The 2016 Outback Shootout is one of the west coasts premier indoor races in northwest region. Hosted annually by the Outback Raceway facility which is part of Amain it regularly plays host to some of the toughest racing in the area. Racers from all over the region attend the race, the track always being in top shape and the atmosphere provides a great time for all who attend. The track layout was designed by Kevin “The Dirt Whisperer” Jelich and was touted as one of the most fun to run on so far this year! Over 265 entries shows just how big this race really is.
Drew and Jeff Lorenzo had a stellar weekend at the Shootout. Young Drew took the overall Tq in the 13.5 4wd Buggy class with his Tekin Gen3 Redline powered buggy, Tq’ing all 4 rounds. Drew laid down the fastest lap in the main and took the win by over 7 seconds. His Tekin RSX Redline Gen3 compound had the field covered.
Drew continued his success taking the overall win in the 2wd Short Course Truck class running another Tekin RSX paired with a Gen3 8.5T motor in his SC5M. Drew took the win during a battle with Tq Kyle Layton who would retire with a mechanical. Drew would take the win with Terry Wickum not far behind.
Jeff Lorenzo would also have a great weekend taking the overall win starting from his 2nd position. Making a pass for the lead his Tekin RSX 17.5 Redline Gen3 would net him a nearly 4 second lead when the final tone sounded.
Tekin powered Mason Eppley would take the overall Tq and win in the Stock Stadium Truck class running a Tekin RS Gen2 ESC and Redline Gen3 17.5. Mason would dominate qualifying taking all 4 rounds. Starting from the pole, Mason would run a clean race and take the win with a margin of over 5 seconds lapping up to 3rd place.
Mason would continue to have success taking 2nd overall in Expert Stock 2wd Buggy running a Tekin RSX and Redline Gen3 17.5 as well as taking 3rd overall in 4wd Buggy running another RSX and Gen3 system!
Triple Nickel hosted the ROAR Region 4 1/8th scale championships in Bartow, Florida. A fast flowing layout greeted the racers at this foundation facility. Great weather allowed a nice groove for the racers.
Tekin powered JR Mitch would stumble a bit in qualifying but would have a solid position for the triple A-mains. JR would take full advantage of this qualifying position and simply walk away in A1 and A2 to take the overall win. JR chose the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 1900 to take the Region 4 title.
Motorama wrapped up this past weekend. A unique event that plays host to 2 off-road tracks, a rock crawling course, and is placed smack dab in the middle of one of the largest car/auto shows on the east coast. Tekin factory reps were in attendance as well as team drivers from in and around the region.
Tekin Factory driver JR Mitch made it through a few teething issues with his new TLR 4.0 E Buggy and managed to qualify 3rd on the grid for the Triple A format. Problems resolved and ready to race, JR Mitch would put the Rx8 Gen2 Esc and T8 Gen2 1900kv power down to take the win in A1 and A2 taking the overall 1/8 E-buggy Motorama Title!
Tekin would like to welcome off-road driving ace Mike Truhe to the team. Mike has competed at the top levels of r/c racing and has proven success winning at the top tier of R/C. Mike brings years of experience to the team. “I’m looking forward to making an impact with Tekin. The products are proven and I’m looking forward to joining a great team where the main focus is winning.” Mike Truhe
Tekin factory driver Mason Eppley took to the Poorboy Raceway for only the second time to attend their 2nd Annual February Freeze. Eppley would sweep the 3 rounds of qualifying with his Tekin powered cars. Sitting out Q3 entirely to focus on his cars maintenance, this gamble would pay off for him in big wins. Mason would go onto to sweep the Double A mains walking away from the field and put in flawless runs taking the win in both of his A1’s. A2 would go exactly the same as A1’s;again walking away from the field and taking the overall win in both classes! Mason chose the Tekin RSX ESC and Redline Gen3 motor line up to take the win!
Over 320 entries the Southern Indoor Champs was attended by some of the fastest drivers around , providing an awesome race weekend with tons of close racing. Tekin factory driver would sweep the 1/8 E Buggy podium with all 3 drivers choosing the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 ESC and T8 1900kv Gen2 motor! Ryan Lutz would take the win, Joe Borndhorst would Tq and take 2nd, and Shay Brand would take the final spot in 3rd.
Tekin is happy to announce the signing and partnership with European driving ace Hupo Hönigl. Hupo and Tekin have already experienced success in the 1/8 Electric market winning the Austrian National Championships!
Hupo had this to say “I´m really happy to join Team Tekin after already using the Rx8 and T8 for a full season in my 1/8th electric car with amazing
feeling and absolutely flawless. Also it is a bit like a revival for me, because in the beginning of my career (22 years ago) I used Tekin speedos and they were great and I have good memories only.
I´m really looking forward to a successful year with my new power unit.“
Team Tekin would like to welcome JR Mitch to the Tekin Factory team for 2016 and beyond. JR Mitch is one of the fastest guys at any race he attends. Add to the fact that not only his he fast, but highly knowledgeable and willing to help out anyone that he comes in contact with, makes him a perfect fit for the Tekin Race Team. JR previously running a different motor combination will be running the full gambit of Tekin Racing products for 2016 and beyond. JR has already hit the ground running with the Tekin RSX ESC and Tekin Gen3 Redline series of motors doing some recent testing for JConcepts on indoor off-road carpet. JR had this to say; “The Tekin Gen3 motors are no joke, super strong with a great feel on the gas and brakes. The midrange is strong but manageable and it shows in my lap times. I’m really looking forward to my future with Tekin Racing.”
Tekin team driver Michael Pham and Mike Duncan both attended the U4RC Championships hosted by Auburn Performance Raceway in Auburn, Ca. The treacherous track consisted of jumps, hill climbs, rock garden, river rocks, dirt, sand, wagon wheels, broken bridges, and with tons of mud & rain.
Pham took the win in the 1.9 IFS division running a Tekin RSX ESC and Roc412 3100kv in his Vaterra Twin Hammers ride. 2 heats and a A-Main finals format had Pham commenting that his “Twin Hammers did exceptionally well lapping everyone but 2nd place in all heats and A-Main.”
Michael also managed a respectable 3rd place in the 1.9 Trail Pro Class running Tekin RS Gen2 ESC Roc412 3100kv powered Axial SCX-10 truck.
Mike Duncan took the 1.9 Trophy class win with his Tekin powered ride and 2nd place in 2.2 Trophy.
Motor Head Indoor Raceway hosted the Pro-Line Winter Nationals. Tekin team driver Chris “18” Wheeler took the Tq and win in Pro 2 SC with my TLR 22Sct 2.0. Chris also qualified 2nd and finished 2nd in 2wd mod buggy with his Tekin powered TLR 22 3.0 and qualified 4th and finished 4th in 4 wheel mod buggy with his Tekin powered TLR 22-4 ! Chris ran the Tekin RSX ESC and Gen3 lineup of motors.