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.
Tekin team driver Darren Lord simply dominaed the GCRC series in 4wd SCT with a dominating 11 Tq’s and 12 wins out of a possible 15 rounds. Darren is using the awardd winning Tekin RX8 Gen2 esc and the Pro4 HD4300kv motor which is providing unmatched power all the way through the 10 minute finals.
Over the weekend Tekin powered Elliot Boots would Tq and take the win at the Herts AKA GP.
Elliot chose the Tekin T8i and the award winning Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc to power his K car to the top spot.
This past weekend was JBRL Round #4 at OCRC in Huntington Beach, CA. A great turnout once again for the JBRL with 265 entries for the one day event!
Doug “Casper” Nielsen was able to take a convincing win at round #4 of the JBRL at OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA in Electric 8th scale. Casper drove his Tekin RX8 Gen2, T8i powered TLR 8ight-E 3.0 to the victory. He would start the main in P2 loosing out on the TQ by only .8sec over TLR teammate David Jenson. At the tone David Jenson would lead the field for the start of the 10 min “A” main. Casper would follow close behind and the two would break away from the pack after a few laps. About 3-4 min into the race David would make a mistake and Casper would be able to capitalize on the mistake and take the point and never look back. TLR/Tekin teammate Ryan Dunford would put in a great run to finish 3rd and take the JBRL points lead with the effort after 4 rounds.
In Pro-4 Casper would finish a strong 3rd to put him on the podium with TLR teammates David Jenson first and Ryan Dunford 2nd to ensure a TLR podium sweep with the SCTE 2.0. Both Casper and Dunford chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and Pro4 line of motors.
Pro4 A3 courtesy of Blais Racing:
The Motown Showdown was held this past weekend at Modesto RC Raceway in Modesto, Ca. Racers from all over the region would converge to the more “traditional” race track surface that is not known for “sugar coating” it’s racing surface. This would be a welcome change for many of the local racers.
2wd Mod buggy is known for being the hart and soul of the local racing community in Norcal. AE factory Driver Chris Jarosz would take the 1st 2 rounds of qualifying with Tekin factory driver Derek Stephansen taking Rd3.
In the single A-main format the top 3 would get out early and gap the field. Chris Jarosz checking out early on. Stephansen would bobble over the tricky triple allowing Tekin teammate Jason Moberly to take over 2nd. Moberly would get into some lapped traffic and fall victim to the triple handing back 2nd to Stephansen. In the end it would be Jarosz, Stephansen and Cody Hughey 3rd. Derek chose to run a Tekin RSX and Redline 7.5 motor in his B5m.
Hughey, Jarosz, Stephansen
The 4wd Mod buggy class has grown leaps and bounds locally. Tekin factory driver Derek Stephansen would sweep qualifying taking all 3 rounds with his Tekin RSX Redline 6.5 powered XBR4 buggy. Stephansen would take the win followed by Doyle Howell and Duan Moore in 3rd.
Moore, Stephansen, Howell
4wd SC truck was dominated by Tekin powered Jason Moberly. Jason would run up front from the tone with his Tekin Rx8 Gen 2 Pro4 HD powered Tekno truck. Mo would check out and lead from tone to tone to take the win.
Luu, Moberly, Jenkins
Tekin powered John Scott would take the win in 2wd Stock buggy with his Tekin RS Gen2 17.5 Redline Gen2 powered TLR 22. Being patient starting from his P3 position John would meticulously put pressure on the leaders forcing errors and take the win on the last lap.
Moore, Scott, Wilcox
Tekin powered Greg Stephansen swept qualifying winning all three heats to earn TQ. Stephansen would also cruise to the A Main victory with John Harrison finishing second, Doug Frid third.
Frid, Stephansen, Harrison
The Carolina Spectacular held at The Pit in Lugoff SC kicked off with a format of 4 10min heads up mains. They took the best 3 out of 4 finishes. This unique format was going to make for some close racing! Read on….
Two full heats of 12 each in electric 1/8 buggy. With going into the 4th round Griffin Hanna and Kyosho driver Rob Meyers were tied overall with points. At the start of the tone Griffin and Rob stretched out their lead over third. They traded places a few times making it an exciting race for the final. After a mistake from Meyers, Griffin Hanna was able to take the checkered flag after the 10 min race which gave Hanna the overall win in the 1/8 E-Buggy class. Griffin had the fastest run of the day with his Serpent 811 Cobra. His car was insanely fast powered by his Tekin RX8 Gen2 ESC and T8 Gen2 1900kv motor.
