Hosted at Coyote Hobbies the 3rd Annual Mid-Summer Shootout wrapped up over the weekend. The house was full and the racing was close.
Tekin powered Chris Blais would take the overall Tq over his brother Nick. Going into the A the tension was pretty thick while the drivers waiting for the “go” tone. Chris would run out front until a minor mistake would let Nick take the lead. Chris would make a diving pass to the inside on the 2nd to last turn, the two would make contact with Nick getting the best out of it taking the win. Both drivers chose the Tekin Rx8 and T8 motor to power them to the podium.
The 4wd SC would be up last but would have some of the tightest racing of the weekend! Chris Blais would put his Tekin powered Tekno SC in the Tq spot over his brother Nick and local fast guy Rudy Rico. The 3 would battle it out for the entire main. Nick would attempt a bold move near the end but would bobble giving up 2nd place Rico. The 3 would finish up with Chris 1st, Rico 2nd, and Nick 3rd. Chris and Nick both chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and Pro 4 HD motor.
Round 4 of the Short Course Nationwide Tour was hosted at Holeshot Raceway located in Sanford, FL. With over 100 entries for the event racing was heavy for the SC only event.
Friday was open practice from allowing for the grip to come up as more laps were put down on the surface. By end of practice most were on slicks and wheelies were common in the mod classes!
In 4wd Sc Tekin powered Matt Olson was on another level. Matt would put his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 Pro 4HD motor into the overall Tq position taking the win leading from tone to tone throwing down some of the fastest lap times of the weekend.
Round 2 of the NCT series also know as “The Hank Perry 240” was held once again in Spokane Washington over Memorial Day weekend. This is one of the largest events in the Northwest with this year being no exception at close to 275 entries and drivers from all over the Northwest and Western Canada.
The biggest class on the entire weekend was the always exciting electric buggy class. In three very close qualifying rounds Tekin’s own Jeremy “PG” Potter would take his Tekin powered Hot Bodies D812/Tekno converted Buggy would Secure the overall Tq. Close on his heels was Tekin powered Jordan Hestness followed by Tekin teammates Jayson Tjepkema and Nick Buechler. Potter would take it to the field in A1 and A2 and come away with the overall win. In A3 Buechler would run away with it and take 2nd overall with Tjepkema rounding out an all Team Tekin Podium. All 3 drivers ran Rx8 Gen2’s with T8 Motors.
The 4wd Mod Buggy class would put Tekin powered Nick Buechler on the pole for triple A-mains. This was one of the tightest fields of the weekend. It would come down to A3 to decide the overall winner. Buechler was able to win the main but the overall would go to Mike Hudson putting Nick TQ and 2nd overall after the points were totaled. Tekin teammate Jerem “PG” Potter would round out the podium in 3rd overall. Both drivers chose the Tekin RS Pro and Gen 2 Redline motors to power them to a top spot.
Jayson Tjepkema was able to wrap up the overall Tq in 4wd sc in first two qualifiers. Tjepkema would go on to take 1st place in both A-1 and A-2 giving him the overall win for the weekend in the 4wd SC class. “The Tekin Pro4HD 4300 and Rx8 Gen2 gave me enough power to be the only one able to quad the biggest quad on the track and do it constantly. A lot of guys looking at my car looking for a 4s pack because most 1/8 buggies where not quading! Everyone watching cheering every time I made it.” Jayson Tjepkema Tekin teammate Mike Turner bumped from the B after tough luck all weekend taking 9th.
Nick Buechler would also podium in 2wd Mod truck taking 3rd overall with his Tekin RS Gen2 Redline
powered AE T4.2. Tekin
teammate Shane Preugschat wasn’t far behind takin 5th.
The Inaugural Silver Dollar Off-road Challenge wrapped up this past weekend. Held at A-Main Hobbies 2nd off-road track Silver Dollar Raceway. The facility has been featured in a few videos as well as the VRC virtual race video game. However after attending this event and seeing the facility first hand the videos while great do not do this track justice.
