Placed in the 2wd SC Truck class last night. It's pretty much run what ya brung with this group. My Slash is stock except for the Velineon brushless sytem, Airtronics radio, Desert Rat body, and tires. Based on recommendations on this site, I have Switches on the front, Bowties on the back, both mounted on Proline split-six beadlocks.
The field was 9 trucks, split pretty evenly between Slash, Blitz, and SC10. I wish I knew what brand the leader was driving, but I didn't get a chance to find out. But it wasn't just the truck. He lapped the entire field twice, except me and 3rd place, who were about 1/3 of a lap from being lapped a second time.
I definitely wasn't the fastest out there. I'm still learning how to drive on an off-road course. My best lap was 1.5 seconds slower than the winner's best lap. But, I kept it on the course, only needed help 1 time from the corner marshall, and ran consistant laps. The track was made for 1/8 buggies; typical lap time in my class was about 30 seconds.
The track played to my "slow but steady" plan. It's a sandy, clay track. Early in the day, it was wet, tacky, and fast (for everyone but me). By the 3rd qualifier, it had dried out, and become pretty slick and slow. I was 3rd in the last qualifier. But, since everyone else had been so fast early, I started the main in 7th.
I avoided wrecks, passed a couple of cars under speed, passed even more as they were piled up in corners, and next thing I knew, I was in 2nd place. I finished 1 second ahead of 3rd.
Comments on the Slash:
1. It's very tight off throttle. I need to get a little more front end bite under off-throttle and part-throttle conditions. But, I have to not make it anymore spin-happy than it already is under hard throttle. Maybe some bowties on the front?
2. I need to learn how to brake more gently. Next time out, I'll probably play with the end point adjustment on the radio, to limit the maximum amount of brakes. The radio has the pulsing ABS function, but that made it hop under braking.
3. Overall, the Slash is sturdy, predictable, and handles the smaller jumps well. I had a good time with it.