FastTrack Highlights: November 2018

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Street

The following class changes/assignments have been recommended

Vehicle(s) Prev Class Proposed Class
Lotus Evora 410 Sport New Super Street
Lotus Evora S SS A-Street
Porsche Cayman S, GTS (981 chassis) (2013-16) SS
Porsche Boxster S, GTS (981 chassis) (2013-16) SS
Porsche Cayman Base (2013-2016) AS B-Street
Porsche Boxster Base (2013-2016) AS
Lotus Evora (Non S) AS
Audi TTS Mk3 (2016-18) AS
Mazda MX-5 Miata (ND2) (2019) New C-Street
Audi S3 (2.0T) (2015-17) BS D-Street
Audi TT (AWD) (2008-17) BS
Audi TTS (2009-2015) BS
Ford Focus RS (2016-2017) BS
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo (2003-2015) BS
Subaru WRX STi (2004-2017) BS
VW Golf R (2015-2017) BS
Nissan 350Z(exc Nismo) (2003-09) CS
Street Touring

Street Touring Pony (STP) will be eliminated as a class.

Street Prepared

Supercharger pulleys may now be replace to allow drive ratio changes

Street Modified
Prepared

Same make engine swaps are to be allowed in Prepared with a 0.10 lbs per CC weight penalty

MoDIFIED

Nothing

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Editorial: “Game Of Clones” – Competitive Advantage or Fair Game

This past weekend Lake Superior SCCA hosted a seemingly innocuous regional event. The region hosted a two-day event at one of their usual sites, Sawyer International Airport, a former Strategic Air Command B-52 base similar to Lincoln Air Park. The courses used are drawing some attention. Thanks to the SCCA releasing the Nationals course maps early this year, the region was able to run the West Course on Saturday and the East Course on Sunday.  Comparing the video to the published map shows they did a good job creating their clone courses.

Obviously, this opens up questions of competitive advantage.   Six attendees of the event are also registered for Solo Nationals next week.

Solo Rule Book reads:

4.9 CONFLICT OF INTEREST
No person may compete who has pre-run through all or any part of the course, in or on any wheeled vehicle, except a competitor with a physical disability that impairs his/her ability to walk may, with the approval of the Chief Steward, use a wheelchair or similar aid traveling at normal walking speed to accomplish the requirements of Section 6.3. All event officials, whether competing in the event or not, must use caution to avoid individual conflict of interest situations during the event.

This certainly falls in a gray area.  In my opinion, it is not within the spirit of the sport.  However, I do not feel the competitors should be punished.  As much as we talk about and enjoy the social side of the autocross community, this is still motorsport and competitors will seek out every advantage available to them.  Ultimately, the SCCA enabled this behavior by releasing the course maps early, and the Lake Superior Region further aided by deciding to actually using the courses prior to Nationals.  I would hope nothing like this happens again.

