Tekin comes out swinging at the JConcepts Summer Indoor Nats

Known as one of the “must attend” races in the “Norcal” area the JConcepts Summer Indoor National series attracts racers from all over the west coast and beyond.  We would all be graced by the presence of the one and only Scotty “The Machine”  Ernst all the way from Wisconsin.  Over 240 entries for the weekend meant there was surely going to be epic battles in every class. The track layout and facility were ready for the racers to enjoy the event with a fast and rhythmic layout installed by the Outback Raceway track crew providing fast lap times, great passing areas, and wide lanes giving the racers a rare chance to race each other heads up.

As per usual the stock classes were some of the deepest of the weekend. Outback Raceway being at the forefront of the racing scene in the area provided a 4wd 13.5 class to promote the “step” into the 4wd mod class for the racers at the event. This class can help grow the 4wd buggy class providing plenty of speed on most layouts, and gives the racers a learning curve to wrangle the super fast and often edgy cars before they step up to the full laser quick mod class. The racers responded to this positively with over 4 heats of the class.

All “Spec” classes are tech’d for motors, blinky esc’s , weight and dimensions as well as safe charge rates providing a very level playing field. This kept the racing light(for the most part) and fun for all. (Kudos for the Outback Raceway Tech crew for stepping up and handling any minor issues that did arise, Randy Pike).

Tekin had a great balance of team drivers in attendance racing nearly every class offered at the race. Early on it was clear that Derek “Motormouth” Stephansen was on point in all his classes. Putting in A-main times for both 2wd mod buggy, 4wd mod buggy, and the super deep 2wd Stock Buggy class he was going to tough to go up against, more on this later. Jason “Mo”Moberly showed up a day late but easily dropped in on the track and showed speed good enough to put him into the A’s of Mod St Truck and 2wd Mod SC seeding right behind AE’s young champ Spencer Rivkin.  Team Manager Randy Pike dropped into the Stock ST truck, 2wd Stock Buggy, and 4wd 13.5 classes after some good willed “challenges” from the locals to race in the “hardest” classes. This may have back fired on the locals once they saw the race of the old crusty team manager(lol).

Qualifying was a 4 round Ifmar points style format.  Derek Stephansen would Tq the 2wd Stock Buggy class with his B5m Lite buggy after a few tweaks to his gearing and motor setup by team manager Randy Pike.  Using the data logging feature of his Tekin RSX esc it was found that Derek was a bit over geared for the layout. A few pinions lower in gearing would provide a more optimal setup for the 8 minute A-mains. Jason Moberly would qualify in P2 on 2wd Mod SC behind Rivkin, and put his Tekin powered TLR 22T 2.0 into the A show in Mod ST Truck.  Team manager Randy Pike would qualify 4th in 4wd 13.5, 4th in Stock ST Truck, and struggle in 2wd Stock making the B but would take the bump into the A man later.

2wd Mod SC truck was up first. Jason Moberly would stick right behind Rivkin for the first 2 or 3 minutes of the 8 minute A-main. Traffic would become a factor and would allow Rivkin to stretch his gap on Jason. Rivkin would never be challenged for the lead taking the win with Jason Moberly in 2nd, and John Walentia in 3rd. Jason chose the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 8.5 motor.











Jason Moberly 8.5 RSX 22 SCT 2.0 Setup

Jason Moberly 8.5 RSX 22 SCT 2.0 Setup

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Stock ST Truck would be up next. The entire A-main group all capable of running low 15’s in the class.  This was some of the tightest racing of the weekend. The best part was the size of the entries, 4 heats! Tq Brendan Wheatley would take off from the tone with the rest of class to follow. The entire field would get in a clean lap and begin dicing it up right after. With 8 minutes to battle it out there was some time to make moves. Randy Pike would make a move on P3 Terry Schulz and begin working on Scotty Ernst. Pike would catch Ernst in the next lap and begin putting pressure on the seemingly unflappable nerves of “The Ernst.”  Scotty would hold off Pike for another 4 or 5 laps finally going JUST A BIT WIDE(Scotty Ernst impression voice) giving Pike a 12″ window for his 10″ wide truck. Scotty would come down hard slamming the door. Unfortunately the two would come together with Ernst getting the worst of it. Pike would wait for Ernst to be marshalled giving him the position back so the position could be taken cleanly without any question ( Scotty has nerves of steel, Randy Pike).  Pike would make a clean pass when Scotty would bobble into a pipe giving up the position. Pike would now have 2 minutes to chase down Wheately who had a 7 second lead due to the epic Ernst and Pike battle behind him. Already going through traffic by now Wheately would run clean and fast. Pike would be on a mission trying to make a race of it throwing down blistering laps running the fast lap of the class with a 14.8 second lap! It wasn’t enough as Wheately was too far gone. The A-main would end with Wheately taking the win, Randy Pike 2nd, and Scotty Ernst in 3rd.  Randy chose the Tekin RS Gen2 esc and Redline Gen2 motor.













