“The 2011 JBRL was off to a great start at Hotrod Hobbies in Valencia,Ca. With around 280 entries it was one heck of a long day for all the racers. After my last years performance in the SuperStock classes I decided to run Mod this year, hoping to gain experience with running with some of the pro guys such as Mike Truhe, Frank Root ,Hupo Hongio, Jurn Numann, along with many other rising talent. In my Mod 4wd I was sitting 3rd after both qualifiers only to line up behind both of Team Durangos factory guys sent here from different countries to start practicing for next weeks Cactus Classic. In 2wd I put in my best run in the first qually to which put me just under a second off TQ, sitting behind Frank Root and in front of Mike Truhe, both from the TLR camp. But after a quick pace in the second round from both of the Durango guys I was bumped back down to 5th on the starting grid.
After waiting all day to race around 8:30 my first main which was mod 4wd was up and I was more than ready to grap the wheel. Turn one was fairly clean and everyone got out only a spot or two from where they started. I came by the line on lap one in 2nd spot and was looking good for half the race and then piped it which moved me back to 4th. After a long fought battle with Hupo I ended up 3rd behind both of the Durango guys once again. A good hour or so later was the 2wd main event and I wanted a taste of the podium once again, but after getting caught in the first corner pile up my chances were not looking to good as I was running 7th or so. A few laps in I got in my rythem and moved into 4th where I would end up finishing! I would like to thank Tekin products for getting me the power I needed to finish strong with my RS Pros and 7.5/8.5 motors!” Zack Rogers
“I traveled up to REO Raceway in Indiana over the weekend for the Indiana Championships race. This would be the first outing for the Tekin Powered Losi 8E 2.0. With about 125 entries, I knew the buggy would have to be good, and from the first lap, it felt great. Power was very smooth and predictable running the RX8 and 1700 combo. I TQ’d Rd 1, but in the second and third round got bumped back to second place by about a second. At the horn of the A Main, I latched on the the bumper of the TQ Driver, on lap 5 I made my move tothe lead and continued to pull away from the field. At the Final tone, I had put a lap on the entire field and finished on a lap by myself taking the Indiana Championship with a commanding performance. Thanks to Team Tekin, Team Losi, J Concepts Tires, and SMC Batteries!” David Wall, Tekin Privateer
The Hurricane All Star Seires and The Midwest Grandslam Series are each carpet on-road, multi leg, traveling series allowing 1 drop each. Together they cover the majority of the Midwest and some of the best talent in Carpet On-Road racing.
The Hurricane Series is best 4 out of 5 covering some favorite local tracks in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. I contested the season in 1/12th Stock, the season started slow as I was devloping a stock set-up for the relatively new Serpent S-120 link. The season picked up from there with a near TQ and 2nd place at the 2nd stop, then TQ and win at the 3rd and 5th stops. Ended the season winning the 1/12 Stock class. I also dabbled a little in Mini Cooper and Rubber Touring in a couple of the races. Through it all, from the Tekin FX in the Cooper, to the RS in the 1/12 and RS-Pro in the touring, I never suffered from a lack of Power.
The Midwest Grandslam series is a best 3 out of 4 series, covering Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. This series tries to provide the average racer with the Big Race experience with a low key atmosphere. From the Halloween Classic which is a warm up for the US Champs to the late Feburary race which is a great warm up for Carpet Nats, this series sees some of the Country’s and even the World’s best racers with entries from at least half a dozen National Champs and World Class drivers. I competed in both 1/12th Stock and World GT, while also coordianting the series. It was a tough field of top level stock drivers in 1/12th with Associated’s Joe Trandell piloting his Tekin RS equip’d ride to a commanding Win and myself knocking on his back bumper at each turn for a 2nd place for the season, in all at least the top 8 were all running Tekin RS. In World GT, again it was Joe with nearly a perfect season and the 2nd place came down to the last, tied for second I got the better qualifing spot but Rich Martsolf drove a better main and bested me for 2nd and I settled for 3rd. Again nearly the entire field was Tekin equip’d.
The first round of the RC Pro Texas State Series held at Mike’s Hobbyshop in Porter Texas had some of the fastest drivers around coming to compete and kick off the series right!
This was David’s second outing with his RC8B’s and continuing with his success from the previous week at the Icebreaker, David Joor took home 1st place in both electric 8th scale buggy and nitro 8th scale buggy. Qualifying went very well taking TQ in electric and 2nd in nitro. It wasn’t till the last round of qualifying that David found the correct tire/foam/wheel package where he ran the fastest qualifying times of the race by 4 seconds over Xray/Avid’s Jason Branham. To show the consistency of the RC8B’s, in round two David ran 12 5:02 in both buggies and in the final and 3rd round in which he ran 13 5:15 in both buggies! With qual points used out of 3 rounds, Branham had TQ’d secured from his dominate runs in R1 and R2 in nitro buggy. David had this to say :
” It felt great to have all my mains run with no bobbles and equipment running flawless and to have a home with AE/REEDY/AKA/TEKIN where I feel the most confident I ever have.”
