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Discussion Starter #61 (Edited)
Pepper's Totals
397 runs total, 247 runs so far in 2019... 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 70 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 69 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
$4.69 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
13403 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.1 mpg for 2019 season

2019 Packwood ProSolo
For some reason, this was my first ever ProSolo since I started autocrossing 31 years ago. Well past time to fill in that experience gap! Started out by doing 8 practice starts on Friday afternoon, grabbing Jim Daniels to ride shotgun and kibbutz me through the ProSolo regimen (I coached Jim when he was a novice, so it was very fitting). My first launch had a 0.503 reaction time, so we should have quit right there, LOL. Red lighted two practice starts and they all stayed under 0.800; not perfect, but definitely tolerable. It was only that evening I realized I forgot to turn off traction control again, so the real starts were going to feel a bit different.

National office didn't get the supplemental rules & grid sheets posted before I left for Packwood. Turned out that with 162 entries, they had only 3 grid groups instead of 4, so worker turnover for the various groups within a heat was... not smooth. Timetable, fortunately, allowed 15 minutes of down time between the groups. The 13 entries of S4 ran at the tail end of group A and worked group B. The Otis, Mueller, Thorpe, Danton, & Beldi cars were also in Ladies classes at the start of Group A, so the grid looked sparse until the Ladies finished their runs.

People expected to be leading have been named above. Course was a kink after the launch followed by a 5-cone non-optional slalom, a 270 deg sweeper, a turn through an eyebrow to head us in the right direction for the finish and some offset gates to keep it from being a drag race at that point. Right side was 0.5-0.9 seconds slower because the start zone was slippery, the slalom entry was unfortunately offset by about 18", and the finish tighter in some manner that can't be accurately described.

Saturday
Heat 1 - Obvious leaders Otis and Mueller did not fare well by redlighting & collecting cones. I was briefly in 6th near the end, but Healy snipped ahead by a couple tenths, leaving me in 7th. My right side time was slower than the norm, at about 1 second, so I knew I needed to concentrate there.

Heat 2 - Paired up with Ryan Otis because he was dirty on one side, I was hopelessly outclassed from the start (https://www.facebook.com/solomatters/videos/1157941801057271/). Ryan got a clean run which bumped me to 8th. I couldn't improve my times, couldn't even match my times, particularly on the right where I just kept spinning tires on the start. Healy improved, so the gap to move up was about 1 second. Otis easily moves into first and Danton is surprisingly in the trophies ahead of Thorpe. Evening analysis suggests the only easy improvements for me will come from not spinning tires at the start and pushing harder through the slalom.

Sunday
Heat 3 - Otis extends his lead by 0.840 seconds over Beldi (4th in overall index) and 0.997 seconds over Mueller (6th in overall index), just demolishing the S4 class and the overall index. Danton (10th in overall index) holds onto the final trophy spot, a scant 0.002 ahead of Thorpe (11th in overall index). Healy goes into deep concentration mode and picks off McGeary. I finally pick up a few tenths on the right hand course by not spinning tires and maintain my margin over Boller.

Official results

8th of 13 in S4 (DS, FS, GS, & STH)
68th of 162 in ProSolo index
 
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The Pro Solo's are tough but yet so much fun. 60ft's can unfortunately kill your runs as so much time can be wasted on the drag element of the course just spinning off of the line.
 

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It may not be so for other parts of the country, but there's some awesome scenery at Oregon & Washington autocrosses. Here are the two I visited this weekend.

Dallesport airport, pic by Alex Kraft
Dallesport 13 Jul 2019 by Alex Kraft.JPG

Willamette Pass, pic by Mark McFarland
Willamette Pass autox site by Mark McFarland.jpg
 

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Discussion Starter #64 (Edited)
Pepper's Totals
408 runs total, 258 runs so far in 2019... 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 70 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 69 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.71 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
14134 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.3 mpg for 2019 season

Split my weekend between two clubs at two different scenic sites as you can see from the prior post. Saturday afternoon was spent with Bridge City Autosports at the Columbia Regional Airport in Dallesport, WA, which is across from the Columbia River from The Dalles, OR. Sunday afternoon went to Emerald Empire Sports Car Club at the Willamette Pass ski area about an hour southeast of Eugene.

