On Sunday we ran a series of friendly races at Creative Hobby's new track, a Ninco 4 lane layout, very challenging and tough to race on. First race was with the Gr5 cars. This is a relatively new class, which includes Gr4 and Gr5 cars, raced between 1975 and 1982 at series like the DRM and endurance racing in Europe and the US. We gathered 9 racers and a colorful variety of cars and liveries.
A qualify round of 3 fast laps on the white lane (outermost) was held to determine the heats.
Below, the starting grid as it was formed after qualify:
Racers are divided in three heats and racing began. I must say that each heat raced a 5min run, a second heat raced a 5min run and then the other, and then the first heat raced another 5min run with racers switching lanes to the next (outer) one, etc..
Total distance is measured after each run, and all runs on all lanes are added to form the final result.
George's Lancia was very well tuned and was very fast. It has Slot.it parts all around, P5 tires and a v12/3 25k motor in it. Also the 2 Racers where very fast and very stable. Both Evo2 Capris faced some problems in lane2 (green), in two hairpins with unexpected deslots, due to some trouble with a track piece. The Lancias where more reliable and stayed in the slot longer, as did the Racers.
The Ninco 934 that Vasilis raced, had motor trouble and retired somewhere after the middle of the race.
So after all runs, final results where:
On top, after a flawless race:
George's Lancia Beta : 145laps - 20.26m
Second place after a hard fight:
Petros Porsche 935 : 139laps - 1.85m
Third place for the other Racer, only about 4m behind:
Christos Porsche 935 : 138laps - 21.68m
The first Capri was in fourth place:
Christine Fly Ford Capri Evo2 : 138laps - 13.36m
Then it was me in fifth:
Timos' Fly Lancia Beta : 136laps - 0.68m
The second Capri in sixth:
Maria's Fly Ford Capri Evo2 : 134laps - 7.49m
Another Beta in seventh:
Iraklis' Fly Lancia Beta : 133laps - 17.79m
And another in eight:
Thomas' Fly Lancia Beta : 129laps - 14.66m
Vasilis' Ninco Porsche 934 : 87laps - 16.67m
A nice race, some places where closely contested, cars ran beautifully, an interesting grid, although some cars where missing (a BMW M1 for example). Most people ran P5 tires, both Capris ran the stock Fly tires, I ran stock wheels and tires in my Beta. High traction was an issue as most cars would bounce a bit when pushed too hard and tire wear was relatively high. The new layout is more challenging that the previous SCX one, and needed a lot of practice to obtain a good pace. Still a nice race after all.
On Saturday night the 7th and final round of our LMP race series was held at Creative Hobby Slot car club. As usual, the race was ran at a four lane SCX track, running on 14.8v only for this category, non-mag, open rules, LMP class racing cars only. We ran 2 rounds of 20mins, 5 mins on each lane and we add up all laps for the final result.
We gathered 5 racers (4guys and 1 girl) only as most of the people chose to pass a more relaxing Saturday evening on a beach or something instead of slot racing.
We started with the usual qualifying session, three laps on the blue lane (3rd lane from the inside) counting only the best. The starting grid was:
Because we were 5 drivers for 4 lanes to be divided in two heats, the no3 driver (Chris) had to choose, whether to start on 3th place of heat1, or the 1st place of heat2. She chose to start with the slower heat, so heat no1 had 2 racers and heat no2 had 3, for the first round.
At the first round Petros showed that he wanted to end the championship with another victory so he got the lead from the beginning and never looked back. Vassilis was trying very hard, which resulted in several mistakes that prevented him from scoring the number of laps he was planning. George drove a car that is considered not-competitive for this track and fought hard with Christine for the third place changing places several times. Chris faced tire problems as he complained that he was loosing grip after the first 2 minutes.
So, the results after round 1 are:
For the second round, the heats didn't need any change so the drivers started the same way as the first one. Petros stayed at the first place, driving faster that the previous round, without ever been threatened by Vasillis who drove the race of his life at LMP class breaking one personal record after the other!! George managed to hold the third place as Christine's tires died early on this round making the car not only difficult to drive but also very "un-funny", leading her to a worst result than the previous round. Chris was trying to improve his driving and manage to lap a few more rounds than before.
