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Dudley 1:10 Winter Series

Craig Campbell

On Sunday I  went down to the last round of the Dudley winter series, always an enjoyable laid back and fun meeting with some fast racing.

Q1. Went well – with a chassis change and esc set up change, the car felt great and easy to drive getting into the rhythm and getting a 15-lap time.

Q2. Didn’t go quite as well as the first session, however,  the  car was getting better, the track grip came up a little and with the tyres bedding in a bit the  car was on the money until I  started getting caught up with back markers and I made the odd mistake.

Q3. Again no changes to the car as I was happy with the way it  was taking to the track, but again I got  caught up with back markers coming through the field and a tangle with one ended up with me getting stuck on one of the track weights losing a lot of time, but that’s racing.

Q4. So last round to get a good time in, again no change to the car as I was happy with it, so off the line with only 4 cars ahead and all was good, the slower cars moved over a bit more which resulted in a good clean run and getting the 16 lap time that I was after.

Finals. Lined up 8th in the B final, got off to a good start and got round the few cars that got caught up on the 2nd corner then up the wall ride and got through up to 3rd after a few more cars got tangled at the bottom, but after a couple of laps  I made a mistake that put me to the back of the field, so head down to get back through but I could only manage to get back to where I started, 8th overall.

So to sum up, it was a great day of racing with friends and a catch up with those I’ve not seen for a while.  The track was great, and  the meeting was run well by the Dudley crew. My Team Associated RC10B6. 1 was on rails and the Reedy gear powering it round was faultless all day. 

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#Deepsetdesignz
#cmldistribution
#WeAreAe
#teamshine
#Reedy

Set Up

Team Associated RC10B6.1

Team Associated shock oils – front 32.5wt, rear 27.5 wt.

Diff 2 gear 7K

Weights – brass bulkhead 32g under lipo.

Camber 1.5 all round

ESC Reedy 510 r

Battery –  – Reedy 4500 mah LiPo

Motor – Reedy Sonic 7.5 t

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Brookthorpe Winter Series – John Green

We arrived at a dark and cold and damp morning. The weather forecast was saying there would be rain coming in around 12.00-1.00. As the day broke it was clear and and reasonably pleasant.

Unfortunately, the turnout was very low as I think the potential forecast had put a few people off venturing out.   We started racing around 9.15 with only 2 heats but still at least it was chilled with a break between rounds.

Round 1 

The track was very greasy and not offering much in the way of traction in most of the areas. We opted to go out on the Hobao Angled Spikes which would be the tyre of the day, due to the track surface we wouldn’t be deviating from this tyre anytime soon. The car felt drivable but struggled to get the power down due to how slippery the track surface was. I had plenty of space around me so I just kept putting in the laps minding my own business when I found I’d climbed the pack and was currently leading them all round right up until I started to catch last place to lap. It was never going to happen so now desperately trying to get past them I was forced into taking chances I didn’t want to take but then started making mistakes. Before I knew it, I had lost my lead and then found myself finishing in 4th place with 8 laps in 6.44.

Round 2 

This round I decided to change a couple of things on the car just to try and get a bit more steering from the car and make the rear end a little more planted.  I shortened the rear wheelbase slightly to make the car turn faster and I also lowered the rear camber links and well as using the alternative hole in the rear hubs.  The car did feel a lot better but it did seem a little firm and didn’t really ride the bumpy sections unlike it has done before on the track. I think due to the cold temps the oil was just cold and very thick so this would explain the heavy damping feeling.  This round would be an improvement over my first-round benchmark. I would finish 1st in my heat with 8 laps in 6.38 which was a quicker time than my first run.

Round 3

Round 3 would see the dreaded weather start to take a turn for the worse, a check over on the car back in the pits would see the bearings to the input shaft to the rear gear box starting to fail. Fortunately for us we caught this before it failed otherwise it would have been catastrophic. Bearing replaced and everything else looked spot on so back out we went. No major changes were carried out this round apart from a check of the ride height. 

Out on track it was very slippery this time but was still drivable, nonetheless. I just took my time and drove my own race. This round I would finish 4th again with 8 laps in 6.35 just over half a second behind 3rd place.

