2 Queenslanders on each of the A finals.
Darren Lord finished 3rd in the first leg of stock.
Chris Sturdy won the first leg of mod.
Our ActionRC Team Schumacher offroad driver, Darren Lord is getting into the groove on the ACT track early.
After three rounds of practice this morning before the rain came Darren was about 9 sec clear of the field with his Cat and about 5 seconds clear with his Cougar KF – both running in the respective stock classes.
Go Darren, Go Schumacher.
This weekend sees the running of the Offroad Nats at the Canberra track. The entry numbers are pretty fair – 231 broken down as follows
2WD Stock Buggy 50
2WD Modified Buggy 41
Stadium Truck 15
4WD Stock Buggy 45
4WD Modified Buggy 49
2WD Short Course Truck 20
4WD Short Course Truck 11
Obviously the truck classes not as popular as buggy at the National level.
There’s a good team of Queenslanders down there and we wish them well and we’ll be keeping an eye on their progress and reporting back here if you are interested.
Next weekend 25th and 26th sees the rerun of the rained out third round of the Onroad Interclub for 2014 at Bayside.
The second round of the RC V8 Supercars race was held at Logan last night and was very entertaining, mainly for two reasons, 1 it was a reverse direction race night and 2 it was a reverse grid for the second final. Reverse grid can be managed but let me just say that that track does not flow well in that direction and lots of crashes ensued. Still it was a good night and the most consistent driver was rewarded with the win, my car was fast but I couldn’t challenge Michael because of his consistency which no one else could emulate – good win Michael. Actually I haven’t seen the results of the night but pretty sure it would be Noel second and Heavy third.
In 21.5 Luke has his Schumacher Mi5 operating very smoothly and he is driving it very well – good all the way win.
Most of the Interest was in 13.5. Mal managed the TQ ahead of Keith which set the stage for some great finals racing with Adam and Karl also showing great promise. after the dust settled it was Keith from Adam and I’m not sure about 3rd sorry – the full results will be up on the Logan website.
(now that I have looked at the results I can see that it was Adam first from Keith and Karl – sorry guys )
Mod. Just 3 entries Corey from Terry and Ed.
All eyes turn to Bayside now for the Interclub next weekend and a practice Wednesday night.
Today I get a few hours on the Indoor Offroad Track at GCRC the Gold Coast – from 12 till 3 just practice laps with my old mate Bob. (I need all the practice I can get. I’ll run the 4wd Schumacher K1Aero but I also grabbed the SV2 from Scott last night just in case sanity eludes me and I feel like doing a few laps in 2wd (unlikely I reckon).
After that I will head up to Logan for the Mid week mania – Onroad meet, I will run the SP F1 but might be tempted to put a pack through the Mi5 EVO – now mid motor mounted, but I might leave that till Saturday – want to make sure it’s right for the Interclub, I’ll also have to test my Mi5 with Mustang body ready for the V8 supercar thing on Saturday – there’s a lot happening.
This week I have been working on my original Rc10 Worlds car getting it ready for a run at Boondall, not with my box art bodyshell but I have another runner body. Also been looking at and a little work on my original MidOptima wondering if I should give it a run – decisions need to be made about whether it gets a modern brushless setup or do I look for a brushed ESC for it. The Hotshot is residing in the corner of the bench at the moment waiting to recover from a steering mod that went horribly wrong, maybe next week.
Our parcel of MR33 has temporarily gone missing, I’m thinking if you see a Postie bike taking corners at unreasonable speed follow him and smell his tyres – see if there is the distinctive odour of MR33 and let me know.
Seriously we should have it for Wed night or Sat night at the latest.
stop press. Apparently it didn’t work on motor bike tyres so it’s been delivered tonight
Will hit GCRC for some laps with the Aero – probably from about midday till 3.
Logan for the midweek meet – run the SP F1 – I’ll be there from about 4.
Onroad meet at Logan from about 3. Things to try there, will run the Mustang in the Ford v/s Holden class and will run the EVO MID in 21.5 see if I want to run it in the Interclub the following weekend. Should be a big night.
What an interesting night.
The track was washed and looked terrific, thanks to Brendon and helpers, the grass was mowed and looked terrific, thanks to Brendon and helpers, the hamburgers were terrific, thanks to Brendon and helpers. Anyone with spare time see a theme here.
A different race plan was to be trialed – retro style all qualifiers would be grid starts and all finals would count, no dropping your worst one, interesting. I’m all for the finals change, not sure about the qualifying in most classes the starts were messy and had a bearing on qualifying – racing in 13.5 was quite rough all night actually.
Kids club. 5 entries tonight and they all had a ball. Watch some of these kids develop.
21.5. Qualifying went to Heavy from a fast improving Elliot. First final Heavy lost his battery when 7 seconds in the lead and with 2 or 3 laps to go dropping him to last and handing the win to Elliot who then went on to star in the next two finals as well. I don’t have the results and with all finals to count my old memory can’t work it out but lets say Elliot won the night – his first all night win, not his last, his consistency was superb, Heavy had the fastest car but not the consistency tonight.
13.5. Cooper was untouchable and maybe Duncan might have been second, not sure. Interest was in Mel running the new Xray, standard rear end – bit of work to do Mel. Rough racing all night in this class, maybe 13.5 is a bit too fast for some of the guys.
Mod. There are a couple of new faces in mod now, Terry continues to learn and now Cooper is in his learning phase. both will go well if they stick at it. Interesting Corey was running the new Xray but with the reactive rear end, it looked a handful particularly on the start of the straits – bit of work to do there to come to terms with that or make some changes .
Next fortnight will be the Interclub at Bayside racing
Saturday will be for 21.5, Superstock (17.5 turbo or 10.5 blinky) and Gas Tourer and the demo class F1. (Aust rules – 21.5 blinky and rubber tyres)
and then on Sunday the big day – 13.5, Mod, Pro Tourer and Kids club.
Don’t miss it.
I ran the older Mi5 last night in 21.5 with the mid motor. The car was very good and was the fastest car in qualifying, only car to do an 18 laps run. In the finals I lost my battery in the first (I officially hate tape) when in a comfortable lead meaning a start from the rear of the grid in the second, got to second but a last lap incident dropped me to 3rd. In the 3rd final too many mistakes but did the only 19sec lap of the night – maybe the clean track at the start got covered in grass clippings by the end preventing the quick laps. The real question now is do I fit a mid motor set up into my EVO for the Interclub or do I just run the old Mi5, decisions decisions.
Kyosho Optima Mid – full details and pics here
Full set of HPI Silver
4 Full sets of Speed Passion 2.5, 2.6,2.7 and 2.8
$30 the lot.
MR33 Additive $24
Wednesday sees our return to the dirt, the fabulous indoor track at GCRC. I’ll be racing 4wd stock as usual with the favourite car - Schumacher K1Aero. Track opens for racers practice from 4 racing from 6.
Saturday we return to Bayside for a Onroad clubbie, again racing from 6 but I will be there from about 3.
Maybe a chance I will get out to Boondall on Saturday morning for a run with the Vintage / Tamiya rere club boys.
Looks like a good week ahead.
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