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.
The 2014 Alabama Manufacturers Shootout 5.0 in Cullman Alabama has been completed and was one awesome event to attend. With 600 entries getting practice on the track was difficult to say the least. If that was not enough Thursdays practice was cut short due to a storm and power outage. The seating practice never happened so on Friday Jimmy Babcock had to run a tight race program to get the 600 entries qualified.
Tekin factory drivers riddled the Pro E-Buggy class at the AMS this year. Adam Drake would take the overall Tq of the class. Starting off the Drake would start the race running a teammates car and fall back early on. Tekin teammate Joe Bornhorst would inherit the lead and try to put some space between him and the pack. Tekin powered Ryan Lutz would slowly chip away on his lead though and the two would take it down to the last corner, with Bornhorst taking the win. A2 had Tq Adam Drake out in front with Bornhost and Lutz in tow for the first few laps. Drake would bobble giving Bornhorst the lead. The two would come together on the straight allowing Lutz to capitalize taking the lead. Lutz would run out front trying to get some distance on the field. Bornhorst would chip away and take the lead with about 2 minutes to go after Lutz would tap a pipe. Bornhorst would fend off a late charge from The Drake taking A2 and the overall win! Ryan Lutz would take 2nd overall. Joe Bornhorst chose the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc coupled with a Tekin Gen2 T8 1900kv motor while Ryan Lutz chose the T8i 1950kv motor.
Pic courtesy of LiveRC
Tekin factory driver Dylan Gerard was able to TQ all three rounds of qualifying in 4wd Short Course. Resetting TQ every round of qualifying and was the only truck to finish on a 10 lap run. Gerard would go onto win A1 and A2 and was also the only truck to finish on 16 laps in both mains. Gerard chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and Pro4 HD 4300kv motor in his TLR SCTE truck. Tekin teammates Chris Viesins and Martin Harrison finished up 2nd and 3rd both also running the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and Pro4 HD motor! Sean Ramos also chose Tekin to power his Tekno SC Truck to a 4th position.
Tekin powered Chris Viesins TQ’d 2 out of the 3 rounds of qualifying for 1/8 E-Truggy which secured the overall TQ spot. In A1 of 1/8 E-Truggy Viesins managed to lead throughout the whole race and take the win. In A2, Viesins would repeat this win from tone to tone again to take the overall win in the 1/8 E-Truggy class! Tekin teammate Martin Harrison would take 3rd overall, Paul Ciccarello 5th. The winning combination yet again was the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 2000kv motor.
Last weekend was the Tale of Two Cities race at Hal’s Hobby Warehouse in El Paso, Texas. Hal’s Hobby Warehouse has served as El Paso’s largest full line hobby store since 1954 and has a 4,500 square foot store with both an on-road and off-road track. The event kicked off with practice on Friday and racing took place Saturday. The event had 12 heats. Adam Drake competed in the 1/8th electric buggy class and was able to take the TQ and victory with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc T8 Gen2 1900kv powered TLR 8ight E 3.0. Tekin/TLR teammate Casey Peck would take 2nd running the same equipment, as was young privateer Andruw Martinez.
The SWorkz Challenge was hosted at the Silver Dollar Speedway, previous home of the 2013 Ifmar worlds! Track guru Kevin Jelich put in yet another epic layout. This one was riddled with off camber sections putting a premium on in air car handling skills. Lucky for Tekin we had a qualified group of “whip artists” ready to clean out the 1/8 E Buggy class.
Ryan Lutz would lead the way with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc T8i powered Dex408v2 buggy. Ryan recently switched to the T8i after stripping his cars weight down to 3250g, near minimum weight. “The power band was awesome. SUPER smooth and nothing compromised on the top end.” Lutz Tekin teammates Phil Atondo was nipping on his heels in A1 taking P2 followed by Tekin/TLR teammate Jacob Haas in 3rd. They would run A2 with the same overall results. Tekin would monopolize the podium. Lutz in P1, Atondo in P2, Haas in P3. Lutz chose the Tekin T8i while Atondo and Haas chose the Tekin T8 Gen2 1900kv, all 3 chose the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc.
Tekin powered Elliot Boots is on a tear in his BRCA 1/8 E Nats title hunt. In Rd3 Elliot chose to continue using his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8i 1950kv motor he set the fastest lap of Neobuggy with.
Boots would take the Tq and dominant win over the field.
“This is the best feeling and most durable electronics system we’ve ever had in the 1/8 E Buggy class” Elliot Boots.
