Its finally over!

I can’t believe its finally over.  We concluded with the dry skidpad event this morning.  The grid order was reversed, and we had to wait until nearly the end to put down a time on the cold, but dry tire rack skid pad.  Lined up just ahead of the front runners, I had one shot at overall points to secure the top 10 spot.  Strangely, the ultima GTR ahead of me stalled out during his run and I waited in the staging area for its crew to push it around the final laps to complete its run!

Previous runs making 0.9g had average speeds of about 40mph, which is near 60km/h on our dash.  I was fixated on this number as I entered the skid pad and quickly reached steady state acceleration.  Passing the green flag for the 1st time, I picked up a little speed and found the car to want to understeer at the limit.  Using the throttle and a bit of steering, I was able to keep it tight to the large diamater track, and complete the first lap.  Remembering to keep my head straight, I became more relaxed with the pace and glanced at the speedo, the needle was above 60km/h!  I dipped more throttle just as I crossed the checker and spun round for the clockwise direction.  Speed was the same in the other direction and the car felt good.  I spun the tires on the return access road, knowing that the event was finally over, and the result was good.  The final result was an average 1.043g’s in both directions! I was ecstatic to break the 1g barrier!  The result was good for 5th overall, and it kept our final finishing position in the top 10.

The final result for the enmo.ca civic: 1st in class, 8th overall out of 68 teams entered.  Not bad for a rookie team in a Honda Civic!

The remainder of the day will used to recover before our drive home tomorrow.  I for one am having an afternoon nap!

Thanks to those who have followed our adventure online, the comments and support we’ve received have been wonderful.  It has truly enhanced this experience knowing that our family and friends have been with us along the way.

We will continue to post photos and video that we’ve collected this week, as well as some reflection on the event and stories that we’ve heard.

The civic will continue on this year to compete in the Ontario Solosprint series, CSCS time attack, and Redline Time Attack.  Stay tuned for those updates.


6 Responses to “Its finally over!”

  1. 1 Brian Weir
    May 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    What a life time experience and to finish within 10th rank overall to boot.
    congratulations for tenacity and believing yourselves!
    Hats off to Will and Jonathan!
    Now give your bodies rest soon, this is your mother speaking.
    Looking forward to hearing all about that adventure/challenge.
    Love, mom

  2. 2 Frank Ewald
    May 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Jon and Will,
    I am sure that I have not had as much fun following your progress as you both have had driving, but it has been amazing. Following the car’s build was incredible, and then to see it go through this strenuous event and be a ‘giant killer’ is awesome. Well done. I’ve said elsewhere, I’m looking forward to seeing the car in action on the track.
    Did you have room for the trophies in the car or are you having to ship them back by courier. Looks like they share some exotic hardware!

  3. May 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    amazing result guys! somehow i’m not surprised though, this just shows you are both very very competitive drivers as well as sound mechanics! can’t wait to hear all the details when you come back for a cage! i’ll make you both a steak dinner at the shop!


  4. 4 Stu Moser
    May 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Congratulations guys!! I followed your blog and the One Lap results and Motor Trend blog throughout. Over coming the set backs you guys encountered to finish 8th in an “economy car” is outstanding. Not to mention this being your premier appearance. I’m pretty sure I was nearly as excited throughout this competition as you guys, that I did write ups every day on facebook… lol. Hope you were able to sleep well after the ceremony. See you at home.


  5. 5 Brian Weir
    May 9, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Will and Jon:

    Congatulations again! You did so well. Both the driving and the car performance and durability were outstanding. A good job by Enmo Design.

    Have a great trip home. Hope you had a chance to relax last night.


  6. 6 Faye
    May 10, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Will and Jon,

    You guys make a great team – thinking fast on your feet, and performing in the top 10 given all the stress and runs you’ve both been through during the race. Congratulations!

    Great job! I’m so proud of you, Will 😉

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