Round 4 

With the drizzle now looking as if it was going to stay with us for the day, we went out for what would be the final run of the day. The car felt good and drivable the only change we made this round was the Hobao tyres, we went for a softer compound to try and get a little more bite. This worked well for us and we were mixing it up there at the front end of the pack. Surprisingly this would turn out to be my fastest time of the day with 8 laps in 6.32.

After the qualifying was completed, I would be seeded 9th overall. 

Unfortunately, that would be the end of the days racing as the weather really did turn for the worse just after the last heat. It was deemed that we would not run finals and where we qualified is where we would finish.

My Team Associated RC8b3.1 was very rewarding to drive today.  The whole package with the engine performed flawlessly and were more than quick enough to hold our own. We showed today that its not all about raw speed and power if you can’t use it anywhere on track.

I would like to say a big thank you to my ever so supporting Wife and Pit-crew Nina who looks after me in the pits and the car on the track.

I would like to thank my sponsors,

RC Motorsport.

CML Distribution.

  • My 3.1 set up
  • Ride height 
  • F 23mm
  • R 25mm
  • Shock oils Associated
  • F 37.5wt  Yellow springs 
  • R 32.5wt Blue springs 
  • Front black anti roll bar
  • Rear Grey anti roll bar
  • Factory team 1.2 & 1.3 tapered pistons
  • Shock lengths
  • F 105mm
  • R 120mm
  • STD Kit wing 
  • Diffs Associated oils
  • F  C  R
  • 7K-7K-5K
  • Rear weight 35G 
  • Tyres
  • Hobao Angled Spikes

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AWS Round 3 – Deerdale

Chris travelled to the East Midlands on Sunday to compete in round 3 of the AWS series .

Morning practice – Icy conditions and not much grip to start. The day started off ok but as practice progressed, I started to suffer with an electrical problem.

Heat 2 carried out some work on the car before hand and removed the switch to see if this was the problem as the car kept cutting out electrically and didn’t get past the first lap.

Heat 3 having changed more of the electrics went to the start and before we got on the track it was cutting out again.

Heat 4 changed the receiver managed to get my first run of the day in.  As I had only completed 1 heat I was at the bottom of the pile but then the only way is up.

Final  – During the warmup the car decided to glitch again, but a little change to the handset and it seemed to work, so to the line we went. I had a brilliant start and got up to about 5th.  I made a stupid mistake and the marshal couldn’t get to the car due to traffic which cost me loads of time.  I managed to get back up to tenth overall.

I’m glad the weekend’s over as it’s been one issue after another, however, the few laps that I did run, my Team Associated RC8B3.1 handled well.  Onwards and upwards!

Next meeting NitroXcross at Nene Valley.  Thanks to the pit bitch for putting up with me and I even managed to teach her Dominoes. Also, thanks to Jon Howell’s for the set-up tips this weekend as well.

Chris used the set up that he used for Brookthorpe as the attached set up sheet, just changing his rear Team Associated shock oil to 35wt and front to 32.5 wt.

Thanks to the below

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Ledbury Winter Series Round 4

We arrive just after 7.00am to a dark and cold venue, The weather promised to be dry and bright as the day progressed,  fortunately for us this was the case as this week due to me forgetting to pack the pit tent we had no option but to pit Alfresco.

We set up our table and got the gear out in between catching up with everyone wishing them a happy new year.   A few drivers were on track getting in some practise as soon as it was light enough. I chose not to as I was still getting tanks of fuel through a newly rebuilt engine. I got my last heat cycle tank through it and that was that practise over.  Drivers briefing was just that, brief, and it was announced that qualifying would be commencing at 9.25 sharp.

The track was damp to begin with so I opted for the Hobao angle spike tyres as always.
I didn’t make many changes apart from the diff oils which I was running 7-7-5 which was different from what I was running at Brookthorpe.

Q1
The first round we ran was just purely to get a tank of fuel through the engine with it now pulling the weight of the car so I was looking a proper wet fart with no real power, but I just kept out of the way of everyone and feathered it round to the finish.  Surprisingly I wasn’t last with a 5- lap run.  Even with a very rich engine the car felt a lot better that it did previously at Brookthorpe on the Astro.

