The 2018 Southern Nationals was held this past weekend in West Monroe, Louisiana. Many Tekin factory and regional drivers were in attendance dominating the competition.
In Pro Ebuggy, Ryan Lutz would take the TQ spot. After all three mains were said and done it would be Joe Bornhorst who would take the win followed by Ryan Lutz, Tyler Hooks, Brandon Rose, and JR Mitch. All of the top 5 utilized the RX8 Gen3, Gen2 and Gen3 motors, and Mitch was also using the new Tekin Servos.
Joe’s Rx8 Gen3 1900kv Setup:
In the Etruggy class, Privateer Joey Bourdon would qualify 5th, but make big strides during the mains to finish 2nd overall. Joey used the RX8 Gen3 and Gen2 Truggy motor. Brian Henn would also go on to finish 6th utilizing the RX8 Gen3, Gen3 motor, and the new Tekin Servos.
Finally in Pro Nitro Buggy JR Mitch would again utilize the Tekin Servos to finish 4th overall in the highly competitive class.
The last round of the BRCA Ebuggy National Championships in the books, we are proud to announce that factory Tekin team driver Darren Bloomfield is Champion again! He had this to say “with the British weather playing part in the series with 32c at one round to torrential downpours at another, low traction oiled tracks to bone dry high traction astro turf, my Tekin Rx8 Gen3 ESC and T8 2050 motor combo has kept me in control and reliable in every single moment, helping me achieve my 3rd consecutive BRCA e buggy national championship hand in hand with Tekin.”
Darren opened his tittle chase way back in April at Brookthorpe a totally new track to the BRCA scene, with some very close qualifying Darren would start the main second on the grid, but with a heavy downpour just before the start with his Agama A215, Tekin Rx8 Gen3 and T8 2050 he had more control than the rest and claimed a convincing win.
Onto round 2 and it was up north to North West Nitro yet another new track to the calendar however the club have a small history of running UK nationals at there old venue not too far away. With a real loose surface Darren was off to a good start with full control in qualy thus starting P1 for the main converting it to a win stamping another mark on his tittle chase.
Round 3 was first day of July and at yet another club re entering the BRCA calendar after running nationals previously at the clubs old venue, great to see some new venues getting a crack at the whip. With Darren having never been to this track before and others having spent a substantial amount of time here, Darren settled for 2nd in qualifying and although he got real close to the win he would have to also setttle for 2nd overall, a great score towards his tittle never the less.
Round 4 and the very familiar BRCA venue Herts nitro model club, Darren’s home track and in the height of summer……. rain all day. Darren felt at an advantage here knowing exactly where every bump is on this track but also because he knew he had the smoothest and most well programmed motor and esc for the super slippery wet oild track conditions. With this said he took a convincing TQ and win lapping the entire field. WITH THIS SEALING THE BRCA E BUGGY NATIONAL CHAMPIINSHIP.
Onto the 5th and final round at Slough and yet another of Darren’s tracks he is very familiar with as he use to live one mile away, going round at this event as more of a victory round, Darren went on to TQ all 3 rounds and win the main lapping again up to 3rd place.
10 TQ’s, 11 wins and 3 2nd places out of the last 15 rounds over 3 years with one non appearance Darren is convinced he is using the best he can get as you should be also with Tekin. Darren is already looking forward to what 2019 will bring!
Tyler Hooks recaps his first ROAR National Championship:
“Well it has been a couple of days so I guess we should recap this shindig. Last weekend was the ROAR Nationals and I decided to run all the stock classes with Tekin Racing products at the event. To preface this, we showed up with Tekin Spec R‘s and Tekin RS Pro Be‘s straight from the package, I don’t know how to use a motor analyzer, I don’t know proper shimming, and the stock rotor seemed good enough. This stuff was box stock. We set the timing to 50 ish degrees on every motor and let er rip.
To my surprise considering we didn’t really know what we were doing and just went off of the gearing Mr. Pike suggested, my stuff was fast, like really fast. There was a massive quad on the layout and I had no issues making it in either 13.5 4wd or 17.5 buggy. I was even able to make it for the first 2 or 3 minutes in truck which was as long or longer than any other brand.
I made one brake setting change on my wheeler after talking with Mr. Pike but otherwise left my stuff alone and could just focus on setup and trying not to fly off the track. I was able to 2nd seed all three stock classes, take the TQ in stock buggy, as well as 2nd starting spot in 13.5 4wd and 17.5 truck, and take the win in 13.5 4wd with a 2nd in 17.5 buggy and truck. It was an extremely successful weekend and I can’t thank everyone at Tekin enough. These products are no joke so if you have any questions feel free to reach out!” Thanks, Tyler
Tyler Hooks as most of you may know has been up and coming for quite some time. Known for this good attitude at the track, well put together cars, and overall positive attitude towards R/C racing in general. It’s been my personal pleasure working with him to improve his racing program using Tekin products. His results at the 2018 ROAR nationals using “off the shelf” equipment is what we at Tekin strive to provide not only our race team, but our customers. Tyler Tq’d and ultimately won his first ROAR National Championship with the Tekin RS Pro BE ESC; the ESC with the lowest on resistance of ANY competition ESC on the market today paired with the Tekin Spec R motor which are products you can pick up at any hobby shop or online retailer knowing your “off the shelf” purchase can compete at the highest levels of R/C racing today! Randy Pike, Tekin team manager.
