2nd Annual Pro-line Indoor Champs held at Warehouse 3 Raceway in Phoenix, Az wrapped over this past weekend. Tekin factory driver Chris Wheeler was in attendance showcasing his latest Tekin RSX Gen2 powered TLR ride.
Chris would put his Tekin powered TLR 22 SCT 2.0 on the P1 position taking rounds 2 and 3 in qualifying. Using the Tekin RSX and 7.5 Redline Gen2 motor for power Wheeler would start from the 1 spot on the grid and would lead wire to wire in the 10 minute A-main to take the TQ and win for the 2nd year in a row.
The biggest and most competitive class of the event was 17.5 2wd buggy. Chris would qualify in the 5th position for the 10 minute main. At the start Wheeler stayed patient and managed to move up to 3rd after a few mistakes from other drivers and would then move up to 2nd. The layout was very one line and tough to pass on so patience was need and by the time Chris moved into 2nd the leader had a large lead so he would settle for 2nd overall. Chris again chose the Tekin RSX Esc and Redline Gen2 line of motors.
This past weekend the EVO series hosted by the Outback Raceway sponsored by AKA wrapped up. A 4 race series hosted once a month on various track layouts would test the drivers resolve and dedication. Each driver had to run the spec tire for the class in which they were entered in, all AKA Evo tires of course! A spec tire sauce was chosen also, MoGrip from Factory-RC. Consistency would be key to take the overall in one of these classes.
Tekin Factory driver Jason “Mo” Moberly would do just that Tq’ing 3 of the 4 rounds in Pro2 Mod SC truck and go onto win 3 of the 4 rounds as well to take the overall win in the division. Jason was piloting his Tekin RSX Gen2 Redline powered TLR 22 SCT truck which gave him the platform to pull off a well deserved title win.
Moberly would also take 2nd overall in Mod 2wd Buggy having Tq’d and won the final round. Jason once again chose the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 motor.
Tekin powered Justin Moon would dominate the 2wd Mod Buggy class as well as the 2wd Mod Stadium truck division borrowing team manager Randy Pikes TLR 22ST truck. Moon chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Gen2 series in both cars.
Young Tekin driver Drew Lorenz would take 3rd in Pro 8 Lite. Drew was running the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and Pro4 HD. Drew also took 3rd overall in the Pro Stock 2wd Buggy class rocking a Tekin RS Gen2 and Redline 17.5 Gen2 motor. Tekin teammate Kevin Jelich would join him on that podium, taking 2nd overall running the same equipment.
Drw’s father Jeff Lorenzo would also take 2 second place Stock SC Truck and 3rd in Stock Stadium using the Tekin RS Gen2 and Redline Gen2 17.5. Jeff also snagged a 2nd in the Pro4 SC truck class running the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and Pro4 motor.
Held this past weekend, SDRC would play hose the Top Gun Shootout! Sporting a Joe “El Dirte” Christensen layout, racers were sure to be in for some close and tight racing. The layout looked awesome and open practice reflected this with the drivers stand “busy” at all times!
pic courtesy of SDRC
Factory Tekin drivers had success right away. Tekin’s newest driver Chris Wheeler managed to take the overall Tq in the Pro2 SC class with his newly Tekin powered TLR 22SCT truck. Chris chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Gen2 7.5t to take Tq. Chris was up against tough competition and would have to settle for a hard earned 3rd his first time out with Tekin. We know these results are only going to build(Randy Pike).
Tekin team veteran Matt “MIP” Olson was on the track running hard. Matt run hard against the rest of the field with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 Pro4HD powered MIP/TLR truck. Matt would have to get around Tq David Jensen and would manage it to take the overall win.
Olson would continue his success taking 3rd in the Mod 4wd Buggy class and 2nd in the 1/8 Lite Class. In his 4wd buggy Matt chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Gen2. Matt’s MIP converted Pro8 was powered by a Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and T8i 1950.
The Qld state titles kicked off with 2wd buggy on Saturday 28th of June 2014. Tekin factory driver Darren Lord went in blazing the track in stock 2wd buggy. Consistent power and smooth electronics using the Tekin RS Gen 2 esc and 17.5 Redline Gen2 motor Lord managed to TQ and win all 3 finals to clean sweep the QLD state title for 2wd stock buggy.
