ProE, how’d the race go for you?
It was good and bad.
I was seeded in the first group of 200mm nitro (Total of 4 groups). I was seeded with all the other new drivers from all over the country (MTX-4, 720 and another late R40 entry). I started the race in fourth position, got whacked at the first corner, and ended up right at the back of the field. I fought my way back through the field and ended in second position. I was quite happy with that result.
The second race started of very well. It is my home track, and it’s got a lot of traction. The other guys were still trying to get their clutches to work on their cars. My R40 with the grey mugen clutch shoe had so much punch of the line, by the time be got around first corner, I was about 5 car lengths ahead of the next guy.(good thing we R40 guys learned the hard way to get a clutch to work
I finished the heat in first place. I broke my personal lap record by 1.4 seconds, and also set my best time (number of laps) in a heat. The remaining 2 heats were very similar. Finished first in them as well.
So after the first days racing I was ranked 16th overall. I was very happy as it was only my 3rd race. I also new that I could be allot better as I just needed to be more constant.
I must say that I was very nervous through out the last couple of heats. We had 3 guys in the same group that has never raced before, and to be honest, they should never race again. They just could not keep their cars on the road and keep their cars going in the right direction. One of them was going in the wrong direction on the back straight. I barely mist him. The guy behind me didn't. This guy's 720 were converted back into kit form. It was just parts every where.
A couple of heavy words were being exchanged on the driver stand, if you know what I mean.)
That night I checked every thing on my car. Replace all the seals in my engine.
The next morning started the engine and the engine was revving up and up slowly. I thought I had damage an o-ring or shim some where, and replace all of them again. It still did the same. So I turn the idling screw out, as well as the low and high speed needle. We had a 10min practice session in the morning and I only focused on getting my setup correct for the race. I never checked the temperature or my runtime the morning. My modified OS motor was keeping up with the other fast motors, so assumed that it was fine.
Now I was grouped with faster guys (B-main 30min final). I started in 5th position and after 4 laps I was up to 3rd. I stayed in that position for about 4 and a half minutes. Then my car just stopped. My pit guy got my car back and it ran out of fuel. He filled it up and I rejoined the race. So 4 and a half minutes later the same thing happened. So I said to him call me in at 4 and a half minutes, instead of the 5 min that we've previously arranged. Then 10 minutes from the end the one guy whacks me from the side. He hit me so hard that my whole exhaust header came off. So it was back to the pits again. The pipe was put back on and I was back racing again. Must thank my pit guys as they did a very good job. I went through the field and finished the 30min race in 6th position.
When the race was over my engine was only running at 88dec Celsius and I normally run it at about 105-110. That explained why I was running out of fuel. My engine was running way to rich. When I saw this I was really impressed that I could keep up with the other guys in the race with such a rich engine.
I've learned allot from this experience. The guy that was sitting across me in the pits help me allot and explained allot of the details of setting up a car. He is the mugen distributor and helped me a lot. (He did however tell me a couple of times to buy a MTX-4 from him).
I've seen on other forums that the R40 is being discontinued. Do you guys know about this? Is this the normal R40 kit or the hara kit as well?
The most amazing thing that I saw at the event was the fact that some of these guys buy a car just before the event and only race it at the event. After the event they sell the car or strip it for spares.
I've had my hara kit for almost 9 month now and only replaced damaged parts. These guys got through a kit every 3 months. Is that normal? Are there any R40 guys that do this?