Thomas Thompson

West Course Clone – Saturday


2018 Solo Nationals: Run/Work Order

Class Course Run Heat Work Heat
AM Tuesday West / Wednesday East 4 6
AML Tuesday West / Wednesday East 1 3
AS Tuesday East / Wednesday West 1 5
ASL Tuesday East / Wednesday West 4 2
ASP Tuesday West / Wednesday East 3 5
ASPL Tuesday West / Wednesday East 6 4
BM Tuesday East / Wednesday West 6 3
BML Tuesday East / Wednesday West 4 2
BS Thursday West / Friday East 4 1
BSL Thursday West / Friday East 2 5
BSP Tuesday East / Wednesday West 6 3
BSPL Tuesday East / Wednesday West 2 3
CAMC Tuesday West / Wednesday East 3 1
CAMS Tuesday West / Wednesday East 4 6
CAMT Tuesday West / Wednesday East 6 4
CM Thursday West / Friday East 1 3
CML Thursday West / Friday East 4 2
CP Tuesday West / Wednesday East 6 4
CPL Tuesday West / Wednesday East 3 1
CS Tuesday West / Wednesday East 1 3
CSL Tuesday West / Wednesday East 4 6
CSP Thursday East / Friday West 3 5
CSPL Thursday East / Friday West 1 4
DM Tuesday East / Wednesday West 6 3
DML Tuesday East / Wednesday West 4 2
DP Thursday West / Friday East 5 2
DPL Thursday West / Friday East 1 4
DS Tuesday East / Wednesday West 2 4
DSL Tuesday East / Wednesday West 5 3
DSP Thursday East / Friday West 5 1
DSPL Thursday East / Friday West 2 4
EM Tuesday East / Wednesday West 3 6
EML Tuesday East / Wednesday West 5 2
EP Thursday West / Friday East 2 4
EPL Thursday West / Friday East 5 3
ES Thursday West / Friday East 3 5
ESL Thursday West / Friday East 1 4
ESP Thursday West / Friday East 2 4
ESPL Thursday West / Friday East 5 3
FM Thursday West / Friday East 2 4
FML Thursday West / Friday East 5 3
FP Tuesday West / Wednesday East 2 5
FPL Tuesday West / Wednesday East 6 3
FS Thursday East / Friday West 3 5
FSAE Thursday West / Friday East 4 1
FSAEL Thursday West / Friday East 2 5
FSL Thursday East / Friday West 1 4
FSP Tuesday East / Wednesday West 6 2
FSPL Tuesday East / Wednesday West 4 2
GS Tuesday East / Wednesday West 3 1
GSL Tuesday East / Wednesday West 6 2
HS Thursday West / Friday East 1 3
HSL Thursday West / Friday East 4 2
JA Tuesday East / Wednesday West 3 Nap
JB Tuesday East / Wednesday West 5 Nap
KM Thursday West / Friday East 4 1
KML Thursday West / Friday East 2 5
SM Tuesday East / Wednesday West 5 2
SMF Tuesday East / Wednesday West 5 3
SMFL Tuesday East / Wednesday West 2 3
SML Tuesday East / Wednesday West 1 3
SS Tuesday West / Wednesday East 2 5
SSC Thursday East / Friday West 1 3
SSCL Thursday East / Friday West 4 2
SSL Tuesday West / Wednesday East 4 6
SSM Thursday West / Friday East 5 2
SSML Thursday West / Friday East 3 1
SSP Tuesday West / Wednesday East 5 1
SSPL Tuesday West / Wednesday East 2 4
SSR Thursday East / Friday West 5 2
SSRL Thursday East / Friday West 3 1
STH Tuesday West / Wednesday East 4 6
STHL Tuesday West / Wednesday East 1 3
STP Thursday East / Friday West 5 2
STPL Thursday East / Friday West 3 1
STR Thursday East / Friday West 2 4
STRL Thursday East / Friday West 5 3
STS Thursday East / Friday West 4 1
STSL Thursday East / Friday West 2 5
STU Tuesday East / Wednesday West 4 6
STUL Tuesday East / Wednesday West 2 5
STX Tuesday West / Wednesday East 5 2
STXL Tuesday West / Wednesday East 1 4
XP Tuesday East / Wednesday West 4 1
XPL Tuesday East / Wednesday West 2 5

2018 Solo Nationals: Attendance Facts

Created By Mat Beck

The 2018 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals has reached its recently increased limit of 1400 participants (Not including Junior Karts).  This will blow away last year’s attendance records.

Sixty-five classes have at least 3 entries. If the numbers stay as they are, there will be 38 Open Champions, 23 Ladies Champions, and 4 Supplemental Class Winners.

Largest Open Class(es)

AS – A Street – 69 Entries – 18 Trophies

Largest Ladies Class(es)

SSCL – Solo Spec Coupe Ladies – 12 Entries – 4 Trophies
CSL – C Street Ladies – 12 Entries – 4 Trophies

Smallest Open Class(es)*

STH – Street Touring Hatchback – 9 Entries – 3 Trophies

Smallest Ladies Class(es)*

SSRL – Super Street R Ladies – 3 Entries – 1 Trophy
FSL – F Street Ladies – 3 Entries – 1 Trophy
ASL – A Street Ladies – 3 Entries – 1 Trophy
BSL – B Street Ladies – 3 Entries – 1 Trophy

*Only classes that have the required number of entries to have a National Champion