What started as a labour of love in their leisure time, has now turned into a thriving race track. Larry, Jason, and Joe proudly manage one of three RC race tracks in the Barrie area. Lap times average around the twenty second mark, making this track is one of the tightest, action packed tracks around. Joe lovingly compared the action on this track to that of NASCAR's Bristol Motor Speedway.
The original track was built in about 3 months over the summer of 2009, and was constructed completely by hand. Since the track has been open it has been through a redesign, along with continual improvements. The improvements have included adding a big step up jump, proper lighting, a raised platform so the drivers have a better perspective of the entire course, and better drainage.
One of the biggest reasons that the elite racing team decided to build the track was to provide a safe track for the vehicles with no rocks or bricks that tend to cause serious damage when an RC hits it. However this wasn't the only reason the track was constructed. Joe and the boys also wanted to provide a family friendly environment that encouraged mentoring between the racers, which isn't always the case at other RC tracks.
The track has a little bit of everything a racer could want, a nice long straightaway where the RC's can really open up, Banked corners, hairpin turns, jumps and more. The track is open to members seven days a week from 9am to 8pm, with practice under the lights on Tuesday's from 7pm to 10pm, and Championship Series races being held every second Saturday. Race timing is kept by transponders that are in each RC. The transponders can be purchased with your membership at a discounted price or rented by the day. The transponders also allow the lap times to be displayed on a leader board for all the racers and spectators to see.
The Championship Series Races attracts racers from all over with over 50 entries in the days events. Classes that compete in the Championship series include Buggies, Truggys, Monster Trucks and Short Course Trucks in both 2 and 4 wheel drive. Drivers run the gamut of skill levels from first time racers right through to corporate sponsored drivers, and ranging in age from six and up. It's not only RC drivers that show up on race days many spectators come out to watch the races. Joe encourages everyone to come out to watch or get involved.
To find out more about Elite Racing's RC Track including membership information, schedule, or view the live video feed please visit http://www.rctrack.ca/
More photos from Elite Racing can be seen here
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