Stephane Doucet Q2 Report
Not much action between march and the end of may. The first big race event was held on May 30, in Kennetcook, Nova-Scotia, for our 1st round of Maritime Offroad Series.
That first round wasn’t really good for me. I raced in 2 classes, or should I say, I registered in 2 classes: 2wd buggy and 4wd short course. Lets start with the 2wd buggy.
At the beginning of the practice round, I knew something was wrong with it, I wasn’t able to keep it straight, almost as if there would have been a brake on one wheel only, so I missed the first qualifier working on the buggy. On the second qualif, I started in last position (14 entries) thinking I had fixed it. I guess there was still something wrong, cause it kept spinning to the left side. Figured out I would just try to keep a slow pace and I managed to finish in 13th place. After countless efforts to try to isolate the problem (replace the bearings, change for stiffer diff fluid, replace shocks, add weight to the front, ect I raced the 3rd qualif and it was a bit better but I never been able to get a good pace so everyone lapped me. Right at the start of the B-Main, I hit the throttle and BAM, turned straight to the left and I had lost all steering. Servo Saver nut became loose and I wasn’t able to steer. So a bad day for that class.
For the 4wd short course class, this is my preferred class, I started really good, placing 3rd in my heat on my 1st qualif, 2nd in my heat on my 2nd qualif and in 3rd on the last qualif, placing me in 3rd for the B-Main. Unfortunately, I didn’t had much luck with this one as well. In the main, after the first 2 turns, my servo died.
There were a few local club races, between 1st round and 2nd round, but for me it was mostly practice and tune up.
Round 2 of Maritime Offroad Series - June 28.
This one went better than round one. I dropped the 2wd buggy class, with all the problems I had with it, and decided to try my new to me 1/8 nitro buggy. So I registered in 2 classes again this time. 4wd Short Course open and 1/8 Nitro Buggy.
4wd SCT: The first qualifier wasn’t so bad but I had a bit of trouble keeping all 4 wheels on the track, I figured out that ride height was a bit high. I did a quick change for 2nd qualif. and WOW the truck was going exactly as I wanted! I double lapped everyone! it was really gripping on the track, was perfectly set up. All that to figure out after the heat that my laps had not all been counted…only first 6 laps were there… but why? Anyway, time to go marshall for the next class. Just a few seconds before the start of their heat, I saw it, my transponder laying in the middle of the track! Damn thing fell off the truck, so bye bye best run of the day. (Only have 1 transponder that I switch between 2 cars, let me just tell you that on the last heat it was really well attached on it haha). 3rd qualif, I was so stressed to loose my transponder that I wasn’t focused enough, I managed to start in 5th place in the B Main, which I finished 3rd.
1/8 Nitro Buggy: For my first time ever owning a nitro buggy, I did good! Wasn’t expecting anything, but the experience was great! Qualifiers were really good, there was only 4 of us racing in that class. 1 qualif I finished 3rd, 2nd qualif = 2nd and 3rd qualif 2nd. Then came the 15 minute main; first of all, I didnt knew how long I could go on a tank of fuel, secondly, I didnt had a pit guy. I asked a fellow racer and it was a blast! I finished in 4th place, but now I know how long I can do on a tank and also know that I need a fuel gun haha! besides that, the day was PERFECT! great track and lot of fun.