This past weekend hosted the 2014 Fastlane Raceway Spring Shootout in Blue Springs, Missouri. The weather was hot, and the racing was hotter! Tekin/TLR driver Mike Garrison entered the largest class of the weekend 1:8 Expert E-Buggy. Running his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc & T8 Gen2 1900kv motored TLR 8ight 3.0e buggy.
As the single A-Main got under way Garrison found himself in a three-way battle for the lead. He worked his way to the front battling for the lead with XRAY team driver Spencer Wall. The Tekin powered TLR machine led majority of the race until Wall made a surprise last lap pass heading into a big double section. Garrison retaliated with an over-the-top big air pass with less than a few corners to go, capturing the overall 1:8 Expert E-Buggy class win!
Spring time racing in Spokane at the Hank Perry 240 always proves to be an awesome race event. The RCCCS and staff have put on another great show for the 2nd stop of the Northwest Championship Tour and this year had more meaning than ever. Two people known by many in the RC community were lost recently and racers ran special decals honoring the memory of both Gary Matthews and Gracie Snider. It was a special race ran in their memory and we are so glad we had the opportunity to take part.
The E-Buggy class at this years Hank Perry was the biggest and deepest field the Northwest has ever seen with 60 entries. Tekin’s very own Jeremy Potter & Ty Campbell would start on pole and 3rd on the grid for the exciting triple 10 minute A-Mains. In A1 Potter would lead from the start and never look back, behind him Campbell would engage in a 3 way battle for 2nd all race long just coming up a bit short at the end and settling for 4th. In A2, Potter once again would jump out to the lead with Campbell quickly to 2nd and applying pressure on Potter. Right before the halfway mark Potter would suffer a mechanical issue, handing the lead to Ty. Having to bump from the B-Main, Tekin team driver Nick Buechler had a quiet A1, but in A2 charged to the front where him and Campbell battled it out for the remaining 3 minutes with Campbell getting the win and setting up an A3 showdown. Like A1, Potter jumped out to the early lead and set it in cruise control as the rest of the field fought for the remaining podium spots. Buechler once again joined the front pack quickly from his 11th starting spot. As the time clock ended Buechler would secure 2nd with Campbell in 4th. The Podium would be all Team Tekin with the TLR 3.0e of Ty Campbell in 3rd, Nick Buechler and his Hot Bodies D812e in 2nd with Jeremy Potter’s Hot Bodies D812e on the top spot. The entire podium was powered by the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 motor line.
Campbell, Potter, Buechler (L-R)
4WD modified was equally as competitive as E-Buggy at the 240 this year. 41 drivers took to the track chasing those A-main spots during qualifying, where only 10 would be successful and two more were up for grabs with the bump-up format. Tekin’s Ty Campbell qualified 4th overall with his Tekin RSX/Redline Gen2 powered TLR 22-4. A1 proved excited with intense battles for 1st through 6th and Ty managed to pull off a 2nd place finish behind local NW fast-guy, Chris Bridgewater. In A2, Ty suffered from a steering issue partway in, but managed to get it fixed and continue, although two laps down. A3 was battle-filled as well and Bridgewater had already locked up the win, letting the rest fight to better their overall finishing position. Ty took 3rd in A3, securing his 3rd place overall finish, putting Tekin/TLR on the podium.
Campbell, Bridgewater, Munn
E Buggy A-1
588 Raceway hosted the High Voltage Shootout that drew 81 entries. That is the biggest turn out we have ever had! The hometrack of the Hanna family. Wife Myssie runs the races and the Eric Hanna and his sons Griffin and Collin help assure the track is in top shape.
In the E-buggy class Tekin team mate John Michael Mcginty III was TQ and Griffin Hanna and Collin Hanna were qualified 2nd and 3rd. The 3 Boys were the only ones to get a 15 lap run in qualifying. On the first lap of the race Mcginty went for the triple and pushed out a bit wide and that opened up the door for Griffin.Griffin made the pass and Mcginty jumped right back on his bumper. The second lap they both aired it out over the 25ft tabletop to tabletop jump. Mcginty started to roll end over end and while the marshall was running,Griffin high sided and the marshall grabbed him quicker which left John sitting on his lid for what it seemed like an eternity. That allowed Collin to slip by and take the second spot.Griffin stretched out his lead over his brother Collin by 13 seconds.Collin played it safe and drove a smooth race to finish 2nd.3rd went to local guy Bobby Patsel run a Mugen MBX 7.
(L-R) McGinty, Patsel ,Griffin,Collin.
