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Written by Eric Kuhns   
Saturday, 24 September 2011 14:45
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944 Spec Nationals Race Report:

Sportsmanship, close competition, and adverse weather were the themes that ran through the 2011 944 National Championships. Through rather diabolical conditions, at a track known for being treacherous in the wet, 944 Spec competitors proved that clean & close racing can be done, even at the highest levels of club racing. After some last minute pre-event attrition, 15 cars started the event, and through 4+ days of fierce on track competition, there was no damage from car to car contact, no passes under yellow, or DQ’s for any reason. Thanks to heads up driving and excellent trackside support from the Bennington Motorsports team, every last one of the cars was on track for the big event – a remarkable achievement. Kudos all around!

 


 

 

The goal of the host regions was that every driver that made the trip out to Mid Ohio be able perform to his skill set and level of talent, rather than be held back by unfamiliarity to the track. To this end, Neal Agran, & Eric Kuhns put on a track orientation talk, and shared tips & data throughout the weekend. Pro racer and pro coach Michael Skeen added his input in the data review sessions, and offered valuable tips on Mid-Ohio’s “wet line.”  One of the unique aspects of Mid-Ohio that came out during these sessions is there is not a flat section anywhere on the track. Mid-Ohio is a challenging, and exciting roller coaster of a track the constantly loads and unloads the car, changes camber mid-corner, and in the wet, turns to black ice on the normal racing line where a high wear sealer is laid down.