Tekin factory driver Max Flurer uses his Tekin RSX powered TLR buggies to take the overall Tq and wins in both the 2wd and 4wd buggy classes. Max chose a 7.5 Redline Gen2 and 5.5 Redline Gen2 in his 2wd and 4wd buggies respectively.
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!
The 2015 Axialfest was once again held in Cisco Grove, Ca. With a record number of entries and attendance yet again this year, competitors were definitely in attendance. With a few new additional side events, the event was enjoyed by anyone and everyone who attended whether or not you competed. Tekin sent down factory reps Ty Campbell and Zak Kennedy to help anyone running Tekin equipment all week long.
Tekin factory driver Michael Pham had a great weeked. Pham started his weekend off with a win in the new Wraith Outlaw Rhythm Drags. Pham took his VP Tekin Axial Wraith powered by a Tekin RX8 Gen 2 and Tekin ROC 412 3100kv on 3s to the big win. This new event pitted 2 people at a time, drag race on down a track with corners, mud, sand, rocks and asphalt. The winner would advance to the next round until only one person would be standing at the end. Michael Pham was that person!
Pham continued his winning weekend taking the win in the Terra-X Wraith division. This class was ran with up to 20 drivers at once for the first two heats. There were at least 3 sets of Wraiths rounds per a heat. Heats were not timed and was just 2 laps around the course BUT no corner marshaling was allowed (by driver or spectators), so if you got stuck or flipped upside down and couldn’t get back on your tires on your own power you were consider “Track Art”. Course layout consisted of turns, jumps, side hills, rock, dirt, sand, and asphalt. The top 5 drivers would advance to the Main and if you qualified after the first heat you did not have to run the second heat. Main consisted of 5 laps and again no corner marshaling was allowed so staying tire side down was very important. Event consisted of almost 20 drivers for the Main and a total of over 70 drivers participated. Pham would take 1st place with his VP Tekin Axial Wraith powered by his Tekin RX8 Gen 2 and Tekin ROC 412 3100kv on 3s.
Pham would take the triple crown winning the Terra-X Yeti division. The class was similar to the Wraith division above but had a total of around 100 drivers participated! “I took 1st place in this event and qualified after my first Heat. Highlight of my Main race in the Yeti was I cleared 20ft after the jump in reverse and this was during the 4 lap of my heat and landed as smooth as can be.” Michael Pham
With 517 entries the Wicked Weekend was going to be a race to remember. 45 mains would be held on Sunday, and Race Director Lance MacDonald would be the man on the mic.
In Pro E-buggy Joe Bornhorst would take the overall Tq position with Tekin teammates Shay Brand in P2, and Griffin Hanna in P3. A-1 would be a battle between Tekin teammates Joe Bornhorst and Griffin Hanna who would take the win. A-2 would have slightly different track conditions being later in the program. A 3 way battle of Tekin teammates would ensue between Bornhorst, Hanna, and Shay Brand. Griffin Hanna managed to be in the right place to take advantage of a small mistake by Joe to go on and take the win giving him the overall win for the weekend! All 3 team drivers chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 line up of motors.
Griffin Hanna would take the overall Tq position in the E-Truggy class over teammate Martin Harrison. Griffin would take the overall going 1-1 in the first 2 A-mains. Tekin teammate Martin Harrison would take 2nd overall joining him on the podium. Hanna andHarrison both chose the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 line of motors.
This past weekend was the final race in our local “Road to Nationals” points series at Hobbytown SRS in Phoenix, Az which will host the Roar 1/10th Electric Nationals next week. Tekin factory driver Chris “18” Wheeler reports:
“I competed in the two very competitive classes which were 2wd 17.5 Buggy and 2wd Modified Buggy. 17.5 buggy having the most entries consistently through out the series and was by far the closest class in points.
17.5 buggy- Going into this final round I was tied for the points lead with 3rd place just two points back so it was anybodies series to win. After qualifying I would end up with the TQ which then gave me a one point lead going into the A-main. In the main I would have a slight bobble early that would drop me to 2nd where I would stay till the end deciding not to push to hard as the leader wasn’t in the top 3 in points so I simply need to finish 2nd to take the overall points victory which I did.
Mod buggy- In mod buggy I would come into the finals in second place 7 points back from the leader so would need some luck if I was going to move up. Although my car was very good and competitive with me qualifying 2nd to Spencer Rivkin and finishing 3rd to him and Tanner Denny this would not be enough to move me up in points so I would finish second overall for the series.
17.5 buggy- Going into this final round I was tied for the points lead with 3rd place just two points back so it was anybodies series to win. After qualifying I would end up with the TQ which then gave me a one point lead going into the main. In the main I would have a slight bobble early that would drop me to 2nd where I would stay till the end deciding not to push to hard as the leader was not in the top 3 in points so I simply need to finish 2nd to take the overall points victory which I did.