So, the results for round 2 are:
The overall results are:
Petros with his SCX Pro Audi R8 scoring 295 laps and 24,67meters, having the best lap of the day at 7,279 secs, which is the new club record at official race.
Vasillis with his Spirit Dallara scoring 290 laps and 25,41 meters, having the best lap at the two outer lanes of the track.
George with his Spirit Reynard scoring 281 laps and 25,77 meters.
Christine with her Spirit Dallara scoring 276 laps and 1,33 meters.
Chris with his Spirit Dallara scoring 266 laps and 1,40 meters.
Despite the low attendance the race was held without problems (regarding the marshaling issue) and everyone had fun.
Petros won the title for the LMP class. Vassilis drove the race of his life and showed that next year he will be a podium racer. His car was fantastic and his driving was very improved since 2 months ago, at the previous LMP race. George drove a car he had prepared for home use and showed to enjoy it very much, Christine drove with hardly any practice for the last 2 months and managed to adopt fast to the most difficult and demanding class of our club while Chris had a good practice for the upcoming Ninco events and cup at England.
Well, searching around the web, I could find several articles on tuning Fly classic cars. Most of these modify the cars to an extend where they work well, either with or without magnets. But I wanted something more. I needed to make these cars perform good on club racing conditions and compete against some faster cars. I wanted to try a put some resistance to the Slot.it (or a potential future NSR entry) classic cars. OK, a good driver driving a 312PB would still win, but I wanted to be able to give a good fight.
So I started working on these:
Our class regulations allow any FC130 motor on closed cockpit big block sports, open Can Am or older prototypes, so I usually prefer the Slot.it v12/3 25k motor. The smaller prototypes like the 312PB or the Alfa 33 may only use the 21.5k or the older v12/2 25k motor (that nobody prefers anyway). I also had to improve the drivetrain. So slot.it axles and gears are used. Bronze bushings were glued to the motor pods. The front wheels are stock, but the rears are Slot.its with the stock rear wheels trued down to fit as inserts. Slot.it P5 tires are also used at the rear, at the front I used whatever suited the ride height, coated with nail varnish. I also used the Slot.it deep guide for wood tracks, trimmed to 5.7mm in depth for the SCX track.
My main problem while initially testing on our SCX club track, was that these cars hopped and bounced around on acceleration a lot. I faced the same problem with a Lancia Beta and I managed to cure it by strengthening the chassis. So I tried the same here. I used steel nails and I glued them on the chassis with 6min epoxy. Below are the results on each one...
Check out the nails on the chassis:
This is a really nice car, fast and stable, still a bit tail happy, but with a change of tires, it will be better, as these are very old and abused. It has the longest guide lead than the others.
This one is rigid enough, I only used two small pins at the bottom of the motor pod, to strengthen between the motor and the rear axle. The Lola has the longest wheelbase. It is the fastest of the three now, but I don't think that it will still be faster than my 512S with the same tires.
This is the hardest case. The 917 is the shortest car, but with a heavy body and flexible chassis. I haven't found a way to make it perform equally well as the other two. I keep trying...
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The tube chassis design, doesn't need strengthening in the main part, but at the front end it is quite flexible.
So I added 2 nails outside both sides of the seats, up to the front body post holes:
I wasn't sure about how rigid the rear end was, so I added some extra stiffness at the bottom of the pod:
Well, testing and performance impressions and comments will follow as soon as I manage to run some decent laps on these.
I also have a pair of lightweight prototypes:
These are faster than the closed sports cars but not by much. Still those cars are not ready to fight with the 312PB or the Alfa 33 and I feel I haven't finished tuning them, but I believe they are already improved by a significant margin. Stay tuned for testing results!!
