NEEDS MORE PRACTICE: D1SL Divisional East at Ebisu Minami

September 17, 2009 8:38 pm Published by

Once again, my posing was better than the result…in a way!

My lack of practice on Minami really showed, but by the second practice session, I managed to link the course at least a few times, even though the car kept bogging down in the middle of the corner.

There was nothing really wrong with what I was doing, but I never really got a single good run in from beginning to end. It was always either good entry, good speed, no angle or bad entry, bad speed, awesome angle or bad entry, straighten, then too much angle etc.

I found out a while ago that the Mark II was automatic from the factory, having since been converted to manual. I have a suspicion that there is something going on with the automatic diff and the relatively spaced-out gears in the R154 which is making the car not suited to Minami. It seemed to work great on Kita though, which is what made it so annoying. I’ve heard that the JZX81 automatic crownwheel ratio is the most desirable, but I’ll have to do some more research.

I can honestly say that some of the driving seen in this event, which is the lowest level of D1 I might add, was the sort of thing you’d have seen in D1 a couple of years ago. The winner of the event was Makoto Yoshimura (who drives a gold S15 that I don’t have any pictures of) who almost exclusively practices on the Minami Circuit. It really shows.

I have a lot of work to do…


Here’s the entry postcard that they sent me. I suppose イ and ア look kind of similar when it’s handwritten and faxed. At least Naoto had my name written correctly when I went to sign up.

Remember Yuuta Onodera’s Roadster from this post? Here’s what it looks like now.


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