Get the most out of your racing experience by following these 10 tips and tricks.
Read this section before your session to improve your race performance and avoid technical delays.
If it is your first session at ARace, you will be given a short briefing
to go over the essential tips and tricks as well as rules and guidelines to follow.
- 1. THE CAR
a) CHECK THE BRAIDS
Ensure the braids of your car are clean and brushed. Having good contact with the track will help you to run a smoother race.
b) CLEAN THE REAR TYRES
Clean the rear tyres with sticky tape to remove any debris and dirt that might cause the car to lose traction.
Make sure the tyres are mounted properly after cleaning.
c) HANDLE YOUR CAR WITH CARE
Slot car racing is best as a non-contact sport. Just like in real life motor-racing, if cars crash or suffer abuse, there will be mechanical failures and your race time will be delayed or in serious cases if the car is too badly damaged, your race or session will be ended.
- 2. THE CONTROLLER
The handsets are completely wireless, so you are able to move to any point around the circuit.
The best position is to be near your driver display, particularly when you need to take on fuel. However, you can move to other locations if you feel more comfortable.
Keep the handset above the table level to ensure a strong signal to the receiver.
- 3. THE RACE : THE FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES
a) STAY ON THE TRACK
Time is lost and wasted when you crash and de-slot and you may damage the car.
b) PLAN YOUR FUEL-STOPS CAREFULLY
Once the car is out of fuel you are penalised twice;
– the car will run slowly to indicate zero fuel (your head-lights will flash)
– laps will not be counted until you have refueled.
Make sure you get in to the pit regularly to refuel to avoid these penalties. Listen for audio announcements of low fuel level.
It is not necessarily the best policy to go flat-out all the way. Watch out for places and situations where too much speed might get you into trouble.
Remember the old fable about the tortoise and the hare. Drive steadily and consistently, and you will remain in contention to be in a better position or win the race.
Driving erratically and dangerously will mean you will not likely feature in the top placings and you are more likely to crash and damage the car.
- 4. THE START OF THE RACE
This is an important moment, but don’t over commit.
Start cautiously, regardless of whether you are in pole position or starting from the back of the grid.
Watch the Startlights and listen to the countdown carefully. You will be penalised for false starts.
The first two corners are crucial, make sure you get around them safely and avoid the traffic.
- 5. OVERTAKING
Be careful, as this aspect of the race is one of the most dangerous.
Slow moving cars that are out of fuel need to be negotiated carefully.
Being stuck behind another car will lose you time, but so will crashing if you overtake too carelessly.
Study the track so you know in advance where the overtaking sections are and you will be ready to take advantage.
- 6. GOING ROUND CORNERS
- 7. THE PIT-LANE
Be prepared in advance for entering the pit-lane as this is one of the trickiest parts of the track.
Know where and how to lane-change to be in the correct position.
There are three opportunities to get to the inside lane. Practice carefully to make sure you understand the layout and to avoid missing the opportunities that can forfeit your position in the race.
- 8. REFUELLING
There are three fuel-stop positions. It is better to use the one in front of your driver control position to see the fuel indication lights replenish.
Your car must be placed in the correct position in the pit-lane in order to refuel. The headlights of the car will stop flashing once it is in the correct position.
Practice this aspect of the race. A good fuel-stop should add no more than 6 seconds to your lap time.
- 9. THE FINISH
Be prepared, by knowing how many laps you can achieve on a full tank of fuel. Get into the pits and fill up, then make a concerted push for the chequered flag without worrying about having to refuel again.
Once you are more comfortable controlling the car, you can quickly check the monitors time to time during the race which shows current race positions, lap times and fuel levels for each driver.
- 10. FOLLOW THE RULES AND GUIDELINES
Make sure you familiarise yourself with all the rules and guidelines above and follow them to ensure you get the most out of your racing experience.
Following these guidelines can prevent technical malfunctions and delays to your race time.
ESSENTIAL RULES & GUIDELINES TO REMEMBER:
- NEVER touch the race track with your hands, especially the slots.
- NEVER climb onto the race track.
If you cannot reach your car when racing, ask staff for assistance.
- NEVER consume any food or liquid while racing.
There is strictly no food or any liquid allowed at any time in the designated area around the track.
- ALWAYS make sure your hands are cleaned and grease free before handling the cars, especially after the break when refreshments are consumed.
You can use the Wet Wipes that can be found around the venue.
Please ask us if you are not sure about any of our rules or guidelines.