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#156399   2019-06-10 19:55          
Back on the Rocks

, I didn't make a switch to an R32 but nevertheless, Silver Queen is back for more! ;)
After missing the only time attack event it could attend last month, it's time to bring her back to the competitive grounds.
Outside the track action, S15 is coming back as well and finally it's able to roll under it's own steam! :bananajump:
All these lovely occassions can be experienced by jumping down into the update below! :D

[03 Jun 2019]
Paycheck time! Yet another V$940 enters my wallet blissfully. Now since I've saved decent amount of money, I reckon it is time to continue the progress of my mods to my cars. To think that now I have a staggering eight cars and only one of them has it's progress feels quite messy, not gonna lie. Worse still, I still don't really have a soild plan over my Mustang compared to the other cars I've brought home from the land of the free. As I've said before, the 240SX vert (MS13 yes? Can't remember the exact chassis code) will be a show and roller kyusha boi, while for the Silverado, aside from being the second workhorse along with the Sprinter van, I would like to bring it to any offroading venues around Japan, and if there's also any, uh.......I'll take it to drag racing events as well! :)) I know usually there are some that being held at Motegi and an unused airfield at Okinawa, and there could be still some at Fuji Speedway like the yesteryears did as well, but I don't know if there are any more anywhere else.

Back to the Mustang, I could have it as yet another track day racer but I've got my Silver Queen for that (and technically the Tico as well), rent it for people to be used in time attack and endurance events, or I could turn it as a drift missile but that means the end of it's life is basically nigh as repairing it would be difficult due to lack of spares and as I've pointed out, Japan's drift scene is currently improving safety measures in grassroots level by limiting acceptable missile damage level. Don't worry, normal wear, tear and dents are still allowed. The one that doesn't are more like excessive amount of rust, major fluid leaks or any damages that dramatically reshapes the car a la banger racing or destruction derby. As long as you can repair it to acceptable and safe condition, you can still have your missile running around the track. Anyways, feel free to add some more suggestion on what to do with the Mustang (other than selling it, that'll be the very last resort).

Enough ramblings for now. As I've mentioned some time ago and at the top of this update, I missed the 2nd round of Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series (TCTS), which was the only time attack event I could attend in May, due to myself having a month of automotive shenanigans in US of A, together with Side to Side bossmen (Ziga(Lagano) and Ben(Benny)), Kami-Sama gang (Muza(Niatross), AJ(RocketBunnyS13), Marc(Macaron_moon)), and Seoul Tuners boys (Soju(well, Soju) and 11K(11000rpm)), as well as Franklin(well, Franklin). Not that I mind though, it was truly a good time and I had a genuine fun helping evryone on the drift event that day. And after all, the Circuit Trial regulation only requires you to attend at least 3 of the 5 events along the year to be classified in the class and overall standings. Speaking of which though, my absence from round 2 predictably caused my position in the standings to basejump rather badly from 5th in class and overall to 9th in class and 12th overall. So it is time to get a chance to take back some spots by attending the 3rd round of the championship.

Just like the 1st round, the 3rd round of TCTS is hosted by Victory Sports Club (VICIC), while the 2nd round that I miss was hosted by Brains Motorsports Club (B-Sports). This would be the final TCTS event that will be hosted by VICIC for this season, as the 4th and final round will be joint-hosted by Team Magnus Auto Club (TMAC) and JASC, a subsidiary of JAF. To remind you of the series's rules and classification, you can download their official document here or uhh.....let me just explain to you real quick.