Thank you for all the help and support!” Chris Wheeler
Hupo Hönigl has been running the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 1900 T8 motor in his Serpent buggies in the Austrian National Series. So far Hupo has gone 2 for 2 Tq’s and wins running the systems. His latest report form Round 2:
“Last weekend there was the 2nd round of the Austrian nationals round #2. It was probably the hottest weekend ever recorded in Austria with temperatures just below 40°C and in the sun it felt like in a sauna. Although many other racers had huge temperature and shut down issues, my Tekin combo worked flawless all weekend with for sure more power then most others. I would TQ, win the 10 minute semi and win the first 2 10 minute A-mains. Second was Thomas Mayer and 3rd Andreas Mayer also with the Tekin combo.”
Tekin is available in an around Austria via HOECO!
This weekend was the first annual King of Dirt, held at Fastlane RC in Blue Springs Missouri. For those who have never been, they have 5 total tracks with air conditioned pits. The inaugural event had over 120 entries. Competition was stacked with racers from Texas, Oklahoma,Illinois,Kansas and Missouri.
In Mod Sprint it was Chris Shearburn taking the TQ, running a Tekin RSX speed control. Tekin factory driver Nathan Dean was able to get by on lap 5 of 50 in lap traffic, and hold on to take the victory. Chris Shearburn was second followed by Justin Driemeier taking home third. Dean also chose the Tekin RSX esc along with his Gen2 Redline motor.
In Mod Late Model, Nathan Dean was able to take TQ and lead all 50 laps. Chris Shearburn was a close second. The whole race we battled through lap traffic and finished a straight away apart. Third was Jason Jackson, running all Tekin products in his Late Model. Dean once again chose the Tekin RSX esc and Gen2 Redline motor combo.
In Midwest Mod Dean was able to Tq and take the victory. “This is a Spec/blinky 10.5 class, where motors are everything. My fast lap was almost .4 tenths faster than second, and had great straight line speed with my Tekin Gen2 Redline 10.5 motor and RSX esc.” Dean
Known as one of the “must attend” races in the “Norcal” area the JConcepts Summer Indoor National series attracts racers from all over the west coast and beyond. We would all be graced by the presence of the one and only Scotty “The Machine” Ernst all the way from Wisconsin. Over 240 entries for the weekend meant there was surely going to be epic battles in every class. The track layout and facility were ready for the racers to enjoy the event with a fast and rhythmic layout installed by the Outback Raceway track crew providing fast lap times, great passing areas, and wide lanes giving the racers a rare chance to race each other heads up.
As per usual the stock classes were some of the deepest of the weekend. Outback Raceway being at the forefront of the racing scene in the area provided a 4wd 13.5 class to promote the “step” into the 4wd mod class for the racers at the event. This class can help grow the 4wd buggy class providing plenty of speed on most layouts, and gives the racers a learning curve to wrangle the super fast and often edgy cars before they step up to the full laser quick mod class. The racers responded to this positively with over 4 heats of the class.
All “Spec” classes are tech’d for motors, blinky esc’s , weight and dimensions as well as safe charge rates providing a very level playing field. This kept the racing light(for the most part) and fun for all. (Kudos for the Outback Raceway Tech crew for stepping up and handling any minor issues that did arise, Randy Pike).
Tekin had a great balance of team drivers in attendance racing nearly every class offered at the race. Early on it was clear that Derek “Motormouth” Stephansen was on point in all his classes. Putting in A-main times for both 2wd mod buggy, 4wd mod buggy, and the super deep 2wd Stock Buggy class he was going to tough to go up against, more on this later. Jason “Mo”Moberly showed up a day late but easily dropped in on the track and showed speed good enough to put him into the A’s of Mod St Truck and 2wd Mod SC seeding right behind AE’s young champ Spencer Rivkin. Team Manager Randy Pike dropped into the Stock ST truck, 2wd Stock Buggy, and 4wd 13.5 classes after some good willed “challenges” from the locals to race in the “hardest” classes. This may have back fired on the locals once they saw the race of the old crusty team manager(lol).
Qualifying was a 4 round Ifmar points style format. Derek Stephansen would Tq the 2wd Stock Buggy class with his B5m Lite buggy after a few tweaks to his gearing and motor setup by team manager Randy Pike. Using the data logging feature of his Tekin RSX esc it was found that Derek was a bit over geared for the layout. A few pinions lower in gearing would provide a more optimal setup for the 8 minute A-mains. Jason Moberly would qualify in P2 on 2wd Mod SC behind Rivkin, and put his Tekin powered TLR 22T 2.0 into the A show in Mod ST Truck. Team manager Randy Pike would qualify 4th in 4wd 13.5, 4th in Stock ST Truck, and struggle in 2wd Stock making the B but would take the bump into the A man later.