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Seems that the 917 had a problem with the front end. One wheel was firmly planted on the track while the other was about 1mm away. Some filing, trimming, straightening the chassis etc, and now both front wheels barely touch the track. Looks much better on the setup board, and runs faster now.
Added the Porsche 917/10 to the list of cars. Nice car, proved the fastest but not so consistent. A bit hard to drive.
Managed to run some decent tests on my track. This is a track that is a bit more slippery than our club track and much shorter. So a good motor doesn't really help here, and I expect a car that slides here to be better on the club. A car that grips a lot here, may have trouble with too much traction and hopping issues at the club. Still, conclusions can be drawn.
So total time for a 30lap run and best laps for each one:
I did more than one runs on each car, and above is the best. The 917/10 managed this impressive result, but another run was around 2.12-2.13. The 908/3 is agile but slides easily, so a fast in-careful out pays off in this case. The Lola has power but is a long car and its tail likes to swing around a bit more than it should. The Chevron is narrower than the 908 and you need to be a bit less aggressive, or else it may pop off the slot or snap its tail suddenly. The 917K has plenty of rear end grip and its motor is running in now, so I got a few more rpms for the test, but it still is very low on power, compared to the Lola and the 512S. If pushed too much, the Porsche lifts its inner rear wheel and its hops a bit under power. The 512 is still too tail happy. It is impossible to apply the power early on corner exits, the car fishtails down the straights, and in general it lacks rear end grip.
Well, since our club is closed for vacation and since I have the space now to set up a track I made a 4 lane SCX simple layout and proceeded with some testing. First test was for the grC racers. All Slot.it of course, all S/W, all P5 tires.
The Sauber and the Lancia both have a v12/3 25K motor with 11/34 gearing. The Porsche and the Jag use the new v12/3 29k motor with 10/34 gearing. All cars have magnetic suspension and a little weight added somewhere behind the front axle.
First test was on the green lane (lane where the Lancia stands in the photo, second from the inside). I ran a set of 15laps with each car to clean the track and get the feel of each car. Best lap determined the qualifying order. Results were:
Now I must admit that the tires on the Sauber and the Porsche were looking rather worse than in the other two cars. Nevertheless, I cleaned them all with Zippo lighter fluid and proceeded with a race of 30laps for each car. This time I drove trying not to deslot at all and total time to complete all laps would determine the finishing order. It was:
As it is obvious, laps were better than qualifying, due to the track cleaning up and gaining more traction due to rubber residue, and also due to my better driving, getting more accustomed to the cars and track. It seems that the Porsche had troubles putting th extra power of the red motor to the track, partly because of the worn rear tires. Tires were also a problem on the Sauber, and handicaped its performance. The Lancia on the other hand, was quickest all around, very balanced and easy to drive. The Jag has a very good nose turn-in and gains time from aggressive entries in the turns.
To make things more even, I worked a bit on the cars, cleaned and oiled, treated rear tires on all of them, cleaned the Sauber motor that had carbon residue on the comm, and gave them a try on the blue lane (third from inside, where the Sauber stands on the photo). To have a better view of the performance of each chassis, I added to the cars another Porsche, the pink 962:
This also has the same config as the other Porsche, though better tires and a v12/3 25k motor with 11/34 gearing.
15lap qualifying showed these results:
The n9 Porsche was not ready yet, so I used it only for the 30lap race. Results from the main race were:
It was obvious that all cars, being well prepared, were almost equal. Different style for each one, but surely the results show that the winner can be anyone of them, given the circumstances and driver ability. The no16 yellow-blue Porsche had serious tire trouble and was away from the others, but the pink car demonstrated the 962 chassis potential.
After the sports and prototypes of the 70s, we decided it was time to speed things up a bit, so we got ready for a 20min round of our Super GT class, which includes mainly GT1 cars and silhouettes. This is one of the fastest classes here, relatively open rules, non mag of course (as all our classes), but free use of parts of manufacturers that Creative Hobby represents (that is Fly, Ninco, Slot it, MB, Avant Slot, Spirit, Racer, SCX, Team slot, Sloter, and that is the reason why you don't see any NSR Moslers around!!!).