Q2

We started to lean out the engine a little keeping an eye on the engine temps throughout the rounds to make sure it was running sweet.  Once again, I drove my own race against the clock and once again the car ran sweet all throughout the run and we improved with a 6-lap run.  Again, we weren’t last. We didn’t make any changes to the car for this run apart from engine tuning as the car felt on point with the Hobao spikes and the speed we’re running at I don’t think any changes would of really made any real impact on the car.

Q3
Really started to lean the engine out now to start unleashing some of its power. The sun was out now and warming the track nicely to the point where we switched tyres to the Proline pinpoints. With the engine now having a lot more to give and the package showing some pace we could now start to get in the mix of things. We did just that and we suddenly found ourselves at the front end of the field finishing 3rd in the heat with an 8-lap run. This was a good encouraging boost for me, and I was just hoping to have another repeat of this in round 4.

Q4
The final round came and with the sun still shining on us we went for broke. The engine was tuned furthermore to help the campaign and was really starting to sing but just enough to stop it reaching the high note of self-destruction down the main straight.  Well it certainly paid off,  as one the whole package was on fire,  we finished 2nd in the heat and I believe I broke my first ever 9-lap run at Ledbury. This really was turning out to be a great day of racing on the last day of my Christmas break.

We would end up qualifying 3rd in the D final after the last 2 rounds which I think helped me jump up the table somewhat.

The D Final
We started off and made a great start and kept ahead of the usual first corner pile up behind me and 1st place man kind of just sped away. I pushed him for several laps when I made a small error and with a late Marshall ended up down in 4th place. I kept my cool and started to catch up 3rd place and just pushed and waited for the mistake to come, which it did, so I made my move and went for it. I then set about catching 2nd place man which I did and stayed there for pretty much most of the race. We came in for fuel and this would see me drop back to 3rd place but still with a comfortable lead over 4th place and in the final bump up spot. After the 15mins was over I came into the pits elated that I had bumped up into the C final.

The C Final
We started off for another 15 mins with me starting in 12th place. By the end of the first lap I had made it up to 7th place then 6th then into 5th before sitting in 4th place for most of the race chasing down hard on Steve Price. We even had a pit crew race in the pits as I followed him in the pit lane hoping to get the jump but today wasn’t going to be the day but I chased him for another 2 laps forcing him to drive defensively as I was just hedging my bets on making my move when I was getting a little too over confident and the car grip rolled on a corner. With the Marshall not looking I was there for a while, so I dropped places. I wasn’t fazed I just got on with the job and started chasing again to claw myself back up to 4th place. I had a fight with an electric car who decided to cut the track for position but Karma always wins and he crashed so I passed him and went.
After the 15mins I would end up in 4th place overall which I was more than happy with especially as I couldn’t feel my fingers so that wouldn’t have helped my driving too much.

My Team Associated RC8B3.1 was absolutely fantastic to drive and was spot on all day even with the engine running in being undertaken at the same time.

I would like to thank the best pit crew ever on her fantastic efforts both in and out of the pits as always you are irreplaceable even in your current condition – (The Boss Nina G)

I would like to say a big thank you to the sponsors for their continued support
RCMotorsport
CML Distribution

  • My 3.1 set up
  • Ride height
  • F 23mm
  • R 25mm
  • Shock oils Associated
  • F 37.5wt Yellow springs
  • R 32.5wt Blue springs
  • Front black anti roll bar
  • Rear Grey anti roll bar
  • Factory team 1.2 & 1.3 tapered pistons
  • Shock lengths
  • F 103.5mm
  • R 120mm
  • STD Kit wing
  • Diffs Associated oils
  • F C R
  • 7K-7K-5K
  • Rear weight 35G
  • Tyres
  • Hobao angled spikes
  • Proline pinpoints

See you at the next round

John & Nina G
AKA (Tolstoy)

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NitroXcross Winter Series – Rd 3 Brookthorpe

Round 3 Winter NitroXcross – 29th December at Brookthorpe. 

We got up at the crack of dawn (5 a.m.)  to travel to Brookthorpe to compete in Round 3 which had attracted a much better entry than the previous 2 rounds – the weather was dry but the track was damp and very slippery, we arrived early enough to get under their covered pit area, which saved having to put up the gazebo.   

