Well, technically it wasn't my first autocross, but the only two other events I participated in were over ten years ago, and I used my uncle's rece-prepped car, so it may as well have been my first event. At the least, it was the first event for me using my own car. Anyway, I showed up to compete at a PCA autocross event this past weekend. I wasn't alone in not driving a Porsche, but I'd say a good 90% of cars participating were. Needless to say, my bone-stock '06 WRB WRX stood out like a sore thumb. There were jokes made, including the threat of making me disconnect my drivetrain before running, etc, but it was fun. PCA autocross rules placed me in the IO2 class. It's basically the faster of the non-Porsche categories. Also in that class were a red 350Z and a 4-door Integra. Being the only Subie at an (almost) all Porsche event, I felt like I had a little something to prove. I was in the first of two heats, and third in line overall. I ran my first lap and got in line for my second. Man, what a blast that was. I knew that I wasn't getting everything I could, but still felt like I was posting a decent time. The starter confirmed this for me when I lined up for my second run. I had posted a 70.9 the first time through. I aksed how that compared, and he said about mid-pack thus far. Not bad. Run two: 69.8. Over a second's improvement. I'll take that. Run three: 68.9. Another second. Not bad. Final run: 67.9. Yet another second off. I think I can live with that. We had lunch, then I went out and did my course work. It was really cool to see the Porsches flying through the slaloms in front of me. I can't wait to see my buddy's video so I can get an idea of how I looked. After heat 2 finished their four laps, we did some "fun runs". I took my 2 runs, but couldn't make any improvement on my times earlier in the day. Oh, well. It would've been nice, but wouldn't have counted anyway. Now for the important part: the awards. To be honest, I really had no idea how this would turn out. I knew that my times were decent, but wasn't sure how they'd hold up over two heats. I listened as they went through the classes. The fastest car in class IO2, with a time of 67.9..... the Subaru! Woah! Needless to say, I was happy. The shocker, though came next. My friend, who drives a '99 996 911, won his class with a 68.2. That means that I was faster than the 996's! w00t!
After that, we did some cleanup and headed back home. My friend and I stopped to grab something to eat on the way back, and talked about how much fun it was. He'd been two at least one before in that same 996, but made improvements this time out. I was just excited that I took my class and managed to beat his as well.
The next PCA autocross is coming up next weekend. I plan on attending that one as well. I'll make sure to post up letting y'all know how that goes. Also, they'll be printing the full results of this event in the next newsletter, so I'll link to that as soon as it's online.