Had a blast at the Indoor Champs!
Qualified 3rd in stock, finished 2nd. Qualified 6th in mod, finished 6th.
The Sweep tires were awesome..... sticky and smooth like last year's.
I started with my Halloween Classic setup, but after some packs I began to realize that the Sweeps were not as compatible with the setup. On Jacos I felt like I could put all the rotation I wanted into the car, and it was still stable on entry and exit. The Sweeps made the car rotate really hard, so it had a tendency to over-rotate coming out of the turns. The car felt somewhat lazy and had no chance of traction rolling. I saw that a lot of other cars were already experiencing traction roll issues as early as Q1. The track was also quite bumpy in the high speed areas.
After 2 rounds, my car wasn't getting faster, was starting to feel even more "dumpy" midcorner, my qualifying position was dropping.... so I decided that I would try to put the traction roll into the car. The cars that were edgy on the Sweeps were getting faster, so it made sense to me that I should try it. I went up 100cst on my shock oil, went up to an XRAY 2.5, and stood all the shocks up. My Q3 run was sort of a hail mary, and it paid off. The car was grabby, tippy, aggressive..... and FAST. I had awesome drivers in my sort who were incredibly courteous. I was on pace to reset Mike Gee's TQ up until about the 5-minute mark, when my motor started to fade (I was driving it too hard). I finished the run clean, and jumped from 15th or so up to P2. Bill Sydor improved his time that round also, though, so he took P2 back away from me.
For Q4 I decided to try a bit more rear uptravel along with some other really minor changes. The car still was a blast to drive, but laptimes suffered slightly, and the car had become a tad unstable.
Going into the main, I went back down a tad on the rear uptravel, added some more front camber, and went back up to a 1.4 front swaybar.... the changes paid off, and the car was wonderful in the main.
I jumped up to P2 after the start with Dave Johnson behind me. Mike Gee had a great start and was pulling away. I had a really funky rear body tuck after about a minute! The rear right fender was basically jacked up onto the shock tower. I only had a couple tenths on Dave though, so I just took off and prayed. I didn't hear any noises, nor did I lose ground on the backstretch, so I assumed that none of the wheels were rubbing. I drove like this for almost two minutes! Dave got into some trouble and gave me breathing room. After a bit, I caught a flapper and rolled my car over..... it magically landed on all 4 wheels with the body tuck fixed. I took off again in pursuit of Mike Gee, but he had a great run. Finished the race 4 seconds behind him, with Dave Johnson holding onto his P3 position.
Apparently there were some "shenanigans" in the lower positions at the end of the main?.... I was by myself on the track, and the room was so quiet that I didn't know when the clock had ran out. Must've been some beatin and bangin going on that the crowd wasn't pleased about!
There are a couple of changes I still want to try on this setup. I plan to test out a 1.4 rear swaybar and hopefully the chassis stiffener at some point. The car still rotated really hard out of the turns, so I think the stiffer rear swaybar may alleviate that. Otherwise, the car was AWESOME.
As for mod..... still learning! I tried a lot of different setup things again this weekend. My best round was number 2. The car felt like a missile, was a blast to drive, and I matched 9.3's with Keven Herbert and Andrew Hardman. The later rounds and the main I was trying other things, and while the car still felt good, laptimes were a bit off. However, I think the setup is a good starting point.
I think both setups should drive well on Jaco blues! They also both have plenty of 'wiggle room' regarding changes to adapt to different track conditions without ruining the overall driveability.
The setups will be posted very soon hopefully! I submitted the pdf's to arn0 and Chicky to post on the sites. RC Tech isn't allowing me to attach my own files at the moment for some reason!