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Old 07-28-2010, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by guy7bmwm5
I'm still a newbie. I still need some practice before I head to a track. I would love to participate in events soon and check out the other cars.
Newbee Schnoobiee, common out to the track, start practicing and just have fun
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by izzyracer
Newbee Schnoobiee, common out to the track, start practicing and just have fun
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Old 07-28-2010, 02:04 PM
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I am realizing that there are a ton of tracks in southern California. Too bad I didn't have an rc when I lived down there for 6 years. I now live in central California. I think there is an on road track in Modesto and Ripon. I think most of them are in the bay area (SF). I want to race in like a stock class or novice.

NOTE: I updated the pictures from a few posts up. They are daytime pictures with better lighting.

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Originally Posted by Tom Slick
I like the looks of the dish wheels, sir, esp. with the fact that so many Porsches in real life use a more dished wheel in the rear. The wheel/tire fit in the wheel opening is pretty nice too. Are you going to run GT4 with us at the Nats? If so, round up some 24 mm Tamiya spoke wheels and tires; remember, got to run those for the class.
Wait until you see what I am painting up for the Nats.
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Where is the Nats taking place that you are refering to?
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by guy7bmwm5
Where is the Nats taking place that you are refering to?
its the TCS (Tamiya Championship Series) nationals.

http://www.tamiyausa.com/tcs/index.php

its what all the 'hardcore' TCS A-main'ers shoot to make
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:53 PM
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TCS nats are the 28-29 of August, but will practice be held Friday, or even Thursday too??
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by robk
TCS nats are the 28-29 of August, but will practice be held Friday, or even Thursday too??
Robk, Typically the track is open on Thursday and Friday for Practice from 8 to 4:30
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Wait until you see what I am painting up for the Nats.
As usual, Kev, now I'm all intrigued. So what body is it this time--a DTM Audi? A Porsche for the GT$, I mean GT4, class? A Subie that doesn't have either the factory rally blue scheme or the Cusco schmutz? A Mini Cooper with a blown Hemi sticking through the hood? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Originally Posted by Tom Slick
As usual, Kev, now I'm all intrigued. So what body is it this time--a DTM Audi? A Porsche for the GT$, I mean GT4, class? A Subie that doesn't have either the factory rally blue scheme or the Cusco schmutz? A Mini Cooper with a blown Hemi sticking through the hood? Inquiring minds want to know.
Okay, here are your hints.

For GT-4 - 1985 / GTi Enginering

If I have time, for GT-3, Emanuelle Pirro / Macau GP

Have fun.
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Originally Posted by Kevin CBR
Okay, here are your hints.

For GT-4 - 1985 / GTi Enginering

If I have time, for GT-3, Emanuelle Pirro / Macau GP

Have fun.
So a Canon Porsche

and a Benetton BMW?
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Originally Posted by robk
TCS nats are the 28-29 of August, but will practice be held Friday, or even Thursday too??
Usually it is 2 days of practice like Tamiyaracer said.
The opportune day is Thursday for practice, it is not controlled practice like Friday is.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:19 AM
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Usually it is 2 days of practice like Tamiyaracer said.
The opportune day is Thursday for practice, it is not controlled practice like Friday is.
Yeah, if by "opportune" you mean an uncontrolled track full of stressed-out F1 drivers struggling for grip, GT drivers struggling for speed and Mini drivers struggling not to laugh out loud at the others. Me, I just struggle--esp. as I have to work all week and can't dial in like youse. Jealous? Moi? So, let's hope Fred weighs in soon with a schedule for the week, so youse guys can book yer hotels.

Kevin CBR: by "GTi Engineering", you mean that British team that turned out those beautiful GpC Porsches in the '80's and damn near won in 1985 when Holbert's door literally blew off? Now I am intrigued.
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What's the point of controlled practice? It seems like a horribly inefficient use of the track. You'll have periods of absolutely empty track, periods where there's one or two cars on track (often towards the end of a session)... then at the beginning of a new round a HUGE surge of cars all jammed together trying to test, run back to the pits and make a quick change and hope that the session isn't over by the time they rush back to test out the change.

Just leave the track open practice, or have, perhaps two groups by car laptimes: slow and fast.

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Group1: Mini + spec + whatever has a slower lap time
Group2: GT1, GT2 etc... faster lap times

Make it so that the groups are approximately the same size so the track is used evenly, and the cars are of similar speed.

OR (what I think is the best solution) just leave the track open practice.

Artificially grouping the cars by speed is no good because, even in groups with faster cars there will be people struggling with their setups, spinning out etc - it's not good to see a car spin out, get hit by a far faster car of the same class and cause a problem for both drivers. For the guys struggling with their setup, being forced to run with the really fast guys makes it difficult to dial in your own car when you're spending the whole time watching for and jumping out of the way of quicker approaching cars. For the fast guys it's frustrating when you're on a fast lap, the car ahead spins out, and you T-bone him, possibly breaking parts on either car in the process. Nobody wants to see this happen, but with the controlled practice, drivers are forced to run all at the same time, rather than use their judgment as to the most appropriate time to make their runs.
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wow... really?
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