Thursday, 30 October 2014

National Championship 2014 - Title Contenders. Part 3

Part 3 and final of the title contenders review.
I've been racing the Awesomatix kit since 2012 and I've been slowly learning more and more about how it works, what needs attention and how to set it up.
Lately there has been a number of new parts introduced by designer and owner, Oleg and I've installed part of them, not all.
In its current form I think it is a very good platform and although international results may not do justice to the potential of the chassis, in regional and national championship it is doing pretty well both on carpet and on asphalt.
It is not a car you can built in one afternoon, install electronics and win the next day unless of course you get lucky with the set up. In general terms it will require a little getting used to and finding a basic set up that can work well in most conditions.
I think this is the level I am at now, where I can visit any track and be competitive in relative terms to the level we have in our country.

Car                   : Awesomatix A700 Evo

Motor               : Team Orion VST2 Light Weight 5.5T
Timing             : 4 lines (12 degrees I think)
Speedo             : Team Orion R10.1 Pro
Batteries           : Much More 6000mAh
Body                : Protoform LTCR Lightweight / Sick Paint
Years in racing : Since 1991
First race kit     : Yokomo YZ10 Works 91
Current results  : 8th in 1st race, 1st in 2nd race

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

National Championship 2014 - Title Contenders. Part 2

Part 2 of my Championship title contenders and this time the focus is on Nick's car.
Nick has been the current 3 time National Champion, dominating seasons 2011, 2012, 2013 with consistent fast performance.
He has worked on his driving and car preparation very thoroughly and to my surprise he has adapted his driving according to the conditions, from the safe "start/stop" habit to a more flowing and fluid style. This has allowed him to be a contender at all tracks under any condition.
He enjoys the support of local Xray distributor and always tries to make time to test new things between his obligations at the shop.

Car                   : XRAY T4 '15

Motor               : HOBBYWING V10 4.5T
Timing              : 30 degrees
Speedo              : HOBBYWING XERUN V3.1
Batteries           : ORCA Infinite 6200 90c
Body                   : Protoform LTCR LightWeight / Nsquared
Years in racing : Since 2007
First race kit      : Kyosho V one RRR
Current results   : 2nd in race 1 and 6th in race 2

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

National Championship 2014 - Title Contenders. Part 1

This year's National Championship for the 1/10 electric open mod touring class is one of the most exciting in years. We have one final race left and there is a three way tie between Fillip, Nick and me.

We all had good performances and bad luck and it is now up to who will finish the race at a higher position than the other two.

The race is coming this weekend and I've decided to make three separate articles for each of the three cars.

First up is Fillip's race car.

Car                      : Top Photon EX
Motor                  : Much More Fleta ZX 4.5T
Timing                : 20 degrees
Speedo               : Advanced Electronics BD
Batteries             : Vempire Racing 7200mAh 90c
Body                  : Protoform LTCR LightWeight / GX LightWeight
Years in racing  : Since 2004
First race kit      : HPI Micro RS4
Current results  : 6th in race 1 and 2nd in race 2.

Fillip is relatively new to our National Championship series. Prior to this year he was mainly competing in club racing. He has certainly improved a lot and he pays a lot of attention to detail while preparing his car, evident by the excellent condition of his kit shown below.
His car is very flexible with generally soft settings. I've paid close attention to his car in low grip conditions and he had excellent pace, much more consistent than my package.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Friday, 3 October 2014

Cool track in Sweden

I randomly came across this impressive facility in Sweden:

And here are two videos showing the two tracks. Just beautiful!