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Hot Sunday

Hot Sunday
An unscheduled race was held today to make up for rounds cancelled recently. During the last race I entered (some time in January) the car was epic, but that was at night. In comparison, today is sunny, humid, and hot. Tyres were going to behave differently and motors would run hotter. Before my first run I switched from HPI blue springs to MuchMore reds (reminder: the weights go HPI blue, MuchMore grey, HPI silver, MuchMore red, … etc). I had liked the blue springs, but I was now looking for a little more aggression. In Q1 I sauced and baked my tyres (Sorex 36s) and had my ride height at 5.0...
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TCX Setup

Yesterday I ran the TCX in 17.5 blinky. It was a pretty thin class, as most of the top guys ran other classes. Nevertheless, the car was really fast! The car was good through the slow stuff, and amazing through the fast stuff. I qualified 2nd (in the only qualifier) and won all 3 finals. Here is the setup: TCX_Chas_Egan_2012_DEC_15 <— totally awesome!! Power and speed from the Thunder Power 17.5 was great, but motor temps were still only in the 50s… so more to come from that department. A few weeks ago, at the Nationals, the car was a bit nervous in the rear. Since then I have changed a...
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Nats day four: Silver lining

Nats day four: Silver lining
We started day 4 where we left day 3…. waiting for the rain to end. Jordan Cullis was still keen to strike a deal to get my silver HPI spring. He offered to trade a Reedy Sonic 4.5 mod motor for them (crazy!) but I declined as I’d probably never use it. I asked if he’d give me a TCXX gear diff, and he bit. … And then, with nothing better to do, he and Sandy offered to make my TCX weapon (that’s correct, “weapon” is now an adjective). They tore it apart, checked my dampers (and adjusted the lengths), fixed where I’d over-tightened the damper mounting...
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Nats day three: First qualifying sessions

The qualy sessions today were plagued by bad weather and timing glitches. We managed to get just 2 runs (12 minutes driving) from 13 hours at the track. But despite the lack of track-time, I enjoyed today heaps. We were set up across from some funny dudes from Melbourne: Sandy Iavazzo, Jordan Cullis, and Oscar Piastri (11-year-old prodigy who won the Australian 13.5 titles at the age of 9!). They were all running mod, Sandy with a TC6, Jordan with a TCXX, and Oscar with an Xray. These dudes were properly fast. By the way, Sandy tells me that Jilles Groskamp now builds his shocks with a lot of rebound....
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Nats day two: Practice

Today I managed to get though my to-d0 list. I replaced my shock oil with 400 wt (from 600wt). For the job I borrowed a vacuum chamber (like this). It was awesome… I have to get one. The car was much more drivable with the softer oil. In particular, there were some bumps coming onto the front straight which always made me lofty, but now the car just dipped through them smoothly. I fitted a longer piece of antenna tube, and bent it down so it still fits under my shell. I hoped this would solve my radio glitch i had seen yesterday. Unfortunately the problem wasn’t solved, and happened a few...
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