The format is 2x15 minutes of Super Lap or one-shot shooutout (1 lap to get out from the pits and warming up, 1 lap to score your time, 1 lap to get back to the pits), which means one mistake could shake the championship significantly. As for the classes, there are three classes: B, PN and AE, which then are divided into sub-classes as follows:
- B1: <=1600cc road-legal cars, e.g. EK9, EF, EG6, MX-5 NA and NB, Cappucino, Caterham Seven 160, Honda Beat, old Alto Works
- B2: <=1600cc road-legal cars that can be FIA/JAF-certified for racing use, e.g. base MX-5 ND, base Swift, S660, N-ONE, March Nismo, current Alto Works
- B3: 1600-2400cc FF road-legal cars that can be FIA/JAF-certified for racing use, e.g. top-range Swift, current Corolla
- B4: 1600-2400cc FR road-legal cars that can be FIA/JAF-certified for racing use, e.g. 86, BRZ, top-range MX-5 ND
- B5: 1600-3500cc 2WD road-legal cars, e.g. Civic Type-R EP3 upwards, Silvias, Skyline non-GTR, RX-7, RX-8, Z33, Mini JCW, 208 GTi, non-turbo 911, Cayman, non-supercharged Lotus
- B6: Any road-legal cars that doesn't satisfy B1-B5, e.g. WRX STi, Lan Evo, Skyline GT-R, Ferraris, McLarens, Lambos, Golf R, turbo 911.....basically AWDs and supercars
- PN1: <=1600cc FIA/JAF-certified racers, see B2
- PN2: 1600cc-2000cc FIA/JAF-certified racers, see B3 and B4
- AE: Fully electric cars with power output under 40 kWh, e.g. Leaf, e-Golf, i3 without range extender. No Teslas, sadly.

Turbo and supercharged cars capacity are multiplied by 1.7 and rotaries are multiplied by 1.5 to make them easier to be classified and segregated.
Anything not satisfying any of those (e.g. prototypes and open wheel racers) will be classified in Closed class and is not eliglible for championship points.

As my Silver Queen (if you're new to the thread and wondering what car is this, it's an Evo 3 with a stroker kit) is an AWD car, it's automatically classified as a B6 car just like in round 1. With the car and personal documents sorted once more, I paid V$205 to register for the race. I'm really looking forward to hit my home track once more and returning in the championship as well :D

That's not the only thing I blew my money for at the day though. As the S15 has been neglected for rather long time despite only a part away from running again, I decided to give it the attention it's been longing and deserve by buying an aftermarket intake manifold. You see, the last time I bought something for it (which was before the US trip), one of the shopping list was a complete ECU and wiring kit. That wiring kit was configured to fit aftermarket intake manifold. The only problem was the rest of the money wasn't enough to buy one. Yeah, silly me. So, with enough money at the moment, it's time to complete the final piece of the puzzle.

After (and despite) consulting to Muza (who works at Nismo, I should point out) over the ideal intake manifold for the RB26 nesting inside the S15, my final choice falls into GReddy's single throttle surge tank, which was priced almost the same as Nismo's very own performance intake manifold at V$1566. It looks big enough to accomodate more air for the engine, which would translate into better combustion and obviously, more power. I'm eyeing 650-750 BHP output (should I push that a bit further to 800? With the parts list so far it might just be able to do it, just another matter to control it on the track) so that might help a lot. It's set to arrive in 4 days of delivery.

[07 Jun 2019]
With the intake manifold arrived safely, it's time to install it to the S15 and check if it's actually able to run after all. To give more work space, I had to drive the Silver Queen off the garage a bit further. Installing the intake itself was rather easy and quick, but calibrating it with the ECU and O2 sensor took much more time than I expected. So much for being used to ECU tuning.......but in the end it was all good. Now though, moment of truth awaits. Time to fire up the engine into life.

After adding almost all engine oil and small amount of fuel that I had as spares into the car (both was meant for the Silver Queen way back then), checking up all the wirings and charging the battery for a short while, I went inside the S15 and start it up as I recite a fairly long prayers of hope.

A minute passed, my hand was still twsited. Alternator is running but not able to start the engine yet

Two minutes later, my hand aches and it's still not working. I rested for a minute and had another crack.

Two minutes later, still twisting.

A minute later, finally, signs of life! I kept on twisting my arm in excitement as I try to keep the starter alive

And moments later, I earned my happy ending as the sweet, lowly inline 6 engine barks into life, introducing itself into the world for the first time. I celebrated by pretending I won a big race and jumping a bit in my seat :))

All this excitement made me think further: How much power it currently produces at the moment? So later that day, I whipped out my Sprinter, attach the trailer behind it, and.....go for a bit of a game of musical chairs. I had to drive the Silver Queen even further to the lot across my crib, then I have to steer the S15 outside while hoping not to hit the ER34 and my own crib's gantry. Then after I drive the S15 into the trailer and secured it, I have to get back to my Silver Queen to store it inside my garage again. Quite a hassle I say, but it's also inevitable.

