This is my personal review of the "2006 Chilean Offroad Nationals" where i participated last weekend. The track its the "Club de Aeromodelos de Chile - CACH" track, same place where the 2007 Southamerican 1/8th Buggy Championship will be held.
I arrived to the track Saturday 09.00am for free practice day, but not seeing my friends for almost 6 months (im working in Mexico) was not good for practice time, i ended just doing 1 fuel tank on my Jammin in order to know the track, and after that i was just taling with the guys and playing with my doughter at the track ... my day ended by 13.30hrs in order to be with the family ...
Sunday morning arrived 08.00hrs to the track, the day was very clear and the sun was promissing to give us a very hot day. The track was closed and would open just for the start of the qualy heats.
The structure of the race for Monster Trucks was 2 x 10 minutes qualifies + 20 minutes A-Main and on Buggies was 3 x 10 minutes qualifies + 20 minutes lower mains + 45 minutes A-Main.
The track its very big, with 3 big jump sections including a very big triple jump which send your car 3.5 meters high (about 10 feet) and 14 meters long (about 43 feet) to land on the receiver part of the jump, and the whole track have a almost-constant width of about 5 meters (16 feet) so you have plenty of room to choose where you want to do your race line.
On MT Class i was very confident 'cause my Tamiya TNX was dialed for the track and the tire and wheel selection was great, i ended qualifying on second place for the A-Main and with chances to do a great job on the finals. Sadly when my pitman tried to start my engine 1 minute prior to the start of the race, he ended with my pullstart cut on his hand, so that was all for me, with a 20 minute A-Main, was imposible to change the pullstart system and still do a good job on the track.
On Buggy class, the competition was fierce, specially having a couple of guys with a lot of track time of practice during the last month and on saturday. My special concern was my engine cause being a very big track (47-48 seconds average lap time) with many high speed sections, i never tested my STS .21 Team Edition on that kind of track. Fortunately the torquey engine performed very good, and with a EFRA 2039 Thunder Tiger 3 chamber pipe and 30% Maxys Fuel the combination, for me, was perfect.
First qualy was a test for my hands on the track but i managed to do it very good, not fast laps but very consistant and almost no mistakes, made the second place. Second qualy i tried to get a little better, again very conservative driving and ended second again. Third and last heat i tried to do an extra effort for faster lap times but even when i really got faster, made too many mistakes and ended again in second place. So far in my group i did very good, my Jammin and STS combination was giving me just smiley faces.
The faster drivers i saw on the track was without a doubt Rodrigo Valenzuela (Jammin/RB), Felipe Lyon (Kyosho/RB), Roberto Saldivia (Jammin/OS), Rodrigo Cristi (Mugen/OS), Luis Cellino (Hyper8/RB) and Michel Muller (Kyosho/OS).
The 20 minutes sub-final (tree system, like IFMAR system) was very good, i started on first place and after doing some very ugly mistakes plus a flameout due to bad glow plug i went to 10th place at the 5 minutes mark. After that all went good, so i started to crawl to upper positions, ending 3rd after 20 minutes of racing.
On the A-Main (45 minutes long), i classified for start in 6th place. The TQ was made by Felipe Lyon, who showed during the qualies a great performance, ending on first place of his group on the 3 heats. The start of the race was a little complicated due to a jump by the end of the first straight but after that all drivers took his lines of driving without problem so during the entire 45 minutes race were just a few episodes of crashing cars each other, and with the great width of the track it was a great show of passing and recovering positions during the entire race. It was very clean 45 minutes final with all the 10 pilots fighting each other for position during the entire time, i made a couple mistakes and got 4th place by the minute 20 of the race, and after that i fought for geting the 3rd place and just about 3 1/2 minutes prior the end of the race i got the 3rd place ... thanks to my pitman Klaus Moller for his great job !!!
Final podium on MT :
- Pablo Riveros (Revo / OS .21 RG)
- Pablo Suarez (Tamiya TNX / OS CVR)
- Rodrigo Valenzuela (Revo / OS .21 RG)
Final podium on 1/8th Buggy :
- Rodrigo Valenzuela (Jammin / RB WS7 III)
- Felipe Lyon (Kyosho SP2 / RB C6)
- Patricio "Pato" Concha (Jammin / STS Team Edition) Maxy's Fuel Driver
[B]About 80% of the drivers used Maxy's Fuels as their choice of gas for racing, on 20% and 30% nitro configurations on MT and Buggy classes !!!.[/
Thanks a lot as usual to my sponsors for their support Maxy's Fuels (chassis and fuel), Racernine.com (STS engines) and PowerSave Racing (the best airfilters you can use !!),
Now you have some images of the weekend :
1.- This is the view of the straight from the driver tower to the first curve/jump :
2.- View of the middle section of the track, from the pits :
3.- The tricky pit entry (no high speed entry !!) :
4.- Complete view of the pits and driver tower :
5.- Me, and on the back the big triple :
6.- Some of the pilots at the end of the event :
7.- My 3rd Place !! :
8.- My doughter on the low part of the driver tower, she helped me a lot (6 years old) and then got tired, not even the engines on the pits woke her up !! :
And obviously some videos (320x240, Windows Media Video format, right click to save) :
1.- Buggy Heat, Video 01 :
2.- Buggy Heat, Video 02 :
3.- Monster Truck Heat compilation, Video 03 :
4.- Buggy A-Main, 42 minutes video !!!, Video 04 :
Remember that this is the same track that will be used for the 2007 southamerican 1/8th buggy championship. This race was the first and last one on the track so it will not have racing action until march 2007 for the southamerican level event. Feel free to visit http://sud2007.atspace.com
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you need information about how to participate on this race, we will be glad to have you racing with us !!,