2wd Mod SC truck was up first. Jason Moberly would stick right behind Rivkin for the first 2 or 3 minutes of the 8 minute A-main. Traffic would become a factor and would allow Rivkin to stretch his gap on Jason. Rivkin would never be challenged for the lead taking the win with Jason Moberly in 2nd, and John Walentia in 3rd. Jason chose the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 8.5 motor.
Stock ST Truck would be up next. The entire A-main group all capable of running low 15’s in the class. This was some of the tightest racing of the weekend. The best part was the size of the entries, 4 heats! Tq Brendan Wheatley would take off from the tone with the rest of class to follow. The entire field would get in a clean lap and begin dicing it up right after. With 8 minutes to battle it out there was some time to make moves. Randy Pike would make a move on P3 Terry Schulz and begin working on Scotty Ernst. Pike would catch Ernst in the next lap and begin putting pressure on the seemingly unflappable nerves of “The Ernst.” Scotty would hold off Pike for another 4 or 5 laps finally going JUST A BIT WIDE(Scotty Ernst impression voice) giving Pike a 12″ window for his 10″ wide truck. Scotty would come down hard slamming the door. Unfortunately the two would come together with Ernst getting the worst of it. Pike would wait for Ernst to be marshalled giving him the position back so the position could be taken cleanly without any question ( Scotty has nerves of steel, Randy Pike). Pike would make a clean pass when Scotty would bobble into a pipe giving up the position. Pike would now have 2 minutes to chase down Wheately who had a 7 second lead due to the epic Ernst and Pike battle behind him. Already going through traffic by now Wheately would run clean and fast. Pike would be on a mission trying to make a race of it throwing down blistering laps running the fast lap of the class with a 14.8 second lap! It wasn’t enough as Wheately was too far gone. The A-main would end with Wheately taking the win, Randy Pike 2nd, and Scotty Ernst in 3rd. Randy chose the Tekin RS Gen2 esc and Redline Gen2 motor.
4wd Mod Buggy was a Rivkin and Schottler show. The two would battle it out in the triple A-mains and put on a epic show. Behind them however the racing was no less impressive. Takin 3rd in A-1 , Dnf’ing in A-2 to a cold solder joint on a battery connection, Derek had to take a 2nd to secure his podium position. He would do just that taking 2nd in A-3 to give him 3rd overall with an impressive showing with his Tekin powered TLR 22-4 buggy. Derek chose the Tekin RSX and Redline 6.5T motor to match the power of the factory guys without issue.
Up last would be the 2wd Expert Stock Buggy class. Tq Tekin powered Derek Stephansen would be poised to take the win with a clean run. Team Manager Randy Pike would sneak into the show after bumping from the B-main with his Tekin powered Yomoko Bmax 2. From the tone Derek would get away clean, that couldn’t be said for the rest of the field. A huge pile up collected nearly the entire field. Pike would be the last car flipped in the mess. Stephansen was on a mission running fast clean laps pulling away consistently and slowly. The leaders would catch traffic early on in the 8 minute race due to that early pile up. Derek would get through traffic quick an continue to grow his lead. Young Kamryn Ayers(this chick is legit! , Randy Pike) would battle her way through traffic from as low as 5th after being collected in crashes. Kyle Linton would give chase to Stephansen but wouldn’t get the same luck in traffic. Ayers would battle back putting a pass on Linton around lap 19 and never give it back for the remainder of the main. Stephansen would cruise to a huge win, Ayers in 2nd and Linton in 3rd. Stephansen ran the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 motor.
A great story from a young racer. We can’t say it any better so read his letter to us in his own words! Great job Mitchell!
My name is Mitchell Schaeffer and I have a great underdog story for you from my last race in the Jconcepts Super cup round 4 RC race at FZRC in Sarasota, FL. I ran 2wd Independent stock buggy and in my first qualifier I struggled with finding traction. For my second qualifier I struggled with my gear mesh which ended up striping my spur gear, also making me unable to run my second qualifier. Here come the mains. As I prepared, factory Tekin Dad Lance MacDonald helped me get my Tekin Gen 2 17.5 tuned. For the C main, I started second and ended up taking the win to bump me to the B main. In the B main I started ninth place and worked my way to the top for the win and bumped me up to the A main. Wow right! I couldn’t believe my luck after such a rough start to my day. The A main starts, I started in ninth place, I ran clean, watched out for the leaders, and waited for them to make a mistake. Suddenly there was my chance, they got tangled up and I used the punch Lance gave my buggy in the corners to put me past them, and took the win with my Tekin powered buggy. Wow what a day! Thanks to my dad and Lance Macdonald for the support!
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Congrats Mitchell from all of us at Tekin!