With Christmas lights hung and a never-ending supply of mince pies, pork pies, Christmas chocolate and biscuits, the water boiler on for hot drinks, tunes playing  – the usual good- natured banter started we were ready for the day! 

Bryn

Round 1  – went out to see what the grip was like and whether my tyre choice was the right one and to get to grips with the new jump, but engine problems meant I couldn’t finish the heat.

Round 2 – I went out again to try and finish a qualifying session and stayed on Hobao Angle Spikes with the same set up and  was having a good session, settling into the track when the plug blew just after a jump and that was the end of that round. 

Round 3 – Try again and hope to finish a session, which I did, putting in  6  laps in  340.00

Round 4 –  Out again still using Hobao Angles and managed to improve on my time but not laps. 6 laps in 331.00.

C Final – Qualified 8th in C Final – finished 5th completing 17 laps in 944.00

  • Set up
  • Car Team Associated RC8B3.1
  • Diffs 10.10.15 Team Associated Diff Oil
  • Shocks 37.5 front 32 rear Team Associated Shock Oil
  • Tyres Hobao Angle Spikes
  • Engine Ultimate
  • Fule Sigma

Chris

Heat 1 and 2 – good start to the morning and set up held straight away even in the slippery conditions.

Heat 3 the throttle linkage came off the arm in the last lap and in heat 4 I went out on tyres with no inserts which were working well but then the engine cut with a lap to go.

C Final – Qualified 5th – Great start gaining a place, 2 laps in the engine started to cut in and out, came into the pits and lost 3/4 laps found a carb screw had come loose and went back out a few solid laps and then the servo horn came loose which meant I lost all steering.  Finished in 11th place completing 9 laps.   

A great day thanks to the hard work from the members of the Brookthorpe Club and a great race day. Next race meeting is the AWS at Deerdale with hopefully a bit more luck.

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NitroXcross – North West Nitro’s

The day started very early with a 5 o’clock alarm! Quick cup of tea and out the door to start the drive up to Blackpool.   We arrived trackside for 7.30 a.m. after a quick pit stop at the services on route where we bumped into Craig and Sarah from Deepest Designz racing team.

The day dawned dull and blustery with very strong gusts, we managed to get the gazebo up with all of us holding onto the canopy to prevent the wind taking it but only raised it to half level in an attempt to keep some cover over us  but not too high so that the wind caught it – We  even arranged vehicles around us trying to make some form of a wind break –  this wasn’t too successful and  resulted in several sore heads when team members forgot and stood up too quickly, eventually we had to take the cover off as the wind was just too strong and had a very icy feel to it. 

We set up the pit tables and whilst Bryn was setting up race control with the NitroXcross equipment I  started to get his racing equipment out of the van and sorted – car,  starter box and pit buddy, hauler, tyre box set up tray etc., when Bryn came back we had a dreadful moment of déjà vu “where’s my radio?” –Oh No! last time I could remember seeing it was the previous night  in the utility room on charge!!! – my heart sank, not another Ledbury!!  Frantic searching started and thankfully it was found underneath the shop stock in the back of the T5, big sigh of relief all round.

Bryn had changed his diff oils to a heavier weight and this did seem to prove beneficial to him, his Team Associated RC8B3.1 was handling nicely but still had a bit of a kick out on the rear, so some minor tweaks were called for, he increased the droop on the rear and raised the ride height by 2ml. The track started off super slippery but as the morning went on and with the wind still blowing a gale it started to dry out and there was talk In the pit tent of Mini Pins – but then a short very sharp burst of rain blew in and the track was wet again.

Its been a while, but Bryn actually managed to get out in all 4 rounds of the qualifying sessions and put in some decent times, what a difference it makes having Sue and Kev in race control, no calls of “Bryn Pound to race control” which meant he could actually have some time to himself to enjoy his racing.

  • Round 1 6 laps in 319.51
  • Round 2 6 laps in 307.06
  • Round 3 6 laps in 310.99
  • Round 4 5 laps in 245.98 – the engine moved after a coming together

B Final started 9th – Bryn got off to a good start and was up to 6th  position in the first lap but then poor marshalling saw him drop down to 12th position but he managed to get back up to his starting position by lap 4 and finished in 10th place completing 17 laps in 904.45 secs pitting for fuel at 10 mins to try and keep clear from the rest of the pack.

