Originally Posted by Leester
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I have been following your experiment.
It is extremely hard to replicate the conditions that one might find at the Tamiya Worlds.
The carpet is new to the event. Through the practice rounds the bite is non-existent. You will be tempted to make set changes to get more bite out of the car. What a racer might end up running on in the quals and mains at the Tamiya Worlds will still be less bite than any of the surfaces you have been running on (Trackside) irrespective of wheter you use carpet additives or not. Fact is your test track already has been well used from what I understand
The Tamiya Worlds Endurance event adds a lot more bite to the carpet but still less than your test conditions. The delta between pre enduro and post is quite different. Bite will increase.
Having a chance to do it all over again. I would focus on setting up a car similar to last years GT2 winners car (TA05 - same setup has won the last 2 years), learn to maximize power from stick pack and non-rebuildable motors with a fixed gearing and practice best lap qualifying (first 2 min window).
The biggest adjustment was qualifying under the fastest lap format. In this race where power & motors are relatively fixed - qual position is everything.
This is a race where very few outrun the field. The folks that stay clean, mistake free and out of contact from other cars will do the best. Even if you find a way to go faster in the mains - traffic will be test of your patience but also remember that you have only a few minutes to to get up to the front.
As for bodies 95% of the racers there ran versions of the NSX. Consider the fact that all of the locals there dont use anything else. Satoshi-san probably has the best idea of what works there - he was running an NSX.