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VICTORY IN OUR HANDS

LOCATION: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Forecast: Quite sunny     <(“<) 🙂

Mood: Pensive about the weekend.. which turned into pure thrill and excitement.

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Defined, the word victory will usually mean that you’ve won, that you’ve made the top, that you’ve proven yourself as the best of the best.

Well to me, this is where we sit this year.

We are victorious.

Not because we placed podiums or because we made headlines.

But simply because we set out for a goal and we did it. We brought the car home, we pushed it to its limit, and we felt absolutely fantastic doing it.

Our last race weekend of the season was more than we could have imagined. Running in GT Sport, our car is classified as the top class out of the three in Canadian Touring Car Championship. These three classes are GT Sport, Super Touring, and Touring. Although this is the case, that doesn’t mean our car is faster than the cars in the below classes. It is actually quite the opposite.

We came into this weekend knowing this, and aiming for some experience.

My 911 gives me 325 horsepower of love. The other cars in GT Sport range from 400-425+. Even some in the Super Touring class are this fast. In simplest terms, we have a huge disadvantage in this field.

Despite this fact, we still placed 5th in class in both races this weekend.
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What an effort we had to put forth to make this happen – I was exhausted from that race. Absolutely exhausted. But boy was it worth every second, and tenth of a second.

I think my exhaustion came from the fact that I had cars pushing me the whole way – cars in a lesser class that were ahead of me, to be frank.

But the truth is, they were faster. The BMW 235iR, Mustang Boss, and Cayman GT4 have much more horsepower than I do in my 911. Even if they are in the class below me, they are still zooming past. Keep in mind, horsepower means a lot at Mosport. It is a bit interesting to see actually, but this is the way the series is set out.

So – here we are – pushing for 5th in class and 11th overall. Giving it our heart and soul.

This is when I ran my fastest lap ever in my car at Mosport.
I repeat, ever. 

I didn’t even know until the lap after the checkered flag. My crew chief Chris Goessl came onto the radio, ‘Lindsay!! You ran a 1:32.6!!’ – absolutely ecstatic.

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I hugged and congratulated my team after that race. They had helped me get back here. They had helped me to achieve my top results yet again.

Remember when I said I am back? Well, this felt even more like I was a champion again. I was at the edge, with little room for error. We held it and we took it home.

So la-di-da, I have now gone and set another fastest time ever in my #18.. and at the end of the race season. Too bittersweet for my liking. Bittersweet, and leaving me wanting more.

Now we head into the off-season with this in mind. What a tease.

We have strong hope, and full dedication towards another thrilling season next year. Our options are open, and my mind is in the exactly right place for success.

Our focus is now on what is to come.

Currently, I am training and looking towards the off-season and the upcoming 2018 season. What will it bring? I have some ideas. but things change in an instant. All I can say is that it will be exciting, as racing always is.

I am off to Europe for a month on Wednesday. Where am I going, you ask?

Keep you posted. 🙂

Above photos: Stefano Facchin, GP Traveler

 

Until the finish line,

 

Lindsay Rice

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