The Cayman Journals (Part II) – Summit Point

With a little over a month of ownership, I wasted no time taking the Cayman out to a proper track event.

The local PCA (Porsche Club of America) chapter hosted the annual Porschefest at Summit Point this year, something that they do every year on a weekend in August, with a myriad of events like dinner parties, HPDE (high performance driver’s education), and autocross.

Registering for the autocross with the PCA requires a membership, which makes sense, but I was shocked how quickly the open spot were taken up. I managed to register for the autocross on time and paid the $50 fee, which buys you five runs, breakfast, pizza lunch, t-shirt, and a raffle ticket for random Porsche merchandise at the end of the day (this also pays for the fee that track charges each club to use their track).

To get there from my house, you have to drive 45 minutes to West Virginia and since registration starts at 7:15am, you’ll have start your drive early in the morning.

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6:30 in the morning and a 40 minute drive to West Virginia

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Parked on the paddock. The car is still shiny from the ceramic coating 48 hours ago. Finish will last me two years since I daily the car.

The first thing I noticed on the paddock was the ratio of Caymans and 911s. I would guesstimate around 2:1 with more 911s, but it was cool to see the Caymans showing a presence on track.

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PCA Potomac Chapter Crew Members helped organized this incredible course.

I’ve been to many autocross events for over 20 years and I will say that the Jefferson Circuit at Summit Point was the best autocross course I’ve ever had the pleasure of racing on. The combination of the skidpad, elevation changes, uphill and downhill sections made it extremely challenging but most importantly, not confusing. Most autocross courses require the course to overlap itself and hope that the drivers will remember which direction they’re supposed to go, ultimately killing the focus for the driver to just tackle the course. This is distracting and kills the experience for me.

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Elevation changes. Off-camber undulations. Oh my….

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Caymans and Boxster from 986 to 981 showed a strong presence. There were a handful of GT4s and Spyders that made an appearance as well.

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Goals.

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I was pretty happy with my results from the day as this was my first autocross with my base Cayman. There were two heats (groups) and each driver were able to get five runs, but I managed to miss two cones in my last heat so I was penalized with DNF (Did not finish). I looked at the time for this run and saw that I would have gotten a 55.218 seconds if I had not missed those cones.

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Results: Times

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Results within my Group

 

In PAX, I was ranked 35 overall.

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Overall, I enjoyed my first autocross with the Cayman and I planned to have many more track events with this car, including a open track day sometime this Fall or next Spring.

Thanks for reading!

One comment

  1. Great car i think the Cayman is the last real sportscar (and the gt3 series the last real track car)…

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