Something a little bit different last night including a crossover.
Another legendary driver’s briefing 😉
Al reiterated what I put on the website last week including a beautiful demonstration of what backing off 5% looks like by taking one step back. As funny as it was, you guys did seem to take notice and the driving standard looked much better this week with the exception of Les who just wanted to watch the world burn, or at least his Durango anyway…
Joking aside, this was caused by the a CVD pin coming loose in the central drive train and it cutting into the top of the cell. A very visual reminder that model car racing can be dangerous and that safety has to come first. Well done to Andy for extracting it from the Hall so quickly 🙂
“Lipo for sale…”
Winter Series Round 2
Round 2 is this Sunday. 7am start for the track builders, 8am for everyone else please.
Good little track last night. I really enjoyed it even if I couldn’t string more than 2 consecutive laps together without crashing… 🙄
Driving Standards & Etiquete…
We are seeing a steady decline in some quaters in both driving standards and etiquete which is a real shame. We always knew it would take a bit of time for you guys to get to grips with the Astro surface but now it’s time for everybody to step up and improve the quality of the racing. Here’s a few things that will help improve the racing for everyone 🙂
If you find yourself on the wrong side of the rope and it is not practical for you to hop back over, WAIT! Any lap where you’ve jumped the rope should not be one of your fastest laps. You’ve missed out some of the track and you should not gain any advantage from it. If you were just ahead of someone when you crossed the rope, rejoin after they’ve gone past. If you were 1m behind someone when you crossed, rejoin 2m behind them. It’s a simple self regulating penalty that we are all capable of applying.
Causing an accident
Caused an accident? WAIT! Again, it’s not rocket science. If you take someone out, wait for them to rejoin the track before continuing. If they need marshalling, wait for them to be marshalled.
The speed of your car!
Quite a few cars on the track that are overpowered for the drivers ability (particularly in the mid to lower heats). They have way too much boost and turbo on the speedo. These cars are dangerous and tend to cause more accidents simply because they are difficult to control. Back off the boost and you and everyone around you will probably have a better race 🙂 . If you need help with changing your settings, just ask.
The Wednesday after a Sunday meeting is usually pretty quiet but last night we had 7 heats 😎 . Traditionally this is our busiest time of the year and bearing that in mind, please can you all book in promptly once booking in is open. If you’re on site when booking in is open you’ve got no excuse. If you’re running late then just drop Alan a txt and we’ll get you in.
The question of the meeting format is being raised again (as it does from time to time). The question is to the pros and cons of the 3 race system we run now vs a more traditional 2 or 3 leg qualifying and single race final format that most other clubs run. There are merits to both systems however the last time we tried it (which was about 3 years ago if I recall correctly) the majority of the club couldn’t wait for the trial to be over so they could get back to old format. The positive thing to come out of it was the switch from the 3 row starting grid to the staggered grid we use now.
Anyway, the question has been raised so talk amongst yourselves and if you take it to social media, please keep it civil. No-one benefits from dirty washing being aired in public… 🙄
Winter Series Round 2
Round 2 is on the 23rd of November 2014. Seems like it’s a long way away 😥 , but it’s not 😀
Busier week this week and the first of the new ramps made their debut appearance 🙂
Al’s big chat
Alan took the time this week to clear the air in response to some of the suggestions posted on social media. It culminated in a pole dance. It was a beautiful thing… 😉
In all seriousness though, The gist of his speech was this. We have always been, and will always be , a grass roots club but regardless of whether you are at the bottom, middle or the top of ‘The Pole’ you are welcome and important to the club. The enforced move away from the polished floor has had both positive and negative effects on the club and we are still trying to adapt and move forward to provide a safe, economical and competitive racing environment. With that in mind, Alan appolgised for the short notice at which the new motor and tyre rules will apply to those that want to enter into the club championships. If you just want to turn up and race once in a while, then you can run whatever tyre and motor combination you like. If you stick a fast motor in and drive like a tool though, expect to be taken aside for some constructive critisism…
What comes in and when…
2WD & 4WD Rear Control Tyre – Schumacher U6786
2WD & 4WD Front Tyre will remain free choice
The tyre rule applies from this Sunday for the whole Winter Series. Both shops will be selling them on the day. Because we are in the middle of a Wednesday night championship, the tyre rule for that will apply from January when the next championship starts.
7.5T Motor Limit
Remember it is a limit and not a mandated motor. You can run ‘slower motors’ legally within the championship and with the right ESC settings they can be just as fast. There will be an amnesty for the first round of the Winter Series but it will be applied from Round 2. As with the tyres, The rule for Wednesdays will be applied from the next championship in January.
It all starts this Sunday. Don’t forget the clocks go back this weekend! We still don’t know yet if we can get in on Saturday for the track build. Assuming we can then the doors will open at 8 on Sunday. If not then it will be earlier but I’ll update this when we know.