We gathered our cars and ran a 3lap qualification round on the blue lane to determine the heats.
Below are all cars arranged in qualifying order:
Seems like a Fly-Slot.it fight with a little of Spirit flavour....
Top qualifier gets to choose on which lane to start, so top4 form heat1 and Petros chose to start on green lane:
George's F40 a bit modified, with slotit motor and parts, Petros' GT1, this one has MB motor and parts, Thomas' A/W Nissan and Christine's A/W Mclaren.
Right from the start to the end, it was a fight between the green Porsche and the red Ferrari. A close battle between two Fly Evo3 racers, the old dog (GT1) seemed to hold its own very well against the new kid on the block (F40). George and Petros battled it out for the entire 20min and result was really close, but finally the red Italian car finished on top by a tiny margin. Thomas drove an excellent race, having a very fast pace and making very few mistakes, he finished third and close to the other two. Christine drove nicely the Mclaren, she really enjoys this car and does well with it, but still she needs a new controller, this one is not adequate any more.
Heat number 2:
Maria's A/W Nissan, Vasilis' 406, Christos' A/W Mclaren and my stock F40 (only rear tires on this one-nothing else)
In this heat, Christos finally got to grips with his Mclaren and drove ahead of the others. Maria started at a very fast pace, in fact, before an accident sent another car flying to hit the DS timing bridge, misalign it and force us to restart the round, her pace was good enough for a top3 spot. But she was tired, she gradually lost her concentration and struggled for the remainder of the race. Vasilis after his victory at the classic race, faced various setup trouble with his 406 and a bad motor, so he ended up last. I tried with a stock F40, but a wrong suspension and front axle setup, caused my car to behave erratically in certain spots and I could not push. The stock fly motor has good brakes but lacks the speed of the Boxer2s and the MB Song NAs of the other guys. With a bit of work thought, this car will perform much better, as it was clearly shown by the pace of the other F40...
So final results after both heats' results are combined:
George takes first place by only 2,39meters !!!
Well a newcoming car won on its first race:
George's F40, with Slot.it motor and parts.
An old car still hangs on well, in second:
Petros' GT1, MB motor and wheels, slotit axles and gears
In third, top slot it car and top A/W:
Thomas' Nissan, Boxer2 A/W
In fourth place, the first Mclaren:
Christos F1GTR, Boxer2 A/W
In fifth, the other Mclaren:
Christine's car, with nice decals on it, also Boxer2 A/W.
In sixth place:
My F40, but now I know its needs
Maria with the other Nissan, Boxer2 A/W too.
And in eighth:
Vasilis' 406, with lots of setup and motor trouble.
Interesting results, top2 cars are inline, an old GT1 has still the guts to fight for the top spot, the new F40 has a lot of potential and the Nissan can fight the Mclarens. Next time we will add the MB Slot Pagani Zonda, my F40 will be better and I thing I will work on that 406 that I left aside before the race. It seems that we have a very promising new category here...
On Saturday we ran a friendly 20min race of a very popular class here, sports and prototypes cars of the 1965-1975 era. We gathered 8 racers at the Creative Hobby SCX track for this one, and we began with a set of 3 qualifying laps on the blue lane.
Here are the results:
Cars where lined up in qualifying order for photographic purposes:
and then are divided in two heats. First heat are the 4 fastest and the faster driver gets to choose from which lane he wishes to start.
So in heat1 we have:
Vasilis' 312PB, George's Racer 330P4, Chris' 312PB and Maria's 312PB.
Vasilis' car was using 17.3mm rear wheels and Christos' was using 16.8mm, both had the offset S/W motor pod while Maria's car was basically stock. George's car was using MB wheels instead of the stock BWA. All cars were using Spirit 303 tires at the back and all 312's were running with the v12/3 21.5k motor, while the 330P4 was running with a v12/3 25K motor.
