Category Archives: RC Tracks

Dominican Republic Race – Report Of Sorts

A year ago I came to the Dominican Republic for the first time. At that time, I had only known that they race RC on the DR for about a year, as someone had bought a car from me, and that then turned into me having a distributor on the island. RC racing is in it’s infancy on the DR compared to most of the places I have visited, and when I first visited I ended up convincing, and helping the local RC pioneers register in FAMAR, and then convinced the racers that they should go to the worlds. 1 more country successfully added to the RC Racing scene.

1 year later, I go back, and they have a permanent track built next to two 5 a side football fields, next to a big mall, in Santo Domingo, the capital. That means, they have plenty of potential new RC enthusiasts pass by daily. Location is everything. Not only that, these guys had fireworks, flame throwers, live music, sponsorship from Chevy, Redbull, local harware store, local paint store, etc.

Jurassic Park. For once my lame comment was actually accurate, as part of JP was filmed on the DR.

What I am trying to say is, if they can do this in the Dominican Republic, then there really is no excuse elsewhere. Yes, it can of course be easier in a country like the DR, due to the demographic of RC racers, compared to a European country, but the key is still the passion, regardless of social or economical stature.

Now for some pics from the event.

Truck Podium: 1st JQ, 2nd, Luis Garcia, 3rd Francisco Ortiz

Nitro Podium. 1st JQ, 2nd Carlos Sikora, 3rd Luis Jose

eBuggy Podium 1st JQ, 2nd Luis Garcia, 3rd Carlos Sikora

Dulce Weiss, 11 years old and 4th place in Nitro Buggy. The Dulcenator was impressive. DR’s Jessica Pålsson.

Driving down the motorway, we saw this guy going the same direction, but on the other side, against traffic…

Fuck iiiiit! This is the DR!

Semi drive through in the mountains. This guy’s light switch was a live wire that he pushed in a socket. #healthandsafety

My office. Getting work done, so I can chill. #liveyourlife

 

 

DR Qualifying, Introducing Mormons To Porn, and Pineapple on Tacos

The race is held on a new track, right next to a big shopping mall. There are also two five a side football fields next to the track.

Running eBuggy and Nitro. Longwear medium tyres!

I met my first Mormons. These guys were from Nebraska and Arizona, on a 2 year mission in the DR. I had some questions for them, regarding all the restrictions and their beliefs in general. In addition to not being allowed to consume alcohol, coffee, or to smoke, they also were not allowed to have sex before marriage. Porn and sex in general are a big no no.

…so I showed them some porn.

Their minds were blown, and I managed to convert them to reality, and get them into RC Car racing.

On the track, I was pushing the limit

Other on track action included a bar. I’m not making this up.

Another thing I’m not making up, is these Al Pastor street Tacos with pineapple on them. That’s it, I’m moving to the DR.

Nordics/Bitty Contest/Euros Warm Up Day 1

When tax money is spent right…..

Practice, we talkin’ about practice! Today was a good day. Track is “motocross”, and I love it. It’s balls out, punch it, go fast, but it’s rough and loose, so you have to pick your lines carefully, and you have to hit each section at the right speed. That speed is fast, but it needs to be the right fast. And you can’t avoid all the bumps, you just have to power through them. Exactly the sort of surface I enjoy the most. It’s a case of, either you go fast, or you go slow. Medium will catch out you, and don’t let off if you get in trouble or it will end up worse, just smash the throttle. Like motocross, but safer.

I got both my cars really good, and I’m still basically using a standard bumpy track setup. Only minor changes from track to track, regardless of surface, really happy about that. Things to look at, swaybars, antisquat, toe in, droop.

Lee Martin is running both the JQ cars, nitro and electric, so I hope he will do well. It’s tough because he has very limited track time with nitro, and got the electric at the race, and with the track being “special”, let’s see how it goes tomorrow. Fingers crossed we get them how he likes his cars!

Real food at the track. That’s special!

So you are telling me I should put this red donut into the rubbery thing?

Infinity BLACK Edition

Carlos Duraes was forced to limit his manspreading to 1 meter.

That’s just ridiculous. Bigger than in America.

Max “Full Throttle” Johansson smashed the throttle and seeded 6th in Nitro! Amazing job! He also glues his tyres full throttle, so he needs protection.

You know how you told me to put that red thing in the rubbery thing? It was waaaay better.

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Eskilstuna – Nordic Contest/Euros Warm Up

Another race! This time the Euros will be in Sweden. As long as I have been racing, there has never been a 1:8th scale Euros in Scandinavia, so this is going to be really nice. Above you can see a video of a lap from last summer, and below you can see a track walk by David Ronnefalk. The track is really nice, and it’s looking like the weather is going to cooperate. It should be a lot of fun!

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NEO17 – Day 0

Above you can see the track. Looks very nice, There is a berm, shame that it’s shallow, and in a relatively blind spot from the stand, but it could get dicey. Nice hip jump in back corner, cross over, woops, off cambers, rollers, looks flowing. Looks like a lot of fun to me! Can’t wait.

