Phillip Takahashi - Round 2

Round 2 with the #MRA, Fun and done:
Saturday ran Middle Weight Super Sport and Middle Weight Endurance.
Middle Weight Super Sport is a really cool class to me, its my first expert class and man what a difference. Its a whole 'nother level rolling with those guys, Im finding this especially true on launch/lap 1. I started row 2 and sank bank 6-7 positions by the end of lap 1 because I was being too timid with passing. I managed to make up about 3 or 4 of those positions before my race ended in a DNF when I found no right footpeg to put my foot on entering T4 around lap 8. Very disappointing but the silver lining is that the footpeg and even bolt were still on the bike, just not firmly connected anymore. Red threadlocker and copious torque is sure to prevent that particular failure from happening again.

Middle Weight Endurance was a fun race to enter. This was my first time in that class and I started from Wave 2 Row 1. Blasted out front on our launch and quickly found myself dicing through the back of Wave 1, then part of Wave 2 again, then more of Wave 1. lol. The fun (and hard) part of short courses like PPIR is that you regularly run into lap traffic. And with big grids and longer race times like endurance, you find yourself meeting many riders in a single race, some even multiple times! Had a lot of fun and was proud of myself for hanging in there for the full duration, wasnt expecting myself to!

Sunday is serious day for me. Amateur GTU and Modern Vintage GTU are my competitive classes with some play time in Amateur GTO and Modern Vintage GTO.
Amateur GTU I managed to hold my pole position for a few laps but constant mistakes in T1, T3, and T4 saw me slip back behind Matt Neuberger before too long and eventually Aaron Hersh as well. Had a ton of fun trying to chase both down but just couldnt quite hack it and ended up in 3rd. Modern Vintage GTU was similar. A sub-par launch put me behind Chris Coonshead for a lap before jumping out front one more time. I managed to calm my nerves more and find a little more consistency in my lines but exhaustion was definitely beginning to play a factor and Aaron Hersh once again slipped by leaving me in second by the end of the race.

Round 2 with the #MRA, Fun and done:
Saturday ran Middle Weight Super Sport and Middle Weight Endurance.
Middle Weight Super Sport is a really cool class to me, its my first expert class and man what a difference. Its a whole 'nother level rolling with those guys, Im finding this especially true on launch/lap 1. I started row 2 and sank bank 6-7 positions by the end of lap 1 because I was being too timid with passing. I managed to make up about 3 or 4 of those positions before my race ended in a DNF when I found no right footpeg to put my foot on entering T4 around lap 8. Very disappointing but the silver lining is that the footpeg and even bolt were still on the bike, just not firmly connected anymore. Red threadlocker and copious torque is sure to prevent that particular failure from happening again.

Middle Weight Endurance was a fun race to enter. This was my first time in that class and I started from Wave 2 Row 1. Blasted out front on our launch and quickly found myself dicing through the back of Wave 1, then part of Wave 2 again, then more of Wave 1. lol. The fun (and hard) part of short courses like PPIR is that you regularly run into lap traffic. And with big grids and longer race times like endurance, you find yourself meeting many riders in a single race, some even multiple times! Had a lot of fun and was proud of myself for hanging in there for the full duration, wasnt expecting myself to!

Sunday is serious day for me. Amateur GTU and Modern Vintage GTU are my competitive classes with some play time in Amateur GTO and Modern Vintage GTO.
Amateur GTU I managed to hold my pole position for a few laps but constant mistakes in T1, T3, and T4 saw me slip back behind Matt Neuberger before too long and eventually Aaron Hersh as well. Had a ton of fun trying to chase both down but just couldnt quite hack it and ended up in 3rd. Modern Vintage GTU was similar. A sub-par launch put me behind Chris Coonshead for a lap before jumping out front one more time. I managed to calm my nerves more and find a little more consistency in my lines but exhaustion was definitely beginning to play a factor and Aaron Hersh once again slipped by leaving me in second by the end of the race.

