The Meridian Track Tamiya TT01 truck
News, Reviews and Results - 19th September 2018 - Welcome to the LRCCC website.

Latest Updates following a committee meeting on 20/8/18

Good news, we have the Meridian Hall booked for every 2nd Sunday each month from April next year so we can have a carpet race meeting once every month. We have also booked every Tuesday evening from 6-10pm throughout 2019, the calendar has been updated to show this for the first 3 months of 2019.

Now the really good news
, to help members we are extending this years membership through to the end of March 2019, so you will not have to pay out for both BRCA and LRCCC membership at the same time at the beginning of the year. Renewal date will be 1st April each year going forward. LRCCC membership next year will be unchanged at £20 for adults and £10 for juniors. Race fees for the full day carpet meetings are £8.00 for LRCCC members with an additional £2.00 for a second car, for non-members it will be £10 with an additional £5.00 for a second car.

We are investigating getting LRCCC branded polo shirts and hoodies made for members to buy, see Scott West if interested, the plan is to get a few samples made for you to see before ordering. Tyres for the next Carpet series are confirmed as the same as last year, Sorex 28R although if people did buy the Rush tyres we will let them use them in the first meeting if they want to, to wear them out. Sorry if this has caused confusion, but we are finding the Rush tyres are wearing out very quickly on our carpet compared with the Sorex tyres.
The truck racing was discussed and once the Carpet series starts we will be carefully checking the trucks to ensure they are standard and comply with the rules so the September test meeting is your last chance to get the trucks set up and fully compliant before the series starts. If your truck does not comply with the rules it will still be allowed to race but won't collect any championship points in the series for that round. This is to ensure this class remains a cheap fun series to race in, if people want to buy all the upgrade options and modify their cars the saloon car classes cater for this very well.

Race report for 11/9/18 by Chris Lovely

So thatís it, no Scott West doing the race report so itís yours truely. A Mitch Fiddling track and after a tweak after practice I think one of the best ones weíve had. Mitch untouchable tonight, but great runs and fastest lap of qualifying by Tom Hardy. Alex Brocklebank on the spannerís so itís in the right direction. Great runs tonight by Richard Howells and James Beckett.
C final Saw the battle between Brian Peall and John Peall. Brian I think sandbagged to race John. Great to see a new memeber in Alfie Larder, I think with weeks to come he will become a good driver.
B final Michael Burks would take the win in this one, Simon Babb not doing badly coming 2nd with only one quali then the final.
A final Mitch ran away with it. I got lucky to not be lapped, Tom recovered to third with Rick and James Great atmosphere in the pits hoping few more will return for next week. Until then, see you there

Latest News

STOP PRESS - we have extended your membership this year through till the end of March 2019, this is to help spread the costs through the year so that you don't have to pay both the BRCA and LRCCC membership at the start of the year when you are recovering from Christmas. Going forward membership renewal will be on 1st April each year. Any new members joining at the start of 2019 will have membership valid to the end of March 2020

We had a poll on Facebook and the majority of our members voted to move to Tuesday. Sunday attendance had been dropping to around 20 drivers with a low of only 8 last Sunday. We cannot afford to hire the full hall with these low numbers so moving to half a hall on a Tuesday will reduce our costs and permit many of our existing member who struggle to get there on Sunday to come back and race on a weekday evening. Half the Meridian hall is almost as big as the Cordeaux hall we used to race in, the only area that will be tight is pit space so we request that people do not bring large pit tables and are prepared to share the Meridian tables. Other than that nothing will change, still the same floor and facilities, you may want to gear down the car to suit the slightly small track, but that should be all the changes needed. The full day Sunday Carpet meetings are unchanged so will be in the full hall with plenty of pit space..

Note that we have changed the Meridian Series back to your best 5 out of 8 results now that we are not racing on a Sunday and no longer clash with the August Bank Holiday and Cadwell Park.

