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It’s strange how the concept of time works. Here at MW3 moaned about the lack of track time all through the winter months. Then all of a sudden the first event loomed and there was a mad rush to get the cars prepped! We did manage to eek out couple of lapping days in before the first NASA event…. they were sorely needed to shake out the cobwebs in our brains. They reminded us why we love this sport.

It appeared the first event was going to be a chilly one. The forecast for Denver called for mid-40′s and rain/snow mix. Luckily we were 90 minutes south of that mess. It was mid-50′s, a light breeze and lots of room on track due to the scardee cats who cancelled due to bad weather. Pshaw. It was perfect driving weather. The cars stayed cool, track temps were perfect.

I enjoyed my first TT sessions in my new-to-me E36. It just so happened that no one else from the TTC class showed up. On top of that, I was faster than everyone in TTB except for one contender who was 2/10′s of a second ahead. Saturday’s fastest time was 1:07.993 (on NItto NT-01s) and Sunday’s best time was a 1:08.794 (on Dunlop Direzza Star Spec’s). For anyone wondering, tires DO make a difference. Not bad for my first “official” showing, if I may say so myself!

Jim also had a good showing in TTA. He was also alone in his class for this first NASA weekend of the 2012 season. That didn’t stop him from setting some good times. He put down a 1:07.199 on Saturday and a 1:06.748. Not bad for running on his old Nitto NT-01′s from last season… that he was also in the process of cording!

In all, it was a successful start to the 2012 season. Unfortunately Jeff was out of commission due to a fuel leak that developed in the middle of the night Friday. He’ll be back in the running at the next event in May though! We look forward to seeing you out at the track this season – it’s gearing up to be another great one for MW3 Motorsports!


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