Set up:

  • Car                         Team Associated RC8B3.1
  • Engine                  Ultimate M3T
  • Fuel                       Sigma
  • Tyres                     Schumacher Spirals – Silver
  • Diffs                       10.7.5 Team Associated Diff Oils
  • Shocks                  37.5 front 35 rear Associated Shock Oils

There was a good atmosphere all day at the track and the food was superb, supplied and cooked by Liz – thank you, much appreciated. The entry was disappointingly low again, but the hardy racers that attended put in some good competitive racing.   My only complaint is the speed that cars come into the pit lane, please drivers remember to slow down, personally I think all tracks should have speed restrictors fitted to the end of the pit lane – fuel bottles were knocked off as cars launched up the ramp onto the pit lane, ending up slewed across the pit lane resting on the supporting sides, a car ripped Nina’s coat it was that close and could have easily caused more damage to her, it was quite scary at times and I’ve been pitting for over 10 + years – just remember if you injure the pit crew you’re stuffed!

Nina and I were kept on our toes all day as we were pitting for both John and Bryn and at least 5 other East Shrewsbury drivers as well as helping-out any other drivers that need fuelling etc.,  Just having enough time between rounds to grab a quick cup of tea and then back out up to the pit lane to start it all over again. 

The finals proved a challenge for us as we realized that even we couldn’t start 5 off at the same time in the B Final and that wasn’t including our two East Shrewsbury members that bumped up from the C final so it was call in all the favours and get bodies to put them on the start grid, we could then take over the fuelling for all of them, fuelling at  5, 7.30/8.00 and 10 mins just getting them in the right order and the right fuel, thankfully its only Craig and Sarah on different fuel.

Some good results for both John and Bryn and well done to East Shrewsbury BRC we will have some good points there for the club championship as we had the largest entry from any club.

Then it was time to pack it all away back into the T5 and start the journey back home, we got in just before 6, so long day but good fun with lots of laughs and banter as usual from our gang especially when John donned his green tutu and wig!

John “Tolstoy” Green

We arrived bright and early to what would turn out to be a very windy day of racing with the odd rain shower. We put up the team gazebo and unloaded our cars ready to set up but quickly realised that the wind would be far too strong for the gazebo, so the cover was quickly removed.  Anyway, not to be put off we persevered and drivers briefing was called and the usual rules and regulations were read out.  At this point it was raised that our ESBRC member would be sporting a lovely pink tutu with matching hair if the target of £250.00 was reached.  Fortunately, it was raised and Craig being a man of his word took to the rostrum in said tutu and wig.  Just to show support I joined him with wearing my own green tutu and matching wig  – what the hell its Christmas and it is all for a good cause. Back to the main event,  the track looked good and welcoming. I did drive at this circuit last year on the astro track, but I haven’t raced since the layout has been changed.  It was wet to start with so that would confirm the tyre choices for the day as even with the strong wind the track did seem to take a while to dry then the rain would come in again.

Qualifying Rnd 1

I chose to go out on the Hobao Angle Spikes with all rows on the tyre all round. To begin with we had to make a few adjustments to the engine as it didn’t have the power to pull out of the pit lane. A few laps under the 2 min practice and a few more adjustments to the carb on the Blok engine and we were soon running around up to speed. 

The car felt good, but a little edgy,  but I think that was down to running the full spike tyres so after this round I would change them.  We would start off with only having a 5 lap run in 302.53 Not blistering but we were still tuning the engine as we did have a cut but after it was restarted the engine ran fine with no issues.

Qualifying Rnd 2

I decided the stick with the Hobao Angle Spikes but this time I used a set that had the outside row removed all round. This was a vast improvement, my Team Associated RC8B3.1 felt a lot more composed and would give me a lot more confidence going into the faster corners so I could carry a lot more speed without any fear of grip rolling. The car would just start to slide a little on the rear end which is how I prefer this the car to feel. We didn’t make any further changes to the car for this round apart from the tyres. 

