I would stay off the course saturday. I have marked 5 courses to date all MDR Barstow courses and there is always someone prerunning and nearly killing us while we are trying to setup the race. Go today or Sunday and help out the people who are trying to help you by marking the course.
We might got test early sat morning just on the start/finish section and maybe as far back to hodge road. All depends if we get our motor all buttoned up. If we do go we well be sure to keep a close eye for any one on the course. The course is the same route and direction as the last mdr race in november? Thanks to those who are marking the course you always do a great job.
As for the map, I think you can get the one that is Barstow course B, it will say Stoddard 250 on it from the last race but I am pretty sure they are running the same direction and course. Can anybody confirm this?
We had a great time out at Barstow, there were a lot of people out there testing. Thanks to Mike and Pete from Kartek for getting out car all set-up, it really moves well now. Pre- ran the course, same as the last race so no changes. See you all next weekend.
If the course is the same as last race, might there be a chance the Hodge Road jump is a part of the track?? I think that is about the best place to watch there, it reminds me of the old Road crossing at Laughlin, like on Dezert People. If not too bad, what was the issue concerning safety on that jump? Is MDR afraid that someone will go off the side of it accidently? Or that they will jump too far and someone will go end over end and get hurt really bad? I don't blame them if it was that much of a safety concern though, just fun to watch.
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After pre-running on sunday the hodge road jump looks like a go. All the markers pointed in the same direction over the hill that drops off and then starts into the whoops. Maybe they will keep people from the base? I'm not sure what the situation was there last race so I can't say what needs to be done. It should be a great spot to watch from though.
The Hodge jump used to be ridiculously dangerous because the spectators would stand on the edge of the road and basically ask to be run over. It became really bad so they stopped running the jump. It is also a hazard because the spectators wont let the chase trucks through so you get the chasers getting mad because the spectators wont get out of the way and the spectators getting mad because the chasers have somewhere they need to be.
And to top it all off.........you have one flagman in an orange vest that is trying to control all of these people...........not a good situation. We will see if MDR does any kind of spectator control or somthing of the sort??? It should be interesting.....................
Racing isn't everything.............it's the only thing!!!
The spot you are referring to is the exit from pit C also referred to as “inner Hodge”. It is an easy to find spot where some vehicles will get some air. However, it is not the “road crossing” out by the freeway that has been eliminated for safety reasons.
Yeah, I was talking about the inner hodge road jump. They have not run the outter one in quite a while. It was scary last race in the race car because people get so close and it is a blind landing so you can't really tell how far off course you are until it is too late. On the second lap we had a close call when the letners passed us just before the jump, if they had been a few seconds later who knows what could have happened. So just be smart if you are going to watch the race and stay out of harms way. That is just one more thing we have to worry about when we are flying through the desert. See ya out there.