The Ridge Motorsports Park: Hosted by The Speed Syndicate
Turn 15 RMP
Turn 15 would have been so much fun if it was banked. It is still a lot of fun and part of the strategy is exiting this corner set up to take Turn 16 properly in order to maximize your speed on the straight.
Pit in RMP
Pit in is on the far right and follows the circle around. The soft barriers indicate the fixed division between the track and the hot pits.

That leads to Turns 15 and 16. Great sight lines here. Mid-way through 15 is the pit in entrance. The concrete wall that is the barrier between the hot pits and the main straight begins about 3/4’s of the way through 15. It is protected by a significant stretch of soft barriers. While there are extensive run-off areas almost everywhere, the beginning of this concrete wall caught my eye more than once, even with the soft barriers. It is probably an unlikely place to go wide and off, but it is still a factor to consider. Turn 15 is about 270° of a left-handed circle and then cuts right into Turn 16. This is where you apply as much power as you can to set you up for a fast entry onto the lengthy front straight. With my car hitting 130+ mph I am sure that other powerhouses would be in the 160 to 180 mph range. That would be a fun ride.

Paddock RMP
A great track. An opportunity to get together with friends and meet many new acquaintances.

This session at the Ridge Motorsports Park will certainly just be the first of many. From the amazing welcome at the gates to the track where the staff member greeted my wife and myself with a welcoming smile and a cheery personality through to the marshals who were outstanding at their work to the staff who kept the facilities clean and ready. I should mention here that the washrooms and showers were very well kept and supplied with all of the necessities. The Ridge Motorsports Park knows how to welcome and treat their guests. The new facilities that they have planned to be an impressive upgrade to an already good facility.

Kalson makes full use of his smartphone when working with drivers. I’m so old school that I remember using paper and never having access to a cell network while at the track. LOL!

A huge thanks to The Speed Syndicate from Burnaby, B.C. for hosting this day and connecting me with Andy Roulston who provided all of the action photography. The Speed Shops focus on ensuring that their participants have an enjoyable day is great to see. The safety supports were all there. Tech check. Hydration station. Driver’s meetings. Marshals. Paramedics and ambulance. Flatbed. I look forward to attending another one of TSS’s track days. When you make the trek to RMP, take advantage of the local scenery. My wife and I did a few days camping at state parks before returning to Canada.

As a Canadian, I really appreciated that our flag was flown on site. The flags also show that the wind was incredibly strong during the TSS event.
Long straights. Sweeping corners. Hairpins. Elevation changes. I will be back driving the Ridge Motorsports Park again. What an awesome track. Photo Credit: Andy Roulston.
There’s nothing like a little fresh air. Come to the Pacific Northwest and enjoy The Ridge Motorsports Park. Photo Credit: Andy Roulston.

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  1. I disagree about turn 1 not terrifying you… its easily the most butt puckering corner on the track. Assuming you’re running at least 200tw tires, you should be doing at least low 90’s (mph) at the apex of T1 and then hard on the brakes to scrub off about 25 mph in that tiny little space between T1 and T2 where your car never really straightens out… that and a coworker of mine rolled his car there (caged race car, he’s ok), so that adds to the pucker…

    and holy balls! I never realized your GTi-R was this fast… 130 on the front straight takes a pretty good amount of shove, I’m only doing 114-116… usually closer to the 114 😀

    you should also check out Pacific Raceways if you plan on coming out to the area for track days again, its about 1-2 hours (depending on time of day and traffic) closer if you’re coming from Canada… in my opinion its more fun than RMP and possibly has even more elevation change, but its a lot less forgiving in the run off department. Rumor has it Phil Hill once called it the “mini Green Hell”… I used to think it was locals trying to make a claim to being as cool as a world famous track, but after driving it I realized its much more about the green forest surroundings and lack of runoff areas. But its a fun track and the scenery is great!