Both Collin and Griffin ran their award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 1900kv powered Serpent Electric 811 Cobra Buggies and were dialed on the high bite track. They ran flawless like normal and the motors are killer fast!
In the Pro Mod 2wd class John Michael was clearly the man to beat. He also took TQ and the win with his Centro buggy. He lead from start to finish with Griffin Hanna taking the 2nd spot with his rear mount Serpent Spyder SRX2. The 3rd spot went to Losi driver Kevin Bullock. Collin finished 2.7 back from the 3rd spot.
(L-R) Bullock, McGinty, Hanna
Both McGinty and Hanna chose the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 line of motors.
“Thanks again to Paul Ciccarello,Brian Looper,Randy Pike,Jon Martin,Chris Schaefer and Landon Thompson from LET’s Go Racing for all the support. Couldn’t do it with out all the great products.” The Hanna’s
Held at Loganville Rc, the 2nd round of the Southern Off road Series was a packed house with a total of 157 entries. This was an awesome race with many sponsored drivers in attendance. Guys from Jconcepts out of Florida were able to make the trip sending up including Dave Duncan and Mac Davis.
Tekin powered Mark Moon ran 1/10 4wd buggy and 2wd mod buggy. Moon was able to take and hold Tq in 4wd and 2wd buggy until the 3rd round where Brian Looper took 4wd Tq by a hair.
The mains were a great battle in 4wd with Brian leading the way. Looper would hang a pipe giving Moon the lead. Moon pulled a 4 second lead and was working his way through lapped traffic when he too hit a pipe, popping a ball cup. “My 4wd was awesome. I used the Tekin Rsx Redline Gen2 6.5 combo.” Mark Moon
In 2wd buggy the battle in the A main was crazy! The top 4 battled it out the entire main. Mark Moon would take the win from his Tq position using the Tekin Rsx Redline Gen2 7.5 combo. “Thanks goes out to Tekin for the great support.” Mark Moon
Tekin powered Shay Brand was able to come away with the TQ in Pro E-Buggy, Qualifying first overall in every round of qualifying. In the main, Brand made the right tire choice and was able to slowly pull away from the pack, winning with about 20 seconds or so ahead of second place. Brand was able to take home the win with his MBX7 powered by the Tekin RX8 Gen2 and 1900kV motor! “Thanks for the awesome products Tekin!” Shay Brand
GS Hobby in fort smith, Arkansas hosted the “Hanging Judge” race over Memorial Day weekend.
Jr Mitch Recaps his race weekend:
“Friday morning, I boarded a plane to Fort Smith, Arkansas and G Speed Raceway for the Hangin Judge race. I attended this same race last year and I had a great time. This year wouldn’t be any different. Shue and Chris have done a great job with G Speed Raceway; yes it’s one of the smaller tracks I’ve been to, but the layout Chris puts in along with the grip level works well. Friday afternoon practice would go as planned breaking in tires for Saturday and Sunday’s event. Gold dirt webs were the go to tire all weekend on both of my Tekin powered TLR 22 2.0 and 22-4. Along with the super dialed compound was JConcepts dirt tech insert; these helped both cars with corner speed, which was the key to fast lap times.
Saturday, qualifying started about 3pm with four rounds being run (11 heats total and 44 races to be run) ending at about 10ish. My Tekin powered TLR vehicles worked great all through out qualifying, turning some of the fastest laps and times of the event. Lap times were close with both the 22 and the 22-4; this was mainly because of the small/tightness of the G Speed track. At the end of qualifying, I was able to take the top spot in both 2wd and 4wd classes.
Sunday was main day starting at 9am with triple A mains. Competition was tight with teammate Cody Hollis and AE/JConcepts drivers Trevor Nault and Michael Twilling. One mistake could cost you a lap easily. A1 and A2 of 2wd worked out well by me winning both mains and the overall. As for 4wd, I made a big mistake on lap one putting me at the rear of the field. I battled back to finishing just less then two seconds behind A1 winner; my TLR/JConcepts teammate Cody Hollis. A2 and A3 went as planned and me taking the 4wd overall.
It was a great weekend race getaway from Florida’s racing scene, which everyone knows can get crazy at times. The track at gshobby.com is one of the smallest I’ve ever raced on, but at the same time racers understand how to race better. Being aware of what’s going on and not just focused on themselves. Thanks to Shue, Kristie, Chris, and Robbie from GSHOBBY for their hospitality and a great event. If you’re ever in Oklahoma City or close to Fort Smith, stop in and check them out.
JR Mitch chooses the Tekin RSX in both his 22-4 and 22 2.0 Buggy.