The destination for the day is ProMods Garage's Tsukuba branch, which was band new for this year. The Tokyo branch helped me tuning the Silver Queen earlier this year so we're quite in good terms in general. They also have a brand new dyno, perfect for what I need for the day. As I went to the other side of the city, the Sprinter tows the S15 with ease. It feels like carrying sacks of barely feel it's there. Of course braking manner has to be altered, but thankfully this can be easily done thanks to the time spent in the Silverado with it's biscuit brakes.

As I arrived to their shop and have my S15 inside, I spent some time chilling with the crew and have a chatter about the S15's progress as it's going up the dyno. Honestly I don't expect much figure as almost everything is stock, save for the ECU, fuel injectors, intake manifold, quick shifter etc etc etc.....but since it's been spending its life being dormant recently, it's important to know how much power it does produce today.

A moment later, raspy RB26DETT symphony fills the dyno room. We discussed the result as the crew shows interest over how precise and quick the quick shifter was during the run. Speaking of which, here it is!

Quite healthy and not too far from it's original figures I should say, which is a godsend considering it's not been used in a long time. It's quite obvious that I haven't used all the potentials from the fuel injectors though, so while we're at it I have a RB26 light tuning crash course with the crew. Afterwards we have the S15 run on the dyno again, this time with a smidge but nice improvement.

As we continued our banter about RB26 tuning, I have a random and wild idea crossing my mind all in a sudden. I half-jokingly asked the crew.....

"Tell me, is the garage door high enough for the van?"
"Well yes, you want to have the van inside?"
"Holy sh-really? Worth a shot I'd say. Can it run on the dyno as well?"
"Well yes why not?"
"Alright, I'll have it inside as well"

And so, a random joke turned into a hilarious but exciting experiment in all of a sudden. We have the Ssprinter van lined on the dyno while I hold back my giggle.

The result? It now spews 150 BHP and a nice amount of torque thanks to the chip tune I did way back then. That explains the ease of towing I experienced on the road earlier very well. Well it's still not pulling up like a sportscar, but eh, it's more than sufficient for the job.

We also did a bit of light tuning to it by re-adjusting the actuators so the turbo can make receive a bit more pressure. When we put it back on the dyno, the power bump is lovely and not too overkill for the job, just what I needed.

With all the works done and V$600 quoted for all the job done, I thanked the crew and went back home to prepare for the race day.

[09 Jun 2019]
IT'S RACEDAY! And that means yet another early morning wake-up and shower. Just like the first round, it's a multi-discipline event, and the TCTS racers got to taste the track eariler in the morning, so coming early in the morning is a must. After a freezy cold shower and packing up my race overalls and helmet, race undies, some spare undies and another T-shirt to wear after the race ends, I had breakfast, then went off to the track. I swear this was one of the coldest dawn I've ever been experiencing, even some cup of warm coffee can't fight it off.

I arrived at Tsukuba Circuit's entrance gate, where as usual I took my race number (which is still the same time after time, after all it's my favourite number of sorts) and timer beacons. I arrived a bit late than usual, which means some drivers already took the paddock slot and there was a bit of queue at the gate for timer beacons. Thankfully though I still made it inside and still able to park at my favourite spot. After applying the race number sticker and installing the timer beacon, I went off for bathroom break (the coffee had quite a strong effect on my bladder. I've said this and I'll say it again, it's not going to be funny if nature calls you mid-race), then went to the locker room to change into my race overalls.

When I come back I and other drivers had some chatter about preparation for today's race. Some TCTS drivers was also actually delighted to see me again, most asked me where I had been during the 2nd round. In return I told them about my adventures in USA, as well as flexing a bit about the three cars I brought home. It turns out ssome other drivers were also absent for various reasons as well! We continued on chattering while we wait for driver's briefing to start and parc ferme conditions to be instated.

This round will also see actions from Tsukuba Touring Car Championship drivers, but unlike at round 1 and 2, Super FJ won't make an appearance here. Instead, their spot as the main event will be filled by Japan Kart Cup and WAKO'S Super Kart Series. The fact that they also run at the main course instead of the junior course is quite amazing and shows just how fast and powerful these karts are. As for the supporting race, Tsukuba TC-2 Endurance championship comes back to held their 2nd round, as well as Lotus 111 Cup also for their 2nd round.

