2015 ended with Chris showing what the car was capable of with victories on both sides of the border – including destroying the street FWD record at Super Lap Battle. If you have not read that story, it is contained in the article 3.5 seconds. Then began the next race that all racers participate in during the off-season: preparing the car to be even better. Some drivers make little changes. Others, and Chris fits into this category, strip the car right down for a complete build. The main focus for Chris was two-fold: a weight reduction program and improved safety. Reducing weight simply meant if a part was not required, then it was gone. Safety meant that Eric designed and built a full cage for the car.
The key guys who work on the Boersma Racing Civic are Chris' dad and Eric from R-Division. Eric is also the mechanical mastermind behind James Houghton's incredibly fast Integra Type R (We have to have an update on that car very soon.) Of course, Chris does a lot of work on the car too. But the key thing is that he now has years of working with Eric and a lifetime of working with Mike. He trusts them and knows that when he gets in the car and heads out to put down a flyer of a lap, that mechanically everything is going to be set up properly and that knowledge builds confidence. There have been some mechanical challenges – specifically the transmission – but there are always going to be mechanical challenges in racing. That is life. What Chris does not have to worry about are careless errors that sometime occur in the rush to get a car on the track. Eric and Mike make sure of that.