This run would see me start to pick up the pace with a 7-lap run in 323.85 which I was pleased with.

Qualifying Rnd 3

This round I decided to stick with the Hobao tyres with the outside row of pins removed. We did have a short burst of the wet stuff so it would make the track wet again so the car would be able to slide and carry more speed …… Well, that was the idea. Unfortunately, the new engine gremlins would rear their ugly heads with then engine cutting out and not really wanting to start and run properly. We leaned it out a little more, but I didn’t really want to go mad as the engine is still very new and tight. I can only put the engine cuts down to the strong cold wind cooling the engine down too much which may have affected the tune and may have also needed to increase my tick over speed. Unfortunately, I would only get 5 lapis this round in 240. 99.

Qualifying Rnd 4

With the engine tuned up again and everything checked over we went out for the last round of qualifying, we were hoping to get another 7 lap run to try and get a bit higher up on the overall list but it was not to be. Whilst on the 2min warm up I took the main jump in front of the rostrum only to be met with a huge gust of wind which really upset the car whist in the air. Unable to compensate for the wind it brought the car down hard on the rear right wheel which resulted in a broken rear wish bone which would be the end of our qualifying before the clock had even begun.

With qualifying over and the car taken back to the pits and repaired I would end up 10th in the B final.

The B. Final

The car was started up on the box to get warmed up and something didn’t sound right, After a quick investigation it was fond that the clutch bearing had failed and was causing the clutch bell to be fouling the clutch resulting in the engine being difficult to start. I pulled the engine out and replaced the bearings. Fortunately, it was as simple as that with the engine re-installed and fired up all was well again.

We lined up on the grid for the 15-minute final, Go was called and away we went. I managed to avoid the first corner carnage and tried to run my own race whilst it unfolded around me. I was going quite well until I had a cut for some strange unknown reason. The car was recovered back to the pits and restarted and fuelled. I continued, now right down the field, so now would just be a recovery drive to try and make the best of a bad situation. I soldiered on the car felt on point all throughout the final and after the first hiccup the engine never missed another beat for the remaining time. I made a late pitstop and would keep picking off the other cars slowly climbing up the field. After the 15minutes would see me end up finishing 6th.

I was happy with my finish considering our early engine issues so I don’t think it was too bad a day.

the Team Associated RC8B3.1 was really good all day and was a joy to drive, not too many changes to the car again mainly tyres choices and a new rear wish bone.

  • My set 3.1 setup
  • Ride height
  • F 24mm
  • R 25mm..
  • Shock oils Associated
  • Front 40wt yellow springs
  • Rear 47.5wt yellow springs
  • Diffs Associated oils
  • F C R
  • 10-10-7
  • Front black anti roll bar
  • Rear yellow anti roll bar
  • Factory team 1.2 & 1.3 tapered pistons
  • Shock lengths
  • F 103.5mm
  • R 120mm
  • Standard rear wing
  • Rear weight 35G
  • Tyres     Hobao angles spikes full and with the outside row removed.

I would like to thank my very cold pit crew (My Wife Nina and the young Cate) I think the running after my car cutting out did help them to warm up from time to time. Seriously Ladies Big thank you to you both for pit duties and tea duties etc.


Thank you to RCM for the tent frame it really did keep the wind out lol…..

Thank you to the sponsors CML Distribution for the continued support.

Thank you to all that donated to get Craig in a pink tutu as well we have raised a lot of money for a very good cause.

As this is the last report before The Christmas holiday,

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

John (Tolstoy) & Nina Green

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Ledbury Winter Club Series

We arrived at the track at Ledbury and were to be greeted by a cold dark damp start to the morning.
The forecast for the day looked good and even the sun broke the early morning mist and shone through.  The track was damp but in great condition, We popped up the tent and unloaded our race gear and settled down for the days racing ahead.

We went out on track just after 8.15 to get some free practise in and to get some fuel through the new borrowed engine. A few adjustments here and there and we were soon running around the track with the rest of the guys.

