As the summer months are winding down, midwest racers are beginning to hang up the 1/8 scales and prepare for the 1/10 scale winter season. Fastlane Raceway in Blue Springs, Missouri hosted the Awesome August 2014 event this past weekend, providing racers one final 1/8 scale race before turning their focus to the upcoming ROAR 1/10 Region 8 Championships later this month.
The largest class of the weekend was the 1/8 E-Buggy class. Tekin’s Mike Garrison would take the overall TQ spot in qualifying, and carried on to win the E-Buggy final from start to finish with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 1900 T8 Gen2 TLR 8ight E 3.0 buggy! Local racers Marc Moody and Sam Reed would finish out the podium, and put a close to an ‘Awesome August’ of 1/8 scale racing.
This past weekend, the Psychotic Productions crew had their Annual Wicked Weekend in Gainesville, GA. It was a great event with a very race-able track, piling in just over 400 entries.
There were four rounds of qualifying Saturday. Dylan Gerad was able to TQ all four rounds with his Tekin powered TLR SCTE 2.0. The RX8 Gen2 esc paired up with the Pro4 4300HD motor had his truck on rails all weekend. On main day, Gerad was able to win A1 and A2 to take the overall win. Tekin Teammate Martin Harrison, after starting second on the grid finished a strong second place with his Tekin powered SCTE 2.0. Bobby Moore would round out the Podium in third.
Pro E-Buggy had 34 racers competing this weekend. Four great qualifiers allowed Shay Brand and Griffin Hanna to start in the 1st and 2nd on the grid. They ran 3 10min mains and took your best 2 out of 3 runs for your overall. The first main Hanna and Brand traded places a few times but Shay ended up with win 1 and Griffin 2. The second round Griffin was able to get a win which tied the two racers. Going into the last round it was anybodies to win. A small mistake by Brand allowed Hanna to get by early on. Shay kept the pressure on and Griffin made a mistake which let Tekin teammate Shay Brand to get the overall win with Griffin Hanna in the 2nd spot with 3rd going to Losi driver Cole Ogden. Both drivers chose the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen 2 esc and T8 Series of motors.
Round #5 of the Northwest Championship Tour was held in Lewiston, Idaho this past weekend. Racers from all over the Northwest came to compete on one of the largest tracks in the region. Friday afternoon brought a storm that most were calling a “Monsoon” which left the track with a large and deep lake in the middle and flooded pit spots everywhere. The RC Car Club of Lewiston did an incredible job of pumping thousands of gallons of water off the track and the use of lots of sawdust to get the track ready to start qualifying by 11am on Saturday.
In the Mod Truck class, team driver Shane Preugschat ran solid all weekend and was rewarded with a 3rd on the weekend.
In the 4wd mod class team driver Nick Buechler would dig himself a bit of a hole qualifying 7th, however in the mains he was able to step it up and find his way to the front pack and secure a podium finish.
In the E-Buggy class, Nick Buechler would lead the way for the mains, but it was fellow Tekin driver Jeremy Potter who would take A1 with Nick in 2nd. In A2 Jeremy and Nick would find themselves battling it out again for the lead but some bobbles between the two would allow Mike Dana to run away with the victory and an A3 to decide the outcome. In A3, like previous main all three drivers swapped the lead, however in the end it was Nick who took the win followed by Jeremy and Mike, bringing it down to a tiebreaker for the win, in the end Jeremy would edge out his fellow Tekin/Hot Bodies teammate for the overall by 4 seconds. All three drivers chose the award winning RX8 Gen 2 and T8 Gen 2 line of motors.
Delta RC hosted the 4th annual Off-road Kings this past weekend. This years track layout was built by Ken Johns. With over 120 entries along with a Reedy Race format in the the 2wd Mod Invite, 17.5 Invite, and 4wd Mod Buggy Invite, those that attended were rewarded with some of the best racing Norcal r/c racers can be offered! Racers from all over Northern California converged to race on the high grip surface. Racing was tight, super fun and super fast all weekend long!
L to R: Eric Albano, Curtis Door, Ken Johns
2wd Invite Mod Buggy was some of the tightest fastest racing of the weekend. Tekin powered Curtis Door would take the overall after the Reedy Race format 8 A-main race format. Curtis chose the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 7.5 motor to power his RB6 buggy win.
L to R: Mason Eppley, Jacob Haas, Kyle Turner
Jacob Haas locked up the Tq in the 1/8 E Buggy class and went on to take the overall win. Joining him on the podium were two young up and coming drivers Kyle Turner and Mason Eppley both running Tekin as well for a Tekin podium sweep of the class. All 3 chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 line of motors.
Top 3 4wd Buggy Invite 1) Kyle Turner 2) Jesse Stark 3) Sean Catucci
Kyle Turner would take the 4wd Mod Buggy Invite class win after an epic race against Off-road Kings race promoter Jesse Stark. Kyle chose Tekin to power his 4wd buggy to a win.
Warehouse 3 hosted the Short Course Showdown series Rd5. Hosted by the world renowned Scotty Ernst the SC Showdown series has been touted as some of the most fun events to attend. Known for great racing, great atmosphere and great prizes from the series sponsors.
