C.Wan Competing in Gymkhana Grid

I got invited to compete in the inaugural Ken Block Invitational: Gymkhana Grid event on Dec 3-4, 2010. I am going to be bringing out my personal Mazda RX-7 for this event. Since this style of driving is more of a combination of autocrossing and drift, I am planning to adjust my drift set up to a more grip biased gymkhana setting to concentrate more on speed throughout the course rather than full drift and style.

Gymkhana is essentially a timed race on a technical course where drifting certain sections will allow you to get through the course faster.

Here is some info about Gymkhana Grid from: www.gymkhanagrid.com.

Gymkhana is a driving technique in which the driver negotiates a specific designed course. Gymkhana events are time and/or speed events in an automobile. Generally Gymkhana courses can feature obstacles such as cones, tires, barrels, K-rail, ext. The driver must maneuver through a predetermined “course” performing many different driving techniques. Gymkhana requires drivers to perform reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking boxes, figure 8s and other advanced skills. Drifting is also part of the course design and may be necessary to complete the course correctly. Essentially, a gymkhana race is any event featuring a starting point, a finish line and some form of “obstacles” to get through, around, or by, all within a time limit. The driver’s goal is to negotiate the course as fast as possible with the least amount of course infractions. Acceleration, braking, drifting & grip driving are all required. Not only does a driver have to hold control over his/her own car, but gymkhana requires strong mental concentration and memorization.

The Gymkhana GRID Race consists of a scheduled number of two-day events or “Rounds” in which drivers compete in a single elimination bracket. Drivers individually compete “head-to-head” against other competitors in elimination runs on the Gymkhana course. Competitors progress through the head to head “Runs” and are scored based on a number of predetermined criteria. The higher scoring entry moves on to the next level of the bracket.
Gymkhana GRID will permit all invited entries with production-based cars that are legal to run in the following professional racing series: Formula D Rally Car NASA pro road racing SCCA pro road racing or pro solo.

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