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                                      Tuesday Night Racing at FPR

1/24 Scale Meeting at FPR

Tuesday 26th of November 2019

Open at 5 pm 

6.30pm BRM GT

7.15 BRM Trans Am

8.00pm BRM Small Saloons

8.30 pm BRM Renault Megane 

Here is the proposed program for racing at FPR for the rest of 2019. This will depend on John's health issues. Please check your email and text message for any update before heading to a meeting. 

The last 4 meetings in November Have been altered - please follow the notices above 

     Hi , I am re - assessing  the racing Program at FPR  
I have noticed a high demand for off the shelf race cars at FPR this year , 

Some have not taken up the Metal Chassis in some classes . But have embraced it in others - where cars can be purchased off the shelf . 
Although we have been promoting building cars with metal chassis to increase skills  in 1/32 scale Financial & principals reasons have resulted in about 50% embracing the Metal chassis based builder’s cars . 

So with this in mind I have decided to propose we separate the built metal chassis cars from the plastic off the shelf cars 
With the Scalextric V8 Class the cars must have the original plastic chassis and  sidewinder configuration . In other words revert to the rules FPR had about 3 years ago  . It will be similar for the classic Touring cars 

Cars with metal chassis or printed chassis will be changed to the Thursday night racing in those Classes .  This is to reduce costs for beginners racing on Tuesday nights . 
The building skills can be developed with Thursday night racing -  on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month ,  The standard plastic  V8’s & Classic cars can be run on Thursday nights as well ..  

However off the shelf Metal chassis cars like the Revo Slot GT 2 will be run on Tuesday nights.  

Added to these will be the off the shelf GT plastic  cars  including Group C ,  Racer Group 5 ,  Classic GT & Open GT will be all confined to off the shelf cars  supplied by the commercial slot car manufacturers. 

The exception will be the Historic GT cars which can have a printed chassis made for the model  fitted but are restricted to specified & NSR motor  pods  and the SRP 16k short Can motor  

Formula 1 Modern & Classics as well as the 1/32 small touring car class have all been shifted to Thursday nights  -  2nd & 4th Thursdays 

There is now one 1/24 night on a Tuesday - every 5 weeks . This will double as a practice night for 1/32 & 1/24 cars which will use the tracks are vacant during the race night . The 1/24 night will not be part of a Drivers championship.  

All of the above is to make entry into Tuesday night racing more accessible for new competitors  .

Thursday night is for enhancing scratch   building skills. in 1/32 Scale 

The 1/24 scale racing will not vary much from what was happening previously  but it will now be fortnightly  on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month  alternating between BRM & MJK  classes  - with some Scale Auto thrown in.  

Please check out the race program chart attached . 

I am listening to comments about this . There may be changes based on the feedback I get in regard to these  proposals . 

Cheers, John

Entries are now open for the 1/24 BRM Italia Australian Individual Championships 2019  

Fulham Park Raceway -  Race Calendar  2019  January to June
Fulham Park Raceway -  Race Calendar  2019  July  to December

2019 FPR 1/24 MJK Classic LeMans Enduro

The FPR 1/32 Scale LMP Teams Enduro

BRM Italia Australian Championship 2018 - Podium Results

The new BRM tyre compound - information

      Hi , we recently have been using the new BRM E25M tyre at FPR.

     It has produced excellent traction.

    However there are a few requirements to take the benefits of the maximum traction they offer.

1. A smooth surface track is best for most BRM tyres. They work on rough surfaces but not to maximum traction. 
2. A clean surface free of any dust or ‘Marbles” left from other types of tyre being used in previous races.
     This is due to the tyres ’Sticky’ surface it produces when working at its best traction .                                                 It will pick up dust and particles from  produced  by tyre wear.
      This is a standard happening with any tyre that has a adherent surface.
      We used to get the same occurrence  in the days of Indy Grip silicon tyres .

3. So particle pick up could be experienced if the track has particles on the skirts of the track                                        and the car takes an excursion out into the “Marbles” 
     It may take a few laps to dislodge the particles .
     So far this has not seemed to inhibit the performance - but it could. 
     This is an occurrence similar to full size car racing. But in full size racing it seems to be more of a
      problem when cars get off line - as pointed out many times by race commentators . 

4   if using the E25M I suggest the track surface be vacuumed prior to the practice & race program starting .                 We do this at FPR and don’t seem to have too many particle pick up problems .

