Outdoor Champions!

November 10, 2017 by admin · Comments Off
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After a busy summers racing we finally got around to awarding the trophies for the 2017 Summer series

Tamiya TT02 racing at the UMCC

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The UMCC have been running two classes indoors for a number of seasons now with Tamiya Mini’s as the slower, ‘fun’, class and then 13.5 brushless touring car as the ‘expert’ class. I have put ‘fun’ and ‘expert’ in quotes because in both classes there is a lot of close racing.

For some the faster touring car class is seen as a bit fast and some running the Minis were looking for a new challenge but the jump to touring cars was a jump to far. For this reason the club has decided to introduce a class to sit in the middle in the form of Tamiya TT02s which will run as a third championship series commencing this coming indoor season.

For a quick build review check out the post here on RC Racing NI.

The club has bought two cars that you are welcome to come and try – just speak to Marty or Jim at race control.

Mini Z race dates 2011

January 23, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
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UMCC successfully ran a Mini Z series for many years from Loughmoss leisure centre on a Wednesday evening. As costs for the room hire increased over the years it became unviable and ceased racing in 2013. There are however still a few racers out there that with the right level of support and access to a cost effect venue could bring back a race series. If you are interested please contact Lee Cutler (leecutler92@msn.com)

Next Race

November 29, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
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UMCC  Indoor Round 5 Sunday  3rd December 2017, at Wellington College. Belfast

12th Racing with the UMCC

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Welcome to the 1/12th scale section.

1/12th racing is probably one of the oldest race classes and started off way back in the 1970′s.

We introduced the 1/12th championship in 2008. The club races on specialist racing carpet. Racing consists of, Free Practice, 3 Qualifying rounds to establish grid positions and 2 final rounds.

Races last for 8 minutes and lap times are comparable to touring cars, so you get more track time and more overtaking opportunities as the cars are slightly smaller.

The cars are of a simple design, making maintenance relatively easy, and feature the use of the latest materials such as carbon fiber, light alloys and titanium. This makes them very lightweight which gives them their incredible speed and acceleration, making them probably the fastest of any of the electric classes of racing. At the UMCC we run to Clubmans Modified class rules so they are powered by either 4-sub’c cells or a single LiPo cell with an electronic speed controller and either a brushed electric motor of 12 turns or above or a brushless electric motor of 6.5 turns or above providing the drive to the rear wheels.

Major manufacturers such as associayed, trinity, Yokomo, CRC, Xray and Corrally to name but a few, all market 1;12th scale cars and there is fierce competition at the top level between major teams.

The cars use foam tires and this gives them amazing levels of grip in the corners, making them real fun to drive. There are a large number of clubs throughout the UK and Ireland that run 1:12th scale, and to be racing indoors in the warm and dry, on a cold winter’s day, has to be a major attraction.
What ever your ability, if you want to improve you’re driving, this is the class for you. It’s fast, furious, costs less than touring cars and leaves you grinning from ear to ear.

Brand new competitive cars start at under £100.00 for a Phantom FTX. Good quality second hand cars can be had on eBay for as little as £60.00 and usually come with a pile of spares.

For further details about racing 1/12th scale contact:

email: leecutler92@msn.com

A full copy of the rules for 1/12th scale racing can be downloaded from: www.brca.org

MiniZ Racing with the UMCC

November 21, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
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Cars the size of those in your scalectrix when you were a kid, (at heart at least if you are an adult who still has a set), without the limitations and confines of that funny metal strip down the middle of the track.
Mini Z racing began in NI as an add on to the successful 1/10th touring car racing during the winter of 2000. The first cars to be raced were Formula 1 – 2wd long wheel based cars with superior grip over the touting cars. Initially run on a badmington court surface, grip was a tricky thing to find and with only 2wd, it really tested the driver’s skill!

We then found a new (and current) home at Loughmoss leisure centre in Carryduff. Thanks to Ron McKnight, the centre manager, we have enjoyed a warm welcome over the last 7 years. We now race 2wd Saloon cars on a low pile carpet. Grip isn’t a great problem here and a 6m x 6m track racing is fast & furious.

We run the main championship from Jan to July then take a break for a few weeks before starting the Autumn series Aug to Dec. The beauty of this form of racing is that it’s never subject to the unpredictable Northern Irish weather, it’s run pretty much all year round, it’s inexpensive (compared to most other classes of racing) and it improves you driving skill.

Just like the 1/10th racing, we have a full BBK timing system running the AMB personal transponders. This allows us to record lap times down to 100th sec and keep track of who’s FTQ!

The race pace can be so fast, that it would challenge the capabilities of even the most talented r/c driver, just try and do a trouble free 5 minute run. If you don’t believe me, look at the photo’s the camera cant pick up the cars they are moving that fast, even when cornering, and yet they are easy to drive and maintain, and can handle like a dream with very little work. The cars are easily tuned by changing tyres, springs, motors, etc

The only challenge we face is that you will probably have to buy your car from USA or Hong Kong. Not the biggest problem to overcome in this day & age of eBay? One of the most helpful seller is www.atomicmods.com of Houston, Texas. They not only have a fantastic online shop but also fill their website with tips & tricks to get you ahead in club racing.

All the cars and parts are relatively inexpensive, and this leads to a cheap, yet competitive, one make race series, and should not be taken for granted, by even the most experienced r/c campaigners. The car’s feature interchangeable scale body shell’s and wheels, that would challenge die cast models for realism. The body shell’s range from full on race cars like GT Porsche 911′s, Corvette C5r’s, Honda NSX, Nissan Skyline GTR’s to road going Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Viper, VW Bettle, and Peugeot 206′s to mention just a few. We also have F1 category with Ferrari, Jordan, and McLaren.

Current prices for this type of virtually ready to run r/c cars can range from £70 to £80.

For further details about Mini Z racing contact:

Robert on; rabscav@hotmail.com
Lee on; leecutler92@msn.com

Driver profiles

November 19, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
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We are planning to post some driver profiles in the coming months – details of some of the ‘well known’ drivers in the club. Hopefully this will give you a pointer for a good contact about your car and racing in general…

Pictures from Ballymoney

November 18, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
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Some images from Ballymoney;

Videos and pictures from the Irish GP

November 18, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
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Thanks to Jim Heal for these videos from the 10.5 A finals in the Schumacher Irish Grand Prix

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

ROUND 3

Click here for some photos taken by Stephen Carson

Pictures/Videos

November 18, 2010 by admin · Comments Off
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Check back soon for some pictures of our racing.

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