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Well… I managed to drive the e46 all the way to Wall Speedway just outside Somerset, NJ… compete for a qualifying spot for Saturday’s main event… and drive all the way back to Atlanta. All in all… I think the event was a huge success!!! Aside from the bottom line aspect of not wrecking my car in my first FD event… I had an absolute BLAST! It was such a great weekend. A few weeks prior to the event, I felt my clutch start to slip. It wouldn’t snag when I would throw it into gear hard… kinda slip a li’l on the highway… you know – normal “time to replace your clutch, yo…” signs. I thought I could baby the car up until the event and everything would run smoothly… but just two days before the event I realized: the clutch was a lost cause. I had a feeling it would do what it did on the track… and for the most part – it did. The event was held at a circle track, and the first corner was the entire 35 degree embanked 180 degree turn. Coming into the embankment, the car wanted to understeer horribly. Since the clutch was dying… clutch kicks didn’t do anything (but make it worse, lol). Trying to power through it didn’t do much either… since the clutch wanted to slip anyway. Once I came off the embankment (via a rough ass transistion), and I broke traction things were fine… although the clutch didn’t want to hold the power too well. Once the tension on the driveline was released with wheelspin… the clutch would do a decent job of holding on. Either way… it didn’t phase me. I was so stoked to be out there tearing shit up with everyone else, that it didn’t matter. All issues considered… the car performed quite well… and it was an effing amazing time! Chip and Tara made the hike down from Albany… and it was rad to chill with them & kick back and enjoy the main event, and not have to worry about driving. It had been a while since I’d been in the grandstands (I’m usually out on the track shooting video for the site)… I forgot how excited everyone gets. It was awesome… despite it being freezing. This was my first time driving on Dunlop FM 901’s, and I really liked them! They were extremely progressive in feel. Once the car snapped loose, it was very predictable… especially on kick-back. I’m really stoked to be driving for them this season. I don’t know if I would be able to pull it off without them! If this event was a precursor to the rest of the season… it’s going to be rad for sure. I’m super-excited for the Atlanta event! Bwaahahaha… home-feild advantage, lol. ;) Anyway… here’s a few pictures out on the track… enjoy!

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Waiting to enter the speedway…

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Dunlop styles…

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Staged to run…

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Let the understeer begin!…

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4.jpgAlmost snapped loose…

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Yeaaah… there we go.

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Pitted on Saturday next to Marty (ATL reprazent!!!)

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If you’d like to check out more pictures from the weekend… check these links:– DriftMechaniks:com Sneak Peek

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A coupla video clips courtesy of www.studiorhoad.com:

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The Notorious Interstate Slide – what happens after nine hours of driving and gridlocked/single-laned traffic boredom sets in. ;)

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That’s about it for now… see you guys in Atlanta. We’re going to bring’m hell, yo… we’re gonna bring’m HELL! :D

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