I have to say I agree with you. I concur with your long-winded and exhasperated narrative, and will voice my own as well.
I am not at all new to R/C (been running them, playing with them for going on 18 years)
I AM completely new to true competitive racing.
So far I cannot see ANY reason for people who can navigate around a track well to not do it any faster.
I think that the novice class should be just that (completely new and unable to go a set of laps (4 or 5) without hitting a board.
The stock class should be those guys that are good enough to get around the track with only one or two minor mistakes (if that), who are still learning about true competition tuning.
anybody who can "dial" a car and navigate a track without crashing should be putting more power into their car.. plain and simple.
I've only been out to two races so far, the first one i didn't finish 3 three heats and ended up winning a main in the novice class because I didn't crash once. My car was EASILY the slowest out there, but not crashing won the race.
The next weekend out I qualified well and lead the main for the majority, only to lose it in the very end. This was done in the stock class. The people who got the top spots were very good drivers, one a 40 something father who owns his own small battery/hop-up local business, and the other a 35-ish father who is the local motor guru!
at both races the battery guy was asked by some of the faster 19t class guys who are friends of his when he will be making the move to 19t. His reply both times was that he wanted to exhaust the stock class and really be ready for the faster car. I understand this completely, but think that with his tuning knowledge and his apparent edge over the field, the move should have been made already.
You can't learn to drive a faster car without driving a faster car.
I watched this guy race very closely and it seems to me his movements, lines and style could all BENEFIT from a car with more power.
Again, I have to say I agree with you.
Come on you p*&#ies, put something big in it and see if you can TUNE THAT!
I hope to be moving up to 19t by my fifth race. If my progression stays as steady as it has this should be no problem.
ha.. how's that for long-winded!