Originally Posted by frozenpod
All the talent in the world will not win you races if you never practice but if you have no talent even if you practice 24/7 you will never get anywhere.
I respectfully disagree due to my own personal experience. Two years ago my 9 year old girl first drove an r/c . She had no talent
. First few races always in last place, sometimes 10 laps down.
Now she is 11. In 2 years she practised more than I did in my first 20 years in the hobby. Her last major event:
Modified TC (Finals time)
Porsha.............17laps...5:11.184....17.867(fas test lap)
Marc Rheinard..19laps....5:16.017...15.835(fastest lap)
To put in perspective, that is only 0.2sec difference per corner. And her mental attitude was the desire to join the Modified class (where all world tc champions were present) and try to win (though of course very unlikely).
That 0.2 sec I would attribute to:
1. Coming late to the race, straight from airport. Zero practise, just straight to qualifying.
2. Being amateur, not practising everyday.
3. Lack of power. She ran a 13.5 boosted in Modified class on a power track. Reason: mod car was not handling consistently. But was faster with 17.2 fast lap. But overall her 13.5 boosted car was faster than her mod car on that day. So we decided to run the boosted car in the Mod finals.
So two points:
1. No need for separate (13.5, 10.5) boosted class when you can run mod. The laptimes are so close already. Difference between A main and H Main (90 drivers) was only 0.2sec per corner.
2. Talent is overrated.
That's why I don't believe you need to have talent to succeed in r/c car racing. Probably more important is to be friendly... and be friendly with the best...