“For this race the Silver Dollar crew swapped out all of the dirt to squash the previous tracks tire eating nature. The called in one of the best off-road track builders of our time Joey “The Dirt” Christensen to work his magic on the new dirt and come up with a fun layout for the inaugural race. El Dirte’ and crew succeeded providing the racers with a fun, fast, flowing layout that while technical all seemed to make sense driving around the track. The previous dirt was known to consume tires at an alarming rate. The new track surface is nothing like that now. When ran wet or damp the track has very little if any tire wear. When dry the track provides excellent grip with moderate tire wear. Good stuff!” Randy Pike
Early on in the event in the 4wd SC class would be who could chase down and give Tekin powered Austin Blair’s Tekno a run for it’s money. BMiller Racing’s Josh O’Connell, Lou Figueria and Randy Pike would all give it their all to catch the young driver. The top 4 were all extremely close in qualifying, however Austin would take the overall Tq in the class. Come A main time the wind was going to be a huge factor. Wind gust over 30mph during the main would mean the drivers would all have to choose whether or not to risk the big triples and if they did timing the gust would be critical. At the tone the carnage would take out Blair and O’Connell right from the get go allowing Pike to take the front and lead the field over the huge step up. Leading into the next few turns Pike would get spun out by another racer and fall back in the pack. This would allow Blair and the rest to get back into the race. For the remainder of the race the racers would spread out and finish up with Blair taking the win, Figueira 2nd, O’Connell 3rd overall. The entire podium was Tekin powered with Austin Blair taking Tq and the win using the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and Pro 4 HD 4300kv motor in his Tekno SC truck.
The event also hosted an E-Truggy class. Tekin’s own Randy Pike would Tq all 3 round of qualifying with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 2000kv motor powered TLR 8ight 2.0e. The A main was somewhat uneventful as Pike walked away from the field lapping everyone around the 9 minute mark. A few wheelies and huge jumps to show off the power of the Tekin electronics filled the remainder of the 10 minute A main.
The last electric A main was the E Buggy class. This class was up for grabs during the A-main. Tq was Tekin powered Curtis Door with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 T8 powered Tekno buggy. Tekin teammate Autin Blair sitting 2nd followed by Richard “The King” Saxton in 3rd. From the tone the 15 buggy group would blast around the track. The wind becoming a factor again in this race would force the drivers to exercise car control skills to keep all 4 wheels facing the right direction. Door would experience a steering issue forcing him to retire while in the lead. Blair would take over and finish up the main in the top position followed by Saxton 2nd, and Figueira 3rd. Austin chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 2050 to power his winning Tekno buggy ride.
On May 4th, 2013 LCRC Raceway in Oakland Mills, PA hosted the Mid-Atlantic Roar Region 2 – Race 2.
Tekin powered Joe Bornhorst would take the win in the 1/8 E Buggy Class. The field was deep with 5 heats of 1/8 E-Buggy, 51 total drivers in the class. When the tone sounded for the start of A1, Gunnar Rieck and Joe Bornhorst started to check out from the pack. They were nose to tail for the first couple of minutes, having an amazing race, and neither of them were making any mistakes. At about the 2:30 mark, Bornhorst’s car started to act a little weird as the right rear wheel was bouncing in the air. Later found out to be a broken shock shaft so Bornhorst was running on only a spring. Bornhorst kept pushing forward to try and finish as strong as he could. A slight mistake Bornhorst would up the inside line, and Gunnar got around. After a few more laps, Gunnar got caught up with a wrecked lapped car, and Bornhorst got back around! At this point, they were right back where they started, nose to tail and having a very close battle. Bornhorst took advantage of a couple of mistakes by Rieck, and started to slightly pull away. With about a 2.5 sec lead, the announcer called one minute to go, and he knew that he just had to bring it home for the win. Bornhorst did just that, and came around for the A1 win!
Going into A2, Bornhorst knew that he just needed a solid race to get the overall win. When the tone sounded, it didn’t exactly go to plan.. Bornhorst caught a tube in the second turn, going straight to the back of the pack. On the first lap Bornhorst took advantage of everyone being bottled up together, and made a handful of passes within the matter of a couple of sections. Bornhorst came around on the first lap in the 6th position. Pushing as hard as he could, Bornhorst made it all of the way up to the 3rd spot with two minutes to go. On the last lap of the race, Bornhorst made a last minute pass for 2nd, and finished there. I then knew it would come down to a tie breaker of overall time for the win between Anthony Mazzara and Joe. The race sheets to be posted, and to Bornhorst relief, he won the tie breaker along with winning the overall!
