Chris Doughty took the TQ in 2WD with his Team Durango DEX210. TQ doesn't really mean much here at the Players, since the racing is in the REEDY format and it's only important to get into the top 24 during qualifying to ensure you're racing in the seperate 'Elite' category - but its still good to TQ for bragging rights.
Chris is using his DEX210 in mid motor, 4 gear configuration with all LRP electrics including a 6.5 wind motor. Chris's car is pretty much standard apart from the gear differential.
Chris's LRP lipo's are from the 2008 EBOR 24h race - and still going strong.
INTERVIEW with Chris Doughty:
Congratulations on TQ'ing the 2WD Chris - how?!
Old tyres! (Thanks Skelding). To be honest I was expecting to come here and get into the top-25 and race to see how I could do. I didn't expect this.
How long has it been since you raced a big electric meeting?
It would be the last electric national meeting I did - at the end of 2007. I've only done a couple of club races along with the York EBOR 24h meetings since then.
With this car, the Team Durango DEX210 - I tested the first production prototype at Coventry and have done two mid-week club meetings prior to this.
What secret test bits have you got on the car - what if any setup tips can you give?
My car is standard - I think the setup is actually as-per-manual (Check the online verison for the pistons - the manual in the kit has an error here - that's my fault, sorry guys!).
Other than the bling blue washers (Cadburys purple????) my car is standard apart from I'm using the new Team Durango gear differential - which should be out worldwide very soon.
|Chris's pit table
LRP 6.5 turn motor powers Chris's MM4 layout car
Did you try the ball diff or start with the geared diff - and what were the reasons?
When I tested the ball differential I found it squared up too much - with the geared diff it felt like it stayed in the corner as I got on the power. Initially it was harder to drive so I went to a thicker oil and am now running 7,000 cst.
Chris's car is all about the LRP action - I asked Jurgen for an LRP drive last year and he laughed, and walked off, I'm not sure if that was a yes?Jimmy.
Did you try the car in rear motor or arrive and drive with mid? Do you think rear motor will be as quick around here since the floor isn't high traction?
I think the rear motor car would have been safer to drive and you could probably have pushed harder but I didn't want to spend too much time worrying about finding a setup for both and choosing between them. I'm honestly a little out of electric off road - having not raced much for a long time and I'm not fully up to speed - so I wanted to keep things simple at this meeting to concentrate on driving and setup.
Will you be racing any other big electric meetings this year - nationals perhaps?
Nationals will be unlikely as I can't commit to the full series and my main focus is the 8th scale national series and development. I'll hopefully be attending the oOple race though!
You work at Team Durango now - what's your role there and have you helped develop the DEX210?
I'm project co-ordinator at TD, so I basically make sure the projects flow right through from design to prototype and all the way into production with many things to think about on the way.
With the DEX210 I didn't have any input into the geometry as that was all done with the testing from Gerd, Hupo, Yawn, Adam and the rest of the guys. But I did have input into some of the design features and the way the geometry came into the production car.
CD goes for it