This past Saturday the final round of the Battle in the Desert Points series hosted by Hobbytown SRS in Phoenix, Az, and Warehouse 3 Raceway in Peoria, Az. After 6 races with 1 throw out Tekin powered Chris “18” Wheeler was able to secure a podium spot in 2wd Modified buggy with the 3rd position. Chris would also take the overall win in the 2wd 17.5 Buggy class.
Rattlesnake Raceway in Anderson California held the final round of the NCSOS series. A 3 round series that held nearly 100 entries at each round brought out the fastest races in the region. Tekin factory driver Mason Eppley would wrap up the 1/8 Electric Buggy Championship Tq’ing and winning A1 and A2 while lapping field. Mason chose the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 ESC and T8 1900kv Gen2 motor in his Tekno EB48.3
This weekend saw the final round of the SRS championships and the series headed to the awesome Herts track.
The weather was great and everything looked set for a close final round. Steve Ibbotson and Matt Mussett were in attendance for X-Factory UK, running their Tekno, Tekin, Vampire, JConcepts package…..
All Steve needed to do was finish either 2 places behind the current series leader or in the top 5 if he was lower than 3rd to secure victory in the championship, so this event was more about bringing the car home in a good position rather than going all out for the win. Qualifying started well and immediately his car felt good on the damp track. Putting in a safe 2nd in round, then a 3rd in round and finished on a 2nd in round to mean he was lining up second on the grid.
The finals started and he had a great battle with Mark Rumble for about 5 minutes, a small mistake and he got ahead, then unfortunately Ashley (the series leader) dropped out due to a problem with his car. All Steve then needed to do was make sure the car got to the end of the final above 5th place. He backed off and brought the car home in 3rd to win the SRS championship!
Steve commented that his whole package has been faultless all year running the Tekno EB48.2, JConcepts tyres, Vampire LIPO Batteries and Tekin RX8 Gen2 ESC and T8i 1950kv motor. Congratulations also to Matt Mussett for coming 4th in the championship and narrowly missing out on 3rd.
The 2015 Southern Nationals were held in the Ike Hamilton Center in West Monroe, Louisiana. Drivers were greeted to what many said “coolest tracks that they’d have had the pleasure of running on.” The layout was well done, lanes were wide, and the surface was predictable.
Tekin teammates Joe Bornhorst and Ryan Lutz would swap Tq runs during qualifying. Bornhorst would take the overall Tq in Rd3. A1 would have Joe out front with a nice lead of 15 seconds on the field. He’d begin to lose a steering servo which would allow Lutz to catch up and take the win in the final minutes, Bornhorst settling for 2nd. Joe would go into A2 with confidence that he could repeat his gap on the field resolving his steering woes from A1. He would do just that opening up at 16 second lead on the field, leading tone to tone to take A2. A3 would be the last run of the day. Having just ran the nitro buggy main Bornhorst took that knowledge and made tire change. This would prove to be the right choice giving him a “pretty unbelievable” car allowing him to walk away with A3 easily taking the overall win. Ryan Luz 2nd, Tyler Hooks 5th.
The 2015 Hardman Cup was held at West Coast Model Rally Club in Perth, Western Australia. An annual race that was first run in 1993 in memory of Travis Hardman who was killed in a motor vehicle accident returning from an away RC car race. Hardman used to love to race in the stock classes hence the reason why this race is a stock only race for 2WD and 4WD. All the best stock racers in Western Australia would be competing.
Tekin driver Darren Johnston would compete in both 2WD and 4WD with his Tekin powered Yokomo Y-Max 2WD and BMax4 III 4WD buggies. Having not ran stock competitively for a long time so it was going to be a bit of a learning curve for him. The race would consist of 2 qualifiers, a top 10 shootout and 3 mains.
Things went very well from the start where Johnston seemed to be able to find grip in his Yokomo Y-Max car that others were struggling with. The track had been rolled the day before and grip was at a premium. I easily won the opening qualifiers in 2WD and 4WD. In the second round Darren again won the round in 2WD but 4WD was now much closer with several drivers running very closely together. Johnston ended up 2nd in the round and losing TQ.
But this is where things were done a bit differently. A top ten shootout was now held in the 2WD and 4WD classes. This meant that there was a one lap dash between 10th and 9th and the winner would then bump to race 8th and so on until a new qualifying order was established. Johnston managed to win both classes so he was able to start on TQ for the finals. A special mention to Darren’s son Brayden who is 12 years old and also qualified for both mains bumping up in 4WD all the way from 9th position to 5th position on the grid. Brayden was also using all the same Tekin gear in his cars.
