Well, after plenty of racing at the Northwest Drivers' Challenge on Friday and Saturday, Darren and I dragged Alan away from his Futbol match to run the round.
I had a look over the cars as they were unpacked. I checked and reset the braid on the cars and found that one of the struts of WCR's rear wing had come apart again. While Alan repaired it, he found that the front axle was not turning freely. He loosened one of the set screws from underneath by 1/4 turn, re-lubricated it and it spun fine. During qualifying I remarked that DaveL's car seemed bound up or something. We had a look and Alan found that the rear axle had no side-play at all. He couldn't budge the wheels and had difficulty moving the gear, but managed to free it up slightly. It didn't seem to make much of a difference though.
Since Darren had qualified the cars at both the Victoria rounds, I got 1 minute each to learn the cars and set a time in the green lane in their overall order, Redlynr first. It really showed how different the Windsor is to the majority of the tracks on this year's Shootout. While overall throughout the year, the top inline qualifier has an average of 12th, only one inline car was outside the top 12 here:
We rearranged the cars into qualifying order, entered the numbers into the computer and ran them in Red, Green and Blue lanes after doing a number of laps with our own Slot.it Group C Challenge cars we raced on Friday night.
I checked and reset the braid on the cars and found that one of the struts of WCR's rear wing had come apart again. While Alan repaired it, he found that the front axle was not turning freely. He loosened one of the set screws from underneath by 1/4 turn, re-lubricated it and it spun fine.
Thanks for the fixes! I wonder how long it's been running like that.
Good for you guys putting in the effort to run the round after two solid days of racing!
As you have already seen, the results are as follows:
The race went fairly smoothly. There were still a few cars that flung tires, but cars that were consistent and didn't have any bad habits were rewarded and Redlynr's car was amazing. C Mc just managed to sneak through for the win and The Professor's car surprised us as it moved up silently from its lowly qualifying spot. If that check from Dickie ever shows up I'm sure it will bounce...