I think the car had a great debut...but personally,I'm more impressed with the durability it has shown..
of course,I am wondering how the 720 got 6 laps up.....
About the 6 laps, reading Mike Myers' recap, here is what he wrote: "Ralph had problems as the race neared the end, and spent a lot of time in the pits..." And if you look at detailed results, he had a 46.2 sec. lap (lap #154) and another 45.3 sec. on lap #156. So there you have it... Anything can go wrong during a 45 min. main.
See the report from the race http://www.teamxray.com/teamxray/news/n ... goria=1047
where you can see that the reason Team XRAY got behind the winner due no good tire strategy. Also the other local team had practice at the track for more than a week while the Team XRAY was racing at the Snowbirds electric race, so the Team XRAY came with significant disadvantage to the race already. Considering that this was the first big event for the nitro touring team and considering that many XRAY drivers had very limited or almost no nitro racing experiences, I would definitely say that this has been some of the greatest and most successful debuts ever.
Jilles turned 900 laps without any failure or exchanging any single part on the car and as I heard, the crowd was not only surprised but shocked of this. And the NT1 performs well in the hands of regular drivers which the best proof is Mr. Hudy senior who was able to beat plenty of top young factory drivers and if he did not run out of tire he could finish at 3rd place in the B main - good job for an old dog