Randy Pike 17.5 T5M Setup

Randy Pike 17.5 T5M Setup

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4wd Mod Buggy was a Rivkin and Schottler show. The two would battle it out in the triple A-mains and put on a epic show. Behind them however the racing was no less impressive. Takin 3rd in A-1 , Dnf’ing in A-2 to a cold solder joint on a battery connection, Derek had to take a 2nd to secure his podium position. He would do just that taking 2nd in A-3 to give him 3rd overall with an impressive showing with his Tekin powered TLR 22-4 buggy. Derek chose the Tekin RSX and Redline 6.5T motor to match the power of the factory guys without issue.













Derek Stephansen 6.5t 22-4 JC Ins Setup

Derek Stephansen 6.5t 22-4 JC Ins Setup

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Up last would be the 2wd Expert Stock Buggy class. Tq Tekin powered Derek Stephansen would be poised to take the win with a clean run. Team Manager Randy Pike would sneak into the show after bumping from the B-main with his Tekin powered Yomoko Bmax 2.  From the tone Derek would get away clean, that couldn’t be said for the rest of the field. A huge pile up collected nearly the entire field. Pike would be the last car flipped in the mess.  Stephansen was on a mission running fast clean laps pulling away consistently and slowly. The leaders would catch traffic early on in the 8 minute race due to that early pile up. Derek would get through traffic quick an continue to grow his lead. Young Kamryn Ayers(this chick is legit! , Randy Pike) would battle her way through traffic from as low as 5th after being collected in crashes.  Kyle Linton would give chase to Stephansen but wouldn’t get the same luck in traffic. Ayers would battle back putting a pass on Linton around lap 19 and never give it back for the remainder of the main. Stephansen would cruise to a huge win, Ayers in 2nd and Linton in 3rd. Stephansen ran the Tekin RSX esc and Redline Gen2 motor.















Derek Stephansen 17.5 B5M JC Ins Setup

Derek Stephansen 17.5 B5M JC Ins Setup

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Mitchell Schaeffer wins from the C-main!

A great story from a young racer. We can’t say it any better so read his letter to us in his own words!  Great job Mitchell!


My name is Mitchell Schaeffer and I have a great underdog story for you from my last race in the Jconcepts Super cup round 4 RC race at FZRC in Sarasota, FL. I ran 2wd Independent stock buggy and in my first qualifier I struggled with finding traction. For my second qualifier I struggled with my gear mesh which ended up striping my spur gear, also making me unable to run my second qualifier. Here come the mains. As I prepared, factory Tekin Dad Lance MacDonald helped me get my Tekin Gen 2 17.5 tuned. For the C main, I started second and ended up taking the win to bump me to the B main. In the B main I started ninth place and worked my way to the top for the win and bumped me up to the A main. Wow right! I couldn’t believe my luck after such a rough start to my day. The A main starts, I started in ninth place, I ran clean, watched out for the leaders, and waited for them to make a mistake. Suddenly there was my chance, they got tangled up and I used the punch Lance gave my buggy in the corners to put me past them, and took the win with my Tekin powered buggy. Wow what a day! Thanks to my dad and Lance Macdonald for the support!

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Thanks for your time,

Mitchell Schaeffer”

Congrats Mitchell from all of us at Tekin!

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Stafford, Moss, and Boots bring the heat…

Tekin factory driver Ellis Stafford, Simon Moss, and Elliott Boots showed the Tekin horsepower at Rd4 of the BRCA Nats hosted at Eden Park.

Ellis Stafford would manage to take the overall Tq in 4wd Buggy running his Tekin RSX 6.5 Redline Gen2 powered TLR 22-4 buggy over Lee Martin, Neil Cragg, as well as Tekin teammates Elliott Boots, and Simon Moss.

A1 Stafford got out of the hole early but a minor “touch” from Lee Martin had him taking a 2nd overall.


Pic courtesy of RcRacer.com

In 2wd Mod buggy Stafford would finish 3rd overall to take a double podium finish at Eden Park. Stafford commenting his RSX 7.5 Redline Gen2 powered buggy “was crazy fast, absolutely stupid fast in fact, which is nice.”


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Potter and Buechler claim top 2 at the Northwest Buggy Champs!