Sunday started with 4wd drive day running two classes for the day turning it into a real busy day. Starting from 3rd on the grid, Lord would put in solid run in A1 taking a 2nd. In A’s 2 and 3 Lord would go onto win taking yet another QLD State Title, this time in the 4wd Stock Buggy class. Darrent once again chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Gen2 17.5, setup with a Hotwire 2.0.
4wd SCT was a demo class and I finished the weekend with 3rd over all using a RX8 Gen 2 and the Pro4HD 4300.
Would like to thank the continued support from Randy and the team at Tekin racing for all your help and looking forward to many more good results coming soon.
Tekin would like to welcome Chris Wheeler to the team! Chris is a very accomplished TLR factory driver out of Arizona. Chris’s recent accomplishments include taking 3rd in the 2wd Mod SCT division at the 2014 Cactus Classic.
Chris is making his Tekin debut this weekend at the SDRC Top Gun Shootout!
Chris will be rocking the Tekin RSX esc’s and Redline Gen2 in his TLR factory rides.
Tekin factory pilot Elliott Boots would take the Tq and win in dominant fashion at the Kyosho Masters this past weekend. Elliot running a lightweight setup utilizing the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and T8i 1950 motor in his Kyosho MP9e buggy. Elliot would win all 3 A mains by nearly a lap on the field in each.
This past weekend I attended Round 1 of the Triple Crown Series at Maximus R/C Raceway up in York, ME. This series is one race a month during the Summer months of June,July, and August. The driver with the most points at the end of the 3 races is crowned Champion in that class.
In attendance were drivers from all over the New England estimating a total number of entries between 70-90 with 12 heat races. Tekin powered Scott Furtado was competing in 2 classes: 2wd Mod buggy and 4wd Mod buggy. With the biggest class of the weekend was 2wd buggy with 3 heats.
In the end Furtado ended up TQ in 2wd Mod buggy and finished 3rd, and in 4wd Mod buggy, Furtado qualified 2nd and ended up winning the main. “I had a great day of racing and my Tekin powered TLR22 ( RSX speedo and 8.5 Gen2) and TLR 22-4 (RSX speedo and 6.5 Gen2) were on point all day. I want to thank Tekin for all their support!” Scott Furtado
This past weekend Tri-Cities RC held the Northwest Buggy Championship’s in Pasco, Washington. In the 1/8 Electric Buggy class, Tekin Team Drivers Jeremy Potter and Nick Buechler would fight hard in the 3 rounds of qualifying to start 2nd (Potter) and 3rd (Buechler) on the grid for the triple A-Mains. In A1 Potter and Nick would engage in a 3-way battle for the lead, halfway thru the main Potter would pull away from the rest for the A1 win, with Buechler locking down 2nd. In A2, once again Potter and Buechler would jump out front early on where Potter would never look back. Buechler would have a couple rough laps to finish out in 8th. In A3 with Potter on the sidelines already wrapping up the overall, Buechler would jump to the lead by the 2nd corner, but a mechanical issue would end his run where he would have to settle for a 6th overall. AE’s Chris Nealeigh would take the win in A3 and 2nd overall with Brian Munn rounding out the podium in 3rd. Both Jeremy and Nick’s Hot Bodies D812E’s were equipped with the award winning RX8 Gen 2 ESC and Tekin T8 Gen 2 Motors.
Pic courtesy of 2wdmod.com
This year the Region 4 R.O.A.R. Regional On-Road Championships were held at Valkaria RC in Malabar Florida. Region 4 is a very competitive region and this race brought out Florida’s fastest. As you roam the pits at a region 4 race you will come across past and current national champions all competing for this home turf title.
On Friday June 6th was a full day of open practice for drivers to shake down car set ups and get familiar with the track. The layout was fast and flowing and the racing was sure to be tight.
