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!
Thanks for your time,
Congrats Mitchell from all of us at Tekin!
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.”
Pic courtesy of RcRacer.com
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.
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!
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.
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.
Elliott Boots takes the win in the E-buggy class at the Slough track near London. A 15 min final, Elliott lead from the start stating “everything was perfect with the motor and ESC, same Rx8 Gen2 ESC and T8i 1950 motor we always run!” Boots
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.”
Round 1 of the Tri-State summer series hosted at TARCAR in Toledo, Ohio had Factory Tekin driver Nick Vasquez taking the overall TQ and win in the 1/8 E-buggy class with his Tekin RX8 Gen2/1700Kv powered Hotbodies D812e buggy.
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.
This past weekend Dirt Burner Racing in Livonia MI host the Michigan State Championship series. Taking the overall TQ in 4wd SC in the 2nd and 3rd round of qualifying, Tekin pilot Kevin Morales made a few bobbles at the start of the A final. This forced him to chase George Berridge for a few laps until he broke handing the lead and the overall win back to Kevin. Kevin chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and Pro4 HD 4300kv in his TLR SCTe2.0.
In E truggy Morales had a rough 1st and 2nd qualifier and was prepared to TQ in the 3rd but ended up breaking an axle, placing him second on the grid. After another rough start Morales worked his way back up to the front where he was able to put down smooth consistent laps to take the win. Kevin chose the Tekin RX8 with Tekin T8 2250 in his TLR 8ight T 3.0e.