Saturday
It was a tight battle for top PAX time, as us top three were separated by only 0.076 seconds.

Sunday
Willamette Pass has a very small area for the pits and it was made smaller because the lodge is getting a new roof. Pavement conditions are deteriorating, so careful consideration was given to cone placement. Unfortunately, that meant tight gates at one of the fastest stretches and I could not find a path through that didn't nick a cone. Not to mention the cone magnet stayed on and I was booting another random cone on most runs.

Official results

Saturday (Bridge City Autosports)
1st of 3 in S3 superclass (DS, GS, HS)
1st of 42 in PAX
12th of 42 in raw time

Sunday (Emerald Empire Sportscar Club)
24th of 90 in PAX, even with 4 seconds of penalty LOL!
 

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Updated above post with Sunday results.
 

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Pepper's Totals
418 runs total, 258 runs so far in 2019... 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 80 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 69 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.80 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
14557 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.3 mpg for 2019 season

My final weekend at Packwood, WA for the Oregon Region SCCA season. The club held their annual potluck and it was an excellent social event. Hot weather was a drag, particularly on Sunday.

Saturday
Leading in points by small margin, my goal was to firm up the season championship in my favor. I had posted a solid time on 2nd run, ahead by 0.4 seconds. On our third runs, my "rival" spun and I tagged a cone, so I got a nice win. Now the margin is enough that I have to finish 5th or worse in the remaining events for my "rival" to beat me to the crown if he won the remainder.

Sunday
Unfortunately, my "rival" felt ill on Sunday morning, so the results were pretty much a "gimme". Mathematically, if I don't go to the remaining two events and he won both, then we'll have a tie. I felt my runs were lackluster today because I had to stand on my first run as clean, but PAX results say I did better than I thought (probably because everybody was having similar troubles).

Official results

Saturday
1st of 12 in S2 superclass (CS, DS, ES, GS, HS)
8th of 78 in PAX
27th of 78 in raw time

Sunday
1st of 9 in S2 superclass (CS, DS, ES, GS, HS)
4th of 62 in PAX
17th of 62 in raw time
 

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Pepper's Totals
428 runs total, 278 runs so far in 2019... 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 80 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 79 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.82 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
15288 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.5 mpg for 2019 season

Long trip up to Bellingham for a first gear autocross with a small club. Well, I did get into second gear briefly before the finish. Slowest corners were a painful 15.5 mph (sigh). Other than the slowest corners, it was reasonably fun and the people are nice. They do have a better site sometimes at Mt. Baker.

Chuckanut Sports Car Club's format is all day with a lunch break. You get to run in the morning and then again in the afternoon. Since there are few entries, there are many runs. Unfortunate late start (man with the keys overslept) meant only 9 runs this weekend, but they've been known to get 15 runs.

Sunday
Didn't take the race tires as I was "just visiting" and there was the threat of rain showers, so stayed on the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.

Official results

Sunday
3rd of 34 in PAX
6th of 34 in raw time

 

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Pepper's Totals
447 runs total, 297 runs so far in 2019... 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 97 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 79 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.70 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
15656 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.4 mpg for 2019 season

Back to Evergreen Air & Space Museum with Bridge City Autosports. Saturday was dreadfully hot, so spraying tires was a necessity for best times. Sunday's temperatures were more tolerable, but having 3 run groups instead of 2 meant quick turnaround for runs, so, again, spraying tires was a necessity.

Saturday
I got to thinking about the difference between running with minimal fuel vs. a full tank, so this test & tune day with morning & afternoon sessions was a good opportunity to try it out. Minimal fuel in the morning and full tank in the afternoon, though it's not strictly apples-to-apples comparison since morning & afternoon courses are different. The data logger doesn't show a difference in cornering forces, but the weight distribution and lack of fuel sloshing feels better, so I'll use a full tank for the next few events.

For some reason, 11 entrants chose not to return for the afternoon session after lunch. Even though there was one lady who spun her MR-2 into a curb at the finish, I'm pretty sure that accident didn't scare them off since a few were back on Sunday and most of them are regulars who know the hazards of this site.