After informing the marshalls that my car is ready to be put under parc ferme condition, I and other drivers attended the driver's briefing at the conference room. As I've said previously, the format for the day is 2x15 minutes of Super Lap shootout. Our final time will be taken from the fastest between two sessions. The first session will be held at 08.30 after the qualifiers for Tsukuba Touring Cars and Lotus 111 Cup, and the second is at 12.15 after lunch break.

For the running order, I'll start in 9th in B6 class as I'm currently in that position in the class standings. This is actually okay for me, even a godsend, since by the time my turn comes lots of rubber would stack on the track, therefore helping with grip. From what I heard the weather forecast said it's going to be a sunny, scorching day as well, perfect for cooking those tyres quickly. For the running format it's similar to round 1 and 2, where 2-3 cars will enter the track to score their time, then as soon as their turn is over, another 2-3 cars gets into the track.

And oh, today's event also saw yet another full 30 car grid today, with 10 cars from B6 class and 7 cars from B5 class as top running contenders, followed by 6 B1 entries, 4 B4 cars, and B2, PN1 and PN2 classes each yields 1 car. Just like in round 1, nobody enters the B3 and AE classes due to lack of interest.

With the driver's briefing over, a small ceremony was held to open the event and the parc ferme condition is lifted. First to go was the Tsukuba Touring Cars drivers. These things might not be so powerful and considerabl plucky compared to the other cars racing today, but the drivers aren't simply goofing around and actually quite aggressive when attacking the circuit. Well, justified as they have to maintain so much momentum in a lap.

The Lotus Cup cars were absolutely gorgeous and went around the track gracefully. Despite most of them are specially prepped for race usage and therefore not streetlegal anymore, I and some drivers discussed the possibility to enter one in a TCTS event. As I've elaborated in the beginning, non-supercharged Lotus can enter the B5 class, whereas supercharged ones would enter B6 class instead. Just imagine the overpowerness if someone actually did enter one to the championship......

And as always local and regional medias were present to cover the event, and of course enthusiasts are also attended the event. To kill the time before our session begins, we had a chatter with lots of them. And of course, Silver Queen is back in spotlight for a while after a month of disappearance :))

With our turn to hit the track approaching, I wear my helmet, get inside my Silver Queen and went into the pit lane to line up for the run. Now with some experience under my own belt I could notice that I was much calmer than usual, which is good since I'd like to concentrate more for the track conditions. I also still put the fact that I can only score my time in a lap into account, since obviously it's not funny if I'm going to screw it.

Some mere minutes later, it's my turn and other two cars to run. As the pack before us finished their run and went past T1, pit lights went green and we're all off.

Track conditions were lovely, air was cool enough and as I expected rubbers are scattering everywhere. Asphalt started to heat up as well, so I have a bit more of advantage compared to early runners. Still, I have to get around the warm-up quickly so I don't lag and/or block those behind me so I don't cause any kind of jams and dramas. All in all though, I'm feeling quite positive.

As I approach the final sector, I loosen up my mind a bit, regulate my breathing rythm and pray for everything to be alright. Time to commence the first attack of the day!

Almost lost some precious grip inexplicably at the final corner's exit but I could recover quickly

I pushed the Silver Queen rather hard than usual at T1, was a bit under pressure but eventually still could keep the trajectory clean. Grip is aplenty and helps the car skate around the track. I felt a bit of goosebumps whew!

The rest of the run was thankfully still clean and fast enough, and as usual I joyfully send the Silver Queen bumping around the kerbs and keeping it smooth in general. It's a good thing my experience with my ER34 and Mustang as well as trackday at Nikko taught me more about measuring the car's limit even further.

As I approached the final sector again, I decided to give it all I could. I'm not sure if this would send me to the 58 second territory, but I'm glad enough if I could keep my consistency at the 59 second territory as usual. There's no going back now, I can only ask myself how fast I could be as I blast across the back straight.

Aaaaand across the line! I wonder how fast did I do for this run? That was a flowing and great run overall in my eyes. But I can't punch my own chest in pride yet since there's one more run to do in the midday session. But still, glad to be back in competitive term after not hitting the track for rather long time.