Round 1 Qualifying

I opted and went out on the Hobao Angle Spikes. This would be a safe choice, the car felt very driveable from the off with next to no hints that it would grip roll even when pushing hard. The tyres would let the rear breakaway a little bit to allow a little bit of drift which I like in a car. We started off with a solid 8 lap run in 6.44.  We did have to work on the engine a little to get it to really start pulling

Round 2 Qualifying

This round I decided to run a slightly harder compound Angle Spike tyre. These felt a little bit too much as the car now felt very edgy with the harder tyres. We still improved on time with another 8-lap run in 6.18.  We didn’t make any changes to the car apart from tyres.

Round 3 Qualifying

With the sun really giving its all and the track quickly drying out I decided to change my tyres and I went for the Proline Pinpoints. This made a great difference and my Team Associated RC8B3.1 was mega to drive. The grip was consistent and there was no hint of grip roll throughout the day on the Pinpoints. No other changes were made to the car during this round of qualifying. We would score 8 laps in 6.22.


I did try and drive in a pair of gloves with the thumbs cut off, but it felt restrictive, so I think therefore my time was slower but at least my hands were warmer. The engine was leaned off 5 mins on both the top and bottom end which really did make it start to come alive.

Round 4 Qualifying

For this round I found my transmitter cover in the boot floor. This made a lot of difference. At least now my hands felt connected and I could really get to grips with the car. We had a good round and the engine was singing on song without missing a beat so far throughout the day.  This round would see us score a 9 lapper in 6.42.  I was more than happy with this score. No changes were made to the car during this qualifying period.

Round 5

For this round I tried to maximise from my previous run of 9 laps. Unfortunately, probably pushing a little too hard, would see me fall just short of a second 9 lap run.  I would only secure 8 laps in 6.03.
No changes made to the car.

The C final

I would qualify 5th in the C final only to find someone else in my grid box at the time. I took up the spare option of 7 and off we went for 15minutes. I made a great start and managed to keep clear of the first corner mishaps. I managed to hang on to the top 2 drivers in my heat who were all running electric. I gave it my all and didn’t give up. I would climb up to 4th and this felt like I was chasing for the sake of it.  I kept on the tail of the third placed electric buggy waiting for him to make a mistake to allow me to take the advantage, which he did. I pushed on keeping the Gaby’s behind me along with the now frustrated 4th place electric buggy. 

I would cross the line in third place after the 15minutes were up to my surprise. I didn’t think I would be able to keep the electric guys behind me as I had managed to do so.
With this result I would be promoted to 10th in the B final.

The B final Bump up.

Again the Blok engine was still running on song and didn’t miss a beat so we didn’t mess with it.
We lined up on the grid in 10th place, Go was called and we were off  – I again made a great start still managing to avoid the first corner pile up. I managed to keep the car where I needed to and defended and made my moves where I could until I made a small mistake on the triple, this would send me down the pack to try and do it all again.


So I did just that, I got stuck in and pushed on and after the 15mins were up I had managed to get up and finish in 5th place which I was made up with.

My Team Associated RC8B3.1 has been on point all daylong from the very start. The Blok engine was an absolute gem of an engine. Smooth power delivery and great mileage to add to that too. Thanks go out to the brother in law for the use of the engine, I don’t think you’ll be getting this back anytime soon!.

Set up:

Ride height
F 23mm
R 24mm..

Shock oils Associated

F 40wt yellow springs springs
R 47.5wt yellow springs
Front black anti roll bar
Rear yellow anti roll bar
Factory team 1.2 & 1.3 tapered pistons
Shock lengths
F 103.5mm
R 120mm

Standard rear wing

Diffs Associated oils
F C R
10-10-7

Rear weight 35G

Tyres
Hobao Angles Spikes
Proline Pin points


Big thanks go out to my very cold Wife and pit crew Nina G for her pitting duties both on and off the track along with her upmost support as always. I couldn’t do it without you.

I would also like to say a big thank you to the sponsors


RC Motorsport
CML Distribution
.

Finally I would like to say thank you and well done to the Ledbury team I have had a cracking days racing even though the engine is still breaking in with plenty more to still come yet by the feel of it, some great results which are a bonus to top off a great day.

Looking forward to next week’s Nitro X winter series at NWN.

