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Sports Car and Trans-Am at STR on 10/25/21


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Posted 26 October 2021 - 10:23 AM

Nine racers showed up for the Sports Car and Trans-Am contest at STR on 10/25/21.  The track was somewhat loose to begin with but got better throughout the evening.
 
Rich ran clean to win the Sports Car race finishing with 89.4 laps. Meanwhile, the battle for the bottom two steps of the podium was very close with three drivers within a lap and a half between them. Bob finished second with 86.8 laps with Joe at 86.1 laps and Ron with 85.4 laps for second through fourth respectively. Joes third place finish was quite good considering that his Testarossa was powered by a Deathstar.
 

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The Trans Am race featured an interesting field of at least one new ride and a couple of True Scale cars. Ron ran a brand new green Barracuda. Scott and Mike selected True Scale cars (Scott; Firebird, Mike; Camaro). The True Scale cars, although competitive, are at somewhat of a disadvantage.  These have scale wheels and are fitted with a production chassis.  Other competitors ran OSCAR based cars which feature more sophisticated custom brass and wire chassis and smaller wheels.[/size]
 
After the race, a couple of items were noticed. Scotts Firebirds guide flag was bent down, possibly a result of a wreck during the race. This hampered handling in quite a negative way.  Had this been noticed earlier, Scott would have clocked a higher lap total.  Also, we noticed that Lowells Barracuda was taller than others. OSCAR Trans Am cars can be lowered to a specified height.  Lowells Barracuda was about an eighth of an inch taller than it needed to be to meet spec.  The lower allowable spec would have benefitted Lowell who might have otherwise finished with a higher lap total.
 
Joe won the Trans Am race finishing with 89.8 laps.  The bottom two steps of the podium were hotly contested by three racers all finishing on the same lap. In the end it was Bob with 87.8 laps, Rich with 87.4 laps and Ron with 87.3 laps to finish second through fourth respectively.  
 

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Posted 26 October 2021 - 10:37 AM

The true scales do look better with the larger wheels, but then it was a race not a modeling contest.

 

You could have a true scale sub class within the class I guess but that's more to keep up with.


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Posted 26 October 2021 - 11:13 AM

The true scales do look better with the larger wheels, but then it was a race not a modeling contest.

 

You could have a true scale sub class within the class I guess but that's more to keep up with.

 

At STR the owner allows the OSCAR based cars to run with the True Scale Cars.  At my track, Electron Raceway, these same competitors race only True Scale cars.  STR and Electron are both in the same town and we race at STR one week, then Electron the next

 

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