  2. Hi Bob, the Budget Track Car Civic is doing at least 2:03’s. Maybe even hitting the :02’s. It’s an awesome little car. There’s no intercooler there (yet). I promise there will be more details coming.

    I don’t want to discredit the speed of Turn 1 or the challenge of the 1 – 2 combination. That is what makes it so beautiful – the combination of speed, danger, and joy. My track time since coming west has been limited and I haven’t run a really high speed corner since being in the east. As a result, for me turn 1 at the Ridge was simply to die for. The NX GTi-R was also really well planted through 1 which possibly caused me to downplay the risks of any type of corner at those speeds. That is in comparison to turn 8 at Mosport where, at similar speeds, braking after the crest at the back straight and before the 3 digit apex speed of 8 the rear of my NX was dancing all over the place and truly making me realize that some aero would be a tremendous advantage. I haven’t looked at the data to see what my turn 1 speed were but I have no doubt that it was as you indicate, 90mph+.

    There are absolutely more tracks in Washington and Oregon that I hope to visit. I’ll look forward to seeing you!

    1. Oh I’m definitely not saying its a bad corner or anything, just that I disagree with you “not terrifying” comment about it… another thing that just hit me is that you hitting 130 on the straight, makes the brake zone before T1 an actual brake zone, which prolly does a lot for “deterrifying” T1… for me its full throttle to about halfway between the last orange cone and the yellow turn in cone, quick stab of the brakes and turn in…

      well if a “budget track car” article threshold is a 2:03, you should do an article on my Miata… my best lap there is a 2:01.48 and thats with only 150whp… and going off the fact that the Civic has a K20 in it, my car is definitely more budget too. Thats on Hankook RS4 tires, I just got some R888R’s and hoping to break the 2 min barrier, hopefully the weather behaves next week! then again, my car is pretty basic, it’d be kind of a boring article 😀

  3. Great comments, Bob. No problem at all. I’ve driven a Miata in both Time Attack and ChumpCar and love the car and chassis. I don’t doubt that there is a story there. I’ve said before that my articles are usually about cars, events, things that I really find interesting. It doesn’t need to be an exotic build. Of course, it needs to be easy for me to access too.

    Both the Budget Civic and my Nissan are capable of better times. Both drivers need more seat time. I’ll look forward to hearing that you’ve set your new personal best and broken the 2 min barrier.

    There are lots of forum discussions about the challenge of driving a momentum car versus the challenge of driving a HP car. They both have there high points and lows. Usually at very opposite spots on the track. You are correct that 1 is a braking corner for a HP car. The challenge is to not overbrake and lose time as a result.

    1. yeah, momentum cars and HP cars are definitely different to drive.

      my car is definitely not article worthy, its just a really basic coilovers/brakes/exhaust NC. If you are interested in writing an article about a local car, there’s a build getting wrapped up on an NC with an EFR turbo on a 2.5 swap with a dry sump. that car will be worth writing an article about… basically what my car wants to be when it grows up, haha

  4. Here is a few 1:50 laps in traffic on chorded hoosiers. Not my best laps but the only ones with limited traffic. T1 in other laps was over 100 when i didnt have traffic in front. I think 1:45s are doable if i went back with new tires.

    1. well yeah, Hoosiers certainly change things for the T1-2 section.. in addition to being able to carry more speed you also don’t have to slow down as much for T2 going up hill. And Hoosiers handle combined g forces much better than mere mortal tires, meaning you can turn and brake much harder… or turn and accelerate.. with mere mortal tires you can’t combine those 2 jobs as much as you can with Hoosiers.

      But great driving!

      1. Hoosiers are the best way to mask bad driving habits lol. This was my dads car, my normal track car is a 2004 gto (pig) kn 200tw tires, its a workout and you have to use all driving skills to get it to do what you want. I know what you mean exactly, it kind of makes it fun

        1. yeah, so far I’ve only been on ride along’s on hoosiers… I wanna try them but they’re really pricey! the first time I experienced them my mind was kinda blown…

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