This past weekend marked the 2nd Annual Northwest Buggy Championships in Pasco, Washington. The smooth and fast clay track in Pasco always provides close racing action and once again did not disappoint with many of the region’s fastest 1/8 and 1/10 drivers looking to claim the top step.

In 4wd Buggy it was Tekin Drivers Nick Buechler and Tekin C.S. Manager Jeremy Potter who would start 1-2 with their Tekin RSX/Redline Gen 2 powered HB D413’s. A1 would be all Buechler as Potter would be forced to retire early in the race with a mechanical issue. In A2 Potter would jump ahead, but a slight bobble on the landing of the step down allowed Buechler by where he would fend off 2 attacks from Potter on the very last lap to take A2 and the overall victory. In A3 with clear track in front of him, Potter would take the win convincingly and seal up a 1-2 finish for the Tekin duo.
In the 1/8 E-Buggy class it would once again be the Tekin RX8 Gen 2/T8 Gen 2 powered Hot Bodies rides of Buechler and Potter 1st and 2nd on the grid after qualifying. In A1, Potter would find his way around Buechler early on and from there a 3-Car freight train would ensue for most of the race. Late in the race Buechler would slip to 3rd with Potter taking the A1 win. In A2 much like A1, Potter would jump past Buechler early, but Buechler would storm back to take the lead, however a mistake on his part was all Potter needed to slip by and run away with A2 and the overall victory. In A3, Buechler would make a costly mistake allowing privateer Derek Rasheed to take over the lead. Buechler would give it everything he had, but would fall short in the end. Giving Rasheed A3 and a 2nd place overall with Buechler rounding out the podium in 3rd.
The Northwest Buggy Championships also presents a special “King of the Hill” award for the driver with the two best combined class scores out of all the buggy classes offered up. With his 1-2 finishes, Jeremy Potter would take home the award putting a stamp on a great weekend.
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Boots wins BRCA Rd3 E-Buggy Nats at Wakefield!

It was ‘up North’ for this weekends National, at the new Wakefield track. The team had managed to turn at track from flat to a raceable venue in only 8 weeks with a tiny team of workers! Well done all the Skidmore’s and the rest of the team for the hard work. A very different surface faced the racers, being very loose and a very earthy/peat like dirt.

Running his proven Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8i 1950 powered Kyosho MP9 TKi3e buggy Elliott Boots would hit the track for practice to sort out tires and the layout. Deciding to run the Proline Bowtie 2.0. We hit the track, with the car being very loose, but watching others it seemed to be the case for everyone. We completed the run and took a look at the timings and to our surprise we were 3 seconds quicker on our fastest lap!


Giving up Q1 to the field by forgetting to swap out the previous practice packs from the car, Elliott would be sure to bounce back in Q2. Boots would do just that taking Tq for the round. Q3 would go out again taking the Tq for the round and the overall pole for the class.

The 12 minute final would have Boots take off from his P1 position leading the field through the first jump getting away cleanly however the carnage behind him was something to watch! Boots wasted no time gapping the field. Half way though the 12 minute main Elliott would lap the entire field!  Boots would allow the rest of the field to battle among themselves while maintaining his huge lead to take home the win!


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Rico and Nielsen on the box at JBRL Rd3

Tekin powered Rudy Rico would go out strong in qualifying to Tq both the 4wd SC class and E Buggy class running his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 Esc Pro4HD and T8 combos. Right behind him would be Tekin teammate Doug “Casper” Nielsen running the same power plants.

In the A-mains Rico would settle for 2nd place in both classes behind David Jensen. Casper would take 3rd overall behind Rico in the 4wd SC Class.












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Both drivers choosing the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 Esc, Pro4HD motors in the 4wd SC class. Rico would power his Tekno EB8SL with a Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and T8 Gen2 motor.


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Moss takes BRCA Nats Rd3 in style!

Round 3 of the BRCA Off Road Nationals took place at a first time venue in Telford MCC. The track was a great mixture of high grip astroturf and technical sections and throughout the day “my Tekin RSX and Redline Gen2 system worked perfectly! After 4 rounds of qualifying I was able to TQ 2 rounds giving me pole position for the finals and took all 3 legs to win the meeting against some of the best in the world.”

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Moon wins the NCRL series title!

This past weekend Norcal Hobbies held the third and final round of the NCRL series. Tekin pilot Justin Moon only had to show up and finish to claim the overall title in the 2wd Mod Buggy division.  Justin would taking two 1st’s, a 2nd and a 3rd in the Reedy format. Taking the series championship with six 2nd place finishes,five 1st place finishes and one 3rd place.













Justin chose the Tekin RSX and Redline 9.5T motor to power him to the overall series championship title.

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