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  1. ...touring notes 
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    The body of choice seems to be the Protoform Mazda 6, however, Masami and Billy Easton are running the Yokomo Stratus Type "E". I asked Toso why they would be running Yok Type E's, and he said, "The Type "E" provides a bunch of steering." Here are some of the top guys we know are running Mazda 6's.

    Mazda 6
    Todd Hodge
    Matt Francis
    David Spashett
    Atsushi Hara
    Rick Hohwart
    Paul Lemieux
    Ralph Burch

    Yokomo Type "E"
    Easton
    Masami


    99% of the top drivers are running 7-turn singles, regardless of what brand of motor they run. According to Check Point's motor man Duane Silva, Juho Levanen is the only Check Point driver running an 8-turn. Duane also said, we knew what we were going to run before we got here. He said, they also haven't had any issues with heat and have been running the same brushes all through practice. Team Orion's Joe Pillars who is working with Oscar Jansen says they have their motors dialed. Most of the Team Orion guys are running similar gearing and all of them are running the new endbell featuring the plug system. With this system, developed by Fabrice Ramella, drivers have no worries about their leads becoming unsoldered.
     

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    Jason,

    From the photos you posted, Hara's bodyshell does not look like the Mazda 6. Is Hara running a keyence ESC now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pchan
    Jason,

    From the photos you posted, Hara's bodyshell does not look like the Mazda 6. Is Hara running a keyence ESC now?
    pchan,

    The picture of Hara's car was during practice and I was told he is now running a Mazda 6. I do not know if he is running a Keyence ESC. We'll look into it.

    Jason-
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by pchan
    What about Hara? Any glitching problems like he had in Worlds warm up?

    Please post more pictures...
    pchan,

    Apparently Hara did have trouble glitching and didn't run the fourth round of practice. Here is a shot of his car with his receiver wrapped in foil tape.

     

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    Hara seems to have had glitching issues a lot lately. It could be anything I guess, but it seemed to start with his switch to Futaba. Anyone else ever have trouble w/ that radio?
     

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    Thanks for the great picture. Mind snapping a few of Hara's pit picture?
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    Yeah great pics. Now how bout that pizza? There's plenty of down time with that rain. Have brown santa send it!
     

  8. Some new stuff 
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    Team Orion's new endbell with plug system. The plugs eliminate the motor wires from possibly coming unsoldered. The endbell is pretty heavily machined and vented for maximum cooling. This setup clearly works and looks trick.


    Team Losi's new JRX-S diffs.


    Mike Blackstock secures his XRAY T2 to this billet aluminum tweak board. The board is stout and perfectly flat. By loosening the screws in his top deck and bulkheads and then securing the chassis to the aluminum plate, he can retighten his screws to ensure his chassis is tweak free.


    Protoform's Dale Epp brought some new wings for the drivers to try. Mark Pavidis and several others are using the new wings. There are two different designs; one featuring a high downforce profile (pictured) with Gurney-like flap on the trailing edge. The other wing (not shown) is a less agressive wing design. Both wings wrap around the body standoffs creating a lower profile.

    Last edited by JasonS; 07-06-2006 at 06:46 PM.
     

  9. ...more motor talk 
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    With the rain keeping everyone off the track, we took advantage of the downtime and chatted with a few of the motor builders.

    Joe Pillars of Peak filled us in on his tuning efforts and motor setup. Joe stated, Weve found a setup that runs really well and were all running it. The same motor setup were running here, we pretty much have run at every single race. Basically, once you get the gear ratio right, you adjust the timing a little bit.


    Check Point's Duane Silva seemed as confident as can be. Like the other pro motor tuners, he wasn't concerned about the extreme heat. I wish we could get to 110 degrees. We have no problems at all. For us, the more temperature, the better.

    When we asked him what he has been working on at this race he stated, For most guys, Ive been cutting [the comms] every two runs. For racing, Im going to go every run. He added, Ive only changed three sets of brushes so far. The brushes keep getting better. Usually, between the fifth and tenth runs, the brushes are the best.

    Jim Dieter, master motor builder for True Speed, clearly isn't pushing the limits. He said, Im way conservative. We came back with 100 seconds of runtime last time.
     

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    Guys, this stuff is GOLD. Get used to it readers, because this is how we'll be presenting races from now on, as long as there's internet connectivity at the race to allow it (which there should be at all but the most remote tracks).

    GREAT STUFF MATT AND JASON!
     

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    Congratulations on the excellent work! This is the best race coverage I found on the internet!
     

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    Yeah, awsome coverage guys!
     

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    Nice picture and awesome coverage guys, keep on going,
     

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    Thank you for the coverage. Keep it comming. The more pics the better. Especially pit action. Maybe RCCA could setup a thumbnail section for race coverage photos to help keep the large photos from slowing down the threads.
     

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    You guys are truely the best! That's why I made a 2 year subscription to your magazine.
    Keep up the excellent work.
     

