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Old 03-29-2018, 01:49 PM
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My car, the one that made TQ
Thanks rezin!

My car worked well but I just didn't quite have the speed of the front runners. I'm interested to see what changes I should try.
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:11 PM
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Thanks for sharing. Jeeze, i had no idea that Gravity was selling F1 tires. How do they compare to the crc/tcs/shimizu tires?
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Old 03-29-2018, 04:56 PM
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The gravity tires are ride gr with a sticker inside. They lack a bit of grip but it makes them predictable. Personally I don't like them but that's what the club I race at voted for for the spec tires. They are an ok tire but I prefer my shimizu 571/572 by far.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:15 AM
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I'll try to get my setup done soon. The track was very bumpy so the setup that I had for a flat track did not work well. I actually went over and felt the tq car (mine was TQ in r3 but I screwed up my Sauce program thinking I had one more race to do the fronts.... 2 min was not enough and I ended up 6th on the grid) after qualifying I sent some time on the car and I believe it was consistently the fastest car on the track even though it wasn't over a single lap.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:24 AM
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Default a weak spot?

We had a Club race on Thursday due to the long weekend.
I was brutally reminded of the importance of spares and immediate supply.
Earlier in this thread it was recommended to keep extra Lower Arm Pivot Ball Mount D-05-VBC-1006 in your pit box.
The warm up run during practice put the nail in the coffin for F1 fun last night.
No spare , no fun.
I got two laps and barely had time to get a feel for the Volante's.


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Old 04-09-2018, 12:20 PM
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Not to underplay the skill of the F1 racers in my previous wins but I faced my toughest competition so far in the WCICS series this past weekend. I had to face a very fast F1 driver in his Associated F6 and another driver in his Exotek upgraded F1. I struggled to get my saucing program going this weekend where I would either over sauce or under sauce. I failed to get take the TQ from the Associated F6 driver and he took it with a very quick handling car. In the triple A-mains, it was a different story. I would take A1 after the Associated driver clipped a board in the first lap and wasn't able to recover. In A2, I was distracted talking to another driver and forgot to sauce my tires. With less than 5 minutes of sauce time, I wen't out and had a very pushy car. The Associated driver took the win with a 5 second lead. In A3, I made sure I was focused on the race at hand. I sauced my CRC tires for about 15 minutes, added .5 degree of camber up to 1.5 and also added the winglets on my Montec front wing. During the warm up the car felt very fast and I finally had the steering I needed.

Once the race began, I was right on the back wing of the Associated driver. At one point, I believe my front wing actually nicked his rear wing so I pulled off a little in order to avoid any possible collision. Racing down the straightaway on lap 6, I was a few car lengths behind when the Associated driver had bad luck with the boards and broke a steering link. Unfortunately that took him out of the race and I went on to take the win. I decided to take it easy as to not make any mistakes and ended up with 32 laps. Looking at my lap times after the race, in A3 I was on a 32 lap pace from the start and finished with that. My car was the only F1 to hit 32 laps all weekend. The Associated car was also on a 32 lap pace at some point in the weekend but was only able to get the 31 laps (either due to traffic or other reasons).

Results are here.

Props to Steve Wiens (Associated F6 driver) and Ivan Chan for making me earn the win this weekend. I had a lot of fun racing with you guys and hope to race you again next season.

With the final win in Calgary, I managed to finish in first place in the WCICS series with 4 first place finishes. I'm loving this VBC F1!
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:03 PM
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I'm really loving my FX 18-- it's taken me a while to understand the setups again---I"m back racing after a 6 year break. But this car has gotten VERY smooth to drive and predictable on our Cal Raceway Asphalt track!! The lap times are down with the quickest cars--now I just need to get the chance to run it against the best competition which I should see this weekend!! We'll see how it goes!!

BTW--the Gravity tires work great for me here at Cal as that is our spec tire too. The car is very balanced with them, and their less expensive than some others. I think the Shimizu may be faster--but I haven't tried them since I got the car handing and up to speed!!

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Old 04-14-2018, 05:46 PM
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OKay---was again able to get the car handling pretty well. BUT---it's still a handful to drive coming out of the corner once I get the steering I want!! I qualified 4th because of the inconsistency of the car---but driving VERY cautiously in the main--was able to take 2nd by not driving the car hard enough to keep up with Rocket Rog in his Xray car!! DANG---still chasing the fast guy---attaboy Rog!!
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:52 PM
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Tim, your car looked good today! Was fun racing with you!
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:11 AM
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Thanks Jess--- I think the changers Rog suggested will help the car. But I tried the Roche car too---and it had AMAZING corner speeds. I'll have to do another comparison run and see what's different about that setup to see If I can get the VBC car to do the same!! Good racing with you too--good luck with your new setup too!!
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