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Old 08-21-2022, 02:42 PM
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Yesterday was a great race day yesterday as usual at Seatec! Stuart ran a tight ship the program ran smooth and we didnt miss a beat.

There was the unvailing of the straightaway barrier courtesy of our track engineering duo of Jake and Alex. They had the pleasure of hearing everyone's opinion on it. Overall the feedback was positive. The barrier didnt cause any issues with the race program and no cars were hurt by the barrier through many racers "testing" it for us. It was a fantastic first iteration and best of all no exploded cars!

Now onto the racing. All of qualifying was in overcast conditions and the sun decided to come out right before the mains. This caused some interesting track evolution that I personally enjoyed while others were not expecting the amount of grip we had for the mains.

This weekend we had the pleasure to spectate some 8th scale onroad action and I must say it looks like a blast to drive!

Stock TC turnout this season has been abnormally light but this did not stop Greg and I from putting on a show for everyone. Every round was ran heads up filled with exhilarating close elbows out racing we all know and love from stock TC.

My mod TC was another day of pulling out what is left of my hair over electronics issues. I would like to thank Alex and Hanulec for helping me get back up and running by the main. I was only able to complete one qualifier with some setup issues that netted me dead last for the main. I did not have much confidence going into the main. We had a bit of a chaotic start with the tone going off as I was pulling into my grid spot. Fortunately for me I was focused on my car while others weren't. In the first lap I was able to pickup 2 positions and shortly into the run Hanulec pulled off due to having a misbehaving car leaving me nicely settled in in 4th. Now that I am getting into the groove of driving a mod car I set my sights set on Greg. I was steadily chipping away at his advantage then the race leaders of Jake and Stu came up to lap us. After they make their way past both of us I lost all the ground I covered to the back of Greg. With just around 2 minutes left in the race I put in my final charge. At the final minute I made it within striking distance of Greg but he was driving a great race and holding his lines tight. With 4 laps to go I finally get an opening and slip into the inside coming off the sweeper leaving me to finish P3 from a qualifying position of 8th. I definitely feel like I channeled my inner Checo on this race!

Thanks to everyone that comes to race with us and everyone that makes racing at Seatac possible. See you all in 2 weeks for the season finale!
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Originally Posted by BEMO2019
Yesterday was a great race day yesterday as usual at Seatec! Stuart ran a tight ship the program ran smooth and we didnt miss a beat.

There was the unvailing of the straightaway barrier courtesy of our track engineering duo of Jake and Alex. They had the pleasure of hearing everyone's opinion on it. Overall the feedback was positive. The barrier didnt cause any issues with the race program and no cars were hurt by the barrier through many racers "testing" it for us. It was a fantastic first iteration and best of all no exploded cars!

Now onto the racing. All of qualifying was in overcast conditions and the sun decided to come out right before the mains. This caused some interesting track evolution that I personally enjoyed while others were not expecting the amount of grip we had for the mains.

This weekend we had the pleasure to spectate some 8th scale onroad action and I must say it looks like a blast to drive!

Stock TC turnout this season has been abnormally light but this did not stop Greg and I from putting on a show for everyone. Every round was ran heads up filled with exhilarating close elbows out racing we all know and love from stock TC.

My mod TC was another day of pulling out what is left of my hair over electronics issues. I would like to thank Alex and Hanulec for helping me get back up and running by the main. I was only able to complete one qualifier with some setup issues that netted me dead last for the main. I did not have much confidence going into the main. We had a bit of a chaotic start with the tone going off as I was pulling into my grid spot. Fortunately for me I was focused on my car while others weren't. In the first lap I was able to pickup 2 positions and shortly into the run Hanulec pulled off due to having a misbehaving car leaving me nicely settled in in 4th. Now that I am getting into the groove of driving a mod car I set my sights set on Greg. I was steadily chipping away at his advantage then the race leaders of Jake and Stu came up to lap us. After they make their way past both of us I lost all the ground I covered to the back of Greg. With just around 2 minutes left in the race I put in my final charge. At the final minute I made it within striking distance of Greg but he was driving a great race and holding his lines tight. With 4 laps to go I finally get an opening and slip into the inside coming off the sweeper leaving me to finish P3 from a qualifying position of 8th. I definitely feel like I channeled my inner Checo on this race!