  16. Round 1 results 
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    Hot Bodies' Andy Moore takes the top spot for round number one. When we all thought Masami, Rheinard, and Hara would be at the top, Moore proves that we can't forget about him either. Teemu Leino was fast during practice and that speed carried over for the number two spot after round one. Paul Lemieux posted the first 17-lap run two qualifiers before Moore, Leino and Rheinard did the same feat.
    Round #1
    1) Andy Moore 17 5:16.703
    2) Teemu Leino 17 5: 17.273
    3) Paul Lemieux 17 5:17.900 (USA)
    4) Marc Rheinard 17 5:18.267
    5) Wilk Viktor 17 5:18.787
    6) Atsushi Hara 16 5:00.321
    7) Surikarn Chaidejsuriya 16 5:00.376
    8) Craig Drescher 16 5:00.918
    9) Billy Easton 16 5:01.014 (USA)
    10) Rick Hohwart 16 5:01.229 (USA)

    Notes:
    Masami's car had to be pulled from the track because one of his motor leads came unplugged. According to reliable source, his mechanic used a lead that was a little too short, forcing a tight fit. This tension on the wire caused it to come loose during the race.

    Other U.S. Drivers
    Mark Pavidis 16 5:01.700
    Ralph Burch 16 5:03.063
    Josh Cyrul 16 5:04.121
    Kyle Skidmore 16 5:04.998
    Matt Francis 16 5:05.881
    Jon Orr 16 5:11.675
    Josh Numan- broke halfway through
    Mike Blackstock- Mike did not finish his heat. A car exiting pit lane hit his car and took him out of the race.
    Last edited by JasonS; 07-07-2006 at 09:49 AM.
     

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    Viktor Wilck did have the fastest laptime at the warm up and he is still fast, it seemes that we will have a swede in the a-main this time!
     

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    #93
    love the coverage,keep up the good work guys.and the motor tech was a handy bit of info too

    made up my mind about buying a couple of checkpoints for racing.i should be the first with them at my track haha.....in a buggy that is.
     

  19. Hara's car having problems 
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    Atsushi Hara did not start the second round of qualifying because his car would not move. I asked Hara what happened and he said, "I have no idea, it just wouldn't move". He was obviously upset about his car troubles.
     

  20. Marc Rheinard TQs round 2 
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    Tamiya/Team Orion's is on top for round number two with a 16 5:00.035.
     

  21. Top 10 for round # 2 
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    1) Marc Rheinard 16 5:00.035
    2) Paul Lemieux 16 5:00.735 (USA)
    3) Rick Hohwart 16 5:01.134 (USA)
    4) Masami Hirosaka 16 5:01.228
    5) Chris Tosolini 16 5:01.713 (USA)
    6) Viktor Wilk 16 5:02.043
    7) Matt Francis 16 5:02.646 (USA)
    8) Mark Pavidis 16 5:02.934 (USA)
    9) Surikarn Chaidejsuriya 16 5:03.255
    10) Hayato Matsuzaki 16 5:03.426

    Notes:
    - First round TQ Andy Moore had a 16 5:03.654, which put him 12th for the round. Andy had a smokin' fast 18.272 lap. The next single fastest lap was Marc Rheinard with a 18.413.
    - Mark Pavidis was held up in his qualifier for several laps otherwise his time would have been a little faster.
    - David Spashett did not finish, and for some odd reason he did not post any laps. (My print out does not show any lap times for him.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonS
    Atsushi Hara did not start the second round of qualifying because his car would not move. I asked Hara what happened and he said, "I have no idea, it just wouldn't move". He was obviously upset about his car troubles.
    so when can we expect Hara to switch back to KO
     

  23. Controversy surrounding round #3 
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    During heat #13 of 15 it began to rain. The drivers in heat 13 finished in the rain, as the track began to get really loose. The officials decided to wait about 15 minutes for the rain to pass. The drivers in heat #14, Francis, Pavidis, Hohwart and many others wanted to run just to get the round over, so they ran as the sun peaked out. The rain washed away traction as the cars looked more like drift cars. Lap times in heat #14 were nearly a second slower because of the loss in traction. The following heat (15), which involved Masami, Teemu, Moore, and others was much faster. Heat 14 essentially swept the track for the final heat. Masami TQed the run, but racers speculate the entire round will be canceled because of unfair track conditions. The kicker is that round three was held up for a lunch break even though everyone knew rain was in the forecast. If there wasn't a break round #3 would have been in the books without any problems.
    Last edited by JasonS; 07-07-2006 at 09:54 AM.
     

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    #99
    Its not neccessarily the futuba receiver or transmitter given that other drivers there are running it. It could be other parts in his equpment. Even his servo, motor, or esc itself. Putting your receiver untop of your servo though isnt the best idea if your glitching given the emi a servo emits.

    Im surprised Futuba hadnt supplied him with one of the pre production 2 ghz systems.

    Thats the downside of sponsorship. Being limited to one companies equipment, even if isnt the best. Sometimes racers get too caught up in wanting to be sponsored without realizing the lack of options it can give. Long live the privateers!
     

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    is anyone using the nomadio sensor radio?
    i use one and havn't had any dramas at all.
     

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