Sunday
My main competitor in a DS FoRS took an early lead with his second run. I took it back and gradually increased my lead over the next 5 runs while my competitor couldn't improve. On his final run, he shaved 0.9 seconds to retake the lead, so I was hard-pressed to find more time. Happily, I removed 0.3 seconds for the win and we were 1st & 2nd PAX times with a large gap back to 3rd in PAX.

Official results

Saturday Morning Practice
2nd of 4 in S3 superclass (DS, GS, HS)
2nd of 69 in PAX
12th of 69 in raw time

Saturday Afternoon Practice

1st of 2
in S3 superclass (DS, GS, HS)
1st of
58 in PAX
6th of 58
in raw time

Sunday
1st of 4 in
S3 superclass (DS, GS, HS)
1st of 65 in PAX
8th of 65 in raw time
 
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Short summary of a weekend at Mt. Bachelor, near Bend... will fill in details later:
Friday afternoon was a practice followed by the annual Mountain Master event. Once again I won the Mountain Master title on a hot afternoon. I came away with top PAX in Saturday's competition and the weather had cooled slightly to a comfortable 70-75F. Sunday's forecast was cooler and it was 50F in Bend in the morning instead of 57F. On the drive up to the mountain, the temperature kept dropping and there was a dense cloud wrapping around the summit, so it was damp & 45F when we started runs... then the rain came and it was only 40F. Surprisingly, my Bridgestone RE-71Rs with 119 runs on them had enough grip that I came away with not only top PAX, but top time of day!
 
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ACCO still hasn't posted results from last weekend at Mt. Bachelor. Oregon PCA hasn't posted today's soggy, very soggy, autox results from PIR.

Rain continues to be a great equalizer! I didn't set FTD, but I was only a half second back in 2nd place overall. Porsches (or at least Oregon PCA drivers) are definitely not at their best in the rain... top 4 spots were Focus RS (Dan Bullis forsaking his Corvette), my Focus ST, a Tesla, and another Focus RS (Jon Steves). I didn't look below 4th, so don't know where the first Porsche landed.
 

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ACCO finally posted results Sunday night

Pepper's Totals
476 runs total, 326 runs so far in 2019... 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 128 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 79 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.56 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
????? miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.4 mpg for 2019 season

Friday
Return to Mt. Bachelor for a sunny afternoon practice and the chance to defend the Mountain Master title that I earned last year. About half as many people took advantage of the practice day as last year, so we ran as a single group and occasionally shagged cones with a bicycle. Heaps of runs. The repaved parking lot is not perfect, has some bumps and roughness, but it is bunches more useable than last year. Mountain Master is a PAX elimination tree, with one run per pairing and if you hit a cone, you're out! Winner of the pairing advances to the next round. Naturally we got to the final pairing and both of us coned, LOL. So the competition was run again in the reverse direction without a course walk... I still won.

Saturday
A little cooler on Saturday at 70F. Course had some tight corners, one that was worth a downshift to 1st gear.

Sunday
Sunday was beautiful in Bend. Up on the mountain, however, a layer of rain clouds was pushing over the Cascades from the Willamette Valley and just barely wrapped around Mt. Bachelor to make it 45F and wet. Only 28 people braved the conditions. As the day wore on, the temperature kept dropping, so it was only 40F by the time we packed up. Naturally that was when it dried out. Apparently I coned my last two runs which were a second faster than the one that gave me FTD.

Official results

Friday Afternoon Practice & Mountain Master Competition
Mountain Master for 2nd year

Saturday
1st of 1 in GS
1st of 40 in PAX by 1.4 sec
4th of 40 in raw time

Sunday
1st of 1 in GS
1st of 28 in PAX
1st of 28 in raw time by 0.2 sec
 

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PCA posted results late Sunday night

Pepper's Totals
484 runs total, 334 runs so far in 2019... 8 runs on 3rd set of RE-71Rs, 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 128 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 79 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.59 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
16424 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.3 mpg for 2019 season

Testing a set of 245 width RE-71Rs as rain tires. I had intended to get 235 width, but Tirerack politely reminded me that in 17" diameter, they are not load rated for the FoST. So... that experiment will be at some future date.

This was my first visit to a PCA autocross. There were 6 Porsche drivers I knew from non-marque clubs and another 4 drivers not in Porsches that I knew, so it was pretty routine from that aspect.

Sunday
Rain. 59F-62F. Good thing I was interested in testing rain tires!

