Rob was very kind and sent me to Mere Mere on his behalf in FreeEMS car #38, his pride and joy, a 1997 R33 Skyline GTS-T (which I always wrongly call GTS25-T as per the equivalent R32 model). My first time drag racing since 2007 or so, which was in my naturally aspirated track-oriented R32 Skyline.
I did my very best to push the boosted cabbage down the list on behalf of RWD fans around the world, but alas, I failed and found a new respect for the cabbage's achievements. I blame my own skill level/practice level and the lack of proper drag racing tyres, the most. Mostly the latter, at least in my mind.
I know the car has a mid-low 13 in it as is, but on the day my best was a 14.027 @ 102.99mph (165.746kph).
The tyres on the car were my own that came, in brand new condition, on my FD3S 16x8 factory rims. Near brand new Hankook Ventus HRII tyres with no treadwear rating and no traction rating.
On the first run they had 32psi on them, but mostly I just did a huge skid off the start line, and then wheel hopped through second gear, and crossed the line on the limiter in third.
I then lowered them to 23psi, and proceeded to shave a full second off my earlier attempt essentially by not launching at all, just taking off firmly and revving through first gear. The next run was the best and was obtained by taking off slightly more firmly, also on 23psi rears, and again, just revving through first gear. The final run was a step backward with 22psi and another sideways exit from the start line.
So, the proof:
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