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Old 08-04-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default Tech at club races

Our local racing scene has been the spot for drama lately. People are asking for tech on club racing days. A bunch of different things have been brought up from illegal motors to under weight cars. As much as I would like to enforce weights and more, where do you draw the line from being a PITA to being necessary?

So my question to everyone is what would you do or want in this situation: Tech, no tech or basics? Does your club racing have tech?

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if your gonna have rules, you gotta be ready to enforce them when asked.
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:44 PM   #3
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After we hosted the on road nationals last June one of the people who volunteered to help in tech thought we needed to have it at club races. We talked to Ruben(ROARs race director) and he said it was a good idea just dont go all out on it. So we just basically check weight, make sure wing isnt like 3 inches above roof, and ocasionally we will tech motors.

It is a good idea to have tech, but like i said, dont go all out. Club races are to have fun with friends every other weekend or so. Make it to where its fun, but to where they dont say im gonna cheat.
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Do it randomly, after a qual and be strict on actually docking a person a lap, or their best qual which ever you decide. You don't want the racers that would never cheat to stop coming because they think they are losing to cheaters.
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:49 PM   #5
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The last time i had my car inspected was when i was doing a national event, at my local club we run an indoor winter series where we run stock and mod classes and in the last 4 years i have never seen a car checked for weight or motor. So the answer is NO as most the guys are pretty honest and realize that if they cheat and start running faster than everyone else then someone will notice.

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Old 08-04-2008, 04:52 PM   #6
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I think doing some of the simpler tech options is good. I don't want to believe I'm being beaten by someone who is cheating when I don't. I also think the risk of LiPo overcharging is real and that they should be checked for 8.44V or less (This was done for TCS and is smart and good for safety).

Incidently I just changed to an Orion 3800 LiPo from the Platinum and was at a club event yesterday with it. I hadn't weighed my car with the new battery and put it on their scale as they were randomly teching vehicles. I found I was 10g light. Was a quick fix and was happy to do it.

Teching motors or enforcing bodies may or may not be necessary and for me I'd rather not elongate the race day too much due to lack of resources that require a long period between heats because of tech but some of these things are simple to check with a voltmeter and a scale.
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:00 PM   #7
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tech 1 or 2 things each event. Could be as simple as ride height or rear wing. or just weight. tell the driver to get it fixed for the next week. and remind them its still toy car racing - we aren't paying the bills with the winnings.
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We don't do it every race day but do teching randomly... Mostly for ride height and weight. Occasionally we'll check motors but for the most part we all police each other and haven't had an issue yet...
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Our club techs for the first couple of weeks each year, for weight, wing, body height. We assume the stock motor has not been tampered with, as we dont have the equipment to do so.

Our tech is not really to find cheaters, but just to help keep the racing closer.

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We tech after every round.

For Cooper's, we check weight, and if there is a speed issue, we look at the gearing and motor.

For Tran's am, we check weight and ride height.

For Sedans, we check the weight, body height, and wing height.

It really isn't that difficult, and it helps keep the racing more fair.
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if you dont want to tech everyone do random hat draw of 1/2 the number of drivers. that way nobody knows who will be teched and will make people play fair more. just a thought.
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I like the idea of random testing. We had talked about top three from each qual and main. But if we do random testing you never know.

As of right now we are going to do testing on weight and motor. My problem with testing a motor is how do I tech a 10.5 or a 13.5 to see if it is what they say it is.

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I like the idea of random testing. We had talked about top three from each qual and main. But if we do random testing you never know.

As of right now we are going to do testing on weight and motor. My problem with testing a motor is how do I tech a 10.5 or a 13.5 to see if it is what they say it is.

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i say i run legal, if i get beat, so what, i dont give a shite anymore bout who has a juiced motor or a tweak here or there.

they still gotta home home and look themselves in the mirror, i go home thinkin i had fun, such a shame i have to work all wk so i can do it again next wkend.

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yes but you have to disassemble the motor to tech it this method. That's not good for club racing.

My personal favorite is make it a claiming race. Anyone can buy the winner's motor for the price of a new motor. Winner MUST sell if asked to.
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