The JQ team have all arrived, I think there are 12 of us here, and that includes two rental ride drivers. First guy is the retired Petri Ström, who made a comeback, won the Tamiya mini championship back home, and automatically qualified himself for a NEO17 rental ride. Should be good. Preparation for this race, 0%. Received everything at the race. Brought his radio. Should be solid.

Fat Jesus was humbled at the sight of such immense beauty and incredible engineering.

The other rental ride was a no brainer. When we heard Fat Jesus, aka David Gibson applied, we just had to give him a go with the BLACK Edition. I mean if it’s good enough for Jesus, then how much better can things really get?

 

When Fat Jesus made the pilgrimage back to his homeland, he did not expect such a warm welcome.

Everyone received a nice gift pack that THE Galvinator put together, BLACK Edition beanie, gloves, earplugs, easter eggs, the right pistons, and some sort of penis pump.

 

Max immediately decided to launch his modeling career.

A few beers and some laughs, after Fat Jesus turned water into beer for us!

And at some point I actually managed to finish this!

Dialed In Raceway – I Made it More Dialed.

The above track is Dialed In Raceway in Victorville. Even though it’s pretty much in Northern California, it is the best track for SoCal residents. Revelation Raceway is in a better location, but the dirt is worse than hemorrhoids (I’m guessing here obviously). Thunder Alley is up there too, but unfortunately it’s never open. It’s like a fucking diorama, look don’t touch.

Anyway, as you can see above, the track has a new lay out. Now, it is really very good, but our World Champ David RONNEfalk had a slight issue. There is a blind spot 2nd lane from the back left corner. See it? Well, Brent ASS-Ton who runs the track, is a really great guy (or so I thought), and he immediately got all emotional because the World Champ wasn’t 100% happy. So this is what he did.

An unreasonable tractor.

First he tricked me to go to the track to practice. Then he got this ridiculous tractor and dumped a pile of dirt in the blind spot, and handed me a shovel. Basically Brent can’t drive a tractor to save his life. I guess he got the pile in the right general area, but there was definitely ample room to improve his skills.

He then forced me to shovel this goddamn pile of dirt for at least an hour, into what resembled a sort of corner spine, hip-roller, JQ CORNER, while he sipped on his Starbucks and verbally abused me.

Btw, Ass-ton, get it?

Brent did however then pack the new section while I rested.

So there you go, Dialed In Raceway is now officially Dialed.

DNC17 – The Track

dnc17-neo-0277-x2There was a lot of crying and complaining about the track at DNC. A lot of tears were shed, a lot of feelings were hurt, a tremendous amount of arms were smashed, believe me. I have given the organisers a hard time for the fact that they forgot to organise. I still haven’t seen results from the race. I probably never will. But The Dirt crew have one thing going for them. The track.

I feel like there were a few years where Joey got a bit lazy with the track. You arrived and thought, “that’s it, really?”. However, the last couple of years, the tracks have been really good, and specially this one. As much as I enjoy a full straight, once they smoothed out the jumps at the front, they actually made for a great track feature.

The great thing about this track, was how difficult it was, and how varied it was. It had a little bit of everything, and to make a good lap was rewarding. It wasn’t like the track was random, after the 1st practice day at least. Everything was doable, and repeatable, it was just that it was difficult to do. Perfect. With a difficult track like this, the good thing is that you can actually catch someone by pushing a bit more, and taking some risks. Everyone isn’t doing the same thing, you can go faster, but the risks grow. If the track is easy, you can’t catch up, you just have to hope the driver in front makes a mistake.

For all the people crying, I would just like to share with you Maifiled’s quote. “It’s not the Nitro Easy, its Nitro CHALLENGE!”. I hope Joey keeps making the track special, like this one was, when the best drivers in the world are making mistakes, you know the difficulty level is on point.

2wd 1st Win Ever & LiveRC

FINALLY! I finally kept my shit together enough to win a club race in 2wd at OCRC. For anyone who hasn’t been there, I can tell you, that it’s not an easy task! The locals are super fast here, and specially in 2wd. It was a great race too, 5 lead changes, 3 different leaders, and check out that sweet inside move for the lead at 1:50 or so. How do you like them apples?

If you have been reading this blog, you know that I started it by saying that I want to see if it’s possible to go from average to above average by dedicating more time to driving practice, and having a thoughtful approach to improving. One of my goals was to improve in 2wd in America, because it’s a hard class to do well in here. When I arrived I was getting lapped by these guys, and now just over a month later I can hang with them. There’s still 1 month until the Reedy Race, so let’s see if I can find some more speed for that. One good thing this year, is that the drivers I am racing against now, have in past years been completely unbeatable for me. I’m talking a lap faster in 5 minutes. So some improvements have been made, that’s obvious. The PR Racing car is working well too. I have been running the standup gear box MM version, but now I will be trying the lay down FM version to see how that performs. Everyone else is running lay down cars, so I might as well give it a try.

LiveRC have recently updated their websites results viewing section, and after hating the damn thing at the worlds, I am beginning to understand it. I still click on the wrong link at least once before getting to see the results where I get to check my lap times, but this version clearly has a lot more potential than the previous one. One cool feature I didn’t even notice until today was that you can watch all the races on the results page, at least from OCRC. The results page for the above race is here.