Both Griffin and Collin finished 2nd and 4th in mod 2wd buggy.
Last weekend was race 6 of the infamous FSEARA series that has been running here for 33 years strong. Race 6 being the second to last race of the points series had the racers around the pits calculating finishes and putting together game plans for the race. The Punta Gorda track is located in the Port Charlotte area on the southwestern region of Florida. The weather was perfect with practice getting underway Saturday we no chance of rain with a slight breeze from the ocean.
On Sunday the weather stayed perfect as the drivers prepared for qualifying action. The largest class would be 17.5 Touring Car and it would show some of the tightest racing of the season. Round 1: Team Tekin driver Cory Parsons would set the early TQ setting the only 21 lap run of the round, Bruce, Morris , and Harrison were all in tow. With some of these guys testing setups for the Reedy Race, Cory switched from his Tekin RSX to a Tekin RS Gen 2 for the second round proceeding to reset TQ on used tires and a hotter track. Needless to say Cory was very happy with his Tekin RS Gen 2.
In the Modified Touring Car class Team Tekins TJ Bradley would take his Tekin RSX & Gen2 Redline 4 turn equipped Xray to battle with hot shoes like Scotty Gray, Jeff Brown, Mike Bruce, Robert Cooper to name a few. After qualifying was over Scotty would wrap up TQ in mod with a tight field rounding out the A final. Cory Parsons would secure the 17.5 TQ.
Finally it was time for the mains and the first A up would be the 17.5 Touring. From the tone Tekin’s Cory Parsons would get the jump from TQ with Austin Harrison giving him pressure and Michael Bruce rounding out the top 3. As the race progressed we saw great battles for the lead between Cory and Austin and a epic fight for third between Bruce and Morris. As the race was coming to a end Cory managed to hold of Harrison and Jimmy Morris snuck by Bruce for the final podium spot. Congrats Cory Parsons for the TQ and Win.
In Mod TC Tq Scotty Gray got a clean start with Bruce and Bradley getting together bunching up the battle for second. For the first 2 minutes Bruce, Bradley, and Copper diced while Scotty pounded out laps. At the halfway mark of the race Bradley would get inside on Bruce entering the straight and pull away for the duration of the race securing second with Mike Bruce rounding out the top 3.
Team Tekin wins big at the final round of JConcepts Super Cup series in Sarasota Fl. For Tekin powered JR Mitch, Chris Viesins and Peyton MacDonald it capped a very successful spring series.
JR Mitch would win the final round followed by his Tekin teammate Chris Viesins both running the Tekin RSX esc in their 22-4’s. The 4wd class championship came down to a 3 way tie(wow that’s close) in the finals.
JR wasn’t done winning. He would go onto battle once again with his Tekin teammate Chris Viesins in the 4wd SC Class. Both drivers using the ultra reliable Tekin RX8 Gen2 esc to battle it out, swapping positions multiple times during the main. Viesins would be running the Pro4 4600kv with JR running a Trinity motor proving the Rx8 Gen2 esc can run them all fast! JR would take the win followed by Chris in 2nd.
Peyton’s Tekin’s RSX in locked spec mode and Redline Gen2 17.5 motor would power his AE Sc10.2 to victory where gearing and timing were crucial. Peyton’s SC10 ran at 22 degrees timing and 27/75 gearing. Peyton would wrap up the points series with an overall Championship with his Tekin powered SC10 truck.
Peyton MacDonald wasn’t done however. Once again he would he would take the win with his Tekin RS Gen2 Redline Gen2 powered T4.2 truck wrapping up the points Championship! Way to go Peyton!(RP) Peyton’s T4 was happiest at 27 degrees of timing and 26/75 for gearing.
Tekin factory drivers converged for Rd3 of the 2014 JBRL series hosted at Rainman’s Hobby & Raceway. This facility may be “new” to the racing scene but the experience all the racers took away from the event was it was yet another great facility to add to the JBRL Series!