Thanks to everyone that comes to race with us and everyone that makes racing at Seatac possible. See you all in 2 weeks for the season finale!
Funny thing about yesterday, Could’ve swore other classes ran besides 2car stock TC and Mod😳
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Old 08-22-2022, 05:29 PM
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With the amount of electronics problems I had unfortunately I didn't have the pleasure to watch the other rounds.
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Old 08-22-2022, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by BEMO2019

Stock TC turnout this season has been abnormally light
Sadly, it's not just stock TC. Never have I seen a sizzler without a novice class run until this year.
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Originally Posted by Nortran11
Sadly, it's not just stock TC. Never have I seen a sizzler without a novice class run until this year.
Sad thing is we all screamed for a permanent track years ago.. then on road seemed to fade away.

I think it’s hard to compete with glue and go off road tires on turf.

on another note relying on RC Tech for anything other than selling stuff blows my mind as well… 😃

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Originally Posted by Logi Maker

on another note relying on RC Tech for anything other than selling stuff blows my mind as well… 😃

Hi Crosier!!
And yet you are here.

On your other points, everything works in cycles

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Old 08-23-2022, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Logi Maker
Sad thing is we all screamed for a permanent track years ago.. then on road seemed to fade away.

I think it’s hard to compete with glue and go off road tires on turf.

on another note relying on RC Tech for anything other than selling stuff blows my mind as well… 😃

Hi Crosier!!
If you look at the club that runs off road turf, I think you will find that it isn't a better program, etc.....what they do well is get the word out. They are constantly at the hobby expos running demos for passers by, they are getting the word out with flyers and window posters in the local shops. As a result, that club runs a huge novice class that is constantly graduating drivers into faster classes.
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Originally Posted by corallyman
And yet you are here.

On your other points, everything works in cycles

Steve
As are you.

Originally Posted by Nortran11
If you look at the club that runs off road turf, I think you will find that it isn't a better program, etc.....what they do well is get the word out. They are constantly at the hobby expos running demos for passers by, they are getting the word out with flyers and window posters in the local shops. As a result, that club runs a huge novice class that is constantly graduating drivers into faster classes.
My point was, not that it matters, is off road turf is much easier on tires (HUGE part of the issue for me) same type indoor and out, no sanding or break in nonsense. Yes there seems to be the tire that works and lasts but as we have seen over the years that will most likely change due to availability and what not..


In my opinion the on road scene in this area turned when the gym program shut down…. Saturdays were doable for most and Wednesday nights only are not. Diehard was available and the majority of the on road guys you don’t see now run up there because of availability. It’s not flyers and the hobby expo once a year that gets people out there. They have a huge presence on social media and a huge group of core members on social media and MULTIPLE genres they run. There are not a lot of programs in the country that can compete against them in the summer, that’s a fact.. the family atmosphere, camping, multiple events throughout the season, turf racing, 1/8 dirt racing, No Prep, crawler course etc. Also the Wilson’s do it full time so there is that. Not saying everything is perfect nor does it need to be.

Getting off-road turf gear set up is much easier on the wallet and much easier to partake in due to the availability in the summer. Winter is a different story since they have no permanent place.

I’m definitely not picking sides and taking shots but just saying the old core group of “on road” guys have moved on and if you want to talk novice that program (loaners etc) can’t be touched in my opinion on what they have up there..

I know I miss on road and I know it here’s do too but the lack of more tracks and opportunities I think are the issue. Social media and passion are king for the “hobby” and as is availability. I was going to get back in but the tire issues last year (and well to be honest not having company support for tires) had me choose not too. I do like the GT12 class but again never going to make a Wednesday night in Seattle.