The fastest car on this race, it was clearly Vasilis' 312. It was extremely fast, very good traction, very forgiving, easy to drive and super smooth. Christos' car was less effective than Vasilis' but more effective than Maria's. On the other hand, George drove the heavy 330P4 very well and pushed all the small and lightweight cars, throughout the entire race. But to no avail, as it was clear that Vasilis' car was in a class of its own, and although he made some small mistakes, he had the speed to catch up when needed.
Finish of heat1, Petros is asking for total laps and distance on track:
In heat2 the rest of us:
It was me in the innermost lane, with my Fly LolaT70, Petros' Racer Ferrari 250LM, Christine's Fly Porsche 908/3 and Thomas Fly Porsche 917LH. The little Porsche 908 had the smaller v12/3 21.5k motor, while all the others had the faster v12/3 25k.
Here, Petros' car was very well prepared and turned very fast laps all the time. Christine was a bit uncomfortable with the very lightweight and demanding 908, since this car used P5 tires and very little weight added. Me and Thomas... well it was a struggle. My Lola and his Porsche are heavy machines, lots of power but with various bouncing and rolling issues, we simply fought each other to avoid ending in the last place...
So final results after 20minutes:
Not and easy victory for the little slot.it 312PB, and a 2-3 finish for the Racer cars, showing that they have potential.
Fly cars, were not up to the task on this race...
The winning car, Vasilis' 312PB:
the best 312PB around!
Second place finish for Petros with this 250LM:
a very good setup.
Third place for the other Racer:
theoretically the 330P4 may have more potential than the 250LM...
Fourth place for Christos and his 312PB:
MB 16.8 wheels and inserts, and offset motor mount as on the winner.
Fifth place for Maria and a mostly stock 312PB:
only tires and some weight on this one...
Sixth place for Christine and the first Fly car:
this 908 had slot.it parts all around, but is not as effective as the 312s.
Seventh place for me and my Lola:
lots of bouncing and rolling with the new P5 tires, an old set of worn P4s was more reliable but speed was not good anyway.
Eighth for Thomas and a beautiful Fly 917LH:
a car that most people prefer to keep on their shelves.
On Sunday 29/6 the 5th and 6th races of the Ninco Porsche Cup was ran.
Results from race1:
Fastest laps from race1 on all lanes:
Results from race2:
Fastest laps from race2 on all lanes:
A race report will follow soon from my bro, since I did not attend this event....
Yesterday the 6th round of our LMP race series was held at Creative Hobby Slot car club. The race was ran at a four lane SCX track, running on 14.8v only for this category, non-mag, open rules, LMP class racing cars only. We ran 2 rounds of 20mins, 5 mins on each lane and we add up all laps for the final result.
We gathered 7 racers (5guys and 2 girls ... ) and we had a nice variety of colorful cars in the pits:
Before the start of the first round, we run a set of three laps each on the blue lane, to determine to order of the heats.
Qualifying results based on the best out of the three laps, were:
Here are the cars shown on qualifying order:
Because we were 7 drivers for 4 lanes to be divided in two heats, the no4 driver (Christine) had to choose, whether to start on 4th place of heat1, or the 1st place of heat2. She chose to start with the faster heat, so heat no1 had 4 racers and heat no2 had 3, for the first round.
We started with heat2:
Maria with the blue Pescarolo would do battle with Chris' and Vasilis' Dallaras.
Maria, who had a long time to come and practice and she only had a 20 min practice session right before the race (we got out of bed VERY early for this ...), started with a good pace, trying to stay on track and drive as fast as she could, but on the safe side, and this paid off, as she managed to score a very high number of laps, more than 8 laps ahead of second place man. Christos was next, experimenting with his car and his controller settings all of the time as usual . Vasilis was complaining for bad traction on his Dallara and was another lap down on the standings.
Then we ran heat1:
Petros with the silver/green/magenta Audi R8, against George's black Dallara, my Audi R10 and Christine's white Audi R8.
