Wild West Raceway in Winchester, Ca hosted round 5 of the
JBRL Niro Series last weekend. It was a great turnout with over 125
entries. Adam Drake was the top qualifier in nitro buggy, but suffered
a flameout during a pitstop and fought his way back to third.
Drake took the victory in electric buggy followed by Jared Wiggens and
This years ROAR 1/8 Electric
Nationals was held at Adrenaline RC Raceway in Winchester, Virginia which was
luckily only a 5 hour drive for me. I made the drive down on Tuesday to finish
getting things prepped and then practice started on Wednesday. From the first time
on the track I felt very comfortable with all of my cars and knew I was going
to have a good shot at racing for the titles.
Throughout seeding and qualifying it
became quite clear that where you started in the main events was going to be
crucial because there was not very many passing opportunities on this layout,
so clean runs and good points were a must. At the end of qualifying, I ended up
in the TQ spot in Truggy, 4th in SCT and 7th in Buggy after some really close
runs with the rest of the drivers in attendance.
For the mains, we had Triple A Mains
on tap for all 3 classes. For Buggy starting in 7th, I knew I was going to have
to be pretty aggressive to make anything happen results wise. I tried my best,
but with some rough luck I was only able to end up 8th overall. In SCT, I had
some really good races with both Tebo and Lutz and was able to grab the last
podium spot in 3rd. In Truggy, I was able to take advantage of my TQ spot and
put in two clean runs in A1 and A2 to take the wins and grab my 2nd ROAR
Overall, it was a great weekend for me and I’m proud of my results. Thank you to all of the companies that back me and allow me to do my job to the best of my ability!
On 27th of April I participated in the first round of the 2019 Lithuanian off-road championship. The event took place in Kaunas. Dominykas recaps:
“Q1: During practice I thought I had a good setup, just needed to get the car to be smoother through the rough sections. Pace was good, but a couple of mistakes gave me 4th place. Almost all the guys were really quick (or maybe I wasn’t fully out of the winter break 🙂 ). Q2: Change of tires and lower ride height gave me the stability I needed. 1st place, but only 0,85 from 2nd place. Top 4 were 4 seconds apart. Q3: Steady pace with no mistakes gave me 1st place and a 10 second gap to 2nd place.
R1: Took TQ in qualifying. In 2nd place was TLR’s driver Domantas Cesiulis who was really quick but had a tendency to make mistakes. Had a great start, tried not to make mistakes. Domantas saw a gap and overtook me. But after a while he had a contact with a backmarker. After that 3 drivers battled for 2nd place which allowed me to pull away. But once a said to myself ,,just don’t make mistakes’ my pace dropped a bit. Took 1st place with 4 seconds to 2nd place.
R2: On the practice lap before the race my car switched off unexpectedly. Somehow my dad and my friend got the car going again. This final was a bit easier, but in the beginning I needed to defend from Domantas a lot. But in happened again that he pushed his car too much and made mistakes which allowed me to take 1st place!!!
After the A2 final I had secured a 1st place finish, which allowed me to skip the A3 final, as it wasn’t necessary. Overall, I’m really happy with a great start to my 2019 season. A TQ and Win is a great result!”
Badlands Spring Sting race. There were 140+ entries for this event. In Pro E-Buggy JM3 was able to TQ and take home the win in the main. Tekin factory driver John Michael McGinty III was in attendance.
In Pro Nitro Buggy JM3 qualified 4th. He took the lead after a couple minutes and led the rest of the 30 minute main to take the win.
Running the full line of Tekin servos, Rx8 Gen3, and T8 motor in his E-Buggy along with Tekin Servos in his nitro buggy where “they are working great!”
With the VS4-10 build mostly finished, I’ve started in on a new E-Buggy build; the new TLR 8IGHT-X E! Join in as I assemble the buggy kit to [almost] roller state covering differentials, shocks, the front clip, the rear clip and the main chassis.
Having solid qualifying sitting qualified 2nd in 17.5 Expert Stock Buggy 8th in 2wd Modified Buggy Joe would have stellar race results in hos own words:
“Race results. A1 and A2 win to secure 17.5 overall win (none too soon Ezra TQ was insane fast in A3) A1 8th A2 6th A3 2nd to secure 4th overall in 2wd Mod and I think I squeaked out hot lap of the weekend for 2wd mod in A3 finally felt like my car was good in the last main, but 8th is a long way back to have done any better from there I don’t think.
Thanks to my fantastic sponsors: Focus RC, Xray, RC America, Tekin, and Focus Lidz.”
Joe Bornhorst had a hard fought battle during the entire weekend. His Tekin Rx8 Gen3 ESC and T8 1900kv Gen3 powered Tekno EB48 buggy would put him into the lead early in the A-main but the track would reach out and touch nearly every driver on at some point. Joe was able to bring it home for a solid 2nd place overall.
“Solid day out in Omaha for the Tekno RC 1:8 Winter Series! Thanks to Alex for all the hard work he puts in to give us a place to race in the winter, well worth the 5 1/2 hour drive! I raced both Pro Nitro Buggy and Ebuggy this time around and with 115 entries
In E-buggy I came out swinging and was able to get by Mason a couple minutes in and kept it clean to take the overall win by 14 seconds! Thanks to my Parents and all my Sponsors for their help! ” Jared Wiggins