2018 – 2019 Schedule
The individual race results can be found by clicking on the dates below once they are available.
The Hadley Invitational will be held Friday April 6th through Sunday April 8th, 2018.
Drivers receive points throughput the year similar to real race car drivers.
Slash and Short Course Truck (SCT) point system:
- For every race a driver attempts to compete in, they will receive 10 points.
- 1 point for every lap completed
- 5 points for attending the club meeting the Wednesday before the race
Student Offroad Truck and Buggy point system:
- For 2017-2018, we’re using a team point system
- Drivers are paired up on race day based on random selection
- Each member of the team will get the combined laps of both members
Stock Touring point system:
- Top qualifiers (1st = 3 points, 2nd = 2, 3rd = 1)
- Mains (1st = 10, 2nd = 9….10th and higher = 1)
The other classes use this point system:
- 5 points for participation per race day
- 5 points for 1st place, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, 2 for 4th and 1 point for any other place
- Maximum of 20 points per race day
The RC club recently purchased a new track system that will allow greater flexibility in track design. Members of the club are invited to submit their track design ideas at the club meeting prior to a race weekend.
When designing a track, there are limitations on what can actually be assembled from the track pieces. But the club organizers can take inspiration from any track design when deciding on what track layout to use.
The club starts with easier tracks at the beginning of the year and moves to more elaborate tracks towards the end. Here are some examples of track designs. Track Example 1, Track Example 2 In these examples the margin of the paper represents the boundaries of the race track.
Preparing for a race
These are things that should be done before every race
- Check for broken or malfunctioning parts on vehicle
- Make sure your vehicle is running properly. Make some test runs.
- Charge batteries (should be done as close to race day as possible)
- Check radio batteries (if not rechargeable)
Racing Day Procedures
Things to bring with you on race day:
- Vehicle, radio, batteries
- Tools to work on your vehicle (screw drivers, pliers, hex drivers, etc)
- Extra batteries for your radio
- Lunch, snack for latter in the day
- Spare parts – you should have spare parts for the things most likely to break
Racers should show up at the school at 10am to help lay out the carpet and track. Come in the front gym entrance or through the doors in the east parking lot. We usually wrap up everything around 6pm, but can vary.
When you arrive on race day, the you can get a table from the long hallway. Set up the table in the hallway outside the gym next to the wall. Put your equipment on the table and then you should help set up. Come into the gym and ask someone what you can do to help. Once everything is set up, you can then prepare your pit area.
Now is also time to register for the races. There will registration forms on the cart by the gym door. Fill out your name, races and frequencies.
Before the track is opened for practice or racing, there is a drivers meeting, which will be announced. Information regarding that days race will be provided.
REMEMBER: When preparing to use your vehicle on the track, remember to turn on the radio first and then the car. When you are done turn off the car and then the radio. If your car is on and the radio is off, many things can go wrong.
Find an empty table or set up an empty table in the hallways outside the gym. Depending on how many people show up to race, you may need to share your table with someone else. If you only have one car, you probably don’t need a whole table. Get a green felt cover for the table. Then you can set up. Remember to always be respectful of other drivers and their equipment.
Remember do not turn on your radio while in the pits. Doing so can affect other drivers that are racing.
Once the race coordinator has open the track for practice, you’ll have a chance test out your vehicles and the track. There are several key things to remember while practicing.
- There can be a lot of drivers on the course, be respectful and careful
- If you have a AM or FM radio, there will be a bin by the door to the gym with clothes pins attached. You will need a clothes pin with your name on it. There is one pin for each available frequency/channel. Find the pin that matches the frequency of your radio and replace it with the pin with your name on it.. If you can not find it, another driver is already using it and you will have to wait. Once you have a pin for your frequency, clip it to your antennae. You will not be allowed to practice unless you have a clip or a 2.4GHz radio.
- If you are done practicing and checked out a frequency, return the frequency clip to allow other drivers to use it.
Heats & Mains
The races at Hadley are timed races. This means that there is no set number of laps; the race ends the next time each driver crosses the finish line after time expires. You will usually here Mr. Burk or whoever is acting as race coordinator, announce that the race is finished and to complete the lap you’re on.
All racers in each class will run in 2 qualify rounds called heats. Drivers take their single best performance from the qualifying rounds and are ranked based on time and total number of laps completed.
The drivers are then ranked in their qualifying order and assigned to time races known as Mains. The fastest drivers will compete in the A-main and if the qualifying field is large enough, there may also be a B-main and C-main (common in the TT01/Sprint 2 class). These Mains races are run in C,B,A order, with the winners of C and B being bumped to the next race.
Once the race coordinator has registered all drivers and their vehicles, he will post the race schedule. It is up to each driver to make sure they are ready when it is time to race. The race schedule will also tell you which transponder to use. The transponder listing on the left hand side of your name is the one you use in the first heat and the one on the right is the one for the second heat.
When it is your turn to race, bring your vehicle to the gym, locate the right transponder in the rack and mount it to your vehicle with a body clip. More information on transponder mounting can be found in the tips area.
Once you have attached your transponder, you may place your vehicle on the track. Remember to turn your radio on first before the vehicle. In order for the race coordinator to keep track of your laps, you need to check your vehicle in. There are wires under the track near the coordinator’s table. Simply drive your vehicle across this area. You should hear a “check” from the PA system, once the system has recognized your transponder.
Once you have finished your race, retrieve your vehicle from the track, turn it off, then turn your radio off. Place everything on the table next to the transponder rack. Remove your transponder and return it to the charging rack. It is now your responsibility to marshal the next race. Once the next race is over, you may return your vehicle to the pits.
A racer who, after he has finished his race, stands at various spots around the track during the next race. It is the marshall’s job to turn over any vehicles that have flipped, to assist any vehicles that have become stuck or to remove any vehicles that are no longer operable from the race.
Things to remember while marshaling a race:
- Pay attention to the race, especially the area your responsible for.
- Don’t jump over the cars. This is a safety risk for the marshal and could damage a vehicle if you land on it.
- Marshall the way you would want your car to be marshaled
- Always marshal (set it on the track) a car so that it points in the right direction when released.
- Never, ever cross oncoming traffic until it’s safe to do so
- Do not marshal your own car while you are a driver.
- If multiple vehicles are involved in an indecent, marshal the car that crashed first. If 2 vehicles crashed at the same time, marshal the one that was in the lead first.
For drivers that need assistance from a marshal:
- Don’t move your car until the marshal has released your car. Failure to follow this, can cause further delay and can cause injury to the marshal