Tekin would sweep the podium in the 4wd mod buggy class with Matt Pages taking the win over Tekin teammates Ryan Dunford in 2nd, and Doug “Casper” Nielsen in 3rd. All 3 Tekin team drivers chose the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 motors to sweep the competition.
Ryan Dunford would take the overall Tq and win with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8i powered TLR 8ight 3.0e buggy.
In the hotly contested 4wd SC class Ryan Dunford would take a hard earned 2nd place overall running his Tekin Rx8 Pro 4 4600 powered TLR Ten SCTE 2.0.
Traction Raceway hosted their 3rd Annual Traction Showdown out of Reno, NV. With drivers from all around the region attending the competition was good in all classes. Tekin drivers as well as team manager Randy Pike were all in attendance to help support Tekin users as well as show the way around the fun and technical layout!
Qualifying was Ifmar best 2 out of 4 rounds. 3 rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday following a cool 24 hour practice schedule meant there were no excuses for lack of track time! Tekin powered Jason Moberly would Tq the Pro2 Mod 2wd SC class and Justin Moon would Tq the 2wd Mod ST Truck class as well. Tekin was found in nearly every single class at the top of the qualifying boards.
Tripe A-mains would kick off after the last round of qualifying. Justin Moon would start from P5 in A-1 of the 2wd Mod buggy class and put in a great run for a 2nd in A-1. A-2 taking 4th battling it out with Tekin teammate Jason “Mo” Moberly. A-3 would give Moon another 2nd chasing down AE’ Chris Jarosz. Justin Moon would take a well deserved 3rd on the podium. Just chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Gen2 7.5 in his Serpent mid motor buggy.
Justin would start from P1 in the Mod Stadium truck class using Tekin team manager Randy Pike’s TLR 22T “rent a ride” taking A-1 and A-2. The truck was powered by a Tekin RSX and 8.5 Redline Gen2 motor.
The 2wd Mod SC Class was dominated by Tekin powered trucks in the A. From his Tq position Jason Moberly would begin to check out early with clear track in front of him. Randy Pike would push hard from his P4 position forcing a few errors from Kyle Layton and Terry Wickum making the needed passes to take 2nd position. With lap traffic becoming a factory as early as Lap 3 Pike would push hard setting the fastest lap of in A1 but a few last lap bobbles fighting through traffic he’d run out of time settling for 2nd behind Tekin teammate Moberly. A-2 would be just as exciting right from the tone! Once again Moberly would try to checkout early on but Pike would make an aggressive move on the start tone to slip inside Wickum for 3rd. Layton would run wide opening the door for Pike who would waste no time taking the position. Pike would make an aggressive push pulling right up to the back of Moberly. Moberly was taking a different line up the step up section tapping the top where as Pike was clearing the section. This gave Moberly a nice tight line into the 180 corner but allow Pike a pass attempt however Pike would have the door shut on him! This however left to the two trucks body tucked together(Sorry Mo! RP) The two would work the trucks from each other not losing a position and continue on racing where once again Pike would attempt a pass this time over the top of Moberly on the step up. It would go wrong for Pike who would flip off the track requiring a marshal. This let Moberly cruise to another A win taking the overall! A-3 would once again be no easy task. Tekin power still starting 2 3 4 and 5 meant everyone had the power to win. Pike’s start tone pass wouldn’t’ work this time as Wickum was ready for it closing the door immediately on Pike. Pushing hard again though Wickum would bobble allowing Pike by getting onto the straight away. Pike would be pushing hard to catch up to now P1 Kyle Layton with Wickum in tow never going away. Pike’s push to catch the leader would only last another 2 laps once again setting the fastest lap of A3 coming around the high speed sweeper where a back marker would be marshalled right in front of the high speed trucking 22 SCT! Yup you guessed it, COLLISION! Clean up in aisle 2, Pike would pop a ball cup going a lap down during the repair attempt. Layton would cruise to a victory with Wickum taking 2nd. Tekin would fill the podium with Moberly 1st, Layton 2nd, and Wickum 3rd. Moberly chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Gen2 9.5. Layton and Wickum both running RS Pro’s and Redline motors also.
Kyle Layton would also have success in the Stock Stadium Truck class with his Tekin powered AE truck. Kyle running a Tekin RS Gen2 and Redline 17.5 Gen2 motor.