|When you get to the track, you may have a board with
frequency clips. Make sure your frequency is there and
take it and keep it with you while running the car.
If someone had your frequency, either switch crystals
(or if you dont have extras) go find the person with
your frequency and see if they have extras. Now that
you have your frequency clip, you can run on the track
for practice without worrying about someone on your
Singups come next, they will ask for your name, frequency,
back up frequency (again if you have one) class, and
You can now go back to practice.
Next they will call up by class for qualifiers. Check
the sheet and see which class you are in. You will
marshall the class after yours. If you are in the
last class, you will marshall the first class.
When marshalling stand at a high-crash zone and watch
and flip all cars quickly. Make sure to keep a keen
eye out to avoid getting hit.
Your track may be different, but somehow you will
have to figure out which transponder you have to take
when your class is called. For me, the class is associated
with a color, and my name with a number, so for instance
I might be in the red class, and the second on the
list, so I grab the second red transponder. Mount
the transponder in the holder on the servotray with
a clip, and go out and run for practice. Then you
will have to drive into the pits and fuel up. Race
your qualifier and your done. Take off the transponder
and put it back on the charging unit. Now drop your
car back at your place and run out to marshall.
2 or 3 sets of qualifier rounds will be run. At the
end of a round there will be a short break (20 minutes
or so, for everyone to wrench and tune, you can also
practice) and then the next round of qualifiers begins.
After qualifiers are over you will have to check
the sheet again to see what main you are in. Based
on your best qualifing time, you will be placed in
a main. A-main means you ran well enough to be placed
in the "expert" main. B-main (if theres
even enough people for different mains) will consist
of the next 8 fastest people. C-main is the next 8
and so on... you may only have one main though if
there are 8 or less qualifiers.
You will now have a new color and number for your
transponder, but everything else is the same. The
mains are also longer so remember you must refuel
at some point during the race.
I hope this information helps you get started at
the track if you decide to try serious racing.
P.S. I have no clue how your track will decide which
transponder you have, or even if your track uses transponders,
so its best to just ask anybody. If you ever need
a tool you dont have just ask. 99% of the people you
will ask will help you out, and are glad to do it.
A grown man came up to me and asked me how to find
which transponder he had, and I was glad to show him,
so don't think people won't help you.