The 2011 ROAR Region 4 Championship were hosted at the Coral Springs RC Car Club. The event had over 170+ entries and was shaping up to be an event not to miss. Rain! Rain would poor down from the sky and would appear to destroy the track. But this would not deter the Coral Springs track crew! A few hours of track maintenance using some saw dust and they were racing! Great job track crew!
Tekin team driver Mike Applegate would Tq and take the Region 4 stock truck title using a Tekin RS and Redline 17.5 motor. Mike caused quite a stir with this winning combination hearing often in the pits “That can’t be a 17.5.” Congratulations Mike!
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Stock buggy would be dominated by young Jason Venezia. He would pilot his Tekin powered B4 to the overall Tq and win in the Region 4 stock buggy championship. Mike Applegate would finish right behind in in 2nd place. Congratulations Jason and Mike. Keep an eye on young Jason at only 9 years old he’s starting to put together a nice string of victories….
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Tekin drivers were out in force at the 2011 Hot Rod Shootout hosted as always by Jimmy Babcock and the crew at Hot Rod Hobbies. With over 270 entries this race had great attendance by many top pro drivers even though worlds are next week. As always Jimmy and crew held one of the premier events of the year.
Pro 4 Short Course was dominated by Tekin in qualifying with Tekin powered TLR factory pilot Frank Root taking the overall Tq in the class. Team Durango’s Billy Fischer would take A1, Tekin driver Ryan Lutz would take A2 by over 10 seconds in his Tekin powered Desc410r, A3 would have Fischer taking down the win with Lutz 2nd and Travis Amezcua 3rd. Ryan Lutz would take 2nd overall. Great Job Ryan. Ryan was using the new Tekin Pro 4 motor which was sited by all who witnessed it to be the “fastest truck on the track.”
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Sportsman Pro 4 Short course was dominated by Tekin driver Aaron Eastman with his Tekin powered SC104x4 taking the overall Tq and win. Aaron used the 4.5 Sc4x and Rx8 esc. 11 year old David Jenson would also take 2nd palce using Tekin.
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Modified 4wd buggy was one of the most exciting classes to watch with many of the top pro drivers in attendance. Ryan Cavalieri would take the overall Tq. In A1 the “pass of the weekend” would be pulled off by Tekin factory driver Ryan Lutz with his Tekin powered Dex410. In the last corner of the last lap Lutz had pulled to within a car length of Cavalieri and over the last double jumped over him into the last corner to take the win at the line! Cav woudl take A2 from top to bottom. It was still anyone’s race going into A3. Some exciting racing and mistakes would mix up the lead a few times with Cav taking the overall win, Ryan Lutz would finish 2nd overall with A-main Hobbies pilot Tyler Vik taking 3rd.
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|Tekin factory driver Jason Smith took 3rd overall in the hotly contested Expert SCT 17.5 Stock division.
Saturday Night was Rnd 2 of the Rc Night Series. There was a total 54 entries for the night I knew that it was time to get the job done with my Tekin Powered B4 and SC10. In qualifying I would go to TQ early on in both Open SCT and 2wd Buggy. I knew my SCT time was solid and good enough to most likely keep TQ but I knew but I knew my buggy time was at risk. In round 2 of qualifying for the night my TQ in buggy would beat by local Jason Smith running his 22 putting my TQ to rest by 10 second. I would closely follow 4 seconds behind after several mistakes. The last round of qualifying I attacked hard in buggy going 13 in 6:00 to take TQ and my SCT time would end up holding from the first round in qualifying.
Main times came and I was on pole for both SCT and Buggy. I knew that I had to keep solid runs together to come out solid for the night. First off was buggy and I would check out with my Tekin Powered 13.5 buggy to lead wire to wire with no mistakes and lapping the entire field with Jason Smith finishing in 2nd with Tekin power and my dad Greg Stephansen 3rd running Tekin Power as well.
Short Course Truck would end up being about the same as the buggy main, with myself checking out early on and never looking back with my Tekin Powered 10.5 SC10. I would lap most of the field besides second place who was my dad Greg Stephansen finishing second with Tekin power and local Mike Clark finishing 3rd with Tekin Power as well.
