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.
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.”
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.
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.
Derek Stephansen recaps the Showdown:
“This past weekend it was it time for the Motown Showdown at Modesto RC Raceway. This event is pretty unique as it isn’t your standard 2 day race, but instead a one day race that consist of 3 ifmar style qualifying rounds and 8 min single a-mains. It would also bring in about 100 entries and close racing all day long. On Friday I would attend practice that would start off with a really loose track as the track began to break in throughout the day with sweeping and watering every 30 minutes to an hour. I would focus on the three classes I would run which was Mod SCT, Mod 2wd Buggy, and 4wd Mod. By the end of the day all my cars were feeling pretty good.
Come Saturday morning the track would open at 7am and I would utilize the practice to make some adjustments on my 2wd mod car as the track is always rather different for the bigger events than club race that I usually attend routinely since the track is only 5 minutes from my house. Come qualifying I would get off to a good start by Tqing all 3 rounds of qualifying with my Tekin powered B5m, 22SCT 2.0 and 22-4. Needless to say my Tekin powered cars were handling the warm temperatures well and were ready for the long 8 minute electric mains that were to come that evening.
The first main of the evening would be Modified SCT and I would be starting up front with my RSX/ Gen 7.5 equipped 22SCT 2.0. I would be able to get a good start and begin to gap the field on the first lap. Being a more technical layout then past layouts the Tekin combination provided a smooth powerband that would allow me to push my 22SCT 2.0 to win number one of the day by over a lap on the field by the end of the eight minute a main.
The second main of the night would be 4wd mod buggy with me once again starting on the one spot going into tear drop off the straight way. Being a track that is normally hard to control tire spin on, my Tekin RSX/ Gen 2 6.5 combination would transfer power to the wheels of my 22-4 on the start that would allow me to gap the field. Unfortunately on lap two I would tap the curbing coming through the switch backs making me have to be turn marshalled. This would allow Reno based racer Rick Jenkins to get close, but I would put my head down and go back to work. At the end of the 8 min main I would have lapped all the way through second giving me my second win of the day and second win for the RSX and Gen2 motor line. The best part would be my speedo would only come off at 3 lights for temp with no fan while others were running fans.
The final main of the night would be 2wd modified and would most likely be the hardest main of the night with Codey Hughey starting right behind me in the two. Having not had the side bite I was looking for throughout qualifying I made a change on my rear anti-squat that really helped. At the start me and Codey would get clean start and be able to stretch. Throughout the run I would slowly stretch over the 8 minutes lapping the whole field once again to give me win number 3 of the day and a sweep at the Motown Showdown with Tekin electronics and motors!
Overall it was another great race and I am already looking forward to next years. Time to get ready to head to NCRL round #3 at Norcal Hobbies next weekend.” Derek Stephansen
This past weekend was Round 2 of the Southern Offroad Series, held at Dalton RC which had close to 150 entries for the race. Shay Brand was able to get the TQ in all 3 rounds of qualifying, making minor adjustments to the car each round as the groove came in and a slight dust developed over the track. Brand was able to take advantage of his TQ position and hold the 1st position for the entire main event, and come away with the win with a lap on the field.
“The Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 Gen2 motor combo was amazing as usual, putting me at further ahead in the points with 2-TQs and 2-Wins so far in the series. Special thanks to my dad as well as all of my sponsors for all of their help and support!” Shay Brand