News of October, 2013

2013 Season 4 Round 2, short course trucks

30.10.2013   6 comments   Category: Event publications

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Report by Donald Stark (VRC race reporter)

Late October 2013 the ghost and goblins are dusting off their costumes for Halloween and VRC is breaking out the bash pit for some series races. The turnout for this week’s race was amazing with a total of 376 entries over the six categories’. The bash pit track is set up to run two different configurations, short and long. The short configuration allows for 11 second lap times and the long version gives it up at a rate of 14 seconds per lap. Both tracks are very small but they are extremely fun and competitive.

Race Report

SHORT COURSE 4WD 13.5T Pro class
The 13.5 Pro A Main, starting order was Nicholas Loriot, Francis Wathlet, Rob Gillespie, J. Djay Delcourt, Maxime Noble, Nicholas Evans, Anthony Honstain, S. Skrowronski, John Trottman. At the start Nicolas Loriot used the pole position to his advantage and got as far out front as he possibly could, his line was tight and ... read more

NITRO BUGGY TESTING PHASE 2

30.10.2013   27 comments   Category: Site news

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After the initial test with the new 1:8 nitro buggy it was obvious to Todd 'Doc' Wasson, our physics specialist, that he had to go back to the research lab. The buggy drove, but nothing close enough to the real car so beta testing was halted for 2 months. In these 2 months a lot has happened. A lot of research was done in understanding the dynamics of the buggy better.

One of our beta testers, Nicolas Loriot from France, offered to build a differential dyno to measure differential torque with different oil viscosities. This data was then used by Todd to develop an algorithm or formula for the behavior of the diffs. Another important step was to add the effect of camber to the tire model. Until now camber was more or less neglected in the tire model, but for the buggy it turned out to be extremely important to add that effect. Handling tire rolling resistance in a different way in the physics added another important variable which influenced the way the buggy handles, especially on jumps. In this period we ... read more

AMSTETTEN (AUSTRIA) RELEASED

25.10.2013   4 comments   Category: Site news

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We have re-released another favorite VRC v3 track: Amstetten in Austria. This is a compact track with a tight infield, some very sharp hairpins and a fast sweeper at the end of the back straight. An ideal track for 1:10 electric and nitro racing, 1:8 nitro racers will meet a real challenge on this 240m long track.

The first big race on this track will be 2013 Season 4 round 3 for 1:10 200mm nito touring cars, modified and spec class.


More information about the MAC Amstetten club.

2013 Season 3 1:12 Sportscars – by TEKIN

15.10.2013   2 comments   Category: Series publications

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PRO class
Dana Bailes (US) has dominated Series 3 from start till almost the finish, only in the very last double points event at Bangkok he was edged out by a second by Barnebas Toth, but with 5 wins and a second he is the undisputed winner this season. Atsushi Hasegawa, a die-hard 1:12 racer from Japan secured 2nd place with 2 seconds and 2 third places, just ahead of Graham Raistrick (UK) with 2 seconds, one third and a 4th. Barnabas Toth had to settle for 4th this season despite winning the season closer at Bangkok in convincing style. The heat is turned up on Bailes, the competition is moving closer and closer.

No surprise USA also dominated the nations ranking with 5 racers in the top-30, with Japan and Hong Kong in second and third.

So who is Dana Bailes…?
“I race 17.5 and 13.5 1/12th scale and World GT. I won the US Indoor Championship in Cleveland in 2002 in Stock 1/12th. I'm thinking about trying modified ... read more

VIRTUAL 2013 IFMAR WORLDS 1:8 NITRO SPORTS CARS

15.10.2013   5 comments   Category: Event publications

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Report by Donald Stark (VRC race reporter)

Championship Season
With a few months left of 2013 it is the time of the year to crown some new world champions. In September the IFMAR 10th Scale Buggy worlds were hosted by Amain Hobbies, Silver Dollar Raceway in Chico California. The 1/8th Scale Nitro Sports Car IFMAR Worlds were held in Japan. VRC hosted the Virtual worlds to run at the same time. Unlike the real event which is open to drivers who have qualified prior to the event, VRC’s World Championship is open to any members that have the track. There were 77 entries in the pro class, 61 in the sport class and 54 in the club class.