This being the second recent session in cooler rain, I'm happy to confirm that the RE-71R is a notch better than the Pilot Sport 4S provided you have the "cold tire syndrome" cured. Overall grip is higher with the RE-71R, though I feel the PS4S turns in better in the wet.

Official results

Sunday
1st of 2 in NPF (non Porsche fwd)
1st of 48 in PAX (technically PCA doesn't do PAX, but the leading cars were all non-Porsche, so it was easy to calculate)
2nd of 48 in raw time


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Pepper's Totals
494 runs total, 344 runs so far in 2019... 18 runs on 3rd set of RE-71Rs, 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 128 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 79 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.66 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
16813 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.3 mpg for 2019 season

Final two events for Oregon Region SCCA! Definitely not my finest driving, but I was enjoying it.

Saturday
Sunny, 70F-73F. Bad brain fade, could not find the braking point & good line, so ended up standing on my first run. PIR in the dry is slightly more slick than it was in the spring right after the repaving. I might have thought it was the 245 tires vs. the 255 tires, but some other respected drivers (e.g. Ryan Otis) had the same opinion without my prompting. Usual close battle (0.023 sec to 2nd place behind me).

Sunday
Rain. 60F-63F. I'm liking the full tread depth 245 tires in the wet. Still having brain fade issues and couldn't find the slowdown spot even though it was clearly indicated in a decreasing slalom (3 steady space then 2 decreased space) until the last "bonus run" that didn't count. If all runs had counted, I would have won the class by 0.273 seconds and pulled up to 4th in PAX instead of 7th. As it was, I missed 2nd place in the superclass by 0.027 seconds. Fortunately, I had a lock on the season championship. In the wet on this slightly slicker surface, Sport Mode worked best and allowed me to find significant time on sweeper exits without hurting the slalom.

Official results

Saturday
1st of 21 in S2 superclass (CS, DS, ES, GS, HS)
11th of 90 in PAX
27th of 90 in raw time

Sunday
3rd of 11 in S2 superclass (CS, DS, ES, GS, HS)
7th of 49 in PAX
19th of 49 in raw time

Season Championship (top 10 in points, 3 events dropped)
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Pepper's Totals
504 runs total, 354 runs so far in 2019... 28 runs on 3rd set of RE-71Rs, 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 128 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 79 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.60 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
16970 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.3 mpg for 2019 season

My third wet Sunday in a row at PIR, this time with Bridge City Autosports. Bit colder than before and I'm really happy with how Pepper is handling the cold & wet as there have been zero snap spins and she's easy to catch even when the rear end lets go.

Sunday
Rain, tapering off and ending before my run group finished. 45F-47F. Drove smarter this weekend. Thought my primary competitor was hot on my heels, 0.009 behind me before final runs, but it turned out he had a cone. In the end, it didn't matter, as I dropped 0.4 sec on my final run. Third run group had significantly drier conditions or else I would have had FTD, too.

Since there was time for fun runs, I took two. I was way, way too optimistic about how much grip there would be on the first run, so was happy to drop 0.6 seconds from my best time with the second fun run. Yes, that would have been good enough for FTD even amongst the third run group.

Official results

Sunday
1st of 5 in S3 superclass (DS, GS, HS)
1st of 71 in PAX
5th of 71 in raw time
 

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Pepper's Totals
523 runs total, 373 runs so far in 2019... 47 runs on 3rd set of RE-71Rs, 137 runs on the OEM 240 treadwear Goodyear Eagle F1s and 128 runs on 2nd set of Bridgestone RE-71Rs and 79 runs on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S and 21 runs on Bridgestone RE780AS and 23 runs on scrap RE-71Rs
[first set of RE-71R tires retired after my 88 + Hoffmaw's 16 runs = 104 runs]
[scrap set of RE-71R tires that came on a set of OZ rims retired after 23 runs]
$4.61 per run in entry & membership fees for 2019 season
17779 miles on odometer (~1300 miles are not related to autocrosses)
27.2 mpg for 2019 season

Friday
Siskiyou Sports Car Club's 45th annual Enduro. I arrived at the track to check in and discovered my driver license was missing. Called home and wife couldn't find it, so visited DMV at 3p on a Friday afternoon... 90 minutes and $26 later, was in possession of a duplicate license, so could actually complete checking in and be allowed to drive in the open practice session. While on the line waiting to launch, a bewildered mouse popped his head out from under the hood cowl, obviously wondering what happened to his barn, then disappeared back under the hood.

