February 6, 2012

Clean Tyres – No additives

The tire treatment debate in 1/8th and 1/10th gas on road has certainly divided a lot of racers and the widespread use and inability to consistently and effectively test for these substances has pushed rule makers to allow the use of additive. Some people are tired of waiting for rule makers to do something about it so are taking this matter into their own hands. For example there is a new gas on road race series about to get underway in Europe this season that uses hand out tires and in Switzerland there is the moral commitment movement to not use tire additives. The latter is signed by a number of the top gas racers in the country, and will see the drivers carry the ‘Clean Tyres’ decal on their cars to show that they are against, and do not use, additives and it is a campaign that they wish to spread across Europe.

Tyre treatment in the 1/8 track class is a “unwelcome” development.

Most of the passionate RC drivers are strongly against it.

Top 1/8 Swiss Drivers like Kurzbuch, Hächler, Pesenti, Nydegger, Hulliger, Henzi & Martinelli, to name a few, have decided to counter this development by introducing a “moral commitment movement” to not use tyre additives. They are going to participate at the 2012 Swiss Championship with the newly created sticker “Clean Tyres” applied to their car body.  This sticker will show who is racing “clean” on the track. This fact should reduce the “incentive” for drivers to use additives to beat the so-called “clean drivers” and attract them to join the “clean tyres” movement.  In practice, this means that we are building a committed “clean” new class into the class.

There are always going to be people, who wish to test the limits of the rules, even whilst carrying a “clean tyres” sticker….but at least, as the spokesman of the group said, most of us are out there on the track to enjoy ourselves without additional time and money expenditure.

Our goal is to have “clean” regional races!

Should anyone be interested….stickers are available in A4 format (per sheet: 24  stickers). As the stickers are currently in production, the price has not yet been fixed, but it should be around Euro 5.- a sheet.

Please contact: Mattia Pesenti (mattia.pesenti@swissadsl.net) for payment and delivery instructions.

For drivers taking part in the Swiss Championship, the sheets will be available at the race track for the first race of the season at production cost.

Luca Martinelli and Mattia Pesenti

January 2012


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