When the heat started it was obvious that the top three drivers would be very close at a very fast pace. Petros started furiously as usual and George kept his Dallara close. I started badly, made various mistakes on my first 5min run and lost almost a couple of laps. On the next 5min run, it was Petros' turn to loose time and things got pretty close. George had a stable rythm, me and Petros both ran a bad 5min and from then on, we tried really hard and we ended up on the top 2 places, only 7,3 meters apart. Christine paid the price of her choice here as the very fast pace of the other three was not helping her maintain her rythm and, although she could post some very fast lap times, she had to ease off the throttle to give way to others frequently, while sometimes she tried to catch up and made some mistakes.
So results after the first 20min run were:
For the second round the drivers were divided in 2 heats according the first round results.
This time it was Maria in fourth, and she had to choose between the fourth place on heat1 or the first on heat2. She chose to start first on heat2, so this time heat2 had 4 cars:
For this heat, Maria did a bit of a change in strategy and decided to push a bit harder. Being more accustomed to the car and the track after the first run, she drove faster, pushing harder all the time, sliding in a very spectacular way on the esses and passing the last turn before the timing bridge, probably better and faster than anyone. A spectacular drive doesn't always pay off though, so although she posted much faster lap times than in the first round, she ended up scoring one lap less, due to some more mistakes. Christine this time battled hard with Maria and both girls' best laps were close on all four lanes. Unfortunately, Christine faced some trouble with her controller on two occasions, and lost precious time. Seems that the blue Fly controllers we are using are now old and need to be replaced by the new Slot.it units. Nevertheless, a good run for both of them, seems that they are very strong contenders, and as their experience increases, they will fight even harder. Christos could not match their pace, but found a good pace and improved his total number of laps. Vasilis had worse handling problems than the first round and could not drive as effectively as he could.
Then we run heat1 again:
Now, in this one, Petros and George set off to a fast pace. While I was able to stand with them, sometime at the middle of the first 5min run I had some trouble with my braids not touching the track as they should, so I lost about 2 laps there. But it seems that everyone faced some kind of trouble in one of the runs, so again it got very close until the end. George and Petros both lost time on their final runs, Petros had some trouble with the barrier at a specific point and George crashed somewhere and this crash bend his chassis, the cars' nose touched the track all the time, so he had to slow down a lot.
Results of round 2:
So adding up all laps from both rounds, we have a winner:
Petros with an SCX Pro Audi R8, using Avant Slot hunter motor, MB slot wheels, Slot.it axles and gears and Spirit 303 tires (as everyone).
In second place it was me:
My regular LMP racer, Avant slot Audi R10.
In third place it was George:
with the black Dallara, a very well setup car and a nice drive!
In fourth place, Maria:
a nice Avant slot Pescarolo, and a furious second round drive!!!
In fifth, Christine:
the other SCX Pro, identical setup with Petros' car, driven very well, but plagued by some controller trouble.
In sixth, Christos:
His fastest LMP race so far, first time he got a best lap of under 8secs!!!
In seventh, Vasilis:
Not his best race, had various setup issues, seems that his chassis is seriously out of shape.
Petros posted the fastest laps of the race on red lane(7.405s), green lane(7.682s) and blue lane(7.795s), while I managed the best lap on the white lane(8.068s). After this race, we have a change in the points standings, Petros is on top and I am second now. The final round will settle the score for us....
A nice podium, and a nice set of cars after the race ended:
Overall it was a really good race...!!!
Yesterday we ran the final round of our Rally points series, at Modelpolis'. The race took place on three special stages, two Nincos and one SCX with snow parts, each stage was ran twice and total times were added for the final results. Since the stages were relatively small, we ran several laps on each one and we clocked all laps to complete each special stage. We have 2 classes, 2wd and 4wd, relatively open rules, and we gathered 8 racers for this one.
The field of 2wd cars can be seen below:
The first stage was a Ninco one, 10 laps on a circuit course, with a single crossover, so you ran 10 passes on the inside an 10 on the outside. It was a long straight in front with two sweepers on each side leading to the rear part that had several esses and the crossover in its middle. On this stage the Alpine, the R5 of our host Andreas, the Fly 911 Evo3 and the BMW M3, were best suited. On the other hand, on the snowy SCX track, the Lancia 037 was at its best and clocked the fastest laps. The other Ninco track had a gravel part in a jungle scenery. There, Andreas' Spirit R5 and the Fly 911 Evo3 with suspension, passed over the bumps with ease, while the other cars struggled a bit.
