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So it's been nearly 4 years, but we're coming back.. Our new village hall is open and we have time now to get the track sorted. The layout will be as follows:



We'll be meeting from January for track builds, and hopefully be racing from February. The club will run on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month (6pm until 8pm) to start, but may be more regular if numbers allow.

Thanks!!
 

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Hi
Hope to make a visit in the new year as my Sister and Bro in law recently moved to the Norfolk area😉
 

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QUOTE (staglinger @ 29 Dec 2015, 14:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Ben great track two things I would do is to make the double part of the pit lane longer
and second spread out the grid along the straight by having one half or even one full straight between your start grid .

I think the ideas are good. All feedback gladly received!

The double part can be extended by bringing the l/h end along further. This would give us an additional half straight in each "pit bay". We didn't have a problem previously, but I agree that any extra length helps. (I'm beginning to sound like my wife!)

Does the idea of spreading the start grid have a racing benefit? Maybe less likelihood of collisions as three become two?

I'd previously posted about an additional LC as here:



The point for deciding on a pit entry was also briefly discussed - hence the note.

Keep the thoughts coming!
 

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QUOTE (Ken Mason @ 29 Dec 2015, 14:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Welcome back - I'm sure a few of us from Norwich Slot Racing would like to come and have a go!

That would be great!! We'll come to you one evening, too, if ok?
 

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Does the idea of spreading the start grid have a racing benefit? Maybe less likelihood of collisions as three become two????

I find if you got the room to spread the grid it all helps for a smoother start and less collisions before the first bend or in your case three into two.
Ps adding extra xlc is always a bonus.
ade.
 

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It would be great to see you. We meet on Monday nights but in February will be moving to new premises. Will keep Slotforum updated.....
 

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I would be a bit concerned about those sections of the track where the track appears to be touching another section of track going the other way. Even with magnets you will find that cars will stick their tail out on the bend meaning they could impact on a car going in the other direction.

Also - you have a straight lane changed under a bridge - this will make it very difficult for the marshals - in fact I would do away with the whole raised section - the track is plenty long enough without it.

The thing with digital is that you have 6 cars that really need to be interacting with each other - trying to anticipate lane changes, blocking (legally) and taking a risk on the slower lane to make a pass. The longer the track - the more strung out the racers become - all driving comfortably in their own stretch of clear track but not really racing. If you want to avoid a procession - keep the track under 30 metres (preferably nearer 20-25 metres) and then endurance racing becomes a real battle of skill and strategy.

Finally - I would designate the inner of the four lanes as the pit lane - meaning the main straight is 3 lanes. If you will be running an RMS that supports pit sensors then putting a pit speed limiter on that lane would stop people using it for racing. This gives you the opportunity to pit alongside a car already in the pits and get away before it if you only want a "splash and dash". In fact the way you have it with the xlc you could have 3 cars all in the pits and all able to make an unobstructed exit when they want to. Three lanes on the main straight will be enough even for a full grid of 6 cars. (Apologies if this was already your intention). Of course if you will be running Oxigen or Scorpius then I guess you will have a lot more cars (and a VERY busy pit lane).

Just my thoughts based on four years of digital club racing


Hope I don't come across as overly critical - overall it's a good design and I wish I was a bit closer so I could come and have a go
 

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QUOTE (Mr Modifier @ 29 Dec 2015, 18:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Finally - I would designate the inner of the four lanes as the pit lane - meaning the main straight is 3 lanes.

This is what it is a pit lane please read all post from the start.
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I did - I always do. It wasn't clear and I acknowledged that fact "(Apologies if this was already your intention)".

Re-reading it - it it still not clear
 

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Great news, good to see another club in Norfolk. Presto Park race every Wednesday 7 - 10pm, full details on our my website. Mike
 

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No, can't be four whole years...

Sunday tea-times just have not been the same. If you'll have me, I am happy to come along for track building etc.

Patrick
 
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