Another fun outing with my F104 today. Managed to get a whole day in, with 3 qualifiers and a final.
With the weather now warming up in Sydney, I decided to rub a little sunscreen onto the tyres (Tamiya B). Unfortunately, this didn't seem to help a whole lot, but to be fair, the track was a little dustier than usual at the start of the day. However, the front end seemed to be sticking a lot better than the rear, so that was a positive note.
Before the 2nd Q, I gave 'em a going over with a little Simple Green and also loosened the friction plate nut from my usual 8mm to around 6mm, hoping to shift a little more grip to the rear. This seemed to work quite well and the car was balanced and I could give it a bit more throttle.
Running out of things to try for the 3rd Q, I decided to throw on the TRG rubber rears (these are on F103 rims that fit). They are a smaller diameter, so I expected a drop in top speed, but top speed hasn't been a big issue. They worked pretty well for the first 2-3 laps, but then seemed to fall away. Initial turn-in was better than the foams, but they lacked mid-corner and exit grip. Perhaps my driving style was to blame, but I did plenty of 180/360 spins on the tighter corners. Best lap was close to 2 seconds down on earlier races. Overall, not a great option, or possibly poorly executed on my part.
Went back to the foams for the final and it was all good. The track had cleaned up substantially during the day and I'm still surprised at how well it can turn in and hang around tight and fast corners - even throwing it into faster corners, the tail is very easy to catch and tame. I like it!
Note that this is in complete contrast to my last night race (same track), where a small hint of dampness made it look like I was driving on Teflon. Not pretty
This is one fun experience