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Old 05-01-2009, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by raideN View Post
thanks guys, also what is the more competitive class? 1/10 or 1/12?
Both classes are very competitive. Turnout and competition level depends on the track(s) in your area.

At the recent ROAR Carpet Nats (hosted by the Gate crew in Strongsville, OH), there were more 1/12 scale entries than TC. The same was true at the Indoor Champs. There are many more setup options for a touring car, but getting a 1/12 scale to handle the best that it is capable of can be just as tricky. 1/12 scale cars are a lot cheaper, and the races are 8 minutes vs 6 minutes in TC. If you are just starting out racing, I highly suggest starting out in stock class (17.5 brushless). The stock motors of today are as fast as modified motors were not too long ago. I've seen too many people start out in a faster class, crash a lot, break parts, get frustrated, and quit.

Racing foam tires on carpet makes everything happen faster, since the cars have so much traction. This is a lot different than running in a parking lot. A few of the less experienced drivers actually turned down the throttle end point to 50% until they could drive clean laps (not hitting anything), then gradually turned it up as they drove better.

Several of the tracks in Ohio are blessed with having some of the top carpet pilots in the country as regulars. Plus, the vast majority are more than willing to help a rookie out. Just ask...
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