Day one was fairly succesful.
Day two …..
The day started off with 1 practice round followed by two rounds of controlled practice. It was said that the qualifying heats would stay similar to that of the practice groups however some changes would be made if there where clear pace differences. This is my preffered system. It means that you can still try things in these practice rounds and still get some good laps in and the officials would then after the runs check if some reseeding is needed.
It was clear to see that Ronald and Bruno was fast of the first laps with Alex and Marc aftert them. However Alex got his speed up after about 1 min 30. Bruno set the 2 fastest laps with Alex close behind but it was the 5 min pace of Alex who raised the eyebrows as he was about 2 tenths faster per lap.
Controlle practice was finished and we waited for the new heat lists.
30 min before the first qualifying round should start there was the final reseed list. And for some reason there where no changes at all. Not 1 single change. Even Freddy Sudhoff who was not even present at the race still had start nr 6 in the A quali heat. So some drivers complained or asked about this issue to there team managers and they went to the officials. 15 min later there was a new list on the information wall. This time they went only on the top times from the CP but for some reasons Freddy Sudhoff was still in the top heat. 10 min later the FINAL heat list emerged. 5 min before the start of the first heat…..
So instead of following there own rules and saying with some ressedings they screwed up this simple task and we had a small chaos before the first round. The first round when it starts to matter.
Anyways. The first round got underway. The stock drivers out first. As I wrote before 2 sets of tires available for the 5 rounds of qualifyers. 2 minutes into the qualifying the race director stopped the race. Turned out that the staring order of the drivers was wrong and there was also the wrong drivers on the rostroom as they had not been informed on time. So welcome to the Euros 2015. When it starts to matter things get screwed up.
So after 2 min of racing….the time schedule was postponed for 30 minutes so-that the drivers could get new tires of course, get it prepared before going out again. The race director however did not think it was necessary to give the the drivers any new tires and he wanted them only to go re charge for 5 minutes. Quote…its only for slow drivers who cares….
But some of us do care and they got there tires and time prepare again.
Second attempt to start the qualifying rounds went without hassle.
In stock it was clear that Marek would be the one to beat with Jan and fast french brothers Delorme behind.
Modified would be exciting. Alex had told me before the start that he thought that the race tires felt alot harder compared to the practice tires. I said to him that its the same and he should not bother to think about it.
First lap out Marc made the fastest lap 7 tenths faster then Alex. Ronald was also fast and Bruno was slow. It looked like they where drinving on ice for th efirst minute. Ronald pulled away in the lead with Bruno second Marc third and Alex fourth. After the 2 minute mark Alex got up to speed though. Picking tenths of Bruno and Ronald every lap. Ronald had a lead of over 1.5 sec. After 4.30 Alex had eaten up the gap pushing really hard and emerged into the lead. With 1 lap left he unfortunately spun loosing 1 sec and would end up 0.7 behind Ronald but still second place. Alex best lap time was 14.99. 1.5 hour before in CP he drove 14.2
So it was clear to see that what Alex told me before was indeed true. As his 5 min pace was also about 10 seconds slower
Ronald took a deserving TQ no doubt. But it put us at a position..our additive doesnt work with the race tires. So 10 packs of testing almost for nothing. For second qualifyer we had to gamble and change. We have a lot of experience but still one never knows what will happend.
We stayed on our first set of tires and ran them for the second time and it turned out that everone else did the same.
The new additive worked and Alex and Bruno as well, refound there practice pace and they took an easy 1/2 this round with Alex infront.
Ronald and Alex now had 1 TQ each but Ronald had a better time, due to the new tires.
In the third round we decided to go for new tires to put us in a position where the other drivers would be under pressure. Bruno and Ronald did not use there tires. Alex took an easy TQ and also a faster TQ then Ronald in the first round. Since Alexs pace on old tires was much better then Ronald we calculated that Ronald might take another TQ with new tires but he would still need to have a 2nd position as well and the last round of the day Alex, Bruno and Ronald would need to run on the the tires for the second time we where fairly sure that Ronald would only get a 3rd and Alex would battle it for TQ with Bruno.
During the morning we had some power cuts in the pits, no major or long ones but 2/3 times.
