So the new booking in and practice system has been running for a few weeks now and on the whole it seems to be working quite well but there are a few people who haven’t quite got the hang of the marshalling after you practice aspect of the system… Please don’t make us chase around looking for practice marshalls and please remember to return your practice token to the grey bucket on the stage before you practice.
Any Juniors not in the Junior Championships, let me know and I’ll add you in 😃
Out and about…
EPR 2WD Regional this Sunday
A nice quiet evening with just the 6 heats. Pouring with rain outside but plenty warm enough inside. Good luck to everyone heading over to the National at TORCH this weekend and it’s the 2WD Regional at EPR next weekend.
Another super busy truck week setting a new club record of 9 heats . Obviously that’s a bit of a double edged sword. Great for racing but not so good for going home early . Next truck week we will shave some time off practice to get started earlier.
Out and about:
It’s your last chance to get some carpet action in down at 1066 this Sunday before they move outside for the Summer as it’s round 1 of the 2WD Regional championship.
The first week of the new practice token system went quite smoothly last night and seemed to be well received. It certainly made for a better quality of practice which is what we were aiming for. Dave is learning how to use the race software so we can book directly into the laptop reducing the time it takes to get going. Last night we were quite quiet but we were ready to race as soon as practice had finished so we’re off to a good start. Next week may be more of a challenge…
Out and about:
Good luck to all our guys heading out to one of the Nationals this weekend 🙂
- Telford Off-Road National this weekend
- Eden Park SCT National this weekend
- Truck week next week
- 2WD Regional at 1066 next weekend
Results Updated, but not the championships…
Due to a few technical issues, last night has become non-championship so week 7 will be re-run next week.
It’s all about the practice:
Starting next week we will be trying a new system for practice. It may take a few weeks to iron out the creases but hopefully we will all benefit in the long run. In brief, everyone will get an alloted practice session when they book in. The number of cars in each session will be limited to 8 and the length of the session will be determined on the night depending on how busy we are. So…
Step 1 – Book in and receive a token for your practice session. No token, no practice!
Step 2 – Be patient and wait for your session to start. While you’re waiting, you could volunteer to marshal session 1… There will be a distinct gap between each session during which time NO CARS ARE TO CIRCULATE! Start when you’re told to start and Stop when you’re told to stop.
Step 3 – Enjoy your practice 🙂
Step 4 – Marshal the session following yours.
Random Race Of The Week: Heat 3 Round 3
We’ve got 20 MRT transponders available which we will be selling for £40 each. Priority will be given to those that put their name down on the list at the last meeting followed by those still using club handouts on a weekly basis.
NO RACING NEXT WEEK – 12th April 2017
Please spread the word. Sorry for the short notice but we only found out this week. The driveway up to the hall is being resurfaced 😃
Another busy week with the number of entries topping the 50 mark. We had a quick drivers briefing highlighting a few issues around safety, practice and the efficiency of the whole evening.
- No young children to be on the track during practice.
- We’re looking at ways to control practice better.
- A reminder of the 7.5 turn motor limit and the 8.4 volt battery charge limit. Random motor inspection and battery voltage checks are coming… 🙀
- You must book in before you go out to practice.
- We’re looking at incentives to encourage people who forget to book in to not forget to book-in in future. A popular one seems to be to make them run in the bottom heat…
- In order to get the track ready quicker, we’re going to have track layout sketch available each week. This will allow people to help build the track to Kyle’s design.
Personal Transponders For Sale…
As part of our efficiency drive (reducing the amount of time it takes to get the meeting going), we’re putting an order in with MRT to get personal transponders to sell at cost. We’ve got 11 people on the list so far but there will be a few extras if anyone else would like one. Price to be confirmed once I hear back from Terry @ MRT.
Out and about…
Round 2 of Barham’s Summer Series is a week on Sunday. Gary has stepped down from running the club and the whole kit and caboodle has now been taken over by Les and Bob. We wish them both good luck in their new venture and would encourage you all to take a trip over there to give them your support 🙂
NO RACING NEXT WEEK – 12th April 2017
Truck week next week 🚚🚛🚚🚛🚚😍
Following on from last weeks post, and just to reenforce the point that safety must come first, Alan has informed me that regrettably the injured marshal ended up in hospital after his wound got infected. He’s ok but is on antibiotics for the infection. Tonight I saw 2 of our youngest drivers running around on the track marshalling their own cars during practice with little regard for the traffic around them and towards the end of the evening a young girl was walking across the track with no shoes on which obviously could have had serious repercussions. Safety is not something we can take for granted and is something we all need to work together on to improve.
If you’re a Junior and are not in the Junior championship, let me know and I’ll get you added in. In case you missed it, The Leg 2 videos have now been added to Winter Series post below.
We had a stark reminder this week that model car racing can be dangerous with a marshal getting hit flat out on the straight causing quite a significant injury to his foot. With that in mind:
All practice laps should be considered ‘slow‘ laps and you should be ready to stop at any point on the track since there are people going to and from both the rostrum and the marshal points. It is the drivers responsibility to ensure the track in front of you is clear and safe to drive on. Never assume the person on the track will get out of your way. Not everyone has the eyes of a hawk and the agility of a gazelle…
In addition, the straight is one way only at all times!
It is your responsibility to ensure it is safe to leave your marshal point when going to marshal a car regardless of how enthusiastic the driver is being in getting you to hurry up! (Incidentally, crying out for marshals before you’ve even finished crashing is a sure way to get yourself marshalled slower…). You should ensure your footwear is appropriate for what can be quite a harsh environment. Anyone choosing to wear flimsy or open-toed shoes or saddles does so entirely at their own risk…