I think looking at the last race weekend for any indication of where to run the open class would not show much other than on days when the track conditions are not good, the difference is greater. Alan qualified 0.3 seconds slower in minimax than pole in Rotax masters. There was a great differential in ALL classes, & lapping that would not normally happen. Looking back to the previous weekend, there was not a large difference in lap times from the open to the Sr 4.
The open classes have always ran with the class that fits closest to their speed, this is not new, & was discussed in your jan meeting, the AGM, & posts on the forum ( jan 22, Feb 11). The EDKRA outlaws are actually closer to the 206 than the clones, or the Hondas. I think mostly what we are experiencing is very large grids, which has the class covering a lot of the track, therefore making the backmarkers that much closer to being lapped.
I think it is great for our club to have others coming here to race with us, & would like to see more of our members go there as well. Also I have been hearing rumors they are warming up to the idea of the 206 (could just be a viscious rumor).
If & when I get the chance to come & play in this class, I am sure I will be one of the ones at the back being lapped, & would simply look at it as more incentive to improve, as well as a guage on my improvement.
These are mearly my opinions, & not at all related to any executive thinking.