On to the finals, and as always, the track is a lot dryer, and as such a lot better. It dries up during the long mains, and doesn’t get watered as often. I wish someone at IFMAR would just make the ruling that no watering is allowed after for example the first two practice days. By that time the track will have grooved in, and it will be dialed for racing. No need for water, and no dust issues. We will have to wait and see.
I was pretty shit at this race, except in the 1/4 final, right up until my throttle servo caught fire on the 5th lap or so. I drove up from 12th to 5th and was on it. My car ended up being pretty good and I think I would have easily bumped to the semi. Finally I figured out what I needed to do for this track, and it’s not far off my normal setup.
That’s one thing I have found over the years, even when going to an extreme track, what ends up working best, is not an extreme set up, but something close to your base setup, with the right small tweaks. It’s tempting to get carried away, but very rarely if ever does it pay off. For this bumpy slippery track, the main changes I made, compared to how I would normally run my car were:
– 6-6-3 diffs, thin differ made it easy to drive.
– Thinner swaybars for traction, 2.2/2.4. Should try even thinner actually.
– Longer wheel base for better bump handling.
– 1 degree anti squat for better bump handling.
That really is it. Replace the driver and the car could have won!
On another note, am I the only one that finds it scary to see the lack of attendance? World Championship warm up pretty much like a clubrace, with what, 60 drivers? And 55 of them sponsored? That’s not good. And you can’t blame the economy, because NEORace draws hundreds of entries every year, and they limit it to just under 30o I believe. And that’s not with people running multiple classes, that’s unique drivers…..Something is wrong…