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Old 11-05-2014
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Hi is there any plans to run a BRCA national on the dirt track at Robin Hood.Just seems daft to run on the astro when there is a dirt track next to it. I have nothing against astro tracks and think there great but dirt/ clay tracks a few and far between in the UK. It would be good practice for our national drivers for when they race against the the rest of Europe/ world.i just wondered why the BRCA team did not choose (if they had the choice) to run a rnd on the clay track
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I think it is due to weather.. if it rains during a meeting on a astro turf track, the meeting can go on longer with no track degradation, whereas an outdoor clay track mixed with wet weather could pretty much wreck the track, and with it the meeting.

I'd love to run at the track also, at this moment in time with a over full calendar of nationals, regionals, club series its hard to get over when there is a chance for the dirt track.

I could be way off the mark here.. but that's how i would see it.
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Surly it can't just be a case of No that track not an option incase it rains. Is it because you can only use proline tires if so I'm sure there must be a way around this as the last worlds was control tire event an was a success. I am unsure about the tire rules for a national mabe has nothing to do with it though.
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The club have to state which track will be used on the national application form
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When a club applies for a national they nominate two tyres for that meeting (loosely - a dry tyre and a wet tyre).

We did put an application in a previous year for a national on dirt and if it rains and there is still time to switch then run on the astro. It was awkward to put into words and wasn't well received by the voting committee, it meant uncertainty and possibly having two cars ready for that meeting, plus tyres (at the time I don't think any of us expected having two astro cars as some do now!).

With our dirt track, its arguably better than astro if we have an odd shower as we can pull the covers over and the track restarts at the same pace as prior to the rain, however if we get a very wet day or prolonged showers you lose a lot of track time, whereas you can still carry on racing on a damp astro track if its drizzly all day, it's just a disadvantage to heats immediately after any rain as the track get quicker as it dries.

Dirt tracks are high maintenance, but when in top condition they're really good.
Astro is easier to manage and what most people are used to, even some of the American dirt tracks are moving over to astro, plus recently Yatabe Arena in Japan.

Dirt track driving is (I believe) harder than astro as throttle control is so much more important, a lot of people don't like that, particularly 2wd. RHR dirts clay is quote slippy and doesn't really groove due to our weather, this does however make it excellent on tyres, if we sugar it could potentially be a set per run or two, noone wants that.
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The reason I brought it up as I was looking at the tracks for the national series and there all astro turf. I would of thought a variation would make a better series with astro,grass and dirt tracks all being used.
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