Not bad, not bad at all. Now just make it a bit more simple and clear to use, and it’s a winner! And fix the glitches, I mean there still isn’t a results sheet from the Worlds in Vegas….

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Fall Brawl – 6am to 6pm, pretty much – MAINS!!!

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Today was all about mains. Frank, my protege of the week end had qualified in the lowest main. OH MAN! How did this happen. Well partly because this is his first big race. So after a quick pep talk, it was all business. A sip of moonshine for warmth, fist pump, you can do this. The main starts and it doesn’t look good. Then something clicked and Frank laid down some incredible sections and lines, landed jumps perfect, WHAT THE….. Ken Tackett and me couldn’t believe it. What was going on. Frank reeled in the leader and finished a close 2nd, bumping to the next main. That’s how you do it. One friend down, one to go, Jordan Hardwick, how do you like THEM apples?

Is this

Is this “Redneck Fabrications”? This was dialed.

Next race, things were getting tense, this was going to be a really tough one. Franks other racing buddy Lukas was in this one, all American flagged out, racing his superdialed Losi. Sorry, TLR. I think Frank had higher goals, he was going for the win, me, I just wanted Frank to beat his friends. The race was on, it was crazy as only the lower mains could be. You know how you watch a car and it’s all going well, then it’s as if a grenade goes off under it and it exits stage right, taking out someone in the process. Never ending entertainment. I had tried to speak to Frank about staying calm, keeping his cool, but he had moments of overly ambitious moves that ended in some spectacular Cirque du Soleil shit. Ryan Lutz was out there marshalling, I don’t know why, the guy is nuts if you ask me. After all the carnage, it came down to the last lap, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? Last lap, the American flag TLR was straight ahead, Frank had re-found his groove. He wasn’t going to let Lukas Whatshisname beat him. And 3 corners from the finish Lukas caught a pipe, Frank was through, and he MADE IT! He beat his racing friends, my job was done. Awesome. It was maybe 7:30am, and we headed back home, for some more sleep.

Quote of the event:

JQ, have you ever thought about making a Truggy?

-Yes, for about 3 seconds…(Walks away)

Here’s a short report from Frank:

Running the Gauntlet with JQ…. WHAT A WEEKEND!!! I feel that as a relatively newcomer to this sport, and thinking that I know a decent amount about how to drive and race, I was sorely mistaken. JQ is not only down to earth, but a genuine human being and was kind enough to share his wisdom of what makes a driver not just a hobbyist. He has a great vehicle, and the knowledge of how to use it equivalent to what a world champion F1 driver would possess. Over the weekend I felt as though I ran an RC Gauntlet, and it surely paid. He is a plethora of knowledge, skills and more importantly, humanity. Not knowing me before this weekend, he has started the process of turning me into a competitive driver, and for that I am eternally greatful. Anyone out there looking into getting into RC, JQ offers top notch products and if you ever read his blogs, drops tons of knowledge. The Fall Brawl was my first big race ever, and he showed me that I CAN drive like I want to with a little dedication and focus.

Parker Tackett knows what's good!

Parker Tackett knows what’s good!

Parker Tackett and Todd Tucker were also racing their JQ’s, with both of them bumping at least once, Todd looking very good in his electric main, winning after a solid performance. Parker bumped into the Jr main so he got to race the big A! Great job Parker, and you are clearly a superior driver to your dad. He needs to consider becoming full time mechanic. :-p. TJ Pollard was also about to run his eCar main when his speedo decided to go on vacation some place warmer. Damn eCars! Better luck next time dude! I know a guy doing good deals on nitro cars! 🙂

Todd Tucker before his nitro main. Got that REDS motor purring warming up

Todd Tucker before his nitro main. Got that REDS motor purring warming up

As for me, this being the first time here, I now know better what to expect. I need to figure out the tyre saucing situation, I didn’t use any and do believe it hurt me, and I need to bring different tyres and compounds. Looks like you need super soft and clay, and small pins, indoor tyres basically. This was an indoor track outdoors lol. Regardless of that, I did make the main, I finished 8th, and had no problems during the whole event. Cole Ogden was leading and looking good but his tyres came unglued. Ryan Lutz ended up winning. In truggy Cole Ogden won, and in eCar JR Mitch won, so 3 classes, 3 different brands and drivers won. That’s quite unusual I think!

Big thank you to everyone here for putting on the race, and to Frank and friends for all the great hospitality. I had a lot of fun, even though the result was not what I wanted.

Fall Brawl 2016 – Myrtle Beach SC

img_52491I’m over here in Myrtle Beach South Carolina for the Fall Brawl race. The track is super nice, and I can’t wait for the race to start tomorrow. Today was practice, and as is usual in America, it was a complete joke. Stand in line for 15-20min and drive for 5. Maybe get another run in, and then wait for 5 hours until you can stand in line again. I really wonder when race organisers here will understand how much better controlled practice in heats is. Everyone gets the same track time, and there is no need to waste your life standing in line. Here’s hoping it will happen!

A really great turn out here, and I’m hoping the weather stays sunny. I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow.