With weather conditions that would make most penguins reach for their fleece jackets, Team Durango team drivers visited the lovingly created Oakland’s Raceway near Telford in the UK, for a spot of off-road race action. Paul Robinson, James Ambrose and Stuart Styles attended the fifth round of the Oakland’s Winter Series. Paul and James had booked in to race 2WD with their DEX210’s. Stuart was at the meeting to catch up with the club members who recently elected to run dBoots tyres for their upcoming Mid West BRCA Regional event, and also their hotly anticipated 2013 summer series. Feedback from grass-roots racers is essential for the constant development of all our products.
The venue was already busy by 8:15am, with the generous pit field filling up with brave winter off-road race fans. The Oakland’s race meetings are always a relaxed and fun day out for all who attend, and the club have created an excellent environment for racers of all abilities to enjoy their challenging Astroturf track.
The ambient temperature floated around zero for most of the morning and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the track was dry and was providing good grip levels for the DEX210 practice laps. Our team were really happy to see so many DEX210 vehicles in attendance, with many specification levels and body shell designs attacking the interesting track lay-out during free practice. It seems that local racers are finding great success with the super reliable DEX210.
Oakland’s have recently elected dBoots tyres as a choice control tyre for their upcoming 2WD and 4WD Mid West regional event. Club owner Paul Jones has also consulted with his committee and confirms that dBoots tyres will be the control tyre for Oakland’s 2013 summer series. Racers have reported that the dBoots Terrabyte has been performing particularly well when the Oakland’s Astroturf is dry. The dBoots Multibyte tyre in A compound has also found favour when the track is either damp or grip levels are down due to variable temperatures.
Both Paul and James reported that their DEX210’s felt very settled during qualifying with initial concerns regarding grip being dispelled as Paul found his pace. With James running the new ‘cab forward’ body shell from Team Durango, it was interesting to see how the two cars performed running very similar set-ups. Both cars were really relishing the tight in-field section of the Oakland’s track, with Paul making very easy work of the sharp and short main jump in the centre of the track. James reported that his DEX210 was finding lots of front end grip and was stable on the long bumpy straight.
Stuart spent some time talking with local racer, and Team Durango fan, Dave Williams who was busy making adjustments to several DEX210 cars in a very warm pit tent. His attention to detail when wiring and setting up the DEX210 really makes the most of Team Durango’s precision engineered design. Dave was happy to share these interesting tips regarding the electrical installation in his favourite DEX210 buggy.
- I always install the ESC in the left side pod as you look at the front of the DEX210. This works great for short wiring set-ups if you are running mid-motor configuration with your power plant on the right. Short cables equal less electrical resistance and eliminate that ‘noodle soup’ look inside your buggy.
- I always use cable braid in all my Team Durango cars. This inexpensive mesh tubing is great for keeping your electrical wires tidy, colour coding each cable and of course looks really cool. This tubing works really well to protect potentially fragile wires such as your personal transponder lead and servo cables.
- I am a real fan of how the DEX210 allows us to run the battery cells in a forward or rear seated position. This not only allows for a quick change in weight bias, but also gives us the option of running ‘shorty’ battery packs.
- I always solder my motor cables so they are positioned flat on the motor tabs. If you look at the images of my car you will see how this provides a really neat and safe method of routing the wires to your ESC unit.
- The DEX210 has a brilliant custom wire routing slot across the chassis, under the battery cell area. I use carbon vinyl stickers cut to the exact size of the battery cell area to keep this routed cable safe from harm.
- I solder my positive and negative ‘bullet’ connectors on my ESC at right-angles to the wire ends. This reduces the amount of cable you need, and also keeps the connectors securely in place during bumps and bangs.
Our trip to Oakland’s, although very cold, was a real inspiration. Team Durango are ‘Serious About Racing’, it seems that the members of Oakland’s raceway share our philosophy. They have created a wonderful racing venue. We were very pleased to see the DEX210 so strongly represented. Team Durango look forward to visiting Oakland’s on the 10th of March for the sixth round of this really exciting winter series.
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