Sunday September 11, 2011
Main day has came and went and all that there is left to show for it is the results. Lets get down to business.
In A1 I had a decent start and got up to 5th from my 8th starting position. I got into ‘no mans land’ as I call it where the top 4 had a good lead on me and the rest of the pack were a few seconds behind me. I took it easy for most of the main but on the last couple laps I made some mistakes and allowed Truhe to catch up and pass me on the last lap and so I settled for 6th.
In A2 I got an even better start and worked my way up to 4th. I was staying as clean as possible and was able to overtake Cavalieri for 3rd and I held the position until the last lap. On the last lap Truhe once again caught me and passed me with 1/2 a lap to go. I stayed glued to the back of him though and over the left side double he got a little short and went out wide and we both went over the single onto the straight away together but his car rocked a bit and I pulled just barely ahead and in the sweeper at the end before the finish line he got right on my rear end and basically pushed me across the line. So I was able to take 3rd in A2.
In A3 I knew I had a legit shot at Podium. I had an okay start and after a few laps was up to 5th. I worked my way up behind Cavalieri and I knew if I could beat him I could get 3rd overall. We battled close for a few minutes with me having a couple chances but always getting up on 2 wheels or a hard landing or something keeping me just behind. With one lap to go though I was on his bumper and we landed the coming at you double side by side but my car hit the rut that had developed over the weekend and rolled over. This allowed Cav to get away and King to pass me as well. I finished up and took a 5th for the round. Overall this put me 4th place! Not bad for a prototype buggy on my first big race with it! Overall I was pretty pleased with the final result and look forward to more running in the E-Scale class!
Equipment Used: Tekin RX8 with Tekin 1900Kv Motor, AKA Soft Impacts with Red Grooved foam, Speedpower 5300 Lipo packs.
Saturday September 10, 2011
Qualies have achieved completion today and the starting order for Sundays mains have been tabulated. My 3 rounds today were an up and down affair. I started the morning off with a decent run with a few mistakes but took another 6th for the round. In the second round of the day it turned out to be my worst of the weekend. I made a poor tire choice and another change and it was a handful and I got 10th. In the final round of the day I made 2 mistakes I believe and otherwise ran decent finishing 5th. So my 4 rounds that count are a 6, 6, 5, 3. This puts me 8th qualifier on the A-main grid for tomorrows triple 10 minute A-mains.
After qualifications were over I decided to run a few more packs and try some set-up changes. First thing I did was make the rear camber link longer. Bad choice, car flipped over way easier and was edgy. So went back to short and then went up one hole on the rear camber link. This was awesome! Best my car had felt all weekend. So now that I’ve found a bit of help in the set-up department I hope to put in some solid A-main events tomorrow and see if I can’t squeak out a top 5 or even better! It will be a challenge but I’m up for it.
Here is a vid of a couple practice laps this afternoon. Not my cleanest laps ever but i’m starting to get this electric stuff figured out! The car is solid and I know the results will come with time!
Friday September 9, 2011
O-MA-HA – That is where I find myself this week. More specifically at the awesome facility of the Hobby Town Hobby Plex in Omaha, Nebraska. From what I hear they basically took their outdoor offroad track and enclosed it and put a roof and some walls over it and did it all in like 2 months! It’s an awesome place and the locals are very fortunate to have such a great place to race! Plus no tire wear!
The event is the ROAR 1/8th Scale Electric Nationals. The turnout is fairly low but the level of talent in the A and B qualifiers is fairly high. The other thing that seems to be low on turnout is ROAR officials. A little disappointing considering the name of the race. Anyways at least the facility is top notch and it’s a fun, relaxing atmosphere.
This weekend I am running my prototype Durango DEX408 and putting it through it’s first real test. I showed up on the second day of practice halfway through the day because this is my 5th, 3+ day week in a row and I needed an extra day with the family. Plus knowing the turnout was going to be low I knew I would still get some decent track time. Anywhoo I’ve finally started doing some set-up changes to my buggy and it’s responding pretty well. I feel I have a very fast buggy and that the only thing holding it back is the driver with the nitro finger. (points to self.)
Today was qualification and we ran 3 x 6min qualifiers. I started off solid and then as I got more comfortable started to get worse! (No that wasn’t said backwards!) In my first qualifier I just went out wanting a clean run and I was able to do it. Every lap was a 25 or 26 and I took 3rd for the round! This was awesome and I was stoked with that. Come the second round I decided I was a bit more comfortable and started to drive a bit harder. This caused more crashes and bonehead mistakes and thus I finished 6th for the round. In round 3 I did more of round 2 and took 9th for the round. So my results so far seem to be going the wrong way but I know that i’m doing just fine. I’ve had at least the first or second fastest lap time in each qualifier. My car IS feeling better and better and it’s just up to me to get my timing down and not get on the gas so hard. I feel confident and Saturday’s 3 qualifiers will go pretty well and I hope to show what my Proto DEX408 is all about! Winning! 😀