With that in mind, I and the other cars gave way to the next group of cars and made our way back to the pits. Obviosuly we don't want to interrupt their run with our presence.

With everyone finished their runs and returned to the paddock, it's time to have a break by having yet another bathroom break and watching the Lotus 111 Cup and Tsukuba TC-2 race unfold. Despite it's increasingly hot on the track, surprisingly I didn't sweat a lot during my run, so I decided to keep on wearing my race overalls and undies. The Lotus 111 Cup was quite intense with battles everywhere but surprisingly it's ultra clean with almost no contact happening. I wonder why this series was promoted as supporting race instead of main ones? I could watch this all day! The cars are gorgeous as well, surely a huge magnet for spectators.

When the Tsukuba TC-2 race went on, I and other drivers as well as some media crew and fans spend the time watching them as well as enjoying our lunch. I love this kind of off-track life with passion....friendly banters filled with passion and spirit to compete in fair terms with spice of laughters. No pressure, no cut-throat pro stuff, no worries. As for the TC-2 race, I actually would like to join one race if there's one that doesn't clash with the TCTS calendar since the car regulation is pretty much the same. All I need to then is find some friends who are willing enough to be my teammate and pit crew, as well as buying lots of spare tires and crew suits :))

With the TC-2 race and lunch break over, it is time to resume the track action with the second TCTS run of the day, followed by Japan Kart Cup and WAKO'S Super Kart Series and finally the Tsukuba Touring Car race. The weather forecast turned out to be frighteningly correct as it was a scorching midday at the time I returned to the seat of Silver Queen. At one side I'd like to turn on the AC to cool myself down, but the other hand it'll rob power and fuel as I run later.

Eventually, I decided to turn it on anyway as I lined up in the pitlane for the second run. I don't want to roast myself inside the car or even worse, fainted from the sheer heat as I wait for the others to finish their run. Turns out having a daily-able track car has it's own merit indeed!

Once again I'll hit the track with another two cars for the run on the track, which now turns into a frying pan for the tyres. You might as well get some butter and an egg and cook a sunny-side up on the asphalt for yourself. As the group of cars before us finished their run and passed T1, pit lights went green and we hit the track once more.

As I did my warm-up, I realized I haven't turned off the AC yet so I rather frantically do so mid-way. Well I could do a run with them on but y'know, I need those extra power from the AC heheh :D It's only a lap after all, I could boil myself as hard as I could in that time window. But not gonna lie, you might as well open a gyoza/pelmeni/pierogi/shumai/well pretty much any kind of dumplings shop in the back of Silver Queen with this sheer amount of heat inside the car :))

As I approached the final sector, I tried to acclimatize myself with the heat for the final time, regulate my breathing to suit the heat and own pungent, smelly body and race overalls, and pray for the best once more. This is the last run of the day and I might as well cook those tyres into a rubber toast.


This time I tried to enter T1 in a much calmer manner. I don't want to fry the front tyres too much by forcing it on ultra hard braking, in fear of too much of the rubber would peel off too much. Baked rubbers, baked rubbers, who want baked rubbers? Fresh from the sheer heat of Tsukuba's asphalt!

The rest of the run went smooth and quite fast as I simply just want to end the sauna torture inside the Silver Queen. The fact that my own sweat drips and runs along my face in large amount doesn't help either. But heck at least I still could keep my concentration on and more importantly can see the apex and differentiate which is left and which is right. Sspeaking of which, hydration is quite a serious business in racing, as a certain renown doctor with a speedy purple S2000 would tell you from his experience.

The sprint across the last sector was one hell of a final run. At least the backstraight gave me a chance to wipe a bit of my sweat off my eyes. But the sheer heat becomes almost unbearable. It feels like basejumping into a giant melting pot at this point. All I could do afterwards was taking a deep breath before entering the final corner to keep my blood and oxygen pumped to my brain and thus keeping my concentration on.

Finally, I crossed the line and thus the sauna torture ended safely. As I enter T1 for the final time I turned on the AC once more to cool myself down. I was quite dizzy already. Never a hot lap feels this scorching and hot indeed, which brought me back to a question: How the hell I could survive free runs in the past?

Our group of cars gave way to the next one and we finally returned back to the pits safely. I really need a drink badly now.

