RCKongen in Søndersø, Denmark, has a successful winter race series for 10th scale buggies. Over the years manager, Kim Bendiksen, has tried different regulations and formats to try to develop and promote RC racing in his area. RC Kongen’s Winter Series is well-known for its friendly environment, his sportsman class with 13.5 2wd buggy, limit of 1 set of control tires for the event, and Open class where you can run whatever car you have.

This September, Kim Bendiksen sat down with the multi-time National Champion Jonas Kaerup (Team Associated) to discuss If the race format almost everyone uses – 3 round by round qualifying rounds followed by 3 finals – could be revised for better racing, and action drivers as well as for spectators.

The problem was that often qualifying was decided after 2 rounds, and even the finals where often more or less decided after the first 2. As the race day wore on, the less exciting it became. The old system rewarded consistency, but to compete with other out-of-RC activities, they needed to come up with a solution, that made things exciting for everyone, not only from 14 to 16 pm, where the finals are often run.

They discussed many different variations, longer mains, less qualifying, and even Reedy-race style (which everybody loves, but is difficult to set up and run, with different amounts of drivers from class to class, and race to race) and this past weekend they tried the following format with great success.

Limit of 1 set of tires for event.
1 qualifier followed directly by 1 final. Point awarded for your final position.
Then again.
1 qualifier followed directly by 1 final. Point awarded for your final position.
Then again.
1 qualifier followed directly by 1 final. Point awarded for your final position.

Essentially the drivers run 3 races on 1 race day. The race series is made up of 6 rounds, each having 3 races. So if you were to participate in the entire series, you would have 18 races, with 10 of the counting.The upsides were, that everybody had excitement all day, constant action. In a good round you could be in the A final, a bad round of qualifying and you would end up in the B-main. The next round would still be exiting, as you still had a good chance to make it better. Nobody was settled in the A-main, and nobody were stuck in the C or B-main. All it took, was to set the race program to run the same race 3 times, each of them having 1 qualifier and 1 final. No more, endless qualifying days to decide, who is the most consistent. Action all the way.

Thanks to Kim Bendiksen and Jonas Kaerup for the post.