Endurance Race PRO class
The A Main was a 1 hour event that would require endurance, patience and persistence. In the early rounds of qualifying Martin Wollanka was looking very fast, he had the top spo... read more

2013 Season 3 1:8 nitro sportscars

10.10.2013   6 comments   Category: Series publications

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Season 3 report 1:8 nitro sportscars

PRO class
Hiromu Fujii from Japan has been crowned series champion. 3 Second places and a 4th place at the last double-points race at Lloret de Mar secured victory for the young Japanese. Barnabas Toht from Hungary finished just 2 points ahead of Giorgio Mingotti (Italy) on 2nd place. Mingotti finished with the same points as Luke Duthie from Australia, but Giorgio’s victory at Lloret got him the podium place. Kevin Pignotti finished 6 th despite having won 3 races and 2nd at Kissimmee. Missing the last double pointer at lloret cost him the championship.

Italy won the Nations ranking by a mile (no surprise really…) before Switzerland, Spain, Norway and Hong Kong. Good to see these smaller countries now becoming competitive in this class! 90 Racers in total competed in 1:8 nitro sportscars.
Full results 2013 Season 3 1:8 nitro sportscars PRO

PRO class Spec
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2013 Season 3 SCT completed: 6 new champions crowned

10.10.2013   6 comments   Category: Series publications

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Another exciting season is under our belt. This was the first season where all events were split up in 3 racer classes Club, Sport and Pro. Looking at the results we can conclude that this has produced much more evenly contested championships in all of the classes. With 5 modified classes, 5 spec classes and 3 champions per class we now celebrate 30 new champions!

Racer classes, promotion and demotion
At the end of the first season with racer classes we are keeping an eye on who moves up in the racer class and who doesn’t. Remember, when your measured skill level goes up to a higher class you will race in the higher racer class next season. When your skill level remains the same you may opt to race in a higher racer class next season or stay in the same class. A racer cannot race in a lower racer class than his skill level indicates.

The skill level is measured every event you participate in and is always weighed against results of other racers in the same class. So when you do more events and... read more

2013 Season 3 Short Course trucks – by TEKIN

10.10.2013   0 comments   Category: Series publications

At the end of the first season with racer classes we are keeping an eye on who moves up in the racer class and who doesn’t. Remember, when your measured skill level goes up to a higher class you will race in the higher racer class next season. When your skill level remains the same you may opt to race in a higher racer class next season or stay in the same class. A racer cannot race in a lower racer class than his skill level indicates.

The skill level is measured every event you participate in and is always weighed against results of other racers in the same class. So when you do more events and score well you have a higher chance your skill level will go up than if you do just a few events.

PRO class modified
Martin Wollanka from Austria dominated Season 3 with 4 victories in 4 appearances, so he is the undisputed winner. Kirby ‘Sideways’ Backemeyer (US) and new kid on the block Rob Gillespie (US) completed the podium. 14-Year old Nicolas Loriot from France came up strongly towards the end of ... read more

2013 Season 3 comes to an end...

04.10.2013   19 comments   Category: Event publications

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Report by Donald Stark (VRC race reporter)

Virtual RC vs Real RC
I would like to take a moment to give the positive and negative points of VRC and Real RC. First I will start with the positive. 

Virtual RC
VRC is fun, racing online is quick a person can literally race anytime 24 hours a day 7 days a week. VRC Cars are perfectly tuned every time, they never have to be cleaned and when you crash the parts stay intact.

Real RC
Real RC Racing has many positives, there are great people at the track, track conditions are affected by weather and change throughout the day. Track food is always good everything tastes better with a little dirt in it. “Custom Painted Bodies.” Making new friends, and just getting out of the house sometimes is a great reason to go to the track.

Conclusion
Why bother with the negative, I’m sure everyone has their own list of negatives I will keep mine to myself. VRC is a perfect... read more

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