When we issued our first post regarding our initial impressions of the Maxxis Victra RC-1 DOT R-compound tires (this post: http://www.prima-racing.com/?p=1461), we promised that we would follow up with more feedback on the tires. In keeping with the racing marketing mantra of being sure to under-promise and over-deliver, we also had the chance to do some back-to-back testing of the RC-1 tires with the Nitto NT01 DOT R-compound tire.
Plus: An Introduction to R-Compound Tires
Recently we had the opportunity to test the new Maxxis Victra RC-1 DOT R-compound tires at a track day hosted by City Tech at Thunderhill. In short, we were impressed. In the future we plan to provide some more detailed comparisons against a few other similar brands in the same class of tires, but as you’ll see later on, we’re limiting our current review to a few initial impressions…
Prima Racing’s final USTCC GT Class race for the 2013 season brought with it the prospect of an eagerly-awaited victory; something the team had not achieved since its stunning upset victories at Laguna Seca. Since then, the grossly-underpowered Honda S2000 had held its own through the merits of nimbleness, late-braking, a determined crew and the relentless driving of Andrie Hartanto. Since their USTCC GT Class debut at Laguna Seca, the team had experienced plenty of podiums, however they were never quite able to return to the top step.
The Prima Racing team sprung back into action last weekend at the US Touring Car Championship race event at Buttonwillow Raceway. Once again, the team encountered an uphill battle as their underpowered Honda S2000 punched above its weight in the GT Class.
Saturday – First Practice
Not to be deterred by an inferior power-to-weight ratio, team driver Andrie Hartanto made a determined push to the top of the timesheets. The team established this form early on, setting the pace with the fastest time.