Brian’s Amain recap:
“I qualified 1st,TQing the Mod truck A-main. I had a good hole shot off the line with 8 other Mod Trucks be hide me. Leading the first lap I went down the hill from the counting corner and went over the doubles and spun out. I got the truck turned around and was now in fifth place. Mike Weyers and Jason Hills were battling it out for first. I was going over a jump on the left side of the track. When I saw second place Jason Hills going down the back straight. I bumped the tube in that corner just as Jason caught the tube up by the counting stand. By the time I got going again time had run out on the five minute race.I finished 3rd.
It was fun racing my Tekin teammate and brother Mike Weyers. He knew I was coming for him. I was happy to see Mike win the A-main.”
So Brian TQ’d mod truck and took 3rd for the A main. Mike Weyers qualified 3rd and got first in the A main. Not a bad weekend!
Motorama was once again full of tough competition. Crawlers from all over gathered for this very unique event.
Arthur Bell reports:
“Next up was 1.9 Pro, this time only the top 5 were advancing and I was ready as I drove my first course my goal was only to complete it, it was a tough course but I finished with a 14, on to the next one with a little more confidence in my rig and finished with a-2. As I approached my third and final course the judges were calculating, to make the top 5 I needed to get negative score, -7 would do, I looked at them and said, ” no pressure, eh??”. I put my rig in it’s place on the course and started, gate one was no issue but as I approached gate two a wheel got stuck in a hole and flipped my truck upside down!! I took a breath and just tried to work it out, using the throttle to rock the rig back and forth so it would flip itself back over, now I was worried that the timer was getting low, and finally it righted itself!! I still had 4 more gates to go!! Ok, back to work!! Finally got lined up and drove gate 2 without a problem and managed to drive the remaining gates without issue, finished!! Thinking I had blown my chances, I looked up at the Judge and asked what I got. Chris from RC Driver magazine was the Judge, and he said “thanks a lot, you got a -7 and bumped me from the top 5!!” We shared a laugh and then turned my final score in. It was good enough not only for top 5, but 3rd place!! As I was the last one to run, it was time for some food and rest, tomorrow is the top 5 finals!! Day 3: Day 3 started the same as day 2, up early, coffee, and off to the event!! The 2.2 Pro top 25 was up first and the drivers came to work! As I was judging I only able to see one course, but as usual it was brutal and difficult to navigate and kept the drivers thinking!! Soon it was over and the top 5 drivers had been determined, and all were running FXR’s!! Next up was the 1.9 top 5 finals. Due to the points gaps and points system, unless a driver had a catastrophic failure or melt down, the finishing place would most likely remain the same, and they did. I finished the day in 3rd place, which I am happy with as this was the first time I had ever driven the rig!!”
1 1.9 TURBOFEST
2 1.9 nitrojeff
3 1.9 PaloAltoK5 (Tekin FXR)
4 1.9 Dclinch
5 1.9 RCROCIN’
1 2.2 Renoirbud (Tekin FXR)
2 2.2 xrra_tj (Tekin FXR)
3 2.2 TURBOFEST (Tekin FXR)
4 2.2 nitrojeff 3 (Tekin FXR)
5 2.2 BullfrogRC (Tekin FXR)
More great info and pictures can be found here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=299913&page=4
David attended the 2011 Icebreaker at Indy RC in Garland TX. This was David’s first race with his new Tekin powered RC8B’s. Qualifying was rough because I was working out learning the cars and breaking in the diffs but was always on pace to TQ with a lot of home track favorites present. David won the first two mains of electric and got 2nd in nitro 4 seconds behind Mike Battaile. “I was really happy with my new cars, they fit my driving style so look even more forward to the future.” David must have been very happy turning the fastest lap of the event with his electric buggy in Q1 with a 27.0.
The 2011 season finale of the Midwest Grand Slam series was held at R/Car Marion Fairgrounds raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana. It would be the final race of the season in the Midwest traveling race series. The format would be open practice on Friday, 3 qualifiers on Sat and 1 qualifier and Mains on Sunday.
Arriving Friday night for a couple of hours of practice I noticed how great the facility was on my first trip there. James Reilly looked to be setting the fastest pace in stock TC in practice. After a few battery packs on the track with my Tekin powered T3’11 and XII 12th scale I felt like I was in good shape for Saturday. Arriving Saturday morning I decided to try some different tires in practice and they did not seem to be as good so back to Jaco blues for the rest of the weekend. After 1 round of controlled practice I was in the top 5 of practice times. In 12th scale I was in the top 5 as well in practice times going into the first round of qualifying. After the first round I as sitting 3rd in TC with some mistakes . In 12th scale I was in 7th and the car was not handling as I would like so I decided to make some major changes to it and skip the 2nd round of qualifying. In the 2nd round if TC I set fastest time to take the TQ and would keep it for the remainder of the event running faster in rounds 3 and 4. After some MAJOR changes to the 12th scale and a complete reconfiguration I sat the car down in the 3rd qualifier no knowing what to expect. What happened was I picked up almost 2 complete laps and TQ’d round 3 and held it throughout the weekend.
