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Old 03-06-2019, 07:51 PM   #1
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Default Time Trials at Midpond?

I saw on Facebook that ALSCCA approved “something” at Midpond and heard a rumor that Midpond was working on getting time trials set up there. Any truth to that?
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:14 PM   #2
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That FB post took me by surprise. Don't expect a full TT there. The facility simply isn't suitable. We have talked about trying a trackcross-type event there so my best guess is that's what this is about.
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Old 03-07-2019, 11:27 AM   #3
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For it to be used for Track cross, doesn't the Divisional Safety Steward have to approve it?
Kinda wondering what "approved by ALSCCA" means.
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:09 PM   #4
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I read "approved by ALSCCA" as track owner exaggeration.
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Old 03-08-2019, 03:58 PM   #5
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Midpond reminds me of the kart track near Nashville that we used to autocross at. Turns are tight and if you go off in a couple of places, it might not be a good thing. Think brakes failing on the last left turn CCW.

If it were used for a TT or TE, it would probably have to be autocross style. Maybe the old style 3 hot laps and only 2-3 cars on track at a time could be done. Does not appear to be any safe passing space so timed sessions with multiple cars on track would not work. It is only about 1/3 the length of TGPR, so times of 30 sec might be the norm.

A Track Safety Steward would have to walk it to determine if any real safety issues exist but it appears suitable.
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Old 03-08-2019, 04:00 PM   #6
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For it to be used for Track cross, doesn't the Divisional Safety Steward have to approve it?.
With the new TT rules, I am not sure how tracks are approved. It was a huge discussion within the old TTAC due to the interfacing with the Road Race track approvers.
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:10 PM   #7
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I walked it with the mindset of a SSS, and it seemed doable for solo, but just barely. There were a couple trees that were just inside the minimum distances but on the inside of turns where it shouldn't be an issue. For TT it would definitely need to be a limited number of cars on track with point to point timing.

I think the biggest issue I saw was the lack of space for both parking and grid. We would have to limit attendees I think, and then we would need much higher entry prices to make it affordable to us.
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:14 PM   #8
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I agree Nick...the very limited grid/paddock space is the biggest issue with MidPond.
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:17 AM   #9
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I didn't see this thread earlier, or I'd have commented and saved y'all the speculation.

The site will NOT be used for TT.

The "approved by ALSCCA" headline was indeed built to grab attention. Think of it as puffery (my favorite marketing term).

I have obtained Divisional Safety's signoff on a plan to use Midpond.

Entrants will be limited due to small space for paddock/grid.

We also have an arrangement that handles the cost issue, but the speculation that entry fees will be higher is correct.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:22 AM   #10
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The event will be called TrackCross. Should have an official announcement with all details ironed out this week.
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:52 AM   #11
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I had a great time at the first trackcross & am looking forward to the next. Hope to be able to make it to TGP at first of month for novice training. Thank you.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:52 AM   #13
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There will be another event at Midpond this Summer.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:10 PM   #14
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Default Mid Pond trackcross

Excellent. I am looking forward to doing again. Things aren't looking promising for making TTGP @ end of month due to $. Hope you will have either another open day or novice school\ training in near future. Keeping my eye on schedule. Thank you.
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:10 AM   #15
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Excellent. I am looking forward to doing again. Things aren't looking promising for making TTGP @ end of month due to $. Hope you will have either another open day or novice school\ training in near future. Keeping my eye on schedule. Thank you.
We are not holding an event at TGPR until our Fall Time Trial in October. The event you're talking about must be someone else.
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