AER’s second to last race of the season sent us to the historic main course of Summit Point in West Virginia. This is the track that we first visited last year when Norma was still in orange livery and working through the teething process that involved spitting out axles on the practice day. We had a good second day in 2015 that gave us a strong finish and we were all excited to come back and continue to improve. AER Summit Point was our chance.. However, If Virginia is for lovers then West Virginia was for the broken hearted. At least that’s the way it felt in the eEuroparts.com pits as we peered into our transmission with the side cover off. The sight was spectacularly grotesque revealing a shrapnel mess that only laps before was our brand new Sport and Rally gear set that was put together to finish the
Flat Out and Fearless is the only way around Summit Point. With one of the longest front straights on the east coast, and a variety of wide open, high speed increasing radius corners, your ability to navigate the only tight part of the course, a technical carousel, will determine your lap pace weather you like it or not. However, before our fastest driver and old eEuro Motorsports front man Mike White could set the pace in B class, our team had to overcome some mechanical obstacles. On Friday during test and qualification our passenger side axle decided to leave its inner driver home nearly destroying the inner driver and obliterating our axle tripod bearings. We came prepared with another axle only to have the violence re-emerge on the warm up lap of the race on Saturday. Clearly there was something wrong elsewhere, but we were just left scratching our heads.
If you are anywhere near northern West Virginia this weekend, we have something you should check out. Summit Point is hosting a race and we are hauling out with our in-house race car ‘Norma‘ to do battle with the best that AER has to offer. With a few fresh goodies added on, including re-mounting our engine and transmission coolers, we are hoping to run a consistent, fast race. Dreaming of a podium, our notchback is ready to go faster than it ever has gone before. Racing on the Summit Point Main Circuit (those of you that race in iRacing will recognize it), it’s possible that we will reach speeds that we have never achieved before. With a front straight almost 3,000ft long, it’s possible that we will be able to completely max out our top speed. Judging by our gearing, this may be tipping 130mph, something we have never had