Update from day 2...
Well, the Ko Grand Prix is now history. David Jun took home the victory winning the 1st and 3rd main. David used the Reedy Brushless system throughout the event.
Josh Numan finished second and Tommi Torikka was able to come from 7th on the grid to finish 3rd overall with his prototype Associated car equipped with the Reedy brushless system.
Me personally, I qualified 3rd and finished 5th overall.
In the first main I got in to a lot of tangles with other cars, some my fault some not and finished 5th.
In the second main I was running 3rd and hit the kink...for those of you who have raced at Tamiya, know exactly what I'm talking about and how treacherous it can be. I fell back to 5th and ended up racing with Rod Canare for 4th. I was able to get by him down the straight a way and somehow when I entered the sweeper my body tucked and he got back by. There was only 2 laps left and Rod drove great and I wasn't able to get back by.
In the third main, for the first 6 or so laps the top 4 were separated by 3/4 of a second each...Jun, Numan, Thielke & Baker. Barry hit the dreaded kink and I was hanging with Numan. A few driving mistakes on my own cost me a second and I was about 2 seconds behind Josh at the 4-minute mark. Another driving mistake put me on my lid for 4 seconds and Tommi was able to get by for 3rd. Knowing that I had little chance at improving my overall 5th place position, I locked in behind Tommi and followed him to the checkered flag.
Rick ended up 7th overall and had some rough luck in the main events. He was faster today and showed progress with the car.
Most of the racers chose to run Sorex 36R tires. It's generally accepted that the Sorex tires are the best at the Tamiya track and the Tamiya team has a good handle on the tires at their home track. I chose to run only RP tires as it was easiest to compare to previous lap times, much easier to come by and obviously came pre-mounted.
For me, the car was really, really good! Thinking back to the Reedy Race, the fastest 5 minute run by the TQ in open class was 23 5:09 and my fastest time was 23 5:10. At this race, I was able to go 7 seconds faster using the exact same tires (softer wheels), motors, etc. For that run my average lap time was ~13.17 seconds. Needless to say, I was very impressed and even a bit surprised.
Below is a link to my fastest run and the fastest run of the weekend by Rheinard. Not saying that I could of run with him, but I am very encouraged by the lap times.
Thielke Round #3 (Saturday @ ~500p)
Rheinard Round #5 (Sunday @ ~ 900a)
From what I can recall, here's the top 10
1) David Jun - Tamiya/Reedy Brushless -TQ
2) Josh Numan - Tamiya/Checkpoint
3) Tommi Torikka - Associated Prototype/Reedy Brushless
4) Barry Baker - XRay/Checkpoint
5) Brent Thielke - Associated Prototype/Reedy Brushless
6) Rod Canare - Tamiya/Orion
7) Rick Hohwart - Associated Prototype/Orion
8) Jimmy Jacobson - Tamiya/Orion
9) Patrick See - ?
10) Steve Weiss - Hot Bodies/Novak Brushless
In conclusion, I canít wait to get my hands on the new car! I too will relinquish the prototype car to another team driver and most likely wonít get to drive it again until the pre-production version. The durability was great, no broken parts by any of the four cars at the event. The Reedy/LRP brushless system ran great, again no problems over the weekend. Overall I was a bit disappointed by my driving this weekend, but without driving touring car since the Nats in June I couldnít be too hard on myself.
Well, now itís off to the IIC. This will be one of the first times the car has been ran on carpet, so Iím sure it will take some work to get the car up to speed, but I know the guys are up to it. No doubt quite a few of you reading this will also be there. Feel free to stop by the Team Associated pits and take a look at the prototype carÖbut as always, no pictures please.