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Old 12-05-2011, 11:52 AM
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Update:

We have added TQ Raceway in Chino, CA as the second So Cal TCS regional race.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by FMW
Hello everyone,

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the "skill level" criteria.

I will attempt to shed some light on the whole thing so bear with me.

Think of the TCS website as a hub for the following groups of customers: NEW, occasional and our long time supporters. Also, it's meant as a information hub for retailers with racing programs to get information about the series.

The "skill level" posting is to give everyone what we suggest is the "minimum" skill level suggested to have fun and be successful in the class. For instance, GT-1 uses the fastest and most expensive products in our catalog. If a new person were to inquire about the TCS series and was eying that cool new TRF417X on the store shelf and wanted to race it in TCS, well.....they should be forewarned. We are making them aware it's going to be a hard class. If a new comer to racing still has that urge to race the GT-1 class they can, but we at least let them know.

Also, think of it as the skill level recommendation you see in a plastic model kit. If you've never built a skill level three we won't stop you, but don't say we didn't warn you when the part count seems daunting.

Mini is listed as an intermediate class because the cars are FWD mostly. They aren't the fastest cars on track (top speed) and most people are able to get around the track with them. So...the skill level needed to have fun or be successful isn't that high. This does not mean that long time racers or good racers should stay out of the class. We don't want that. Advanced racers are more than welcome to race in Mini. You guys know how to drive and intermediate skill level racers need to race with you to get better. That's why it's the largest class in TCS. It appeals to many racer types and to be in the A main you're going to have to race well.

I hope this clarifies our intention on the skill levels. Just about anyone can race mini. It's a fun class for all.

And before anyone goes there...GT-3 is not that way. Since we offer so many GT classes, the really experienced people, who know how to drive well, have no business sand bagging in the GT-3 class.

IMHO, adding the word "Minimum" to "Skill Level" in the rules will help and would cover Intermediate to Expert skill levels as intended.

More power to TCS.
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FMW, you have PM, please check...thank you.
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Sounds like a lot of fun.

Thanks FMW !
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Thanks for the clarification, Fred.
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Thanks FMW for update on tires.

If you are looking for another race to attract WI, IL, IA, IN and MI contingents to compliment The Track.
Try: http://www.leisurehoursraceway.com/ they would be an awesome summer facility!
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Guess old age is catching up with me, but I could not find the spec tire rules for Mini. Are we still using the tires from 2011???? rumor had it we were to have a couple of new "spec" tires for 2012 plus the one for 2011.
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Originally Posted by FMW
Update:

We have added TQ Raceway in Chino, CA as the second So Cal TCS regional race.
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Originally Posted by A-Ko
Thanks FMW for update on tires.

If you are looking for another race to attract WI, IL, IA, IN and MI contingents to compliment The Track.
Try: http://www.leisurehoursraceway.com/ they would be an awesome summer facility!
Awesome is an understatement...it could also host an offroad element as well.
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Never mind. I found the spec tire rules.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:03 PM
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Fred,

Is there a reason the Novak SS Pro 17.5 motor (yellow ring) is not allowed for Mini GT. Eric speculated that it could be that the ballistic is easier to spec the motor timing. Just curious so I can finalize my motor and esc choices.

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Originally Posted by Granpa
Never mind. I found the spec tire rules.
I cant find them , could you please point me in the right direction
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Any chance of allowing carbon fiber cars to the GT2 class? I know a lot of people around the country who buy TRF kits, but are not pro drivers. Think about it; used TRF416s and now TRF417s can be had for $150 - $250 which is far less than a TA05 with some nice hopups (figure kit is $200 and TRF dampers are $80 retail and you are already above the TRF used price). I don't think these people should be forced to run GT1 or buy a new car.

Just a thought as I do not think that the chassis you buy determines the skill lever you have. Plenty of guys I see running TRF kits who would not be ready for GT1.
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