Why can't race times be increased to 8 minutes or so? Seems like it would be fun having longer races, which would be a win win for everyone.
I don't agree that "Longer" race times will make for any more of a BATTERY WAR than we already have. Guys always cry "Battery war", but in reality we have just the same battery war because of all the DIFFERENT cell development.
I do agree that "Longer" race times WILL increase the amount of time it takes to hold an event. Thus, if we run LONGER Mains, we may have to run FEWER qualifyers at Big events...or SHORTER ones. (Growing up in FULL scale racing...I never understood Qualifying Heats and Main Events being run at the same length anyway)
We increased our OVAL classes to 5 minutes in ALL classes for '06, depending on HOW FAR the battery technology increases by December '06, we may add another full minute to the MAINS for '07