In the forth round of qualifying we again got some. No power in the pits, the lights where out. Before the second fastest heat in Mod it had been out for a while and tire heaters where not working and some got worried that there tire treatment would not work.
4th round was underway with Tim Wahl and Michel Orlowski on new tires. The second of only 2 sets. Of course the second most important qualifying run of the complete Euros.
Then disaster happend. It turns out that the lap counting system was on the same power source as the pits. After 4 minutes of running the heat is stoppend. Then chaos broke out again of course. Team manager meeting. How to solve this issue.
What would be done with the qualifying round?
What would be done with the tire issue?
And honeslt how can you run a European Championships and not having either a separate ower source or a sufficient back up solutioon so that something like this can not happen!?
Well after some 30 minutes of team manager meetings the complete 4th round was cancelled. There would now only be 4 rounds of qualifying. 2/4 counting instead of the 3/5.
The drivers who used there new set of tires where fucked. Noone would get new tires. So for Tim Wahl and Michel Orlowski the Euros was over. No possibility to get into the Amain anymore. The reason was they said that they did not have enough tires to spare!!… but since I know there an tire shipment arrived on that day signed to the forwarding company from the Race director I know that there where tires there but he probably did not mention this during the team manager meeting. He also did not want to give the drivers of round one new tires either. So frustration was very high of course.
We, me and Tim, spend 1 week. 2 plan tickets, 2 train tickets, 1 week of hotel cost, 7 sets of practice tires, so that the race would get fucked up because the organizor and track owner who also happend to be the race director cant make sure to have enough electricity at a electric race. And still dont forget there where only 60 drivers at this event in total. 60!! ETS has over 300 and manages this. Its called, getting generators on standby if something with the power fails, because people send to much money to go to a race and then getting fucked because the organizor cant proporly prepare and think about what IF….
The race was delayed of course. It took a while before all was settled. This also meant that the last qualifying round would be run with shadows on the track instead of hot burning Portugese sunshine.
Ronald and Bruno and most used there 2nd set of new tires Alex driving on the tires a third time.
Ronald took TQ infront of Bruno with Alex in a strong 3rd only 2 seconds of. However since the track was much much faster Ronald had 2TQ rund as did Alex but the fastest one was Ronalds.
So the incompetence of getting the power to work also screwed up the qualifying for Alex as well.
Ronald deserved the TQ no doubt. The rules where changed he could do nothin aabout that and he did his best. So the TQ glory should not be taken away from him. He did nothing wrong. This is important to remember.
Nevertheless I was very upset and frustrated this evening…….
Today the first rounds of practice went underway for the TC Euros in Portugal.
It is the same track as where the Euros where held 2 years ago. What I heard is that this club was the only club in all of Europe who applied to host the event. Can’t blame the club here in Portugal for that. They applied and got it. But it is scary that there was not one single other club in ALL of Europe who applied….
Today so far from the organization all has worked very well. There was one round of practice this morning which Alexander topped but in the second round rain came ruining.
A team manager meeting was held to change the time schedule to adapt to the situation and change controlled practice to tomorrow morning instead of this evening.
The sun again came up and grip levels where back and practice again went underway. The grip increased for every run. It was a mix of Bruno, Ronald and Alex as well as Marc R topping the 2 fastest consecutive laps. In the last round the flying Fin Viljami Kutvonen went out to show his intention for the event and finished third in the last round and since the last round was the fastest he is also overall third. See attached pic for the picking order (times on the side was from round one so not relevant to the ranking)
So. If all runs like today I think we can look forward to a very very exciting Euros start in with qualifying tomorrow. 3/5 count with 2 sets of tires for qualifying so one round of running used tires will also count. However since the drop off is fairly big we might see different tire strategies mixing qualifying results up a lot.
So all in all. Good first day. Just very sad that there are only 32 drivers singed up for this Euros…..
Last weekend the 2015 version of the German Nats was run.
Many years now DMC (the german RC federation) has struggled alot in similar fashion like EFRA and other european RC Federation with getting enough drivers attending and thus loosing prestige in a “old” way of racing.
Because lets face it. The new RC is gaining ground because the older ones just dont seem like they want to join the new century. Even if where are already 15 years into it.