Serpents own Paul Cicarello would take the E Truggy win with his Tekin Rx8 T8 2000kv powered Serpent electric truggy.
Both Joe and Paul chose the folllowing Tekin
Video of the Ebuggy Mains:
The 2013 ROAR nationals warm up was held at Gulf Coast RC Raceway in Porter, Texas. The weekend event included the electric buggy class which provided some extra run time on the track and another opportunity for some close racing on the very high bite track . This allowed the Tekin Team drivers to put the power of their Tekin systems to the ground and run some really fast laps.
On Saturday there were three 7 minute qualifiers using rocket round to determine the starting order for the main event. We were able to qualify first by a small margin over Jake Dillinger and Tekin powered David Joor. The main started with a very close group battling for the top spot. After all of the top three swapping positions numerous times Tekin powered Barry Pettit was able to pull a small lead and finish the race in the first position. Barry was joined by Tekin teammate Brian “Smiley” Henn in 3rd.
“We ran the Tekin RX-8 with the T8 2050 motor powered by the Protek batteries. This combination helped our Mugen MBX-6 ECO put all the power to the ground and hook up our JConcepts rubber!” Barry Pettit
Brian Henn continued the Tekin dominance taking the overall Tq and win in the 4wd SC class with his Tekin Rx8 Pro 4 HD powered TLR Scte 2.0.
This weekend we had the first Rose Classis Offroad Championships at Speedworld Raceway in Roseville, CA. Speedworld is known around the globe for world class on-road racing. Owner Billy Bowerman and his crew built many wooden jumps, including a couple of 10 foot long table tops. The weather was hot and there was some great racing action.
In 2wd SC open, Jason “Mo” Moberly’s Tekin Pro2 5100kv/RX8 Gen 2 powered Durango DESC210, wired with new Tekin Flex Jacket wire was on fire. Moberly TQ’d every round except one when the darn mechanic (himself) didn’t properly tighten down the pinion after a gear ratio change. In the main Mo lead from tone to tone, taking the win by over a lap with a fast lap over a second ahead of anyone else. Temperatures were close to 90 degrees and the Tekin RX8 Gen 2 and Tekin Pro 2 never broke a sweat, even without a fan.
The Warehouse Raceway located in Helena Alabama hosted the Southeastern Indoor Classic. With well over 120+ entries the racing was tight and fun. Drivers from Tennessee, GA, Alabama, and other near by states all in attendance.
Tekin powered Mark Moon put both his Tekin RS Gen 2 esc Redline Gen2 motor powered Open 2wd SCT and Open 2wd buggy into the A mains in both classes. Moon finished 2nd in Open SCT and would take the big win in Open 2wd buggy!
“The new esc are so smooth, and consistent. The new Gen 2 RS is so much smoother than the old RS!” Mark Moon
Tekin teammate Blane Allen Tq’d Open Stadium truck using a Tekin RS Gen 2 esc and Gen 2 8.5 motor. Allen would go on to take 2nd behind teammate Moon in 2wd Open Buggy and take the win in Open ST truck!
“Plenty of top end and a smooth but strong bottom end that was great for clearing a tricky double double.” Blane Allen
The Badlands track in Myrtle Beach, SC hosted the 2013 Spring Sting. There were over 200 entries at this event.
powered Dennis Allison would take overall Tq in the 1/8 Electric Truggy class followed by Tekin
teammate John McGinty in 4th. John McGinty moved into 2nd on the first lap and a few minutes into the race would take the lead from Allison leading the remainder of the main taking the overall win with Allison in two for 2nd. Both McGinty and Allison were using the Tekin Rx8
line of motors.
powered Larry Ward would take a hard earned 3rd spot on the podium with his Tekin Rx8 Pro 4 4600
powered TLR 2.0 SCTE ride.
Team Tekin driver Scott Hughes secures a win in the highly anticipated Ultra4 race brought to you by SoCal Rock Crawling Club and RCP Crawlers.
The first true rock race specific course in SoCal at the legendary Glenn Helen Raceway was home to this first time event. Scott’s Tekin controlled Vaterra Twin Hammers by Horizon Hobbies annihilated the course by setting fast time of the day. “ The Tekin FXR proved worthy in the rough terrain by accelerating quickly over the larger obstacles yet having the linear power to navigate the course with confidence,” says Scott. Look for Scott to report more on the series in the near future.