After the 2nd race of the series I lead both classes in poi nts by 6 so far after TQing and winning both classes in round 1 of the Rc Night Series as well. All in all it was great night. “Derek Stephansen
Part #2 of the Jconcepts Summer Indoor Nats wrap up.
Mod 2wd Buggy had an Amain heat stacked with top pro drivers. Tekin team driver Lloyd Dassonville would sit 7th with his Tekin powered Tq racing car. After local hot shot Tyler Vik made his way to the front the buzzer would sound with Lloyd sitting 5th overall.
17.5 NR 2wd Buggy was filled with some of the fastest local stock buggy drivers in the region. Ej Evans a local Onroad TOP driver was in attendance running his 2nd ever large offroad race using a Tekin powered B4. Clinty Riley would bump into the A using his Tekin powered Losi 22. Once the tone sounded it was fast racing for 10 minutes. Ej would end up 4th overall, Clint would improve his 9th starting grid position to finisish 7th.
Wow, back from yet another great event hosted by the Outback Raceway up in Chico, Ca. Over the 4th of July weekend the Jconcepts Summer Indoor Nationals would be held. Over 160+ race entries in all of the top classes would make for some great indoor racing around.
I didn’t make it to open practice until lunch time or so. This would be more than fine since the track would change over the course of the next few hours. The track was to be ran without watering which meant we would be on smoothies by the time qualifying would happen. Sure enough by the end of practice smoothies were good for a few tenths of a second. My personal cars seemed to be working quite well since I was familiar with the track already. This allowed me to focus on the team drivers like Ryan Lutz, Phil Atondo, Lloyd Dassonville, and others. The team did have my back though hooking me up with a fine refreshing beverage!
Qualifying was going pretty well for the Tekin team with Ryan Lutz setting overall Tq with his Pro 4 powered Desc410r to Tq runs in Rds 1 2 3 and 4 posting a run nearly 2 laps faster than 2nd place(Jason Ruona). Team driver Jason “Mo” Moberly would be sitting 3rd overall. The main would be hectic for the first few laps with the top guys all muscling for position. Ryan would run out in the lead from start to finish. Jason Moberly would have his hands full with “Hopper” and myself(sorry Mo!). In the end we all sorted it out. The race clock ended with Ryan Lutz taking the overall win an entire lap ahead of the field, Jason Moberly 4th, Randy Pike 5th.
Open 2wd Truck would have Philip Atondo setting the overall Tq with his Tekin powered Losi XXXTcr truck. Yours truly would be sitting 5th on the grid. Philip dropped out with a mechanical after lap one allowing the others to take over the positions. In the end I would end up 4th with my Tekin powered Losi XXXTcr truck.
4wd Mod would have top pro drivers up from Socal looking to battle with the top fast locals which included Tekin drivers Lloyd Dassonville and Ryan Lutz. Ryan would be sitting 6th overall which was great since we struggled to find an electrical gremlin in his car all through qualifying. Lloyd was 9th fastest. The mains were filled with so much action I can’t recall all of it. I hope someone got this on video! In the last few minutes Ryan would be up to 2nd place looking for a place to pass or a mistake to be made by Josh Numan. During this Ryan would loose a motor wire connection in the last 30 seconds ending his charge to the front. This was Ryan’s first time running for 10 minutes in his Dex410 buggy in competition. Lloyd would also fall to a mechanical issue around lap 21. Look for more of Ryan and his Tekin powered Team Durango Dex410 this week at the Hot Rod Shootout!
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The 2011 Alabama Manufacturer’s Shootout 2.0 was again hosted in Cullman, Al. Tekin team driver Alan Burton was our host for this event. Once again it proved to be a race not to be missed. Top pro drivers from all over the world came to compete against each other in both electric and nitro classes.
Ryan Lutz would prove to be the fastest driver in Pro 4 SCT during practice posting lap times nearly 3 seconds faster than others in the class. Ryan’s Tekin Pro 4 powered Desc410r was simply on fire. Fellow teammates Bobby Gately and Randy Pike would also be near the top spots during practice. Qualifying would be a slightly different as Ryan would have a few electrical issues that turned out to be a bad connection at the battery. Team manager Randy Pike would take Tq honors with his Tekin Sc4x powered Desc410r. Bobby Gately would take the 3rd position with his BCE/Losi Ten SCTe ride also sporting a Tekin Pro 4 motor.