There are to many rules making no sense and even if the officials even agree and admit that this is true there are no real ways to change them as making any rule changes takes forever and many times new good suggestions which are put thru the “correct” channels are discarded or not voted in favor for, from people who are or who have not been active in racing for so many years that they have no idea of what this century has to offer.
So it was with some half hope and half discomfort which I left last Thursday with my team to the German Nats. Half hope since there where a good amount of drivers attending and the level in Stock and especially Modified is outragesly good. In Modified you need to be a top 20 world to make the top 10 more or less. Thats how high the competition is in Germany since many years.
Arriving at the track Friday morning after a soso nights sleep do to alot of traffic outside the hotel where we stayed which sucked by the way. I have been at the track of AMC Hamm 1 time before. 2008 where I raced my last race as an active racer. The race track had been resurfaced and a new layout was there as well.
I LOVE THIS TRACK. Honestly it is one of the best I have visited for along time. Traction was very high. Asphalt was smooth and in Modified….it ….was …..friiiiiicking fast.
The Modified drivers reached a top speeds of 120km/h (75mph). And never once I thought that the cars had reached there speed limit..If only the track was longer hahahha
Anyway. Friday was free practice and it was truly great. Good weather and great track.
Saturday was qualifying and I was very happy at the end in Stock. All 3 of my drivers made the A-main. and for the first time Clemens Neubert made the A-main. He is getting up to speed
Valentin Hettrich took TQ after 2 TQ runs and 2 second places. Tobias Vogel showed some of his former pace getting back with a 4:th infront of ETS winner Jan Rathesky.
In Modified Marc Rheinard all of a sudden turned back the clock some years and easily dominated Modifed qualifying.
Sunday unfortunately the predicted rain came along and ruined what could have been some epic battles and “true” champs. I am for rain races in general. But not going into this discussion. Not this time. Maybe later some day.
So, now I sounded fairly positive right? DMC and all.
Well, I am and was very positivly surprised. Until the rain arrived I must say that I was very impressed. Very impressed indeed. Good organization. Open for discussions. Trying there best to get the best possible solution and actually being FLEXIBLE instead of following some stupid rules 100%. If the rain would have stayed away we would truly have had, once again, a German Nats with the the status and prestige it deserved. There actually is light in the tunnel.
To let you know that I am not bullshitting about this I have already made up my mind and decided to join the German Nats next year in Singen (south of Germany) and I will not only join but I will also race next time. I still dont really really understand why we still need to pay expensive licences and qualify for a race which is not completely full. But there is light in the tunnel and I would definetly want to join and help the way I can to make sure that it becomes even brighter in the future again.
– There where quit a few drivers who confronted me during tha Nats and asked, why I comment, critizice and care about DMC since its dying anyway. Well my answer was easy. Its because I do actually CARE! I believe that a National Title should MATTER. I believe in this. But to get there, things needs to change and improve and for a long time I have not seen improvements only decline. But this year improvements where visible. Now I just hope that it continues as well as the never ending hope that the rules will be simplified and more straight forward (DMC, EFRA, SBF etc etc) so that we can work on getting RC back to where it belongs. Fully attended races and great battles with great drivers.
Now, I will go celebrate the fact that I just turned half 70
So what was it I actually did in Taiwan.
I made some comments about Iris of course before flying, however what does actually happen during a business trip in RC meeting with possible vendors?
This is actually a funny subject because so many seem to know what RC business is and how it works even if they never actually worked in the RC industry (being a driver does not count even if most want to think so).
Before I flew to Taiwan I already set up a couple of meetings with different vendors. Some I found over the internet, some who had contacted me and wanting to produce Iris and some thru friends and contacts. I prefer, when I do business, to meet and greet, instead of only trusting that all will be made as agreed. Especially since last year where I already “f*^cked” this up, I have gotten more careful as well as gaining painful but well needed experience.
How can I know that the one contacting me want to help me realizing my dream and not just taking the drawings for there own and make Iris under a different name and without me? Well I cant. Of course even when going there and meeting with them you can never be sure but at least you get a better idea of who there are and what they want. Additionally going there you also learn if they are doing things for other companies or do they also produce under there own name etc and better understand the situation. 1 Big advantage for inhouse manufacturers on this point, you dont need to worry about these things (of course being inhouse manufacturer you need to worry about many other things instead).
