So, this is where we were last week
Historic Watkins Glen— the premiere road course destination in the northeastern United States, and at various times throughout its decorated history home to all different classes of road racing, not least among them US Grand Prix. This really is the marquee event of our annual summer track season. And as has been the case all year long, the kleiner GTI ran like a champ, more than holding its own against more powerful cars.
The waterbug hatchback is surely neither the fastest nor the most sportiv car out in the field. Nor does it carry the most cachet. But it wears many hats and wears them pretty well, all while being plenty of fun to drive. And that’s why we love it so.
Raw footage from the second session of the day. Line is still not very good here (throwing away far too much of the track), but had fun chasing an RS4 (like the one in today’s grab bag, incidentally) for several laps. He pulls away for good when a B5 S4 refuses to give the pointby on the front straight.
Tossing it around a bit:
A friend in his very nice A3— basically the same car, only with a lower center of gravity and a lot more go-fast mods:
We were hoping to make Lime Rock our last hurrah for the year, but alas our tires are shot, so our season might be done. It was a short season – too short, as always – but sweet, and confirmation yet again that there are very few things we’d rather be doing than standing on the gas pedal out on the race track. What an absolutely fantastic time.