In the Finals Darren was lucky enough to get good starts in all the races and in 2WD this enabled me to run away and hide, winning all the finals competed in comfortably.
4WD was a different story with 4 drivers really battling. Because of his good starts Darren was able to hold off the other drivers and again win the first two A finals enabling him to sit out the third finals in each class.
“Probably the most pleasing aspect for me in this race is that through both classes and 8 races I only had to be turn marshaled once all day. I don’t know I have ever had a race meeting where I drove so consistently before. My Tekin equipment I used was strong all day and never missed a beat.” Darren Johnston
The 2015 Bring The Heat took place in Flowood, Mississippi this past weekend. The schedule for this event was Friday practice, Saturday 3 rounds of qualifying with qual points and triple a mains. Over 200 entries would do their best on the big elevation changes, tight sections, and big jumps.
Tekin factory drivers were in force in the 1/8 E Buggy class. Tq Ryan Lutz would battle it out with Tekin teammate JR Mitch for the first 5 minutes. Lutz would bobble giving JR the lead while falling back to 3rd. Lutz would battle back and get close but never make pass. JR would take A1. A2 Lutz would pull a gap but JR Mitch was on a mission, catching Ryan around the 6 minute mark. JR would push hard but a few too many little mistakes wouldn’t allow JR to capitalize and make a pass. Lutz would take A2. A3 would be a bit rougher as the track had slowed creating a lot more traffic in the back of the field. This would allow Ryan to create a gap and lead tone to tone without pressure. This would give Ryan Lutz the overall, Jr Mitch 2nd, Denny 3rd, Dickerson 4th, and Harrison 5th. 4 of the top 5 would be running the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 Esc and T8 Gen2 line of motors.
E Truggy was a close battle. Tekin factory driver would take advantage of his P2 qualifying position and make short work in both A1 and A2 taking the win in each over the field. Martin chose the award winning Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 2000kv motor.
4wd Short Course truck would be another Tekin teammate battle. JR Mitch would take the overall Tq running the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 Esc followed by Martin and Nathan Harrison also running the Pro4 HD 4300kv motors. JR and Martin would battle it out between the two but JR would take the overall win.
With over 145 entries on the day, the Silver Dollar Raceway crew was bound to provide some of the most fun racing on the west coast. Another awesome layout was installed by the crew under the direction of Kevin “Dirt Whisperer” Jelich.
Tekin team drivers Ryan Lutz and Mason Eppley would prove early on that the 1/8 E Buggy A-mains would be fun to watch. The two would qualify 1-2 gong into the double A-main. The tone of A-1 would sound and the two Tekin/Tekno teammates would blast off to an early lead over the field. Lutz would make an uncharacteristic bobble allowing young NorCal phenom Mason Eppley to take the lead. Lutz would be unable to make up the distance with the two running near identical lap times. Eppley would take the win by nearly 8 seconds!
A-2 would be similar to A-1 however this time Lutz wouldn’t make any mistakes leading from tone to tone, besting his A-1 time by over 25 seconds and setting the fastest lap of the weekend with a 30.1! Mason would take 2nd overal in A-2. The tiebreaker format would give Lutz the overall win with Eppley 2nd. This kid is fast and you will see more of him in the future!(Randy Pike)
The Nevada State Champs was hosted by the RC Tracks of Las Vegas. The 1st annual event had all the makings of a great race before the tone even sounded. Nearly 100 entries and a great layout were ready and waiting for those who attended. Will this be the next great 1/10 Off-road outdoor race of the year?
Tekin factory drivers in attendance had a great showing. James Raschko would would put in great drives from his P4 position to take the win in the 2wd Mod Buggy class. James chose the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 7.5 motor to power his win.
Hupo Hönigl is known worldwide as one of the fastest racers being able to race anything from 1/12 modified pan cars all the way to 1/8 Off-road cars. Hupo has recently taken up 1/8 Electric buggy racing with his Serpent cars. Hupo having some experience with this genre knew he’d need electronics that could keep up with him on the track. Hupo chose to run the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and Tekin T8 Gen2 1900kv motor in his Serpent Cobra 811 BE.
Hönigl recently ran the last and final round of the Austrian E-buggy National Championship series. A best of 3 where the finale was held at the challenging MRC Jaidhof track. Immense heat along with a challenging, dusty and rough track condition with constantly changing race lines made for tough racing. This would “control” and “driveability” at premium for racers. Hönigl would take his Tekin powered Serpent buggy to A1 and A2 victories starting form the 3rd position on the grid. This would give Hupo Hönigl the 1st ever Austrain National Title in the 1/8 E Buggy division!