After the first set of the three stages was completed, it was a battle between Thomas' orange Porsche 911 Evo3, Petros' BMW M3 E30, Andreas' Spirit Renault 5 and my Lancia 037. On the second pass we reversed the direction on the stages and this confused things a bit. On the snowy SCX stage, Andreas lost his rythm, made some mistakes and lost about 8 seconds. Finally 3 drivers (me, Petros and Thomas) entered the jungle stage which was last, with total time diff within one second. I managed to complete the stage without a single mistake and managed to finish on top. Thomas with the Fly 911 Evo3 was next, he lost the race by only 0.3 seconds!! Petros' BMW M3 was low and had trouble with the bumps, so a deslot on the gravel part cost him 3 seconds and earned him the third place.
So, on top for the first time in 2wd rallyes, a Fly Lancia 037!!!
seen above sliding on a snowy curve around medieval ruins!!!
In second place, a very aggressive looking, Fly Porsche 911 Evo3, driven by Thomas:
In third place, another tarmac special, a Fly BMW M3, raced by my bro Petros:
sliding on mud was no problem, but riding the hard bumps on the gravel, cost some time and the race.
In fourth spot, our host Andreas with a Spirit Renault 5:
Andreas is an excellent driver and was fighting very close for the lead but this little car is not so forgiving and some mistakes cost him a podium finish.
In fifth spot it was Christos with a borrowed Ninco Porsche 911:
this car could do well in the jungle, but Christos was sleepy!!!
In sixth it was George with another Ninco Porsche 911:
George was racing a rally event for the second time and is doing well. He doesn't have a home track to practice, so his performance is very promising!!!
In seventh place, Iraklis with the other Renault 5:
seen here entering the gravel part on the jungle stage!! (notice the caution sign )
And in eighth spot, Vasilis with the Team Slot Alpine:
You can see the spectators admiring the little French car, but a wrong gear choice caused a lot of trouble and the car did not perform at its full potential.
Below you can see the podium with the top 3 cars:
For the 4wd race, Ninco cars were the most popular choice. Half of the cars entered were Nincos. Certainly a change, since until now, the most popular choice was the Spirit Peugeot 205. Still we had two of them, we also had an SCX Xsara Pro and a Team Slot Celica!!
Into the first loop of the three stages, on the circuit the Pugs and the Xsara were posting fastest times. But Andreas' Mitsubishi held on well, loosing only a couple of seconds to Petros' Pug and my Xsara, and even beating Thomas' Pug by one. Next fastest Ninco car was the 307 of Vasilis. On the snowy and tight SCX track, the Xsara could do well but I got sleepy and clocked a mediocre time. Andreas won 1,5s from me, but Petros' Pug was balistic and earned 3 more seconds. All these were lost on the jungle stage, since the Ninco car with its suspension, passed like breeze over the bumps and won the stage by 5secs!!
For the second loop of the stages, we reversed the rotation. Both me and Petros made mistakes on the circuit stage, and Andreas won it with the Ninco car that was supposedly unsuitable for fast stages. He got away by 2 more secs, and practically secured victory. He won both the snowy SCX stage (since me and Petros made mistakes trying to catch up), and the jungle one, winning the top spot by more than 20 secs from the second place guy.
So a win for Andreas and his Ninco Mitsubishi Lancer WRC again:
a box stock car with very worn rear tires, but an excellent drive!!!
Second place for Petros, but this results secured the championship for him!!!
I ended up third, one second behind my bro:
My co-driver must have mixed up the pace notes, this lady seems to hold the right ones !!!
