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Old 10-03-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Grass Track Vs Dirt Track

I would like to ask our UK counterparts for their thoughts on grass tracks since they have a lot of experience racing on these tracks. Without the constant grooming, watering, weeding, etc it seems grass tracks would be much easier to maintain than dirt tracks. But what are the disadvantages to racing on grass besides getting the grass blades wrapped up around the driveshafts? What is the best way to prepare grass surface for racing? Thanks!

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Old 10-03-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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Hi Mate

Here in Perth Western Australia we have a transportable club trailer where we stand ontop of the tall trailer with fold down stairs and hand railing and then underneath is shelving to hold a huge amount of pvc piping.

I find the grass with the huge traction on offer does put alot more wear and tear on the cars as the tyres you run have maximum traction like ashphelt. It's definitely cleaner with 2 mins spent on the air compressor and it looks like brand new again.


Feel free to check out www.radiorally.org.au for the club website.


If any of the UK drivers run losi 8t or 8B 2.0 buggies on grass, would I please be able to get in contact with you about setups please???
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:14 PM   #3
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UK & grass tracks are mainly a thing of the past now. In years gone by 1/8th nitro track & clubs where few & far between, any event was normally a national where the club would lay out some hose on a fresh bit of grass. There would often be 1 token wooden jump & that was it. only real advantage was there was never a home advantage as design & grass was fresh.

Clubs that run on grass have the joy of cutting it regular, corners or acceleration points dig out & become grass free zones, surface generally becomes bumpy. The only true grass track clubs rent a field & move the track around it to help the grass re grow, but these venue's are very few & far between now.

We have many clubs now which are dirt or astro turf based, racers nowdays want jumps rythem section & interesting things to race on, dirt & astro is the easiest way to achieve this.
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The problem with grass tracks is that the grass holds the dirt together . So when you are running on the grass its great but after one race the track is becoming really rutted because instead of just becoming loose the grass holds clumps of dirt together so you end up with clumps of earth in some places and loose dirt in others and its crap to drive on .

We had a grass track but as Brennan said we changed to astro turf with is just as grippy as grass, looks nice but has 0 maintenance and always stays consistant .

here it is

http://vimeo.com/12920958
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Thanks for the info guys. Astro turf looks like a blast to drive on.
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