Other News

The Volksworld Series is now complete with Chris Lovely the winner, closely followed by Andrew Green, these two have been the front runners all series, only being beaten in the last round when Mitch Fiddling made an appearance.
The Meridian Series is now complete, there were 3 or 4 rounds of qualifying heats and then 1 or 2 finals each week for the 8 rounds of this series.
The next carpet meeting is fast approaching, please book in via our Facebook page if possible to help us get an idea of the numbers and speed up the booking in process. Not many GT12 cars booked in to date, contact Chris Lovely if you are coming but having trouble booking in via the Facebook page. Remember we will have a class for the Tamiya Trucks, the more the merrier!

The first carpet test day was a great success so we have had several more, the last carpet set up day before the Schumacher Carpet Series starts was on 9th September - book in now via Facebook. There has been a good turn out with 8 of the new Tamiya trucks and the promise of more to come. Jason Lovely seemed to have his set up better than the rest of the trucks and romped home for a decisive win. There was much checking out of his truck to see what his setup was, but other than having his dampers on upside down and inserts in the tyres it looked absolutely box standard. The racing in the other classes was close and looking at the results you can see just how close it was. We still need to master the rolling up of the carpet at the end of the day as this seems to take forever to get it right and its not for the lack of people trying. Thanks for those that stayed to help, it seems we just need a team of carpet fitters to come racing with us!

New class for 2018/19 carpet series
We have added a class for Tamiya TT01E trucks, the aim for this class is low cost and close racing with all trucks to the same specification. The only modifications permitted are for reliability, so ball bearings are permitted throughout the truck, an alloy prop shaft is permitted. To enable the use of the standard LiPo batteries that everyone has, the fitting of a Hobbywing 1060 speed controller is permitted. We want these trucks to look like the real ones and hence the kit wheels and tyres are complusory, additive is permitted to improve grip. These kits are available online for less than £130, bearing kits are around £10 and the Hobbywing ESC is less than £20. Alloy hop-ups such as wishbones, driveshafts, dampers etc are expressly prohibited. A non-Tamiya bodyshell is permitted, but not recommended as the quality of the ones we have seen leaves a lot to be desired. You are allowed to build the car to the best possible standard using shims, oil, grease etc. The kit dampers can have grease or thick diff oil applied to give some damping effect and can be fitted upside down, but must retain all the kit parts. The alternative damper mounting hole on the shock tower can be used if desired. Basically you can tweak and adjust the kit parts to get the best performance from them but cannot go and buy all the expensive hop-up parts available and bolt them on the truck as this defeats the object of the class.
Additive on the tyres seemed to be beneficial and super glue on the tyre sidewalls can help depending on your driving style. Mounting the dampers upside down with a couple of drops of very thick diff oil or grease in them seems to be beneficial, helping to prevent the worst of the bouncing when cornering hard. Overall it has been good close racing with the odd bit of contact till the trucks got spread out a bit on the track. As the day progressed grip roll became more common and several drivers discovered that you can self right your truck with a quick blast of throttle on full lock! At the second test meeting we had a couple of trucks with non-standard parts such as oil filled dampers and faster motors, these were much faster and will not be permitted once we get to the Winter Series races.

The BRCA provide our insurance cover in case of any accidents. They will only cover new drivers for 3 weeks after that you must either join the BRCA or not race. Existing BRCA members must renew their membership before they can race in 2017. The LRCCC committee have to enforce this rule to maintain our BRCA membership and insurance cover. Any driver turning up to race after this 3 week period will not be permitted to drive at the club until they have joined the BRCA. If you have not joined through LRCCC, please make sure you have your BRCA membership card with you as proof of membership.

Tyre additive
The additives permitted are as detailed on the BRCA 1/12th scale website, these are not oil based and hence should not damage the carpet. You will be allowed to add it on the day but will be required to demonstrate that your tyres are "dry" with no excess on them before you race. It is recommended that you have an old towel or similar to dry the tyres before each race. See the Carpet Rules page for more details on the permitted additives.

For the new website I'd like some nice new photos of your latest cars or recent LRCCC events. E-mail them to me - the address is on the home page. I'll get them loaded over the next few weeks. Thanks to those who have sent me photos, I'm working on updating the relevant pages, more pictures always welcome.