Sunday February 20th, 2011
Well racing at Motorama has commenced and while it was a fun race with a cool atmosphere it was a bit of a disappointment for me. I hate making excuses so i’m just going to say I didn’t live up to my expectations this weekend. I had minor issues and bad set-up choices and it all cumulated in a less than desirable outcome. Something that I was happy with was the durability of my Durango. I beat the snot out of it with my poor driving in the main and it just kept going. It is awesome having a platform that I know is going to hold together for entire mains.
It was a very long 3 days with the early up and late to bed and only one class of running. Now I need to get up at 2:30 am to go drive 2 hours to Baltimore to go home for 1/2 a day before heading out for the Nitro Challenge. I’m beat at the moment but that is the great thing about racing R/C cars. You can have a terrible day or week of racing but there is always next time. And for me that next time is in 2 days with the start of the Nitro Challenge. I know starting tomorrow i’ll begin to feel better and be ready to lay it down again. This will be the first race with most of the US Durango team in attendance so that will be fun. I’ll be looking to redeem myself and put in a good performance.
I realize this was a different kind of post but maybe it can also give some insight into my mind and how the ‘life of an r/c racer goes.’ Check back all next week for updates from the Nitro Challenge where I’ll be running my DNX408 and should also be running the new DESC410 for the first time! Should be fun.
Sunday Early A.M. February 20th, 2011
Yesterday was another long day. Waking up at 6:30 and heading to the track only to be there until midnight to run 3 qualifiers in just one class. It’s tiring to say the least but today is main day and even with some difficulties in qualifying I was able to put’er in the show and qualify 9th overall. My first qualifier was pretty good all things considered as I ran a fairly clean race which on this blown out track makes for a decent round. It put me 5th in the round which was a good feeling knowing I only had to finish one more decently to make the A.
That one other finish was not going to happen in the second round as I had a DNS due to a electronic failure. So now the pressure was on to make a decent third run. It was a very long day to only run one class while all the other top drivers were running two classes. I just never felt I had the tracktime I needed. However I spent the entire beginning of the 3rd round before I was up rebuilding my car and going through it to make sure there wasn’t something wrong because my car felt uncharacteristically loose. I found it near the end when I got to the rear suspension bushings. My mechanic had put them in wrong, having never built the car by himself yet it was a simple user error that could have happened to anyone. Basically the RR bushings were put in both the RF and RR applications. So I probably ended up with something like 4-5* of anti-squat and maybe 4-5* of rear toe, plus the suspension was put in a bit of a bind to get it to that point. So now the issues I’d been having all weekend thusfar made sense. Only thing was we had been trying to compensate for it with set-up and we had done a few key changes before that third round and weren’t so sure they were going to be the best with the suspension bushings now being correct.
So third round came about and the track was the roughest yet. I tried to stay clean but made a few mistakes early. The car felt more in control but the changes we did to the suspension ended up making it a bit too soft and it hurt on the jumps. Either way I stayed as clean as I could knowing I really only needed to finish decently to make the A. I took 8th overall for the round putting me 9th on the Grid for the A-main.
At this point I feel a bit behind having not had the tracktime and only now having a car that is working properly but I’m going to make a hail mary pass at a set-up for the main and I hope to nail it to have a good shot at doing very well. I know the car can handle this track so it’s up to me to lay it down and do the best I can! Check out Live R/C and watch the action live! I’ll be giving it all I have to put my Durango DNX408 in the winners circle! 🙂
Saturday February 19th, 2011
Well it’s bright and early here in PA and it’s qualification day. Yesterday was three rounds of controlled practice with the last two rounds taking your best three consecutive laps to seat you for todays qualifications. It was a long day and the practice took us until Midnight to complete those three rounds. This is a HUGE event. There is over 400 entries in the Nitro / 1/8th area and over 400 entries in the Electric area! Absolutely huge! Plus they have motocross, midgets, tuner show, quads, and more to go watch throughout the day. There is also supposed to be around 40,000 people passing through in the next 2 days. This is an event not to miss and i’m glad I was able to make it this year. I’m looking forward to todays three qualification rounds and hopefully will be able to lay it down with my Durango DNX408 buggy. I also have my new Durango DESC410R on display for people to see. Most seem very impressed! 🙂 Check back to see how qualification shakes out.