Wassup Romauld31, were you using the molybdenum gears? Just wondering since those are supposedly stronger.
Just this past sunday was my very 1st race ever with the Mk2. It was also my 1st organized transponder race since 2000! I must say I'm in love with this car!
We ran 3 qualifiers and then the main. In the 1st heat, I took the lead in the beginning and held it the entire race. With 30 seconds to go and even though the race was already pretty much mine I decided to push it and go a bit faster. Sure enough I caught a gap between 2 boards at the beginning of the main straight and ripped off the entire left front assembly from the car. I was actually able to finish the race on 3 wheels though! My fastest lap was a little over half a second back from the fastest lap set, but my average time was the lowest.
I missed my 2nd heat since I was repairing the car. Luckily I had just happened to have the a couple of spare parts with me that happened to be the ones I needed. Except the shock tower. I used CA and accelerator and hoped for the best. It was a very hard hit since basically everything in the left front corner of the car broke off, from the bumper support to the upper and lower suspension pin blocks.
In the 3rd heat I took the holeshot from the starting beep. and came close to lapping slower traffic when I ran head on into my buddy who was facing the wrong way. (He himself was spun out by someone else.) My glued-together shock tower broke again and that was the end of that race.
Finally the main. Now that I knew the shock tower won't hold in a hard impact I wasn't expecting much. In the beginning of the race I was running midpack. I didn't want to push it since any crash will pretty much end my day so I had to depend on being smooth and consistent and hope the other guys make all the mistakes for me. By the 5 minute mark I was 2nd. My plan was to baby it in the 1st half of the main and push it when I can in the 2nd half. Once again I crashed when I was avoiding some of the slower traffic but I was so relieved the car didn't break! I dropped one position down to 3rd which was where I finished.
I was happy though since I knew my day could have been worse. I was really surprised how fast the car was considering I'm using the kit engine FR12R and the TM-9 pipe (which was super quiet!) I really like the combination of shaft drive and the one way which suited my driving style perfectly. It let me coast through turns faster than the belt cars. In the main the only car that was faster than me was my buddy's 720 with a Werks 12R. The whole week he was having problems with it and pretty much having shitty inconsistent runns each time he hit the track. The one time he had it hooked up though just had to be the main.
I love this car and look forward to playing with it even more. I'll probably stick with the FR12R engine and just try driving more agressively and play with the setup more.
Too bad Tamiya America is no longer supporting this car. It's far and away Tamiya's best nitro sedan yet and is surprisingly competitive. I can't say this enough but I really love this car.