Setup ETS Carpet Hässleholm

Car was really fast whole weekend, this setup was by far the fasetest i ever had! what i changed to get faster laptimes was only to change the width in the front, i recomend this etup for modified as i think it will be really hard to drive in stock with! enjoy!

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My 3rd Modified race ever was OK!

Saturday morning, i go up at 04.45 to begin my long drive to todays race! Hyped and nervous, i had a 2 hour drive until i arrived. 

Having practice couple of last the weekend before on the same track, i felt confident in my driving lines on this track.  

But i had truoble with getting my laptimes lower then 9.6xx ish. So i drove home, changed my suspension blocks in front to 4.2FF and FR3.5. Now, i felt it might give me the steering i needed to get down to 9.2xx laptimes Daniel Carlsson was driving. And boy was i right! 

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Controlled practice starts and i could show i have the speed, but consistency i was unsure of as i was very tired and the car was still hard to drive!

  
Top 5 in practice was very close together, and it would stay that way in to qualifying as well! But i was very surprised to see myself as top seed! 

I really look up to all drivers i drive against, i see them as faster and more experienced than me. So, to me being the fastest, even if it’s just practice, it feels like a win! Becuse, these drivers are no ordinary people, they are monsters and incredibly skilled!

Qualifying

They would show me their superiorness in qualifying and kill me, I qualified 5th in the end.

Now, i felt something was wrong, maybe the car(one crashed into my rear on full throttle), maybe setup. But i did for sure sauce my tires too little, i needed to put on tire sauce even earlier to let it dry for longer. This would improve the time my car would stay consistent and give enough grip throughout the whole 5 minute session. 

That was a mistake by me and i realised this too late! 

Qualifying results top 5

  

This qualifying doesnt show the real story, as i had problems closer to the end of each qualifying run losing grip. I made small mistakes, and alot of them. This unfortunetly ruined my fellow competators qualifying heats as well. 3rd and 4th would suffer alot from me as we were in the fastest heat. And i was very sorry that i was so much in the way!

I never want to ruin others race or qualifying, but i made mistakes and couldn’t make it better in any way.

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Finals

It was a crash fest! Some my fault, and some others fault. 

As i had figured out the saucing procedure, i gained a little confidence when the finals started. I could keep up with top 2 drivers quite easy if i pushed my limits. But before i could do that i had to pass two other cars.

A Final 1 was a mess after couple of turns, my fellow racer Fabian got a slide and his car slowed down a bit where you are supposed to accelerate, but i couldnt react in time and hit him. But i could keep going, but then Erik behind me tried to pass in a very hard spot. And we crashed there as well. I see this as a race incident as no one of us could do anything about it. 

I could end 3rd in A main 1, with luck and keep the car on all four wheels.

A Final 2 was eventful as well! I chased down Fabian again, and i waited for him to go wide or make a mistake. My chance came, and i took it, but he kept on throttle where i had nowhere to go wich was the on curbs. It ended with he drive into me, and i drove into him. Later i made a mistake and he could pass and make it 3rd i think. 

I passed qualifier nr6 on the last lap fair and square on the inside a couple of corners before the finish line.

A final 3 start goes, we all knew the boundaries by now, we all tried to drive carefully so won’t hit eachother. Well, this didn’t one person understand apparently. As i was trying to not hit Fabian as i was faster, Car nr6 hit me instead, even tho i was keeping the racing line.

Well, he didnt stop and wait. But i thought, ok no problem i will just drive faster and pass him again and pass Fabian as well. The time has come, i pass Car nr6, and then he push me over again. 

HE DIDN’T stop again, what the hell is he doing is my thought right now. As i tried to comeback again, it was too late, the leading 2 drivers was behind me and i let them through. In my attempt to make it back and maybe pass Car nr6 again, i made some mistakes and i DNF the race.

I was quite angry, i am not gonna lie, i had a potential 3rd place going for me if Fabian made a mistake. It would mean the world to me if i could bring home a 3rd place in my 3rd Modified race ever. 

I had a speak with starter nr6 afterwards, we where not on the same page apparently and i couldn’t understand how someone i looked up to could be that nonchalant and rude to me. I even told him i was very disapointed in him and that you don’t drive like the way he did! He have many many more years of experience behind him then i have, and he still acts that way? I didn’t think that was OK.

End results top 10 

For me, i will forget this and keep going strong forward, next time i will qualify ahead of these people and i will try my hardest to beat them as fair i can, becuse that is how i roll!

Thanks for reading! //Next time!

Prizemoney, no spec class?

I see on various news sites that many organizers begins to give their winners prizemoney. 

I think that is wonderful news! I have told people for a while that the organizers and other important people in the industry should start looking at optional prizes for races and events.

I feel like the industry is slowly dying becuse of the effort put in these cars, but nothing in return. We all should be happy that we could kerp going like this with no real motivational tool from the begining!

Now, the point is, why are we struggling at the moment in the industry? When thinking about the amount of competators for races, it has decreased the last couple of years. But some companys and drivers wonder why. But i think it’s pretty easy to undrstand!

  

If we look at normal people’s daily life, it involves work and money much more then ever before! We are heavily stressed and we think about money more and more furing the day. We are humans, and studies shows that humans ALWAYS choose the money rewarding option rather then the fun option.