Tyler’s RS Pro BE Setups:
Additional pictures of Tyler’s cars bodies off showing his installation of his Tekin RS Pro BE ESC’s, Tekin RS Gen2 ESC and Spec R motors:
Brad Rippee would Tq and take the overall win in the 1/8 E Truggy with his Tekin Rx8 Gen3 T8 2250 steered by a Tekin T300 servo. Brad running a full compliment of Tekin power and Tekin control products would sweep the double A’s.
This past weekend was able to attend the 32nd running of the Hank Perry 240 in Spokane Washington. This would be the 2nd stop of the Northwest Championship Tour. Tekin team driver Matt Dortmund would run 2wd mod, 4wd mod and 1/8 E Buggy. Matt electing to go with the Tekin RSX ESC and Redline Gen3 motor series in his 1/10 cars, and the aware winning Tekin Rx8 Gen3 ESC and T8 1900kv T8 motor for his E Buggy.
Matt would take off from great qualifying positions in each class taking 2nd overall in 2wd Mod Buggy, 3rd overall in 4wd Mod Buggy, and 2nd overall in 1/8 E Buggy! A great weekend of racing for Matt!
Finally had a moment to recoup from the 2018 Manufacturer’s Cup brought to you by none other than Tekin Racing at Silver Dollar Raceway, home to Amain Hobbies.
I’ve been to each and every one of these races and I’m always more impressed by Kevin Jelich’s track building skill every time I show up. The layout for this event was fun, SUPER flowing, great jump construction, off camber turns, and a few very racy yet technical sections where the Pro guys could really show the rest of us mere mortals how to go fast.
I signed up for 40+ E Buggy and Open E Buggy racing the same Tekin Rx8 Gen3 T8 1900kv power system I have’d since I built this car. I am of course using the latest Tekin T-250 servo to control my Mugen Mbx7r Eco buggy. I managed to take top seed in both classes during all 3 rounds of seeding.
Qualifying had 3 rounds of which I Tq’d all 3 in 40+ E Buggy, the first 2 in Open E Buggy, electing to sit out the 3rd round held very late in the evening. Now besides getting a few extra hours of beauty sleep, I didn’t feel we’d ever race in the cooler night temp track conditions so felt it was worth getting out of the long hot days and resting a bit.
Mains day was up and I was Tq in both classes. A few Tekin customers needed some software updates and adjustments prior to their mains, hoping to do better than where they qualified. Starting from the top spot in 40+ was able to get through the first half a lap and only listen to the carnage I was leaving behind. I made one bobble when a damn fly flew into my eyes around the half way mark, no harm no foul. I’d go onto win this class uncontested.
Pic courtesy of Live RC
Open E Buggy however would not be as smooth sailing. I got out to a quick 4 second lead and somehow manage to collide with another car from another lane or something. I honestly couldn’t tell you where the car came from. But I was hit pretty dang hard in the rear. As my car was going down the straight away I could see my rear wing was not straight. A few more turns and jumps later I could tell this was going to be an issue. On the next lap I rolled the car over in an off camber section and cleanly put the wing 90’s over while allowing P2 and P3 to get by me. I pushed hard to try and catch up only to find out that the rear wing on a 1/8 Buggy is VERY critical to its handling, just a pro tip for the day! I would have to settle for 3rd overall, only being 4 seconds back from the leaders. On the box, but thinking it could have gone better.
Out all the 1/8 E Buggy classes including E Truggy and 4wd SC thrown in for good measure, Tekin dominated the field being in over 95% of the cars. I even lent a “non Tekin” user an ESC so he could keep racing on qualifying day when his “other” esc failed him. I updated many users to the latest 272 software you can find HERE.
Tekin factory driver Darren Bloomfield kicks off his 2018 bid to defend his BRCA title defense of his National Title in E Buggy. Darren once again chose the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen3 and T8 2050 system he used last year.
The JBRL Nitro Series just completed its 12th season. With an average of nearly 165 entries per event, it is easy to understand why the JBRL Nitro Series is the most popular racing series in the nation. The JBRL series visited 8 tracks this year. Traveling all over Southern California and Nevada and Arizona to test the skills of its competitors over a wide range of track conditions. This exciting series is fun for the novice and expert racer alike.
Tekin Factory driver Adam Drake has once again took the overall championship title in the E-Buggy division running his Tekin Rx8 Gen3 T8 1900 powered Mugen Mbx7r ECO buggy. This Adam’s fifth time Drake has taken this coveted title! Everyone at Tekin would like to congratulate him on his championship!
“Thank you for all the great products, support and for making this series successful!” Adam Drake
Tekin team driver Jennifer Lathrop would travel up to the Auburn Performance Raceway where the final round of the Triple Crown series was held. In the final round Jen would take 3rd place in the Mod Sprint division giving her the overall title! Jen was running a brand new C4 chassis powered by a Tekin RSX and Redline Gen3 8.5T motor.
Jen also managed be in second place during the SC Mod division race only to drop out with a mechanical failure. P2 would have given Jen another overall title but she’d have to settle for 2nd place overall even with the DNF. Jen again chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Motor series to power her to another podium result.
Tekin team driver Tyler Hooks recaps the Cajun Classic:
“This past weekend was The Cajun Classic in Shreveport Louisiana. I ran 2wd Mod Buggy and 4wd Mod buggy. Qualifying went well and I was personally able to TQ both classes. I had some rough luck in the 2wd Mod mains, but I was able to take the win in A3 to take 2nd overall. In 4wd mod buggy I was able to wrap up the win after A2. My Tekin RSX’s and Gen 3 6.5 and 5.5 preformed flawlessly! Big thank you to everyone at Tekin who helps make it happen.’