Quick Recap: National Challenge in Manchester, TN – Sept. 11 and 12

This past weekend’s racing saw 22 entries, from Ohio, Louisiana, Oklahoma, as well as some regulars from Alabama and Tennessee.

Saturday’s forecast originally called for thundershowers, but by the time we got the first car out leisurely after noon, there were only two quick showers—just enough to keep the dust calm and the cool breeze going every now and then. Saturday’s course was tough, very technical. When Randy and I set up the course, we added some creative spots, but I had no idea how much of a workout the course would be! The approximately 2-minute course tuned out to be about 1.8 miles.

On Sunday, the weather was absolutely beautiful! It was cool right up until noon, and the breeze continued to blow throughout the day, which helped combat the humidity. By the end of the day, though, the dust was kicking up pretty fierce, and a few in the last heat were driving into a little bit of their own dirt clouds. The day’s course was reversed from Saturday, and most of the technical kinks were straightened out for a much faster course, covering the same distance. Sunday’s course brought about times that were in the 1.5 minute mark, and there were some sweet wide arcs which prompted some oversteer, whether you wanted it or not!

Big thanks goes to John Roberts Toyota, for once again letting us use the site. Thanks to our club Tennessee Region for your support. And BIG thanks goes to everyone who pitched in to help with working corners, timing and the start. We couldn’t have done it without the tremendous help from everyone who was there!!

In the next day or two, we will have the results posted, as well as some photos and in-car videos.


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