Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

General

Where is the best place to get up-to-date race information?


The 'Chargers RC' Facebook page is where all race day communications are shared.




Do I need to be a member to race?


No, you are more than welcome to turn up and race without membership. Members do enjoy discounted race fees and our junior members (16 and under) race for free. See our Membership page for details on membership costs and race fees.




Can I practice at the track at any time?


Yes, the track is always open for practice (except on club race days). All we ask is you use 1/10th scale electric vehicles only and you respect the facilities and track for the continued enjoyment of all members of the RC racing community and our club.




What time does racing start and what time should I get there?


Racing starts at 9am sharp with nominations and payment of race fees taken from 8am. It is common for racers to arrive between 7-8am to setup and have practice prior to races commencing.




What time does racing finish?


Depending on the number of race nominations on the day, we usually finish between 3-4pm.




What is the race day format?


Depending on the number of race entries, we usually run a 7-minute qualifying session (per class), followed by 3 x 5-minute finals. Your 2 best results in the finals account for your overall result on the day.




What is 'marshalling' and do I have to do it?


A marshall is somebody standing on the side of the track during a race to assist with re-placing a vehicle on the track if it crashes. There are usually around 6-8 marshalls per race and are the drivers from the previous race. So once you finish your qualifying/race event, you are expected to 'marshall' the next race. If you aren't sure how to marshall, that's OK, ask us for a helper marshall to teach you what is required.




Do I need to charge my batteries at home?


No, there is power available for everyone on race day. You just need your own charger and an extension lead can be handy.




What do I need to bring to 'setup' in the pits?


The club does have a limited number of tables, however we strongly suggest bringing your own fold-out table as well as a chair. A powerboard is handy and don't forget an extension lead.




Are there toilet facilities?


Yes, there is a council toilet nearby.




Is food and drink available?


The club will provide a basic BBQ breakfast and lunch along with drinks for purchase on the day. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details. There is a petrol station about 5 minutes drive from the track (which is the nearest food outlet).




Do I need a transponder to race?


Ideally yes, as our timing system requires a transponder to run the races. Most specialised hobby stores sell transponders (see our sponsors for suggested retailers). If you do not have a transponder, please contact us before race day as the club does have 1 transponder to loan for the day.




If it is raining, is racing still on?


If it is raining on the day, then no. Depending on the amount of rain we receive in the leadup to a race day, will determine if race day continues. This is because although the track is resistant to water, it can still get quite soft under foot and using it while wet can damage the track. Check our Facebook page for communications about race days and potential cancellations. If we have experienced rain at any time, please DO NOT use the track until it has had a chance to dry off (usually 24-48 hours).




Where can I get advice on car setup etc.


Whilst the internet has lots of information on this topic, the best advice will come from speaking to our members. Every track has it's own characteristics requiring different setups and those that race on the track, generally know what works and what doesn't. Alternatively, check out our Racing Guide page to get some helpful hints and tips.




Can I bring my family along?


Absolutely! Chargers is a family friendly environment and we encourage everyone to attend and get involved. We have a thriving junior class of racers and when not racing, they tend to 'hang out' together and just have a good time being kids. Family members are most welcome in the pit area to see what happens, meet our members and ask questions.




What should I wear?


Any comfortable clothing is fine. In winter months, don't forget a warm jumper as it is quite cool in the pit area. Thongs and sandals are NOT recommended. It is suggested closed in shoes (e.g. runners) be worn, especially when marshalling.




If I break a part or my car fails, is my race day over?


Not necessarily. You will quickly learn our members (and the off-road RC racing community in general) are very helpful and resourceful and are always willing to help a fellow racer get their car back on the track as soon as possible. Somebody will usually have the part you need as a spare, so just ask around.