Another big and important reason why I went to Taiwan was also to meet up with ORCA. Frankie and Kevin who I have worked very closely with for the last years but mainly over internet. As I meet with Frankie in HongKong inbetween my China trip, we discussed already then how to continue with ORCA and move forward the best way so this trip would also be a week where we would test as well as discuss intensivly how to continue and improve as well as reflect over our succesfull cooperation since we started almost 4 years ago.
So first up a kind of disclaimer or something. One thing in any business which is difficult is to talk about new products when there are already products in the lineup which needs to be sold. Some people ask me if there is a new speedo or motor coming for ORCA. My answer is always the same. Its always YES. Of course there are new products coming otherwise the company would need to close very soon. However when saying this people always additonally ask when and sometime I know, sometimes I dont but I always try to answer as honest and correct as I can.
So first day when I was in Taiwan I meet up with ORCA first and we headed to the ARC test track. The track is very close to the ocean (Taiwan is an Island so ocean is all around) but this track was very close. The track is really great. I liked it alot. Big size, good grip and nice layout. Frankie had brought a couple of different prototype speedos. Different CPU´s different BEC´s to test. So I started testing. I tested 13.5T boosted as well as 4.5T boosted. I did not drive Modified outdoors on a big track with traction for a long time but I had a blast. Honestly I dont remember when I had that much fun driving the last time. Of course no Modified proffesionals there lapping me probalby helped alot. Prototypes worked very good but also had some minor glitches like prototypes normally have. We are working very hard on making the next step in Speedo development and I believe that we soon will take this and being able to bring this to our customers to improve speed decrease laptimes and being able to enjoy RC even more.
Second day was manufacturer day. I went to some of the different manufacturers I had set up meetings with and some things where not to my liking however some things extremely much so. I also visited the manufacturing platns and its very easy to understand the difference between China and Taiwan produced. There is a huge difference.
I will not go into to much detail except that I believe that I have found the manufacturer fitting my needs in communication, quality, attention to details and the know how. Of course I will only know later on but unless my gut feeling completely screws me I am very happy with what I did see.
Third day was very funny day as well as interesting. We went offroad testing with ORCA. I have only done 3 EOS events the last year and before that it was 14 years ago I won my Swedish 2 and 4 WD Offroad title and have not raced or driven offroad outdoors on dirt ever since. So a complete day of offroad was a welcomed change to onroad driving. As I have told you before on my Facebook page and similar is that ORCA is completely dedicated to Offroad as well as Onroad.
The track was very high bite and had some fairly difficult jumps. Double Double. Single Double and one triple jump. So it took a while for me to get the rythm and being able to run without mistakes. Ran a 2WD Yokomo and must say that this is an extremely well balanced off road car.
The things we tested where experimental but some of it worked extremely well. It will take time before this will get out to the public. Our real offroad drivers in our team heading with Marting Bayer and Miguel Matias will of course test and evaluate alot as well but trust me. New great stuff is coming.
Day four was again Vendor day. Meeting and re discussing about things I wrote up during the evenings. Also giving directions for prototype productions as well as discussing parts which needed to be redesigned due to production procedures. Some things could not be done the way I desigend the parts some parts where designed in a way my vendor never seen and took some convincing to assure that they can be mass produced.
Day five where intensive ORCA talks. Future, expansion improvements on all levels. The last 3-4 years I have been ORCA distributor and team manager but never any part of the company. Well that has changed now. The cooperation between ORCA and AME are now closer then ever. A step I am very proud of and which I am sure will benifit our customers. I will be consulting and working with ORCA in a much closer manner then ever before. ORCA will take over the distribution of AME products in South-East Asia.
So that was about it. 1 week almost in Taiwan and ALOT of progress was made as well as making new RC friends on the 2 days of driving which is a great bonus nowadays. Almost everytime I go to a track anywhere in the world I always meet new friends. Something I truly appreciate.
Until next time
So back to the discussion or monolog it actually is, about some of the limitations we have today and the actual impact it has.
The easiest to make a point of is the difference in todays touring Modified and Stock racing.
Modified (in my opinion) should be for the ones who can handle it, who are already can handle a stock car without problems and who needs a new challange to further improve there skills.
