Mike Collins Sets New Track Record!

I wasn’t planning on racing MARRS 1 this weekend. At the last minute though, some good friends stepped up and gave me an exceptional birthday present. Thanks to them, I won from the pole both days and set a new track record of 1:24.886 on Sunday! What a weekend!

Friday Test Day

The test day was typical MARRS 1 with winter gremlins rearing their heads as we sorted the cars out for the weekend. Rob, Joey and Neil showed a lot of speed and it was shaping up to be another epic MARRS battle. Nick went out with Ted in the Cahall Racing cars helping to sort the cars after a season of hibernation. With the benefit of having the most gross MARRS point in SM in 2017, I was gridded on the pole for qualifying with Rob and Neil right behind me. The plan for qualifying was to work the draft, trade if necessary, and shoot for the pole. After a couple of laps, Rob was close but couldn’t seem to get to my bumper.

Saturday Qualifying and Race 1

After qualifying on Saturday, I gave Rob a hard time for the lack of help. After looking at the data though, we decided where we could both improve. Saturday’s race was uneventful. I took the lead in turn two and never really looked back.

New Track Record During MARRS Feature Race

The conditions for Sunday were epic. After warm, sunny, spring days on Friday and Saturday, the clouds rolled in with a cold front and the temperatures dropped quickly into the low 40’s, setting up potential track-record type conditions.

The race on Sunday was as uneventful as the race on Saturday. My car was just on rails this weekend. In very unusual circumstances for SM, I was able to take the lead in turn two and never look back or be contested. With no challenge, I decide to put my head down and try to drive just a little faster each lap until I got the track record, burned the tires off, or ran into lapped traffic.

I was able to get below Tyler Kicera’s track record by scoring several laps in the low 1:25’s with my best being a 25.2. On the last lap, I decided to just let it sail. Coming out of turn 1 three-tenth’s of a second ahead on the data and gaining another tenth in turn 3, I ran into lapped traffic.  I was able to somehow pass the lapped cars and maintain my momentum scoring a 1:24.886 and bested the lap record by over 1 second and winning my second race of the weekend.

Race results for GRP 6 SM_SMT_SM2