I emailed the guy who took those pics.. he sent me 3 pics that he had, and in high res! Check them out:
The race was a blast.. Had a great time hanging out with James and Kerry. That Jetta was crazy. At one point he got it up on 2 wheels! The course was so tight that I basically never got into full boost, but I still had enough power to throttle steer when I wanted. My car was pushing some, which really hurt me in 360* circle around the cones. If I could have gotten the hang of that part, I think I could have knocked off another 0.5 to 1.5 seconds easily. I tried all kinds of different things trying to get around it faster and I just couldn't seem to do it any better. This was the first race with the new engine, caster/camber plates, bigger tires, and subframes, so it felt pretty different. Overall I was really pleased with the car.
CruzNlife1 - it is pretty harsh for a daily driver, but once you open it up on the autox course or a tight mountain road, it makes it all worth it!
I have gotten used to it and it doesn't bother me. I actually like the way it feels - tight, together, and responsive.
bhuff - I'm in SM, and I basically got owned even tho I was pleased with my runs. Just go out and have a good time; no need to worry about winning the class.