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NCC's Craftsman Auto Care Spring HPDE
By Kirill Bondar | Photos by Alan Olson
The author, wheeling his 2022 M4 Competition, at the event.
M
y motorsports story resumed
in early 2019 when I had just
gotten myself into the BMW
M4 Competition (F82). In the early
2000s, when I was in school, I had a
1994 Subaru SVX (yes, the one with
funky windows!) with which I spent a
lot of time modifying and breaking all
sorts of parts on autocross courses.
Growing out of it, or so I thought,
I took a pause from motorsports until
I was sitting in a brand new 2019
BMW M4 Competition. The urge to
drive the car on the track, the purpose
for which this car was designed and
built, quickly came back. Sadly, it
was not to be, with the pandemic -
my F82 ended up being a beautiful
and very capable cruiser but did not
see any track time.
July I August
In 2022, it was time to change
things up - now inside the G82 platform.
I was counting down miles for
my engine break-in service to be
done. With only a few miles past my
break-in service, from Alexandria to
Summit Point, I was out on the
track! My car, the 2022 BMW M4
Competition xDrive (G82), is an
impressive machine, with 503 horsepower
and 479 ft-lbs of torque.
Paired with xDrive, you have power,
stability, and grip. Upon starting
NCC's spring event at Summit Point's
Jefferson Circuit, I had been out on
track at four different events, three of
which were with the NCC BMW CCA.
Summit Point in March greeted
us with some cold weather, and I
was underprepared. The temperatures
were 22 degrees Saturday
night, going into Sunday morning.
This was also my first time out on the
Jefferson Circuit; I was fully expecting
a short track with little to no
complexity to it. Part of the reason I
had those expectations was because
iRacing, a computer based simulator,
does not have the extended version
of the Jefferson Circuit. So here I
thought, " great little warm-up to start
the season off. " Well, that sentiment
did not last long - the Jefferson
Circuit was just as challenging as
any other. Being in run group B, the
pace, the ability to learn the track,
and to dive into details is a bit
higher. The first couple of sessions
are all about getting familiar with the
layout, visual queues, identifying flag
stations, and just seeing how your
particular car feels on the track.
My instructors for the weekend
were Gordon Kimpel and Matt Stover.
Immediately, it was clear that
Snoopy's nose (turn 7) was going to
be a turn to work on. My car, at
3,900 pounds, really did not like
the camber and the angles we
were working with. Additionally, the
weight transfer and the rhythm of
turns 2 through 5 were challenging
me to be smoother and more confident
in the capabilities of the car and
the limits of the track. As the comfort
level grew, Gordon kept challenging
me to add speed and smoothness
to various parts of the track. I think
what really helps is paying attention
to the way your instructor communi9
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