fearsome competition.

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23 hours ago, Shawn said:

@nishanna what happened to the R8? How do you like the TTRS compared to it?

Had to down-size to one vehicle when I moved so it's gone. But you can buy it here: Audi R8

The TTRS is deceivingly fast, probably faster to 100km/h than the R8. A quick steering rack and relatively light weight makes it feel agile with quick turn-in and the torque makes it fun on an auto-x course. On a road circuit the R8 would kill it though, it doesn't have the rotation and balance that the R8 has. Also, the lack of a manual kills a lot of the fun factor of the TTRS. It would be a much more fun daily driver if a manual was available. I have to say the inline 5-cylinder is a cool powerplant, it really makes the car and is worth the RS premium alone. Much more enjoyable than I thought it would be, possibly more so than many of the 6-cylinder engines out there.

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19 hours ago, Brian_Earl_Spilner said:

Nish became distressed after realizing that even with an R8, he still couldn't beat me. So he sold the car, picked up his ball, and moved to Ottawa, hoping to try his luck against some less fearsome competition.

True story.

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Video from my second event of the season. The TTRS is a surprisingly quick auto-x car. I'm not a good driver, but I was in the top 10 out of 95 competitors with factory Pirelli tires. A good driver could get top 5 consistently in Ottawa with this car, especially with better rubber.

 

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