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Old 03-16-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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Wink Need help deciding whether to bump up or not.

I have been racing rc cars for about a year now and am trying to decide whether to bump to expert or not. I am generally winning most all of the intermediate races i race, but am not quite as fast as the experts. I was also looking to get sponsored before i moved up. I have already been bumped in the Texas state series, but was thinking about bumping my self up in the pro series too. I think i could half way hang with the people in open. Just looking for what you guys think. All input is appreciated.
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I have been racing rc cars for about a year now and am trying to decide whether to bump to expert or not. I am generally winning most all of the intermediate races i race, but am not quite as fast as the experts. I was also looking to get sponsored before i moved up. I have already been bumped in the Texas state series, but was thinking about bumping my self up in the pro series too. I think i could half way hang with the people in open. Just looking for what you guys think. All input is appreciated.
start running open and travel more, the further away you travel the faster guys get.
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if nothing else you will find that bumping to a fster class will make you faster just make sure that you dont drive like a sportsman in that class you need to have patience and respect for those who are faster than you meaning if they can pass you let them then try and keep up without crashing them before you make a pass back on them if you cant keep up with them then with time you will
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If you are no longer getting challenged, it is time to move up, you are only as fast as the people around you...regarding sponsors...you have good equipment do you really want to get sponsored by a new company with inferior equipment? and if you are good a decent manufacture will eventually pick you up. If I race a Ferrari would I take a sponsorship from Kia?
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:26 PM   #5
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bump to expert, if you start running with fast guys, you will improve alot and will be faster than before even if you dont win races. also it will become very boring to run the same class for a while when you know there is no real competition. just my 2Cents
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if nothing else you will find that bumping to a fster class will make you faster just make sure that you dont drive like a sportsman in that class you need to have patience and respect for those who are faster than you meaning if they can pass you let them then try and keep up without crashing them before you make a pass back on them if you cant keep up with them then with time you will
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bump sandbagger!!!! come on up and race with the rest of us.....
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:40 PM   #8
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If you are no longer getting challenged, it is time to move up, you are only as fast as the people around you...regarding sponsors...you have good equipment do you really want to get sponsored by a new company with inferior equipment? and if you are good a decent manufacture will eventually pick you up. If I race a Ferrari would I take a sponsorship from Kia?
I meant like taking a sponsorship from a tire company or something like that.

By the way thanks for all the input. Also do i have just as good of a chance to get sponsored by running expert instead of intermediate?
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Haha +2 on the sandbagging!!!
I compared your Sportsman buggy times at the Icebreaker race to the Expert class. You might of made the Expert Buggy A-main and for sure the Expert Buggy B-main. So I hope that answers it for ya.
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I meant like taking a sponsorship from a tire company or something like that.

By the way thanks for all the input. Also do i have just as good of a chance to get sponsored by running expert instead of intermediate?
More of a chance by running expert
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More of a chance by running expert
Sponsorships will come to you, moving up to expert isn't going make you get sponsored. Winning and being an approachable person will get you sponsored. I do recommend running Expert because as soon as you move up, you will get faster week after week. Just make sure to let the faster people go by and then try to follow them for as long as possible.
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I have just recently tried running the expert class during club racing. When I am zoned in, I can do pretty well in the sportsman class. I would say that the thing that holds me up the most was traffic. Trying to get around slower cars that keep darting left and right is hairy scary. Sometimes they hold their line pretty well but are much slower. I ended up spending quite a bit of time behind traffic. Recently I have raced expert a couple of times and the biggest difference is that I lose allot less time due to traffic.

Since I am the slower traffic, I just go wide on a corner let the faster guy go by and then try to stay with him. I find that the time I lose by going wide is fractional compared to all the time I am behind slower traffic. For this reason alone your lap times will improve. Not to mention that it is nice to have a faster car ahead of you as a visual benchmark of what your car should be able to do. I tend to push it a little harder in the corners and she holds on for the most part. Eventually the excitement and my trigger finger gets the best of me and I have to let go.

The down side is that you may qualify for lower mains in expert which translate to a shorter main and less time behind the wheel. However, the time behind the wheel is higher quality.

Based on what I read, it seems to me that your ready for expert
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