Final Qualifying order would be: TC Stock Blinky.
TQ Eric Anderson (Xray) (Tekin)
2nd James Reilly (Xray)
3rd Junior Norton
4th Branden Shells
5th Bill Sydor
6th Greg Dobrosky
7th Randy Kastl
8th William Jossens
9th Rob Rabenstein
10th Robert Dirla (Xray). (Tekin)
12th Stock Open:
TQ Eric Anderson (Xray) (Tekin)
2nd Brad Mergy (Tekin)
3rd Joe Trandell (Tekin)
4th Robert Dirla (Tekin)
5th Steve Dunn (Tekin)
6th Ken Miller (Tekin)
7th Lee Harpe
8th Sean Bushnell (Tekin)
9th Rob Rabenstein (Tekin)
10th Ian Ruggles
The mains were pretty clean and I was able to get a clean start in both to lead from start to finish and make it a clean sweep in both classes. The race was ran perfect all weekend and R/Car has a wonderful facility and I hope they have some more big races there! Thanks to Tekin, RCAmerica, Xray , and Hudy !
This year’s Cabin Fever was held at Lucky Acres Arena in Lewiston, ID on February 11, 12 and 13. The race had an amazing turnout this go around, topping out at over 230 total entries, with Nitro Buggy and Truggy, Electric Buggy and Truggy, 4WD and 2WD Open Short Course and 4WD Modified Buggy all jam packed with competition.
1/8 E-Buggy is getting bigger in the North West, with enough racers to fill up three full mains at the Cabin this year. Tekin’s newest Driver, Taylor Petersen debuted the new Mugen MBX6e ECO powered by a Tekin RX8/2050 T8 combo, who would snag TQ followed closely by Tekin’s Jeremy Potter and his Tekin RX8/2050 T8 powered Hot Bodies Ve8.
1/8 E-Truggy is also growing and the TQ spot would be grabbed by none other that the Prez himself, Jim Campbell, followed by Tekin’s Chris DeWinter in the #2 spot and Ty Campbell in the #3.
4×4 Short Course this year was also a sizeable class with three full heats. Team Driver Jack Leighan came out on top with the TQ spot after qualifying with his Tekin Powered Jammin’. A1 and A2 were both solild runs for Jack and he locked up the top spot early, which let the other drivers fight for the A3 main.
2WD Open Short Course had outstanding entries with 45 trucks. Team Associated’s Justin Wilde and Tekin’s Ty Campbell battled it out in quals for the pole with Justin snagging the TQ spot in the 3rd qualifier with Ty close on his heels. Short Course was stacked with great drivers and the competition was intense.
A1 main was a great battle between Ty and Justin Wilde, finishing with Justin in front and Ty just .9 seconds of his bumper. A2 started a little more hectic with Ty getting punted in the first corner and dropping to 5th which let Justin and Tekin’s Jesse Munn get out in front of the pack. Ty fough back to 3rd but there was no catching the two out front and Justin locked up A2. The final main was a good one, Ty got out clean and never looked back, which secured 2nd place with the win in A3 while Prez snagged 2nd to secure 3rd overall.
With triple A-main format, it was totally up in the air who would land with the two, or in Taylor’s case, three best runs! Taylor brought the heat in E-buggy to win all three A-mains and bring home some shiny hardware for Mugen and Tekin. Jeremy Potter claimed the 2nd spot and Team Losi’s Randy Nolen the third, all three podium drivers running Tekin RX8s and 2050 T8 motors. Tekin’s Jason Hunt finished Ty and Prez finished 6th overall and 7th overall.
E-Truggy was a fight to the finish in each main, with the Prez cleaning up in A1 and Ty taking the 2nd spot. A2 switched it up a bit with Ty taking the win, followed by DeWinter in the number 2 spot and Prez in the 3. It was all or nothing in A3 between father and son! Both were off to a great clean start and proceeded to pull away from the pack, putting almost an entire lap up on the field and would finish with the Prez taking A3 and the overall with Ty right on his wing the entire race!
Just as last year, the Cabin was well ran, a great track layout, the surface was premiere and the racing was awesome. Dude and the RC Pro Series threw a great event that is getting bigger every year. Only 360 days til the next one!
*Words by Ty Campbell*
Brian Sullivan Tq’d and won the 4wd “Pro 4” Short course class with his Tekin SC4x 4.5 powered ride. Brina also finished 5th in 1/8 E Buggy!