Tekin powered Chris “18” Wheeler was in attendance racing the Pro2 SC class and 2wd Mod buggy with his Tekin equipped TLR vehicles.
In Pro 2 every heat was a close race with Brian Kinwald and Wheeler would hold TQ till round 3 when Brian would put in a perfect run to beat his time by 2 seconds. In round 4 Wheeler had the pace to beat the time posted but with heads up qualifying the battling for position would slow our pace down. Wheeler would end up qualifying second overall.
In the main Wheeler would get out to a good start and was following Kinwald waiting for an opportunity to pass, unfortunately Wheeler would bobble a bit and let Spencer Rivkin by into the 2nd spot. At this point while Wheeler was in 3rd he would tangle with 4th and end up at the back of the pack. Chris managed to pick his way through the field back up to 3rd. Kinwald and Rivkin then had a very large lead but with them battling each other Wheeler was able to catch back up to them and at least make it a race but then caught a corner dot when trying to look for an inside pass on Rivkin and rolled it over and would have to settle for 3rd.
Chris chose the Tekin RSX and Redline 6.5 Gen2 motor to power his TLR SCT 2.0 Pro 2 truck.
Starting from 4th on the grid Chris stayed patient and managed to move up into 3rd within the first few laps then 2nd soon after that. Wheeler was able to keep the leader, which at this point was Spencer Rivkin in his sights for most of the race pulling a decent gap on 3rd place. Chris began to make some minor mistakes trying to push to catch Rivkin and this allowed 3rd place Tommy Hinz to catch up. They battled for about the last 2 minutes of the race and on the last lap would be side by side entering the sweeper before the finish line and would cross the line at nearly the same time but Chris would hold on for 2nd place.
Chris chose the Tekin RSX and Redline 7.5 for to power his TLR 22.0 buggy to the podium.
Round 1 of the fall session of the JConcepts Supercup at Newred hobbies in Ocala, FL. With 188 entries having Florida top drivers compete, it was a great event. Tekin was represented well with Brett Kingsbury, Chris Viesins ,JR Mitch, and Peyton MacDonald.
JR Mitch recaps his 4wd Buggy Run:
“4wd would be my best class of the weekend, not qualifying the best with a 3rd starting spot, but I was determined to show what I had after the unfortunate happening in 2wd. I was able to quickly get by 2nd on the grid, kyosho’s Ryan Eckert and it now it was off to 4wd’s TQer AE’s Daimon Borkowicz. Daimon got loose on an exit off the back 180, and I took the outside and I never looked back.” Note Tekin powered Brett Kingsbury just missed the podium in 4th.
JR Mitch’s Tekin RSX powered 22-4.
Brett Kingsbury managed to take away two 4th place finishes in 2wd and 4wd buggy just missing the podiums in both. Brett chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Gen2 line of motors in his AE vehicles.
This past weekend round 4 of the NCT series in Burlington, WA was held with just over 200 entries and awesome weather, it was a great weekend for racing.
Tekin factory driver Nick Buechler managed to take the overall Tq and a few hard fought A-main wins to secure the #1 position in the 1/8 E buggy class. Nick was joined on the podium by Jesse Munn and Anthony Honstain. The entire podium was powered by Tekin. Nick chose the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and T8 Gen2 2050 Kv to secure the win. Nick is leading the series going into Rd5.
Nick would continue building on his series title run in the 4wd Mod Buggy class running his Tekin RSX 6.5 Gen2 powered HB D413 buggy. Nick would take a solid 3rd in Rd4 again dicing it up with Jesse Munn and Mike Hudson.
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2014 JBRL Nitro Series Round #4 hosted at Heritage R/C Park in Chula Vista, CA. Adam Drake powered his way to 2nd place running his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 1900 kv powered TLR 8ight 3.0e buggy followed up by his Tekin teammate John Michael McGinty running his similarly outfitted Mugen MBX7e buggy.
Ryan Lutz has been on a tear with his Tekin powered Dex408v2 buggy lately. Ryan once again chose to run the T8i 1950kv and award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc adjusted by his Tekin Hotwire Gen2 on his Android™ phone.
Tq and 1st Ryan Lutz, 2nd Carter Flotron, 3rd Eric Fletcher
Check out his setup here!
The Hobbico Keystone Classic was held the weekend July 11th at the Mushroom Bowl RC Speedway. Tekin drivers Ryan Lutz and JD Blair were in attendance. Race entries were over 140+ would make for some great racing in classes from 1/8 Buggy to 1/10 Buggy on two different tracks!
JD Blair would continue to push his own Tq further and further taking the overall Tq for the E Truggy class. Making a quick adjustment to his truck to make it a bit easier to drive in the A-main JD would go on to take the win from tone to tone in his Tekin Tekno ET48 E truggy. JD chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and 2000kv T8 Gen2 motor to take the win.
Ryan Lutz would enter the 1/8 E Buggy class as well as 1/10 2wd Buggy. Ryan would dominate qualifying in both classes and go onto to take the wins in both. Ryan chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and T8i 1950 to power his Dex408V2 1/8 Buggy. Ryan was running the Tekin RSX and Gen2 Redline 7.5 in his Dex210 buggy for the wins.