Team driver Bobby Gately would go on to take Tq honors with his Tekin powered Hot Bodies D8Te truggy in the E Truggy class. Bobby would struggle with the “Tq blues” having to fight through some inconsistent track areas along with his fellow racers finding some speed to catch him. Fellow teammate Martin Harrison though would throw down with his Tekin powered Losi truggy taking the overall win! Steve Antill would take the 2nd position with his Tekin powered RC8Te, Nathan Harrison would take 3rd with his Tekin Powered Losi 8Te.
Tekin Sc4x powered Aaron Lane took home a solid win at the recent fourth round of the 2011 JBRLseries hosted at Racer’s Haven Bakersfield/CA. Aaron Lane rocketed to TQ, with Doug Nielsen also Tekin powered in 2nd and Ryan Dunford in 3rd. All 3 drivers were piloting the Losi Ten Scte. Throughout the race, the 3 Ten-SCTEs had a very close battle. Ryan had a few bobbles and dropped back, but made a hard charge to pass Casper for 2nd, and even got close to Lane for the lead. Lane responded with quick laps to take the win. Dunford finished 2nd and Nielsen in 3rd made this an all-Losi podium. (source TLR)
Kevin Gahan would take to TQ spot with the only 19 lap run in qualifying with his TLR 22 powered by Tekin electronics. His teammate Casper would round out the top five. Kevin with his front row start for the 6 min A-main would lead from start to finish with his TLR 22 powered by Tekin electronics. The Red BK-bar rear tires and silver taper-pin fronts were hooked up all weekend.
Over the weekend of June 9-12 2011 the IMDRA East Coast Nationals were held at Rockingham, NC. Greg received his 2010 National Points Championship award for Electric T/F Funny Car. Greg went on to win the electric Pro Stock class with a 1.595 ET @ 85mph. He also was able to get runner up in the Electric T/F Funny Car class with an ET of 1.47 @ 92 mph. Greg was running RS-Pros in both cars with Todd Putnam Motors.
Norcal Hobbies one of the premier facilities on the west coast boasting both a permanent paved on road track recently hosting the Reedy Race of Champions is also well known for it’s two world class outdoor offroad tracks. Located in Union City, Ca. Norcal will also be hosting this years 1/10 ROAR Electric Nationals. TLR Racing would send no less than Dustin Evans, Frank Root, Cody Turner and other factory drivers to attend the 2011 Norcal Offroad Champs sighting great testing prior to the ROAR nats.
Held over the weekend of June 11th the Norcal Offroad Champs would have a class for everyone. EJ Evans notably from TOP Racing would debut his offroad skills in the 2wd 17.5 NR(non ramping) class taking the overall Tq and win using a Tekin RS Pro. Vid courtesy of Ultimate RC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iRWXiCmXoQ&feature=related
Next up would be Team driver Bobby Gately. Gately would go onto to Tq Pro 4 Short Course using Tekin’s RX8 and SC4x 5.5 motor on a truck just picked up at the track! His Tekin powered Losi SCTe looked dialed in the mains. He would go on to win the class with smooth driving and luck in this hotly contested division.
Vid courtesy of Ultimate RC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1R5-dhMt2I4#at=23
Finally Tekin team driver and Norcal Hobbies very own Kevin Jelich would go onto win the 1/8 E Buggy class. The track is “epic” to say the least boasting HUGE jumps and a very challenging surface. Kevin had great battles with Jesse Stark who won A1, Kevin taking A2 and A3 to secure the win with his Tekin Powered AE RC8b.
Vid courtesy of Ultimate RC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDspDCJPwVE&feature=autoplay&list=SP3EAB8277EB2003E6&index=2&playnext=2
Team Tekin would like to welcome Ronda Drake to the team. Ronda will be piloting her Tekin powered Mugen MBX6 Eco with the Tekin Rx8 ESC and Tekin T8 motor series. We are excited to be working with her and her years of
experience. Ronda is well known in the RC community as being the fastest girl in RC regularly showing up her fellow male racers all over the U.S. Rhonda had this to say “I am very excited to be running all the Tekin products and look
forward to great results!”
Ronda’s first race will be the Grass Roots series in Hemet,Ca.