Mouse was not seen again until I headed back into Medford to my friend's house. Traveling on the highway at 50 mph, its fur was being blown about. I waited until just the right moment to press the wiper stalk and launched him... no hitchhikers!

These practice runs indicated I would easily break the GS record I set last year.

Saturday
Scheduled afternoon practice session went well, though I did seem to be slowing as time wore on. My own record was easily going to be broken if I didn't do anything stupid. Only difference between practice and the real Enduro is you get only one shot at 5 laps in the Enduro, while practice is usually several runs of 1-2 laps.

Sunday
Sweet smell of success? No, that's just the thousands of acres of hemp growing near by.

I hit a cone on my run... there aren't that many cones at a kart track, so it was only mildly annoying. Still confident that I beat my 4:26 record when I came off track, my friend says, "You got a four twenty seven." Crap! How could I be that slow? Then I looked at the whiteboard where times are written and it's a 4:20.7, so I did handily set a new record, even with the cone penalty.

After reviewing the video and Solostorm data, I can easily see a 4:17 being possible. Eliminating the wheelspin and avoiding the cone are the only requirements.

Official results

Sunday
Set new GS record of 4:20.701 for the Fall Enduro
 
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Do you prefer sport mode or normal mode?
Neither. I use the "super secret" mode, where you hold the button down an extra long time and release it before the second status screen goes by. That turns off both Traction Control and ECS stability control.

In sport mode, ECS will let you take the first slalom turn, but when you try to jog back for the second cone, it will say "abnormal move" and react to keep you going straight. If you suffer from cold rear tire syndrome or are having difficulties in the wet, ECS is a worthwhile crutch. Once you fix cold rear tire syndrome, you'll find you don't need ECS when autocrossing.

In Normal mode, with TC on, you'll find the car bogging on corner exits as TC engages. Note that TC is not the same as the electronic differential; the electronic differential never turns off and unfortunately is responsible for making your brakes overheat even in "super secret" mode.

On the street, I just leave it in normal mode.
 
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Neither. I use the "super secret" mode, where you hold the button down an extra long time and release it before the second status screen goes by. That turns off both Traction Control and ECS stability control.

In sport mode, ECS will let you take the first slalom turn, but when you try to jog back for the second cone, it will say "abnormal move" and react to keep you going straight. If you suffer from cold rear tire syndrome or are having difficulties in the wet, ECS is a worthwhile crutch. Once you fix cold rear tire syndrome, you'll find you don't need ECS when autocrossing.

In Normal mode, with TC on, you'll find the car bogging on corner exits as TC engages. Note that TC is not the same as the electronic differential; the electronic differential never turns off and unfortunately is responsible for making your brakes overheat even in "super secret" mode.

On the street, I just leave it in normal mode.
Thank you for the feedback. Explains it well.
 
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Thank you for the feedback. Explains it well.
It's probably also worthwhile to see the effects of the electronic differential, torque vectoring, in action. Let's refer to my video from the Fall Enduro (watch for tire smoke in the upper window!) and the lap times:
Lap 1 - 51.606 ...pretty typical outlap, where you're not up to speed going into T1. Burned the tires coming out of final turn.
Lap 2 - 51.187 ...0.2 to 0.3 slow compared to my practice laps
Lap 3 - 51.725 ...off pace, not much wheelspin, spot cone down that I clipped near the end of lap 2, so decide I can push as hard as I want to see the result
Lap 4 - 52.040 ...wheelspin visible exiting 3 corners
Lap 5 - 52.143 ...wheelspin visible exiting 3 corners

So the problem with that wheelspin is that the front brakes are being applied by the computer, so it only makes me go slower, the front brakes get hotter & hotter, and the front tires have gained 8-9 psi from all the extra heat which reduces cornering g-force. Those lap times show that avoiding wheelspin is critical with the FoST, so one needs to be judicious with the throttle. In those 5 laps, even with the uprated pads, there was a bit of pad transfer and another lap like those last two most certainly would have boiled the brake fluid.

 
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