Posted by: caryandjohn | October 8, 2011

More AFM Final Race of the Season

Cary in Turn 10 at Thunderhill.

Cary in Turn 10 at Thunderhill.

So Cary practiced with a Zoom-Zoom trackday on Friday. Here’s a photo of her two-up ride with Shawn Reilly:

Shawn Reilly and Cary in Turn 2.

Shawn Reilly and Cary in Turn 2, on a Yamaha R1.

Cary got a full day of practice on Friday, not missing any of the “B” group practice sessions. We camped out at the track on Friday night, and were up early on Saturday morning to get the 1990 Honda VTR 250 through technical inspection. The AFM is now inspecting racebikes for both Saturday and Sunday, which is nice because it makes Sunday morning less stressful.

Lisa, #88, and Cary in Turn 2 at Thunderhill.

Lisa, #88, and Cary in Turn 2 at Thunderhill.

Our friends, Lisa and her husband Jay, were kind enough to spend some tracktime on Friday to help Cary work on her lines around the track in an effort to lower her lap times.  I think the best she did on Friday was a 2:34. I’m sure that the 2:29 she got in her race on Sunday is due to the coaching Lisa and Jay gave her on Friday.

Jay, #43, watches Cary's line through Turn 13.

Jay, #43, watches Cary's line through Turn 13.

Cary and Connie, another novice racer running similar times, had fun going back and forth in practice Saturday morning. Connie was turning lap times around 2:32 on her 2nd generation Kawasaki Ninja 250. In the one race that they ran earlier in the year, Cary finished ahead …In the Clubman Lightweight race on Saturday afternoon, Connie finished ahead of Cary by about twenty bike-lengths. Cary was  annoyed by the finish…

Cary in Turn 2.

Cary in Turn 2.

Demonstrating good racer form.

Demonstrating good racer form.

So, Saturday, I think Cary was turning lap times around 2:37, with Connie turning laps around 2:32 and 2:34 … Cary would have her work cut out for Sunday’s 250 Production race on Sunday. Plus, the San Francisco Motorcycle Club was going to make an appearance on Sunday, specifically to cheer Cary in person. So, no pressure. Ha.

Turn 14 ...

Turn 14 ...

Well, on Sunday Cary displayed the mental toughness a clubracer needs to have. She got a great start for the 250 Production race, with four or five racers behind her as she entered Turn 2. Three racers came by her before the front straight, one of whom was Connie, who passed in Turn 9 the same way she’d done it in the Clubman race the day before.

Cary responded to being passed by putting her head down and not letting a gap develop. Cary re-passed in Turn 2, going into Turn 3, and was able to put a 10 bike length lead immediately.  I was pleased to see that Cary’s Honda actually looked faster than the Ninja down the front straight.

The checkered flag was taken by Cary … she did a 2:29, dropping five seconds from her best practice time! I was thrilled by the racing the pair did, but found it hard to watch Cary racing for position in a club race.

Racing through Turn 3.

Racing through Turn 3.

Cary and I were both pleased with her finish. It would have been a long winter had it turned out differently. I was proud of Cary for the was she raced on Sunday.

Turn 5A.

Turn 5A.

We’ll see about next season. Cary was able to give her Helimot race suit to Helmut for some fitting adjustments. It was great to see about ten SFMC members come out to cheer Cary on!

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