Black Friday Autocross - Consistently Lost - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST: Black Friday Autocross - Consistently Lost

November 29, 2012


At the end of every run, you pull up and grab your time slip. These are my first six.

Now, where Mark went out to explore the course, and his Prius tires, on his first few runs, I just jumped into it and started driving. But, as Mark steadily improved throughout his first six runs, making the best he could out of the stock tires on the last lap, I kinda didn't.

I started out faster. A lot faster. But instead of trying to learn the second half of the course, the part where I wasn't shagging cones, I decided to charge the first half and figured the second half would just fall into place. Nnnnnnope!

I've decided to be brave and post one of my early runs. Click on through.


See? Lost.

Now would be a good time to mention that I don't know the first thing about GoPros. While Mark' chugged on throughout the day, mine died after this run. After watching this one, I'm kinda glad it did. My steering is a mess and I don't even have the right gear for the first corner. I didn't trust the front, and as the ST can get a little tail happy, I didn't trust the rear, either.

Mark' been whining about me sandbagging, but this shows you exactly what kind of shape I was in after six runs. I wasn't doing the ST proud by any means.

Mark was happy with his times on the stock tires and he was looking forward to bolting on the sticky specials for the final six. He also knew the course better than I did.

I decided to use my next work session to regroup and learn the back half of the course, not by sight (I couldn't see it), but by sound - listening to the exhaust notes of the other drivers.

I was going to need all the help I could get. Even though I had already beat Mark and the FR-S stock for stock, I wasn't going to be happy unless I beat him and his fancy tires, too.

I'll lay down my last six laps in the next installment. Will it be enough?

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 3,877 miles

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