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Old 05-06-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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So I was talking to a co worker today who used to race. He raced 1/1 off oval dirt, dirt bikes, and rc. He would practice with faster motors, then come race day, the spec motor. For example, dirt bikes he would practice 250 2stroke and race 125. And in RC, he would race 27t, but practice with a 19t.

The idea was to get used to going around the track faster, so when you went down to your spec race motor, it would be easier.

It kinda makes sense. Does anyone else practice this way?

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I wouldn't say I practice with a 13.5 to race 17.5. However I usually race 13.5 and when I sometimes drop to 17.5 it does feel very slow. It can help your driving making 17.5 feel easier, but the same turn in points and driving style can change slightly. For example when I dropped down to 17.5 for a recent race I was always turning in early for the first few qualifiers.
Also make sure you can at least put the car in the groove lap after lap on the 17.5 before you try bumping up the motor.
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I used to practice off road that way. I raced 10.5 and practiced with my 7700. Timing in the corners wasnt really a problem as the track usually had a good groove. However jump timing was different. On road could be a bit different.
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it's a solid idea. allot of guys will do it, not for the sharpening of skills, persay, but to hone the setup. if it's marginal in stock, you'll notice what's wrong in superstock. once the car works right with power, it will generally work better without it as well.
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it's a solid idea. allot of guys will do it, not for the sharpening of skills, persay, but to hone the setup. if it's marginal in stock, you'll notice what's wrong in superstock. once the car works right with power, it will generally work better without it as well.
The best way to look at this is that if you have a faster motor and you get used to driving it and the problems that arise with more power. Then you should be more consistent in the slower class and also be able to drive right on each apex a lot easier!!
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It really depends on your skill level I guess.

Sometimes though, slow IS faster. You will usually find more difficult to find a consistant lap time with a car thats too fast.

I am too used to stock now to try anything quicker, but I know your reactions need to sharpen up the quicker you go.

with a slower car, your braking points change, or do not exist, hence why some people like a one way with a slower car, to keep as much off power speed as possible.

try using a one with with a mod.... and you will wish you hadn't!
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A very valid concept. I may have to try that when carpet comes back into season.

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