Vasilis ended up fourth, his 307 WRC was working much better than his Alpine:
In fifth place Christos with a Ninco Focus:
It had a few Prorace parts, but at the start of this stage, the organization people shaw that no inserts were used and as seen on the photo, a mini conference is held on the phone by the guy in the red shirt, to decide whether he will be allowed to continue. Seems that Chris got away with it this time....
Iraklis came with a Team Slot Celica and won sixth place:
This car doesn't have the racing potential that a Ninco, a Spirit, or an SCX Pro car have. So a good result for him!!
Thomas came in seventh spot:
Now, Thomas was fighting for the lead in the first stages but on SS4, a screw came loose and entered the slot. When the car passed over the screw, it jammed, and precious time was lost to release the car and the screw off the slot. Then again, some trouble on the final jungle stage cost more time, since this car is very low and cannot clear the bumps very well...
In eighth place, it was George this time:
he found the 4wd Focus a bit different to drive than the 911 he raced on 2wd, and while adapting to it, made a few costly mistakes.
Winning cars and trophies:
So that concludes the race and this year championship. Petros is the overall winner of the points series. In 2wd he used a modified Fly BMW M3 E30, with Slot.it parts, an inline motor mount and an MB krahs 23 motor in it. For the 4wd part, he used a Spirit Peugeot 205, with an Avant Slot hurricane motor. He won two 2wd rounds and one 4wd.
Overall, in 2wd we had a Fly 911 Evo3 win, two Fly BMW M3 wins and a Fly Lancia 037 win.
In 4wd, two wins for the Ninco Mitsubishi, one for the Spirit Pug 205 and one for the SCX Xsara Pro.
An interesting set of results, different winners and seems that various cars can finish on top.
A promising thought for the future.....
Yesterday, after the Classic GT races, we ran a round of GrC cars. This class is an Slot.it cars and parts class, using only FC130 (small cans) motors in any configuration, maintaining the stock wheels and inserts and using only 19x10 rear tires and only 15.8x8.5 wheels. Again we were 8 racers divided in two heats according qualifying times.
Cars are seen below in their pit boxes:
As it is obvious, the Lancia Martini LC2 is the most popular choice here, then is the Porsche 962 and we had only one Sauber!!!
Qualifying results on the blue lane are:
So for the first heat, the cars were:
Inner to outer, Petros, Timos, Christine and Thomas
In this heat Petros took the lead and never looked back. His car was the best and his drive was flawless. I tried hard to keep close, but I had neglected my tires in the past few days after practice sessions, and I was sliding too much. Thomas with his Lancia was doing a nice job driving his car to the limits, sliding all the way. Christine was driving the new version of the pink Porsche 962 and this car had the new red can 29K motor in it. Acceleration and top speed were phenomenal, but driveability was not its strong point.
For the second heat we had a full set of white cars:
3 Lancias and a white Porsche. Inner to outer, it was George, Maria, Vasilis and Stelios.
In this heat, George drove very fast and managed to clock the best time of the day. He finished on top on this one, followed by Maria, who drove another Lancia in second spot. Third was the lone Porsche of this heat, driven by Vasilis and Stelios was in fourth.
So, after counting all laps and meters, overall standings were:
So the winner is:
Petros with the only Sauber, the only car other than Porsche and Lancia!!!
In second place:
It was me, my Porsche panzer rode on slippery ground....
In third place, and lap record holder with a lap at 8.448s:
George the top Lancia finisher!!
In fourth place:
Thomas with the white wheeled Lancia.
In fifth place:
It was Maria, very close to Thomas, with another Lancia.
In sixth place:
Vasilis, only one meter away from Maria!!!!
In seventh place:
Christine with the pink panther, having the most powerful motor of all the others.
In eighth place:
Stelios with another Lancia, he had the most severe traction trouble than all the others.
This is the second time we run a GrC race, and it is proven now that it is a very nice class. Unfortunately, we ended up having 4 of the same cars and this looks a bit dull. There are a few racers that did not show up and we know that they have different cars (like Andreas and Christos who have Jaguars), and we have yet to see and test a 956KH car. I hope that in the future people will show up with different cars and liveries.
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