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Old 2019.01.07, 11:05 AM   #1
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RVA Mini Z Racers News - 01/07/2019 (Richmond, VA)

RVA Mini Z Racers News | 01/07/2019


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Happy Holidays and New Year!

* Wow it's been a busy final few weeks of 2018 and also first week of 2019! We are starting up our first official races at this track this month with the first race being January 25th. Classes have been fleshed out for said races, some rules have been updated, and we had a massive turn out for the Sunday prior to Christmas! More on all this below.

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Official Races Beginning

* Our first official race of 2019 is going to be January 25th beginning at 4pm and ending at 8pm. This will be an event where we mostly attempt to figure out how we will make it all work as it's envisioned, so future races will run smooth.

$10 entry fee. Two classes to race (Modified and Stock), and all of the entry fee money will be paid out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both the stock and modified class with a Hobbytown Gift Card. 1st place will get 50%, 2nd place will get 35% and 3rd place will get 15%.

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Updated Rules

* The major update to the rules is that now tire compound "Sticky Fingers Oderless Tire Conditioner" can be used on the track.
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Defined Competition Classes

* Classes are now more defined.

Modified now has much more freedom as to what can be used, only restriction would be that the car use a brushed motor AND be a MR-03 RWD chassis only during competition and/or during time attack contest.
01/19/2019 Rule Update: There is now no restriction on brushed motor turn, caveat being you must be able to drive the vehicle without being uncontrollable.

Box Stock is now restricted to 98mm MR-03 stock MINI-Zs only. The LM Mercedes cannot be run in this class. After numerous tests on our track, the LM Mercedes out of box out performs every other stock 98mm Mini Z, with the LM Mercedes sometimes hitting Modified lap times. This rule would also apply to the Time Attack Contest.

Box Stock is able to use aluminum lug nuts and Kyosho and/or any other brand tire (ie - PN, Marka, etc).
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Time Attack Contest Rules Updated

* Starting this month HobbyTown Richmond, VA will be hosting monthly Mini Z Time Attack contests. Whichever driver runs the fastest lap around the track in both stock or modified class will score a $10 HobbyTown gift card. HobbyTown will update the Time Attack board throughout the month so participants can track who is at the top. Box Stock class rules will apply to this contest.
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YouTube Channel

* I personally started a personal project website (Mini Z Track Directory via http://minircracing.com) and by extension created a YouTube channel associated with the project. It will predominately show footage from the track but will probably branch out to other tracks and/or mini scale events also.

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Old 2019.01.07, 01:43 PM   #2
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Great news. However, if you are running on RCP the use of ANY chemical on tires will adversely affect the racing surface. BIG TIME!
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Old 2019.01.07, 04:13 PM   #3
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Old 2019.01.07, 09:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the update Josh. I had a great time on the track this past Sunday. I plan to make more Sunday events and maybe chase that time attack down.

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Byebye is gonna tear that track up!!! Glad to see you made it out there to run. Your expertise in the mini-z will help build a nice foundation.
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Old 2019.01.12, 09:34 AM   #6
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Thanks for the update Josh. I had a great time on the track this past Sunday. I plan to make more Sunday events and maybe chase that time attack down.

Kris
Was great meeting you dude! Looking forward to next time. I wanna try and get one of those 3d printed splitter and diffuser as well! Really awesome work on those.
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Old 2019.01.19, 10:25 AM   #7
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Recent update to Modified MR-03 rules 01/19/2019.

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Happy Thursday all, Hobbytown has posted the rules for running Mini z's for both the stock and modified racing on the posts by the track. Please note to everyone that the Modified motor rule is any Brushed motor. There is no rule anymore on the turns. Bring it on.
- Mark (RVA Mini Z Racers)
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I am curious as to why there is a limitation for brushed motors only in the modified class. Is this because the shop does not carry the brushless cars?
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Old 2019.01.22, 08:06 AM   #9
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I am curious as to why there is a limitation for brushed motors only in the modified class. Is this because the shop does not carry the brushless cars?
From what I've heard, brushless was attempted at the track when things were getting started and it was just too fast.
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I am not an advocate of just outright banning VE cars from competition but I do believe in keeping them separate from the brushed cars.

With the advent of the myriad of aftermarket 1/27 scale offerings on Brushless as well as Lipo's it becomes advantageous to have a place for them to compete. These cars tend to attract competitors from the larger scales as they lack the toy appearance that haunts the standard Mini-Z line. I would set it up so anything with an aftermarket chassis and VE power would be kept segregated in an open class while the stock VE powered chassis cars be run as a limited class. Keep your stock based brushed chassis cars as stock.

As a start up group this type of format will keep you from alienating any of your prospective racers while they strive to find the level they ultimately compete in.

Just my thoughts.
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I couldn't agree with mleemor more. While we do run our brushless and brushed cars together, and have had success in doing so, hudy having the ability of all cars to gain track access is important for growth.

In the 70t class, the 3500kv brushless motor is roughly equivalent to the PN 70t brushed motor, but both have advantage over the kyosho white endbell mabuchi.

The 5500kv class motors have a little more grunt than the 50t, and are more closely matched with the atomic 48t or PN 43t brushed motors.

The 8500kv kyosho motor in my mind doesn't have much place in racing, and the 12000kv offering is a drag strip car in the making that needs runway clearance before takeoff. The 12k lacks any sort of feedback and sensitivity for track use.

In brooklyn, we are all using the 3500kv and PN 70t motors for both the 70t class and the pro stock 43t/5500kv AAA limited class. The slower motors prove to be the fastest way around this smaller track, although in pro stock racers have the option for more power if they want to choose it.

I personally keep flip flopping with my preference between brushed and brushless motors. My personal opinion is that within their respective classes, they are equal in pace and it really comes down to preference in feel.

I have gradually been moving more towards brushless motors due to the lower maintenance requirements, but there are a lot less tricks that can be done with them to find speed than with the brushed motors, so I often look towards the brushed motors in motor restricted classes as I can pull from my bag of tricks and gain an edge when needed, as where with brushless, you get what you get every time and can only really gain with battery power.

I can completely understand the scope of racing that is aimed with the role structure, but to restrict against the newer brushless technology entirely means that there is an entire segment of the scale that cannot participate without getting new equipment which may be seen as a deterrent.

I think that if you have an option for 5600kv limit in the modified class, it would offer a place to run, and tacers might not feel alienated, or run an open class separately.
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