Shame. I too had a bad weekends racing. Set the car up with the exact same set up I always use on this track and I had major handling problems. First qualifier I totally wore one end of the front solid axle (the setscrew run a track and then worked its way outwards to wear the whole end of the axle). This cause a few problems and I chunked a set of new tires on one of the curbs and unknowingly bent the manifold in when I hit the outside wooden surround of the track. The next qualifier and I still didnt have the car perfect. It had serious understeer followed by serious oversteer directly. So again I was catching the curbs and chunked another set of new tires. I also ripped the wing of my brand new shell. Got it all patched up and tested the car. Handling was better but still not just perfect but in the third qualifier I had bad engine problems all of a sudden. It turned out that the rear side pulley had wore a hole right threw the manifold due to the impact in the first qualifier. This put an end to the third run. I fixed up the car and was testing during a break and caught a curb. Chunked a third set of new tires and when the car rolled it completely tore the rear wing of the car and split the shell across the front wheels.
Result was I missed making the main final and ended any hope of winning the National Championships this year. So I guess I am going to just race the remaining 3 rounds and play blocker for my team mate who is now leading the championship (with a 705 also
). Total cost of damages was around $250 for a total of 20mins running. Just one of those bad days at the track.
But for all those looking at buying a 705. This was not the fault of the car. It was a mixture of our track being strange (set up can change overnight even if the track conditions are the exact same) and me getting stressed as a result and not concentrating right