Pulled into the gas station last night to get some gas and a 06 STI pulls up to the pump right behind me. I say to the guy nice ride and he says the same to me (but his is much nicer). We say a few more things about cars, seems like a nice guy and then both drive off. Later down the road we pull up next to each other first inline at a stop light. I roll down the window and ask him if he wanted to run just for fun. He obliges and says “your going to get smoked”. I thought to myself that was probably going to be the case, but I have never ran a STI and was always curious what the outcome would be.
Bear with me this is my perspective on the race. As I get tunnel vision and just focus on the road and shifting not necessarily the whereabouts of the other car.
So I rev up to about 4K rpms and when the light changes I rode the clutch a little to long (could smell the clutch pretty bad) but managed to get a fare launch with his front end at my front door. Through my 1st gear I pulled ever so slightly where he was back to my ~rear bumper. Because of his gearing he shifter before I did and pulled up to my front door again but after my boost caught up I started to pull again to where he was a little behind my rear bumper. After I shifted to 3rd I couldn’t see him in my peripheral vision anymore and because of up coming traffic I stopped at about 80 mph. He pulled up next to me and gave me a thumbs up and then parted ways.
I was really surprised and did not expect that outcome at all. I wanted to talk to him and ask if he drove well and didn’t miss any shifts because I need some reason for the outcome. In his defense he has a large guy in the car that looked to be at least 200 lbs.
My only hope is if he frequents this board and can share his perspective on the event or some opinions from others that have ran a STI in a stg II wrx.