It also is for the best of the best, creme de la creme of the touring scene.
However this is not always the case because there will always be very good drivers who does not have the time, knowledge or talent to make it into the A main in Modified classes and instead stay in Stock classes because they are fast enough to compete in the top. However by doing this the Stock class get over competitive.
And in stock classes, where there are limitiations = more rules, there will always be more ways to gain advantages.
Either in cheating or the allowed way, over optimizing.
over optimizing is what I call when one needs motor testers to check different motors to see which one has the best value, hence buying more motors and selecting the best to gain that small small advantage, which is stock most of the time makes no difference, but people thinks so, so they put the money in.
This then again slowly kills Stock as the drivers who are young and upcoming dont see the possibility to actually being able to compete with Stock “proffesionals”.
To solve this, ETS has made a nother solution.
Not only using Blinky mode speedos, or motor turn limits, but “handout” or only one allowed type of speedos and Handout motors. Many other race series also use handout motors in stock racing classes now adays. However then the other issue starts. People being to slow and blaming the motor. So then the problem again starts. Motor testers, testing different motors “from the handout once” and for the last event all motors where pre tested from the organization, to make sure that the production variations there always are in mass production would not be to far off each other.
Next step when you cant do anything more with the motors is that you go to the power source. The LiPo batteries. New batteries for every race which is important.
From my team drivers, my stock drivers use more batteries then my modified drivers per year. 3-4 time more.
So this is as you easy can see and follow, more rules and limitations, not always but many times brings the cost up, when the racing class normally should be for those who are getting started in our great hobby and or are slowly trying to improve and get better.
Modified is easy. If you have a normal amout of races. 2 motors 1 speedo and 4 batteries are good for 1 season.
Stock….is not and that is wrong but hey thats how we people work.
I dont have a solution and never said that I had one. I also think that the best solution currently available is Blinky mode and “one brand motor”
Maybe the step from stock to modified is just to big today. Stock over grip and under powered switch to modified where its almost over under grip and over powered. Having a smaller step might make it easier for some of the stock drivers to make the step into Modified racing.
On a side note. I have visited many Nitro races again latety ( for you guys who doesnt know but i drove Nitro cars for almost 15 years as well) and I came to think about a strange and kind of discriminating rule which is sometimes used from bigger RC governing associations.
I have heard and know of (ROAR for eg) who has put price limits on electric motors (that sounds like communism) but for Nitro engines I have never heard of any price limits even if the Nitro engines are more expensive has less runtime life still there are more people complaining about brushless motor prices….I dont get that but hey, there are many things which I dont get 😀
I have had many people asking for my oppinion about various things but lately alot about the questions has been about rules and limitations in RC.
Without a fixed set of rules, we would not be able to race and have a winner. Some of the rules we have today are so common that we forget that these are rules. Some rules are easy to understand some others not so easy.
My personal oppinoin is that there should be as little rules as possible. I am not saying no rules, I am just saying as little as possible. Maybe that is a book full of them or 1 A4 sized writeup.
Why do I want as few rules as possible. Well its just easier. For every rule written we need to have a easy and good way to being able to control that the rule is followed. Hence the more rules the more controlling additionally the more rules the more interpetations of the rules are also possible.
One example from the European Championship in 1/10 touring in Portugal 2 years ago. I was team manager for about 7 countries and some drivers especially 1 driver who had gotten 10 sec addition to his qualifying time, before he even crossed the timing loop.
How is this possible? Well in the EFRA rule book, there is one sentence stating, that if you cross the starting line before the start is amended you will get a 10 second penalty onto the finishing time. However what the referee could or did not want to understand is that this rule should only apply for finals, where it makes sense. Of course in a final, where all start at the same time on the tone or when the flag is pulled, you make an early start and should get a penalty. This is for example for me a good rule. You should not make to early starts as you would get an advantage.
However this driver got it in a qualifying round. All cars where lined up behind a line, which in it self was 5 meters behind the timing loop. He got a fly in his face, tried to wipe it away and rolled over the white line with 30 cm, stopped and after that continued when his number was called. and got 10 sec penalty….. I tried to talk to the referee but he would not listen and he said that he was right with his call.
