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Round 1 Match 2

Grasshopper vs Mad Bull

First round was an easy win for the Rising Fighter as I struggled to get the power down on the DT03. 
I am not sure it is set up correctly and if it is going to be back in future seasons then I need to spend some time out on the track tuning the chassis before 2024.

 

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Round 1 Match 3

Complete mismatch really but it was great fun! The Grasshopper got a surprising victory over the Mad Bill due to the lack of turning ability. This battle is likely to go the same. 

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The Hotshot was always winning match 3 but who can win out of a Madcap and a Thunder Dragon???
 

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Match 4 was brilliant and I was gutted that my Madcap is out for the season. Surely I am not also going to lose the Cougar to Derek the Holiday Buggy am I??

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Match 6 sees the Kyosho Raider I rebuilt go up against last years champ the TT02B. Complete one side contest but I hope you enjoy the video.

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Update time! I am a little behind. Here was an interesting first drive of my DF-03 which I  think is a mighty fine drive and up there with the TT02B. Plus the Frog is very super cool 😎 

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A modern 2WD classics goes against a proper 2WD classic! I love the TD2 against many opinions on the name it is a great chassis. The Ultima is just lovely!

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We move into the Quarter Finals with the Hotshot drawing the Kyosho Raider. A complete mismatch other than they are both red!!

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So I thought it would be great to note some of the statistics from round 1 of the Orchard Raceway for those interested as we move into the Quarter Finals for 2023.

Running 16 cars in round one was the same as my entire first season on the OR in 2022. No buggy from 2022s Finale made it through the first round which was a complete shock to me.

Our slowest entry for 2023 was the CW01 Pumpbox recording a fastest lap of 10.17. However, it didn’t have the worst lap which was done by the DT03 (mainly down to my poor driving though!!)

Fastest lap in round one goes to last seasons champ the TT02B with 6.27. I was surprised that I couldn’t string together a full set of laps as the car has been so easy to drive in the past. However, the rules are set to try and mix things up a little each season. 
 

Full list of lap times are below:

1. TT02B                            6.27 OUT

2. DF03                              6.33 OUT

3. Thunder Dragon.         6.63

4. Madcap.                        6.93 OUT

5. Ultima.                           7.17

5. Hotshot.                        7.17

7. TD2.                               7.34 OUT

8. Rising Fighter.              7.80

9. Holiday Buggy.            7.83

10. Cougar.                       8.00 OUT

11. Frog.                            8.11

12. Grasshopper.             8.17

13. DT03                           8.30 OUT

14. Raider.                        8.70

15. Mad Bull.                   10.13 OUT

16. Pumpbox.                  10.17 OUT

The Thunder Dragon surprised me. It is a really nice chassis to drive over the rough terrain of the Orchard Raceway and extreme predictable. It does not suffer on turning in quite like the Hotshot and leaves me excited to see how it will get on in the Quarters.

The Cougar should be a lot higher up this table and I know the issues now. I have a feeling it will be back as a very strong contender in 2024 (albeit with a new format but more on that later!!)

Of the cars that did over 10 laps the most consistent was the Kyosho Raider. Not sure if that was something to do with years of practice on that chassis as a kid or just a lucky run?? It was closely followed by the Thunder Dragon which at times felt on rails. It was also the TD that recorded the best average over 10 laps (8.01s)

I can’t wait to see what you all make of the Quarter Final runs and I will be back with some more stats at the end of those ahead of the Finale.

The Finale will take a different approach (one that is being adopted for 2024). Each car will compete in a head to head time trial against the other three. Three points awarded for a win, one each for a draw. There are bonus point’s available for fastest overall time and most number of laps completed. In the event of a points tie then average lap time over all complete laps will be taken into account.

 

 

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Complete retro mismatch on the track for match 2 of the Quarterfinals. I love my Grasshopper but there is no way it is beating the Ultima which is on another level in terms of 2WD capability.

It makes me wonder how good modern competition buggies are going to be!

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Tamiya Thunder Dragon vs Tamiya Rising Fighter OR2023 Quarterfinal Match 3

We continue to progress through the Quarter Finals. This was the light side vs the dark side of my Star Wars inspired builds. The Thunder Dragon is such an enjoyable chassis to drive but I am impressed with my hopper up Rising Fighter too. 

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Last Quarter Final until we get down to business in the Grand Finale! The classic Frog ORV chassis tries to beat the modified DT02 with a carbon fibre chassis and RZ motor! Going one way right everyone???? 

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So here is the run down of the rules for the Grand Finale for 2023. Hope this makes sense as I have tried a few ideas and this to me gives every car a far shot at victory! 

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Here is our final Fab Four! Some ramblings from me about each car! Can’t wait to share the Finale with you over the coming weeks! 

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Kyosho Ultima vs Tamiya Frog OR2023 Finale Match 1

Race one from the Orchard Raceway Finale puts the Ultima against the Frog! 

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Sorry a little late with this one. Here we see the Hotshot take on the Thunder Dragon in the second race of the Finale. Can one of them join the Ultima at the top of the table??

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The Orchard is back for another season of RC time trials. First group of cars have been recorded and are in the can. 
 

Thought you might enjoy seeing the track layout for this year. Apologies for those who were watching along and missed last years finale. I will do a better job at keeping up this year.

Cars are back into groups and a simple fastest lap wins for 2024. Final will be made up with the fastest car from each group.

Hoppers - Grasshopper, Frog, Lunchbox, Mad Bull

Retro 2WD - Ultima, Madcap, Raider, Cougar

Modern 2WD - DT03, DT02, Rising Fighter, TD2

Retro 4WD - Hotshot, Thunder Dragon (2023 Winner), Top Force Evo, Optima Mid, TL01B

Modern 4WD - TT02B (2022 Winner), DF03, XV01, TT02 Rally Spec

All cars get 10 laps to impress in the heats before we move onto a 30 lap finale later in the year.

Hope you all enjoy following along this year!

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While the Frog is not technically a hopper it fits better with these cars in this class. 
The action starts next week with the Grasshopper first out the door.

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Grasshopper gets us started in the Hopper Class for 2024! Hope you all enjoy watching this buggy take on the lumpy bumpy Orchard!!

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Fantastic! The Orchard's long awaited start of the season. Perfect to start with the Grasshopper as it was the start of a long and ongoing rc adventure for so many of us. 

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Bonus treat!! Second runner is out on the Orchard. Can the Frog post a faster time than the Grasshopper?? 

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7 minutes ago, Tamiyastef said:

Fantastic! The Orchard's long awaited start of the season. Perfect to start with the Grasshopper as it was the start of a long and ongoing rc adventure for so many of us. 

Thanks Stef. This one was from back at the start of that adventure! Still going and still making it out on the track!

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Thanks for sharing, looking forward to watching the rest of the cars in action!

That paintwork on the Frog is great, reminds me of the Castrol Mugen racing liveries.

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