Saturday morning came and qualifying was set to begin. The race format was rocket round and the cooler morning track conditions made round 1 very important. The first round was underway and after several heats of 17.5 qualifying Tekin’s Cory Parsons would find himself 2nd overall missing TQ by 3 tenths due to a small mistake. In modified TC Cory would go 3rd fastest in the first round followed by teammate TJ Bradley posting the 4th fastest time. As expected the times in round 2 were slower due to the hot track conditions and no one challenged the round 1 fast times. After the second round there was a reshuffle putting both Cory and TJ in the A groups going into round 3 qualification. As the afternoon was transitioning to evening the third round had a lot of potential for drivers to put in fast runs. In the 17.5 A Group Michael Bruce would run clean and edge out Cory Parsons and Mark Burt to reset TQ in 17.5 touring car. In Modified TC Scotty Gray would make his presents known choosing to run a set of new tires and putting down a blistering 23 lap TQ over nitro ace DJ Aplolaro shaking up the A-Main. In the fourth and final round of qualifying the 17.5 TQ spot was safe and Cory would hold his number 2 spot on the 17.5 grid going into the final. In Modified TC DJ Apolaro would not quite be able to match Grays 3rd round pace going 22 laps followed by Mark Burt, Scotty Gray, And TJ Bradley all with 22 lap runs.
After a exciting couple days of qualifying everyone was ready for the mains. Single A-Mains would decide would decide the Region 4 Champions.
In 17.5 the group would get a clean start with Parsons pressuring Bruce in from the tone. Cory and Bruce got together letting 3rd qualifier Austin Harrison take the race lead. Cory would recover from the mix up with Bruce and stalk Austin for a few laps before making his move to the point. After Cory made his charge to the front he didn’t look back and continued to spread the gap from the rest of the field becoming the R.O.A.R Region 4 Champion! Cory Chose the Tekin RSX and Hotwire 2.0 to take his Region 4 title.
Cory Chose the Tekin RSX and Hotwire 2.0 to take his Region 4 title.
In the Mod A-Main DJ Apolaro and Scotty Gray would get together in the first corner with DJ fairing the best from the incident. DJ would continue to run in the lead holding off a hard charging Scotty Gray and after some intense dicing on the final lap take the win. The Modified class would be DJ, followed by Felix Law, Mark Burt, Scotty Gray, and TJ Bradley rounding out the top 5. Congratulation to all the winners and thanks to the awesome group of racers and the Valkaria crew for putting on a great race.
TJ Bradley showing off his Tekin RSX and Gen2 Redline powered Mod TC ride.
The 6th annual NorCal Champs race held this past weekend made for some of the closes racing and the most fun at the new Norcal Hobbies facility. After being forced to move recently Norcal Hobbies bounced back into shape to host a great race. Huge improvements to the dirt and the facility from their previous location.
The Norcal Championship belts were on the line for the winners. 4 rounds of qualifying and triple A Mains brought some good battles on the track. Drew Lorenzo brought the heat in 2wd SC. Tyler Vik and Lorenzo were in different heats and were trading TQ for the first 3 rounds. In the first main, Vik got hung up and Lorenzo took over the lead. Lorenzo didn’t hold on to the lead too long, dealing with back markers. In the end, Lorenzo took 2nd overall. People really enjoyed watching an 11 year old bring the veteran a great challenge.
Lorenzo also took 3rd in the E Buggy Lite class. Battling it out with Mason Eppley for the 2 spot each race, who he battles with up at Outback Raceway all the time.
After the podium picture, we were talking to a few people including Tyler Vik, and some guy said “Drew represents the Tekin tagline perfect, He’s smaller, smarter, and faster than everyone except you- Vik.” Vik said, “this little s**t was faster than me, look at the lap times. He just made a couple more mistakes and got hung up more in traffic. He had me sweating”. Drew just smiled and said, “I’ll be back next year to try again for that belt.”
Jeff Lorenzo had some rough luck in qualifying in 4wd SC. He pulled it together and earned second on the grid in the A, behind Vik. Jeff was able to hold that spot for the final position.
“Overall, we had a great weekend and once again Tekin Electronics worked flawlessly. Thanks again for the support and we really enjoy representing Tekin at the races.” Drew and Jeff Lorenzo.
Both Drew and Jeff chose the following products:
Tekin RSX Esc, Redline Gen2 Motors, Tekin RX8 Gen2 Esc, Pro4 HD, Hotwire 2.0.