Amateur GTO was another really fun race, I spent a good chunk of that race dicing it up with I think an R1 that I managed to keep behind me at the end of the race and on the off chance that rider reads this, thanks for not running my ass over in T4 when I pulled up onto the paint and slipped haha. Held my original position of 5th by the end

Modern Vintage GTO I found myself having some deja-vu with T1/lap 1 being awfully reminiscent of my experience with Middle Weight Super Sport.There were a lot of experienced and aggressive riders and its just a whole different ball game rolling with those guys. I once again found myself pushed back in the beginning and fighting (extra hard thanks to a displacement disadvantage) to claw my way forward. I did manage to climb back up a fair amount and found myself chasing Chris Coonshead. Knowing he is a skilled and experienced rider I took the opportunity to practice getting comfortable being close to my competitors and found myself off his tail by what couldnt have been much more than a foot driving out of T2 and managed a clean pass into T3. I really wish my camera had been working for that one, but maybe Ill be lucky and find a picture somewhere. Landed 4th place in this race, that darn Aaron Hersh blowin by me again without mercy!

Overall a successful weekend; dropped below 1:00 lap times (59.8), continuing to podium in my competitive classes (3rd in AmU and 2nd in ModernVinU), had a great time with my friends in #LegionOfSpeed, went fast, didnt die, didnt even hit the ground despite a couple close calls. Special shout out to Matt Neuberger for talking to me and giving me some pointers where I can pick up time and Aaron Hersh for the especially awesome battle in the first half of ModernVinU.

And of course, thank you to my awesome sponsors #SolPerformance#PirelliNation#VortexRacing#HotBodiesRacing, and #RaceTechSuspension. I wouldnt be out there without your support! I think Im gonna have to contact some old band friends about #FirestoneWalker's support of our club and see if I cant add another official sponsor. They are a major brewery in the area that I went to college in! Caeli Horwith, tell your CO guy(s) to keep supporting us, we love it! It was cool to be congratulated with a pack of beer from my favorite brewery.

Round 3 is coming soon, and Im hungry for another gold. Lets go get 'em!

Modern Vintage GTO I found myself having some deja-vu with T1/lap 1 being awfully reminiscent of my experience with Middle Weight Super Sport.There were a lot of experienced and aggressive riders and its just a whole different ball game rolling with those guys. I once again found myself pushed back in the beginning and fighting (extra hard thanks to a displacement disadvantage) to claw my way forward. I did manage to climb back up a fair amount and found myself chasing Chris Coonshead. Knowing he is a skilled and experienced rider I took the opportunity to practice getting comfortable being close to my competitors and found myself off his tail by what couldnt have been much more than a foot driving out of T2 and managed a clean pass into T3. I really wish my camera had been working for that one, but maybe Ill be lucky and find a picture somewhere. Landed 4th place in this race, that darn Aaron Hersh blowin by me again without mercy!

Overall a successful weekend; dropped below 1:00 lap times (59.8), continuing to podium in my competitive classes (3rd in AmU and 2nd in ModernVinU), had a great time with my friends in #LegionOfSpeed, went fast, didnt die, didnt even hit the ground despite a couple close calls. Special shout out to Matt Neuberger for talking to me and giving me some pointers where I can pick up time and Aaron Hersh for the especially awesome battle in the first half of ModernVinU.

And of course, thank you to my awesome sponsors #SolPerformance#PirelliNation#VortexRacing#HotBodiesRacing, and #RaceTechSuspension. I wouldnt be out there without your support! I think Im gonna have to contact some old band friends about #FirestoneWalker's support of our club and see if I cant add another official sponsor. They are a major brewery in the area that I went to college in! Caeli Horwith, tell your CO guy(s) to keep supporting us, we love it! It was cool to be congratulated with a pack of beer from my favorite brewery.

Round 3 is coming soon, and Im hungry for another gold. Lets go get 'em!