Seeding & Quals Day 1 @ ROAR Nationals

It’s midnight here and I’ve finally finished all of my “to do” items. So I’ll try to make this quick so I can get to bed.

Yesterday we had a quick round of practice then went into two rounds of seeding. I’ve done this before and it works well. Basically the organizers use these rounds to do a pre-sort before qualifying. The racers are sorted by their 3 fastest consecutive laps. Even though people look at overall times it has no bearings on seeding position. Here was one of my two Truggy seeding runs. Tekno Truggy Seeding

I had decent runs and basically put myself in the middle of both classes. This is the biggest race I’ve ever been a part of so I’ll take it. Back at the hotel I had some issues with the brakes on the Truggy. My throttle settings were way off and I ruined the pads. 20140621-002504-1504730.jpg I’ve done so much work in this hotel room it’s ridiculous. 20140621-002635-1595547.jpg I also had a cooling fin break on the head. Not sure how but fortunately I had a replacement.

So today we started off with another practice round before heading into the qualifiers. Qualifying is based on qual points. If you don’t know what qual points are it just means that all of your runs are averaged instead of taking just your fastest time. There’s more to it but the clock is ticking. Again I put in some decent runs.

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So my final thoughts for the past two days……..it’s way too hot, these marshal vests are kinda cool but made me hotter, Donna has lost her mind, and I’ve really enjoyed the race so far.

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ROAR Nats Practice

We finally got to hit the track today. 2 hour time change made getting up easier and we were out the door. The practice was supposed to start at 9 but got delayed to do to the driver check-in. This gave us plenty of time to finish setting up our pits and start tuning the rides.

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20140618-223946-81586748.jpg Got to thank Mike Truhe for stopping by and giving me a hand tuning the Truggy. This was my first time driving the Truggy and I would gladly except any help.

They wanted to give everyone the same opportunity on the track so they so the open practice everyone got a single practice ticket for each class that they were running (not everyone is running both). That really wasn’t too bad. It was fair and kept everything moving. The open practice gave you 2.5’ish minutes of practice and a 5 minute run. After which you marshalled. I’m glad to say I ran my entire warmup and heat the first time out with the borrowed truck. It was pretty good but had a noticeable lacked steering. Back in the pits I found that my EPA’s were a little low and weren’t really “locking” the steering. That plus removing a rear ballast had it turning on a dime. The buggy was good the first time out but seemed to have a large neutral band and a slight drag break. Hitting the trim fixed it some and I fixed the rest with my finger. I honestly didn’t really look at it until just before the third run. For some reason my trim was WAY off. fixing this just before the third run meant I had full throttle again! Holy expletive that thing is fast. I knocked about a second and a half off my fastest lap time.

Having done six total runs today I must say I’m pretty happy for my first Nats. The track is honestly pretty easy so that helps keep the stress level down but it also means it’s easy for everyone. For me there are only two things that are difficult. An off-camber 180º turn on the far left is tough to judge and keeping your speed up to get a fast lap time.

Seeding practice starts tomorrow and we’re off to the room. I’ve got a set of tires to glue and batteries to refresh. Good night!

N. Florida R/C Racers United – 1st Annual Family Reunion

I get to check this off of the bucket list. I’ll be putting on my first race next weekend at Shiverville Raceway. With any luck this will be a success and I’ll do a nitro friendly event later this year.

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Double Header Practice

It was a great rc weekend, indoor onroad practice on Saturday and indoor offroad practice on Sunday.

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Saturday I made the oh so nice 25 minute drive to the recently opened Free Ride RC Park. This new track was just opened by the Florida RC Outlet in Jacksonville, Fl. I bought the Spec-R just because this track is so close to home. My first run with the Spec-R S1 touring car was tons of fun. Very happy with it’s performance for the amount of money I have in it. I drove all day and truly enjoyed spending time with friends and driving the car.

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When I got home from the Outlet store, the new Tekno EB48.2 was close enough that I would finish the tweaks trackside at SCRC in Cocoa Beach, Florida. But I still had some work to do with the Tekno SCT410 short course truck that I wanted to bring. I recently got some new differential gears to install that are supposed to be quieter and more efficient than the stock gears. I was also excited to try out a new battery from Trinity, a Revtech Formula X 8000mah/150C 2S lipo.

Sunday I crawled out of bed and made the 2+ hour drive to SCRC. This track was the perfect place to test out the new equipment. It’s a fairly large indoor clay track and shares similar qualities to the track we’ll be visiting next month in Flowood, Mississippi.

The EB48.2 felt great. It was super smooth, very quiet, and crazy fast.

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The SCT410 was great with the new upgrades. Much quieter and the acceleration and runtime with the new battery was nuts. I got just shy of 20 minutes on a charge.

The JConcepts Clash is just around the corner. I’ll have one more chance to run the EB48.2 at River Rat RC Track before heading out to MS with the family.

Getting Closer

I finally got to at least try my new touring car. The Florida RC Outlet has just opened their new track, Free Ride RC Park, for practice. The track layout allows them to run either road course or oval but just not at the same time. Unfortunately my schedule wouldn’t allow me to try the road course while it was setup. I was so anxious to see how close I got with the gearing that I didn’t mind not turning right. 😉

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Looks like the next Saturday will be road course. Maybe I’ll post my first video!

Practice at the Hurd

We got here early enough to run a couple of batteries through the E-Buggy and 4×4 SC. I’ve been looking forward to running my Revtech 4800 motor again in the SCT410.

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They were both pretty good right off the bat but I definitely needed to try some different JConcept tires. That 4800 was just as fast as I remembered it. The tire changes made them both feel fantastic. Definitely looking forward to a great race tomorrow.