Generally speaking, a Rookie with an entry level Kit no one else has will be a bad combination. I'm not saying it can't be done, just saying, choosing the road least traveled will only make the transition to on road more difficult. Set up advice and spare parts will be scarce if not entirely un-available. I've done it my self so I know. I was the first one to run VBC wildfires(17.5 TC, VTA) @ our track. It was rough in the beginning. But there are at least 5 or 6 other guys that have them now, so its easier to compare set up notes and pick up a random spare I don't have myself. The VBC is quite fragile for a beginner, so I've made quite a few changes to increase its durability. It's hard to learn anything if you are only out there for 6 laps. In the end what you want is a kit that will last until the end providing good close racing with everyone else. Which I feel can be achieved with most of the current kits in capable hands, just how long it takes to get them there will be what's different.