5.  Using a class like Scale Auto with MJK tyres prior to running cars with BRM ( or other rubber tyres)                          can cause a temporary loss of traction. This is because of the Urethane tyres 
     removing the BRM conditioning on the track surface.
     Also the Urethane tyres leave dust traces on the surface.  
      After a heat or two with just BRM or the rubber tyres the surface will be reconditioned
      and maximum traction will return for the BRM & rubber tyres . 
     This problem has been discovered at other raceways using a mix of rubber & urethane tyres consecutively . 
     So the suggestion is to run the Urethane tyre classes after the BRM or rubber tyre classes are concluded.
     The situation does vary with some classes unaffected by running urethanes prior to rubber tyres 
     Alternatively we do run 4 track cars fitted with BRM tyres for a few minutes before
      the following class with BRM ( or other rubber tyres ) is run. 
      The Urethanes seem to enjoy more traction when running  on a track after BRM tyres being used. 

6.  The new BRM tyre also needs a run in period of about 200 laps on average. Some cars bring the tyre to
      maximum traction very quickly but others can take a fair bit of running to get  maximum traction.
      The traction seems best when both tyres have a sheen on the surface and the surface is “tacky’ to touch. 

7.   Heat can affect tyres - so keep them out of any direct sunlight or away from heating devices .

8.    All tyres run best after being trued on a tyre lathe. I have found that most tyres run best with a rounded edge
       on inner & outer . Rounded with sandpaper on a block so that any edge & sidewall
       Run out can be  reduced by very  light application of the sanding block ,
       You can usually fell vibrations in the sanding block if there is edge runout ( and on the tyre track surface ) 
        Before each race heat & while running the BRM tyre s in we use a track sanding bench at each driver’s
         console . this is fitted with  300 to 600 grit water resistant  sandpaper . 
        The surface of the sand paper is kept clean & just moist with water from a spray bottle.
        Tyres only need to be spun on this for 5 secs or so and this will remove any adhered dust
        and return  the tyre to full traction 

9.      With following  the above recommendations  most cars will exhibit faster lap times with the new BRM tyre . 

         Hope you enjoy the new compound in the BRM tyres . 

FPR Class Crossovers 2018

FPR Classes 2018

Notes!  On MJK Fridays we have a class for just Scale Auto GT - MJK tyres only & up to 25K & 350g torque motor. we do not run all the classes shown in the bi-monthly  MJK Night some rotate from one MJK night to the next. Check the 2016 proposed calendar (separate page) to see the class allocations for Tuesdays & Fridays - also on the calendar are meetings at SSCR, Cove & W.A.R, Raceways . 

BRM E22 Tyre Information


Just a few notes about using & preparing the BRM tyres.
They are a soft compound - Shore 22 so do need gluing to the rim . To do this I only recommend the Locktite brand of super glue. It is available in liquid or gel.
I usually seat the tyre well on the rim fist after checking the rim is running true  by spinning very slowly . After I seat the tyres on the rim by filching the bead around the rim I glue the tyres.
Usually I glue the inside tyre bead first in each rim. I lift the bead with one hand an put a liberal drop on the rim bead and then let the tyre bead down on to the drop on the rim.
This has to be done slowly and carefully so that no glue gets on fingers and that ther is no “splash “ of glue when the bead is released.
This is done in four places around the inside bead of each tyre but give a check for trueness after each wheel is done & before the glue is fully set so a correction may be possible but is usually not
Once the glue is set on the inside ( about 5 minutes depending on room temperature) do the same procedure to the outside tyre bead.
Once the glue has set  I recommend tyres be trued on a true truer. I do this for people without charge if they do not have a truer.
Some have developed methods of truing without having a dedicated tyre truer but I have not needed to do that so you could seek other’s advise if you wish to try it.
The E22 BRM tyres are best suited to a smooth surface track. They will perform on a Ferrodore type rough surface about equivalent to MJK urethane tyres.
They like the smooth surface and actually condition the track surface with some running of cars with BRM tyres. This conditioning on the smooth track also upgrades the MJK tyre traction so they
run the BRM conditioning on their surface and perform better as well.
To run in and get the BRM tyre  to the best condition it takes a bout 300 laps on the smooth surface track . This is combined with water dampened  600 grade wet & dry sanding on a flat pad.
The sanding is done about every 20 laps until good grip is obtained
We then usually wet sand the tyres before each heat of a race for there on.
The glue of the bead may have to be redone periodically and should be checked before each race meeting by attempting to lift the tyre beads
Hope you enjoy racing at FPR