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As the first race of the season approaches we always have some issues with our 30 day availability rule. There are several batteries currently listed on the ROAR approval list with a date prior to October 1, 2012 which will not have been available for the required 30 days prior to our first event. These batteries are Team Pyscho 6400, 70C (PSY64001S70); Team EAM 6500, 70C (EAM6570-1), Thunder Power 6800, 65C; (TP6800-1SAE65) and SMC 7000, 70C (7070-1S2P). None of these batteries will be allowed for the Lefthander RC 375 at ProlevelRC Raceway on October 13 & 14.

In addition I understand that batteries from OHP, the Sting battery from Trinity and others may still be added to the ROAR approval list with a date prior to October 1st. ROAR is running a bit behind in getting the approval list updated. Since they are not currently even listed, these batteries will also not be permitted at our first race. Whether they ultimately are allowed in BRL competition will depend on what ROAR ultimately publishes as the approval date.

Furthermore, we reserve the right to prohibit the use of any battery (whether ROAR approved or not) which the BRL, in its sole opinion, determines is not intended to be readily available to all competitors. A battery which is marketed as being available only in "very limited quantities" is, by definition, not available to all competitors. A program to intentionally market in limited numbers is fundamentally different than temporary production limitations created by misreading supply and demand. If we believe that particular batteries are not reasonably available to all our competitors we will not permit that battery in BRL competition.

The BRL has a long history with a strong focus on providing a level playing field for all competitors. While there have always been complaints of team drivers with access to better equipment, our past spot checks of batteries and our continuing testing of motors leaves us convinced that sponsored drivers in the BRL seldom have had better motors or lipo batteries than unsponsored competitors. In fact, the motors with the absolute best resistance numbers we’ve seen in our 4 years of checking did not belong to drivers sponsored by the motor manufacturer. Whether popular or not, we continue to be committed to providing BRL competitors an environment where the racing outcome is determined by a racer’s knowledge, ability and willingness to work on his equipment rather than by whether a racer is able to access select equipment or not.
 

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An update for the KCM Cars 375 at The Gate this weekend.

The batteries noted in the first post are allowed in BRL competition (Team Pyscho 6400, 70C (PSY64001S70); Team EAM 6500, 70C (EAM6570-1), Thunder Power 6800, 65C; (TP6800-1SAE65) and SMC 7000, 70C (7070-1S2P).

In addition the OHP 6600 70C (PN6600701i) and Sting 7000 90C (PNA7000SH90) batteries are allowed.

I think this catches up our 30 day availability rule to include all batteries with a ROAR approved date before 10/1/12.
 
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