At last, all TCTS cars has finished their hotlap and returned to the paddock. After I parked my Silver Queen at the paddock, I rushed to a water stand to grab some mineral water bottles to cool myself down. Then after I rehydrated enough to carry on moving, I uninstalled the timer beacons from the car and returned them to the stewards office. Then I went for one final bathroom break before having another shower. My skin was noticeably glowing red from the sheer heat I experienced inside the car. Then I changed into a dry spare undie and t-shirt, but kept on wearing my race suit on top of it.

I spent the rest of the day watching the Japan Kart Cup, WAKO'S Super Kart Series and Tsukuba Touring Car races. All of them was quit etight as hell, and the karts were lighting fast! Seeing them feels like facing an agitated pack of hornets buzzing around the track.....bonus points for the super karts for having a proper aero and powerful engines. Meanwhile the touring car race was at best described as public sumo on wheels, with contacts galore from start to end. Even the final lap was filled with people punting each other to the gravel trap! Probably this will end with penalties thrown here and there.......

With all races over, it is time to see the final result of the event. Let's see how I did for both sessions!

I scored 59.877 seconds in the first session, likely due to the botched start and T1 entry. Well that's kinda okay, but I reckon I could do better. But at least the second session was much much better, with me scoring 59.426 seconds which also stands as my final time. Turns out this was enough to secure 4th in class and 5th overall! Though it's also a bit of missed chance really since the B5 winner was only 0.2 second faster than me, preventing myself from taking 4th overall as well.

With those positions secured, I won V$600 for finishing 6th in class, V$800 for finishing 5th overall, two medals for each achievement and yet another memorabilias from VICIC. This boosted my position in the standings as well. Now I'm sitting in 6th in class with 18 points, and 8th overall with 16 points. Quite a sweet comeback that I had today! As usual, I can bring home the medals and memorabilias straight away, while the money cheque prize will be transferred along with my paycheck.

After the podium celebration has finished, I went home and immediately took a long sleep as I was extremely tired. The tiredness though was really, really worth it in the end ;)

[10 Jun 2019]
Paycheck time! And yet another V$940 safely landed to my pocket. But that's not all! As you've recently read, my prize money from the TCTS round 3 is transferred today. But that doesn't mean my time attack shenanigans stops here. Before I left the track yesterday I was informed and invited to enter another regional championship! This time, it is the Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship, held by Team Magnus Auto Club (TMAC) under direct supervision of JAF. Aapparently I've missed the first round, but there are still five more rounds to go, with four of them being held in Tsukuba including the finals. And to qualify for the championship standings, I only need to attend at least three of them, just like TCTS.

As round 2 and 3 are held this month at 15th and 27th June respectively, I see this as a chance to earn yet more money and experience for myself and the Silver Queen, so I applied for round 2 this week, which costs V$170 for the application. If I find myself satisfied with round 2 result, I'll continue attending round 3 onwards. 2019 hasn't ended yet and I already attending more than one sanctioned regional cool is that? :D As for the class, here's the rundown for the Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship, which thankfully is much simpler than TCTS:
NT1: <=1600cc Road cars, including MX-5s of all generation, but no VTEC/MIVEC/Ssimilar sytsem allowed
NT2: <=2000cc 2WD and 4WD Road cars
NT3: >2000cc 2WD and 4WD Road cars, as well as rotary-engined cars
AT: Anything from above-well, pretty much anything with automatic transmission

Given that my Silver Queen has a stroker kit, it's most likely will be registered in NT3 class, which means facing the likes of GT-Rs and RX-7s. Holy crap......but that's okay though, new challenges are always welcome! :D

And uh, one more thing. I realized I've brought home the 240SX vert stockies along with the car, and with the car now sitting on new wheels (and a rare one at that), it's likely never to see any day rolling again, so I decided to sell it anyway. Here's how they look, I'll try my best to improve the condition as well. At the moment I'll put V$400 as the price tag of a set of them. If you're interested on buying them let me know, bargains are welcome and free shipping around Japan! :cheers:

Wew finally finished my update and coming back to competitive TA scene!
Here's how my wallet stands up after the TA shenanigans:

That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

This post was edited by BigSmoke (2019-07-06 16:51, 46 days ago)
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