This is one of the problem with rules, interpretation and following them correctly. It is not an easy task I admit but sometimes common sense should be implementated instead. Early start in a final, common sense, get a penalty, early start, or actually not even a start, just standing slightly of the intended starting position and no advantage at all has been achieved, well then no penalty should be needed. As I wrote above I want as little as possible of rules however I do think that if there are rules, they need to be followed extremely strictly and correctly. Because if there are not, then well there is no point in following the other rules as well
Another thing with rules are, the more rules, the more loop holes or benefits there are to gain by braking the rules. Easy calculation. If you have Zero rules, you cant cheat, its impossible, with alot of rules more opportunity arises. Rules also needs to be overlooked and updated. Technology moves forward but many times the rules stand still. Transmitter impound is still in the EFRA rule book but today there is no reason for it hence it should be taken away. Why have rules that not makes any sense anymore?
Besideds, if we are going to get more RC drivers into this hobby the easier the better for the hobby in a whole. To many rules just makes it over complicated and difficult for no real reason.
As I told you some time ago in my blogg was that I had gotten a 6 months contract with a transport company where I would be on the road more or less contanstly. As I had nothing end of last year this was a perfect and welcomed solution and I was looking forward to it.
I wanted to get away from where I was anyway as manytime staying at one place when things are not going good is a good way to get some distance to all and let one being able to think around things differently.
January and February I was working, but mainly in Germany.
It was only end of February where I would leave my home for 4 months straight and travel and work all over. I started out with 2 months in China with 1 day visit in HongKong due to visum rules.
In China I visited 3 cities 1 week each and then I was in the outskirts of Shanghai for 5 weeks at 5 different locations. The work which I was doing was not really difficult, however being the person in charge you still always need to make sure that everything works and make sure that all customers are happy at all times. So making sure that all was taken care of properly and functioning without hassle was essential.
I was abit lucky during the visit with timing as AOC race series was hosted in Shanghai when I was there so I obvioulsy went to the event and meet up with some surprised friends. American, Canadian, HongKong, Singaporean and made new RC friends from China. The race held high class and it was great to be with people I knew and who also spoke english after being on my own for along time. The personal highlight was the Sunday F1 race which was also held in Shanghai where most of the rc racers whent with Rick Wang *JJ Wangs dad, arranged bus and took care of us. Unfrotunatley the bus ride was not so good for me as we had a party Saturday night in Shanghai downtown and I was on a great party mode finally partying with friends again. So I paid the price on Sunday. Nevertheless when the start went at the race and sitting on the grandstand watching it. I love F1, even if its slightly boring nowadays, but until this point never seen a race live until this day so I was definetly very happy about it.
The week afterwards my brother was actually also in Shanghai working so during the weekend when I was off work anyway I went to visit him and helped him out at his job and was nice to speak Swedish again aswell.
After China it turned out that I misscalculated with half a day, luckily as I would be at home for about 10 hours before leaving. The timing was perfekt though as I arrived the same evening as the handball club I am a member off had its season ending party. So I got home after a 16 hour trip, showered and went to the party until I was to tired to continue.
The day after I got the company car I would use on the remainig 2 months off work. I left at noon and had 750km drive to Austria where I would stay 2 weeks. Again, luck was with me as the weekend when i was in Austria, ETS was there as well, so I could join and be with my team drivers and meet up with many RC friends and have a weekend again not alone.
I continued thru Slowakia, Hungary and Checz Republik for the next weeks and worked as normal and I came to realize that there was the EOS Final at the Hudy Arena when I was in Slowakia so I went there on 4WD Final days seeing Martin Bayer taking the first big ORCA victory in Off road racing.
The last week of duties I was in Passau AND guess what… it turned out the be an ENS in west of Austria, only 43 km from the hotel I was staying at. So of course I went there and enjoyed a nitro race as well.
Now reading it my self it sounds like I was only at races, but its far from the truth. I was just very lucky that there where races, world class races, very close to where I was working. Was funny to see Scotties eyes all times when I showed up at a race wihtout him expecting it.
I made my travel expenses yesterday and I have some interesting numbers
During the last 4 months I
Traveled with a Taxi 56 times
Traveled by train 4 times
Traveled/Drove by car 7853km
Flew in Airplan 8 times
Stayed at 23 hotels
Had the worst hangover since 5 years or so…….
