Sunday, April 6, 2014

SCVRC TNS Series Race

Hello everyone! I was up bright and early to attend the Top Notch Racing Series race held at SCVRC. I wanted to test out my new Pro-Line Pro2 truck that I have been working on these past couple weeks. This was the first time my car hit the track! I had only driven it on the street near my house. As usual, the TNS race started at 9 and there was controlled practice from 7-8:30. I have been short on time lately so I had to glue up my tires at the track!

I glued up some Pro-Line ION tires onto to Pro-Line F11 wheels with no offset. These tires are epic! I had all the traction I could ever want and I did not even have to sauce the tires. From the first run to the last, the tires stayed consistent and never faltered. I am really happy that I am now using these tires for my indoor racing!

The facility was kind of small inside the track area and there were limited amounts of pit space. There was some extra pit spaces on the side of the building though, where the air compressor was located. The staff was super friendly and were very helpful in the hobby shop!

The course was very challenging and had lots of technical turns and jumps. The dragons back proved to be quite a challenge to hit smoothly. You needed to have a smooth rhythm to single double out or try and triple it if you took the turn a little wide before the jump. I noticed that taking the inside line and doing a single double over and into the next turn was very consistent for me. Trying to triple or double single proved to be to inconsistent for my taste.

The next most challenging part of the course was the whoops. Coming out of a high speed turn, you had to try and hit the whoops with a good rhythm. I noticed that a double, quad, single was a very fast way to go through this obstacle, but I was able to get that rhythm down consistently. I ended up working with a double triple double and that proved to be sufficient for me.
Here is another shot of the track. There was a nice big triple near the drivers stand that was very fun to jump. The big S turn in the middle of the track also proved to be a challenge. Trying to stay on the correct line in race conditions was tough.

Here is a shot of my truck. It was amazing to drive. It jumped really well and was extremely consistent overall. I ended up placing 7th out of 8, but I did not expect too much since this was my first time on a track with the truck. I am very happy with what I learned from this test and I will be much more prepared for OC/RC racing this friday!

I also took 2nd place in SCB! Which was awesome! I have not quite finished my Proline SCB so I had to settle for my Associated vehicle.

Thank you Pro-Line for having such amazing products!

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line vehicles with the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

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