See you all there
John and Nina Green
(Tolstoy)

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NitroXcross Winter Series Round 2 Ledbury

Some of the Team ventured down to Ledbury and after the soaking the day before with heavy rain and snow sweeping some parts of the Country, the track had held up well.  Thanks to Chris Lovell for arriving early to sweep the lying water off the track to get it ready to race.

Driver’s briefing was called and after the usual instructions on how the day would run, as it was Remembrance Sunday Bryn asked that all drivers observe a 2-minute silence as a mark of respect as it would be difficult to do this at 11.00 a.m.  this was done at the end of briefing.  Thank you all. 

The weather was kind and the sun shone most of the day, it started off cold but once the temperature came up thermals weren’t needed after all and by the middle of the day coats were even coming off – shame the entry was low. 

Bryn and John were running to get some points in for RCM, well, that was the plan………………………

Bryn opened his radio case and realised that his antenna was missing – he had been using it to try and sort out radio problems on Cate’s  12 scale car and in the rush of a manic Saturday in the shop together with loading the van with team spares,  equipment for NitroXcross and his own race equipment for the race meeting had overlooked this.  A call went out to see if anyone had a spare stick radio or receiver to use another’s radio, but it wasn’t to be, so Bryn took over running Race Control for the first two heats.

Steve Price came to the rescue with a spare radio and receiver and out he went for round 3, but unfortunately the timekeeper was new to the programme and didn’t know how to assign a transponder, so his time didn’t count.

Round 4 it was all or bust and it was bust as the engine moved and that was that!!

John aka disappointed Tolstoy

The weather during the run up to the event was eventful with plenty of the wet stuff making itself known throughout the region. 

Fortunately, the weather app was right when we arrived the weather albeit extremely cold, the sun made an appearance and shone through all day.  We all unpacked and invaded the RCM tent for the day’s hospitalities.  Unfortunately, the turnout would be a low one but that wouldn’t stop us hardened racers from making the most of the days racing ahead.
Drivers briefing was called and the riot act was read to us, after which we would pay our respects to the fallen souls with a 2minutes silence.

Round 1
I ran the setup which I had previously used here at the summer series as it worked really well for me.
We would be running on the Hobao Angle tyres for the first 2 rounds due to the track being predominantly wet but this would gradually dry out through the day with the sun shining on it.
My Team Associated RC8B3.1 felt really good and straight away I managed to get a reasonably good solid 7 lap run in with not too many dramas or issues. I was more than happy with the way the car and engine combo were running.

Round 2
The track was starting to dry out but in a few areas was still wet, so we decided to stay with the Hobao Angles for the time being. We went out and again the car felt good and was going well I would shave a few more seconds off my time and get in a good 7 lap run some 6 seconds faster than my first run which is always encouraging.

Round 3
This round the gremlins would strike with vengeance.
Just after the start of the race was called, I would cross the line to start my run when suddenly all was quiet and that would be my engine cutting. The car was returned to the pits, but it was confirmed as terminal, the engine was locked up for some unknown reason. That would be the end of the Alpha which is very disappointing after only 8 meetings.

Round 4
I installed the spare engine only to be plagued with more problems with that engine not running and going through plugs like they were going out of fashion.  An in-depth investigation was undertaken and it was confirmed that the spare engine was unusable too due to not having any compression.

Overall what track time I got the  Team Associated RC8B3.1 was going really well, I still managed to place the car 4th in the B final with only 2 rounds counting. That would be the end of the day for us.

I helped out the RCM pit girls with fuelling and the starting of the finals for the rest of the gang so at least I was useful in another way after my disappointment.

I would like to say thank you to the team as always for their perfect pitting duties and hospitality as always. I would also like to say thank you to everyone that made the kind gesture of loaning me an engine to allow me to run, but after a day like I had, my heart for once just wasn’t in it I’m afraid.
Still these little setback make us stronger so as they say onwards and upwards.

My set 3.1 setup

Ride height 
F 23mm
R 24mm..
Team Associated Shock oils
F 40wt  yellow springs 
R 47.5wt yellow springs 
Front black anti roll bar
Rear yellow anti roll bar
Factory team 1.2 & 1.3 tapered pistons
Shock lengths
F 103.5mm
R 120mm
Proline rear wing