I did however also have alot of free time evenings and weekends. I brought my work laptop with me and worked alot alot alot on planing the future for AME. As I have already written AME Race Series, AME RC Acadamy will be starting in October when the indoor season starts in Germany.
T Shox V2 has gotten some small improvements and I have finished AME Gear Diff drawings as well.
The main time I have spent on Project Iris though. This is my biggest project ever and I have put all my knowledge and experience which I collected during my racing career in it. I hope that I will be able to give you some more information soon. It will be a make or break for me if I will be able to stay working within the RC industry or not. There is still a big hurlde to over come but I am confident that I can do it with all the people who already supports me, without even seeing 1 single part and the few people who has seen it likes it. In 7 days I will fly to Taiwan to meet with manufacturers and I hope that all goes as planned. Will also meet with ORCA and further strengthen our already strong and great relationship. So only home for approx 2 weeks and then off to Asia again. This time competely AME business only.
Take care friends
People dont see the struggle the hard work behind projects.
The constant thoughts that it will not work out, the doubts and the fear of failure. Especially when one already failed and really have all to loose. I did however hear in a song, that if you have nothing, you have nothing to loose. Not completetly true, but still it does have alot of truth.
Iris is now 100% prototyp ready. CAD drawings are finished. All parts are not only thought thru once or two time but to many time. If I had the economy or if all went according to plan last year with Singapore and Creation Model then this would probalby be the 2:nd or 3:rd version. Nevertheless the car is thought thru. Every single part. Nothing is made just without thought.
I will fly to Taiwan in a couple of weeks and meet with different manufacturers to check production, quality and to make sure that it will be the way I imagine it to be.
I will as soon as possible after my Taiwan trip start to give you some small uptades and not soon afterward I will realease the complete project.
The very few people I have shown, they are all very excited and believe in the innovations and the eplanations for each and every part. Some are stunned.
I hope to get alot of support and people beleiving in me and my project.
Without all of you, it wont be possible. Thank you all for your support
I thought about if I was going to write something about this or not.
Posting your opinion in the internet today seems to be risky business and is from a company point of view very seldom a smart idea. However to just sit queit and not say anyhting being scared of the reaction and the risk that other people might not like what you write, I dont like that either. However looking into the past it seems like we should use the freedom of speech which we nowadays enjoy and our ansisters would have and many have died for.
I do believe however that if you do critisice people, races, brands one also needs to have an open mind also for the positiv things otherwise it becomes very biased and irrelevent at the end.
I have some times critiziced ETS. Luxemburg race last year when the additive and tyre warmer impund was introduces, I thought it was a bad idea, not thought thru and made for the wrong reasons. I said so at the race but I was only complaining, then I posted it on Facebook and half hell break loose. However as I knew it would not work and it was only done 1 qualifying round and not seen after that at the ETS again, so far.
This post however, is going to praise the ETS – EOS – ENS organization and people behind it.
What Uwe, RedRC, Scotty, Hartmut and the other people behind these race series has created is in RC history unheard of. It is also a sore proof of the poor job and defeat of EFRA, that if you do not think that racing is what it can be and noone will listen to you, then you can do it yourself and with hard work, knowledge, dedication and trying to do the best possible, you can achieve something great.
8 years ago when ETS was launched not much attention was made. Of course a race or race series victory is only as important as the drivers thinks it is. Offroad worlds in South Africa some years ago is a nother soor proof of that.
The organization made a smart move though, making sure that the TRF team of Marc, Viktor and Jilles attended. Of course they won everything in the beginning and eventually other drivers thought that it could be a great practice race for other “more” important races. So after some year the A-main at ETS was as packed with starts as a Euros or even a Worlds.
With the best race coverage provided by RedRC, best race commentator and the best drivers well its the succes which we can all enjoy today.
Nowadays we have EOS as well as ENS and even if they are not the size or importance of the ETS yet, they definetly are getting there.
It is very easy to bash on the organizers of these events when something is not as perfect as one would like and sometimes its very important to do as this is one way to improve and keep the level of races up. However many dont see the work that goes on behind the scenes and the effort which is put down to keep improving.
EOS Final I think is a great example.