Why would prizemoney affect the industry? Well, just take a look at drones, poker etc. These sport’s offer prizemoney, and they are VERY popular! They have this “carrot” that makes people go like “wow, i can have fun, and still earn back my money!” And in many cases they earn so much they can have these sports as full-time jobs. 

I don’t think the r/c car industry should offer prizemoney that exceed 3000dollars the coming years, unless they can afford it. 

Prizemoney should only be offered in Modified classes, and not spec classes! Skill and practice should be rewarded where it belongs! Or else people will drive spec classes and get “easy money”. Becuse, let’s be honest, spec drivers are not as skilled as modified drivers the majority of the time.

But in smaller races i think only hundred dollars could get this carussell spinning and the word would spread and people get this “carrot” they need to keep racing or to get started. Many people don’t even bother becuse they won’t get anything back, so they just turn away and forget about r/c cars, even if they liked what they saw. The “carrot” is needed here!

This is very important to look at RIGHT NOW!  If we want to keep expanding this fantastic hobby&sport!

I think we really need to take a look at our marketing and prizes to keep this boat floating. Not only is prizemoney acting as a carrot, but the marketing followed for each race is hugely inportant! I would like to say that, the responsibility is in the companys hands. And they need to do more! 

EDIT: many people say that, even if we have prizemoney, it will still be the same people winning. Both yes and no, why only give prizes to top 3 drivers? Why not the top 5 or top 10? I think that argument is not good enough to even discuss. Even if you are not top 10, the chances that you even try is that you feel you are good enough and aiming higher in the future or you are just there to have fun anyway! 

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We need this, and they do as well!

Fossto//

What could i do?

The aftermath from my dissapointing raceweekend is still holding on… I am quite frustrated by my own mistake but as well as my lack of experience in couple of things regarding 1:10 Touring cars.

I atleast have some things foing for me! And that is the understanding of setups and the cars overall handling charachteristics!

I feel like, despite my experience, i can bring out quite a lot of my cars potential. This showed last weekend when i was faster the whole weekend than another really fast Yokomo BD7’16 driver, Daniel Carlsson. 

He is a very experienced driver with many wins, podiums and championships titles. So the be able to be faster than him, in my books are awesome. But he is probably still a better driver, the rest of the season will tell!

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Last sunday i made a visit at my nearest track for onroad, there i was telling myself that i should be atleast as fast as i was on raceday a week ago. But hey, i wasnt that fast at all. I have heard many rumors that this track is very dependent on temperature in the carpet. This may be tha case as i struggled doing average 10.6xx laptimes, but when raceday i could easily do average 10.5xx.

As you can see in the video, car is just planted and goes like a missile!

I was confident in the car and i even called out young supertalent Team Serpent driver Fabian Vernersson for a deathrace!

He was driving the Serpent 4-X, and i have to say, it looks really planted in any situation!

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CONCLUSION

I am really happy my euqipment this year, i have nothing to complain about and just keep pushing my own boundries!! I am also really happy about my local track wich have talented drivers, i get great benchmarks every time i am there and see how i do against top level drivers!

I learn alot everytime and adding VRC PRO into the mix, i think it’s a goldmine when it comes to info and skill!

//HAPPY DRIVING OUT THERE!//

My racing is over…

Maybe not that dramatic, but my bad luck AND inexperience in Modified class denied me (possibly) a great race this weekend. 

My lack of experience showed and i didnt buy the parts needed for my special car. So i had to end my day watching from the side.

  
I did get in 9 Laps in Practice until my rear beltdrive shredded and i didnt have any spares as i own a new car. And the ONLY one that was faster then me was multiple Swedish Champion Markus Hellquist. This was also his hometrack, wich showed when he nailed the setup for this carpet they use the last 10 years or so.

I did set a goal this weekend, and that was to tone down my ambition to be the best racer i can possibly become, if i couldn’t keep up with the fastest in this country. But i think this practice result tells me very much. And that is to keep striving to be the best and keep aiming for that top step on the podium. And i will do so and come to next race even more prepared!

You can never forget that i am racing against some of the fastest drivers in the World, the pressure is high!

Great win by Markus, but a bummer that i couldn’t start the race i have been waiting and hyped for the whole summer!

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Next race will be in 3 weeks (thank you r/c god!) so i dont have to wait so long until then! 

//Lesson learned, bring parts, or the most unexpected will break//

David Ronnefalk at VRC PRO Worlds 2016!

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2016 IFMAR World Champion David Ronnefalk has confirmed that he will participate in the 2016 VRC Worlds for nitro and electric 1:8 scale buggies which will be held last 3 weeks of 2016. The VRC Worlds will be held on the new virtual World Championship Las Vegas track. This new off-road track will be released shortly before the Worlds!.

With the help and advice of David we are sure to make the Las Vegas track a true replica of the real track. It would be truly historic if David could also capture the Virtual Worlds title in the same year, and on the same track!

You are all invited to take up the challenge and race with David for the 2016 title. This is your chance to race with AND against David on the same track where he convincingly won the IFMAR Worlds this year!

 

As always, VRC PRO is such a great practice tool! High level of racers and you can compete every week or like i do, use the races as practice for real events!

I can recommend everyone to try VRC PRO!