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    Has anybody set the rules for their enduro race so that cars cannot be worked on during breaks? So, let's say, while the racing is in progress your car slows down (maybe your brushes need replacing). So the question becomes; do you soldier on at a slower speed or give up those laps so that you can run faster. Just curious if anyone has tried this.

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    You can set the rules any way you like. If you can only pit under a green flag, then those are the rules. It wouldn't be unusual to have that kind of rule. Teams or drivers can decide if they should pit or drive a slow car, but I bet most would pit and fix the problem, I know I would.

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      Originally posted by thoskirc View Post
      Has anybody set the rules for their enduro race so that cars cannot be worked on during breaks? So, let's say, while the racing is in progress your car slows down (maybe your brushes need replacing). So the question becomes; do you soldier on at a slower speed or give up those laps so that you can run faster. Just curious if anyone has tried this.
      Our club runs an annual 6-hour enduro in February using original Aurora AFX MagnaTraction cars. We have green-flag pitstops ONLY and that includes cleaning tires and oiling. Normally at the beginning of each heat or sometimes within 30 seconds of the end of a heat, a team will have the driver stop the car (under green flag racing) in front of a team mate who does a quick tire clean. At certain points, maybe every three heats a drop of oil is put on the bottom arm bearing hole if it seems to be getting loud. We've found that if you use modern synthetic oils you often don't have to oil much at all. A driver who in the midst of a long stint feels the tires have gone off enough to be losing too much time, can call for a team-mate to do a tire clean at any time.

      This past year our car finished last because it started chewing up the crown gear or drive pinion and we got slower and slower and it was so late in the day and near the end that we decided to soldier on. Amazing how most of these old cars actually have no problems whatsoever during the race.

      Our rule stipulates that the chassis tub constitutes the car and must not be changed. An arm may fry, a gear may strip, a pickup shoe may need replaced or maybe gets knocked off in a bad shunt, and all can be replaced, but the chassis tub is the car and must stay in or retire. The cars are not magnet-car-fast enough to really damage a tub in a violent wreck so that is never likely to be a problem.

      All of this adds the real-world element of team strategy to the race.

      Scott

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