Last year it was not perfekt. The carpet which was used was not very good. It broke to easy, the grip level was to low so you needed to use new sets of tires as much as possible as they where just alot faster making it to expensive for many/most drivers. So of course many complained and rightly so.
So most organizators would say, well its your decision if you want to join the race or not so shut up…However what they did, was to listed and take action and also take the COST to improve. I again went to the EOS Final at the Hudy arena this year. New carpet. Thicker so it did not break. Better grip (well now some complained that it was to high grip..so what ever they do…) Honestly the track was second to noone. The best off road carpet track I have ever seen. Yes I am an On-road guy mainly but seen enough carpet off road tracks to think that I am fairly correct.
I know what the carpet costed. It was not cheap. Then people say..weeeelll they make so much money on the racing series anyway so its nothing for them. Well, I am of the opinion that they should make money and hopefully good money otherwise why should they put in sooo much effort otherwise.
They are thinking and plannig on having the same carpet used at all EOS races next year, which also puts them into a logistical problem and warehouse problem. Stocking and shipping 3.5toons of carpet, is not a cheap task.
So when you critize next time, please do so. I still will when I feel that there is a need for it. However please try to see both sides of the coin and also give positive feedback official and inofficial when due. They work very hard trying there best. Keep it up guys!
Many years ago, there where some race drivers who asked me at a race where I help them with setup and racing line, if I would not mind coming to his hometrack once and helping him a complete day. He would pay my trip and food and also something for the effort. He told me that he had probably learned more about racing line and setup during our short encounter at that race then the complete last year. I was very humbled about what he said and said yes I would like to try this out. I like helping people and alwyas tried my best to do that.
I went to his hometrack some week later and did my best to help him the best way possible. He told me that he feel asleep faster then normal when he got back home as he was mentally finished from the hard concetration thru out the day. I think I pushed him a little to much. But he was happy and we went on doing this some more time before I moved down to Germany.
Why do I tell you this, well for 2 reasons.
I have been thinking for a long time on how to improve RC and make sure that as many as possible has a good time. I always try to help anyone who want help at RC races I attend. If its with ORCA speedo setting, tire treatment, setups etc. However it is always under a very short time limit.
With my team drivers I of course have the possibility to do more. With the team I currently have I try to help and inspire them to have fun and get better at what they are doing.
Two very good expample are my two best drivers which I helped and choached thru most or big part of there carrers.
Viktor Wilck / multi time A main finalist at every major race, was with me and my brother from very early on as he lived just 5 min from my house. We went to races, practices and drove the same cars and electronics for many many years. Bascially until 2006 when I left Sweden during the Summer, just after Viktor made his first Worlds A Main in Italy.
Alexander Hagberg is the second one, which most of you could have guessed. Also Alex has been in every Major A Main there is, and additionally until now won 2 European Championships and 1 World Championship.
I am still very good friends with both, however with Alexander, I still stand in contact on a weekly and almost daily basis. I get updates from races and practice sessions so that we can make decisions on how to move forward with setup, tire strategy and other things that might pop up. Of course nowadays I do very very little, but sometimes at races I can see that he is driving slightly the wrong line or there might be minor things to improve. Today minor things. Some years ago bigger things.
Even Formula 1 drivers (the 1:1 scale ones), who went thru intensive training schools and been racing for there entire life (except Maldonado probalby) still have people helping them with there driving. So why should RC drivers not have it.
I believe that more people will enjoy, have more fun, doing the hobby we love if they know more of what they are actually doing. Instead of guessing. On top of that, it is always easier to move forward and improve when you have a better basis of knowlegde behind you.
I am not saying I am the best at this. But I do know that I know alot about RC and I truly belive that I can bring some of this knowledge I have collected during my 30 years of RC to young and old RC drivers out there.
I have done this once in Germany on a low scale already at my now adays carpet hometrack of C/Hub racing. We all had a lot of fun and especially during the “perfect line” practice drivers more understood what to do, even if not so many mastered it directly.
I will start only with RC Clubs, offering a complete day package of practice, setups driving line and also extremely important as well with mental practice. I think that doing it at RC Clubs is the best way as it will bring more people forward at the same time and on a track they are familiar with.
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As always, take care and have fun racing!