Well, turns out I do need to make a parts order – albeit not the one I expected…
Managed to get across the the Caldicot club tonight – www.caldicotrcracers.co.uk. Friendly folks and an enjoyable track , which the Yokomo handled well from the start.
Unfortunately, the big crossover jump caused me a problem in the second round – the car went full-throttle-crazy after landing mid-race and crashed into the wall. This was bad enough… but then the marshal mistakenly put the car back down on the track! It charged flat-out the wrong way across the crossover, took some massive air and cartwheeled at frenzied speed into a pit table, knocking it down. Very spectacular – and miraculously the car itself was unharmed, apart from a tell-tale bent shock mounting screw. Turns out the receiver crystal had failed from the impact of the landing.
So, with some alternative crystals, I went out for round 3. Car was going well again, grip was good even with very worn tyres, I was actually leading and enjoying a good duel with a faster driver who was making mistakes trying to catch up. Unfortunately one of these mistakes meant he caught the edge of an obstacle, and flipped over into my path. Bang. Goodbye front shock tower.
Looking forward to getting the car fixed and going back across the Severn Bridge for some more racing!