Ok, now I still can’t believe I’m posting on RC Tech again… 😳😳😳. I’ll jump back over to my social media soapbox and continue on my journey…


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The final race day of the season was slow to get going as we waited out morning rain in anticipation of mid-day sun. We have been in this situation before, and most times it turns out fine. This was no exception, though I really must thank and congratulate everyone who hung in, as we did not go tone until 2 pm. Probably any other day, we would have bailed at noon, but the schedules and the weather only get more unpredictable after Labor Day.

A couple things came up as we were all chilling under our EZ-Ups. Perhaps the most interesting subject was rain tires and wet racing. I bought a few sets earlier in the year, the Pit Shimizu treaded rain tires the Brits use. They're bagged with a Schumacher hang tag. I put them on my car and drove a bunch of laps. At that point, the rain had gone away, but the track was still considerably damp with scattered small puddles. I was taking a chance with my electronics, but I was in an end-of-year-send-it kind of mood. Other than the tires, I did nothing to set up my car for the wet as I was still looking forward to dry later in the day. As it was, the car handled just fine. I had to be light on the trigger getting out of the corners, but it was no pushy dump truck. With just a little work, it would be a runner. We will take up the subject next spring, but the thought was, it's silly to lose race days when we have the ability to handle a wet track. Most would build a dedicated wet car - it would not have to be the latest and greatest, basically just convert an old chassis with waterproof electronics. We would figure out reasonable sensorless KV equivalents to our current specs. None of it is rocket science. The main takeaway is that the challenge and reward of being an all-conditions club gives a lift.

Closing out the season we had fast, full heats of Modified and USGT. Jake came away with the win in Modified, but Brian pushed him. Andy Lee is coming up hard and fast. In USGT, Andy got away for a cruise, with Ritchie solid in second. But the real battle was for third between Crosier, Albert, and Joer. Crosier would gain the final step, but their race was a back and forth thriller all the way through. All of that said, the fun class was 1/8 Electric Open. Mike, Mike, and Ritchie brought them out for the second week. No lie, they are a lot of car for our track, but man they get around! Crosier was kind to let me drive a heat, and I will say it reminded me a bit of Mod 1/12, just with WAY more oomph - rip and momentum. A lot of delicate throttle action, but they move! Dave won Super Stock, and Brian won Formula One.

We will have a work party in a few weeks to winterize the track. It is of course still open, and I would expect to see some guys out there on nice days getting in some practice sessions. Thank you for the support this season. We will be back in 2023 with a full calendar of race days.

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Old 09-06-2022, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by PutAwayWet
We would figure out reasonable sensorless KV equivalents to our current specs. None of it is rocket science. The main takeaway is that the challenge and reward of being an all-conditions club gives a lift.
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I've got a really good "KV to turns" chart at the shop. I can't remember where I found it but I will send it to you....from there it's just adding a small waterproof RX box and a decent waterproof servo
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Two weeks ago in Florida there were some FWD cars running on a damp (not wet) track. They looked amazing. Just a thought.
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Hi all! I live in a neighborhood near Seatac and have been pondering getting back into RC racing for quite a while. Was out walking the dog today and stopped by the track at North Seatac Park and met a a member of the forum there. Super cool guy and very helpful with my handful of questions. If I understood correctly, there will be an event tomorrow at noon, which I plan on showing up for.

Thanks in advance and hope to meet more folks!

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Originally Posted by KTM690Enduro
Hi all! I live in a neighborhood near Seatac and have been pondering getting back into RC racing for quite a while. Was out walking the dog today and stopped by the track at North Seatac Park and met a a member of the forum there. Super cool guy and very helpful with my handful of questions. If I understood correctly, there will be an event tomorrow at noon, which I plan on showing up for.

Thanks in advance and hope to meet more folks!

J
Not an event ,
But, there will be a few people tomorrow at noon
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Here are the 2023 onroad race dates.2023 Schedule

April 22 Season Opener

May 6

May 20

June 3

June 17

July 8 & 9 Summer Sizzler

July 22

August 5

August 19

September 2 Season Finale
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Awesome! Can't wait to get back to some asphalt racing. Todd are we going to have a spec tire this year?
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