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.
Team Tekin driver Carson Wernimont dominated the Expert SC 4WD class with a TQ and win in every round with the Tekin powered DESC410R!
Our Charity Food Race on April 29th was a great success, we raised $1,644.00 for the Alger Food Bank and a Half an F150 truck load of food. Amy Berryman who has run the Food Bank for 28+ years was so shocked at the amount we raised and sos happy she actually cried. Two radio stations running announcements about the race. We also had two newspapers to do a to cover a race recap of the event, one was the Skagit Valley Herald and the other a small free paper associated with the Herald called the Argus. Between the two we reached 10’s if not hundreds of thousands of people.We did a great job bringing awareness to the foodbank and to the club.
“This past weekend was the Golden State Electric Champs held at Racers Haven in Bakersfield, Ca. I raced Mod 4wd and 2wd. The class with most entrys was stock buggy, which was awesome to see due to the amount of shortcourse trucks out now. The event was held on Saturday only, with three rounds of qualifying and single A mains all done on the same day, it was a late one. Both my cars were great all day taking all three rounds in 4wd which gave me the confidence I needed to go and take the main event also! 2wd was a bit of a different story, Cody Turner and I had good battles all day, I took Q1 and Q2, but Cody got overall TQ with his Q3 win. The main was a ton of fun with some great racing between the two of us, Cody lead the first half till a small mistake letting me get around and hold him off till the end. Thanks to Tekin for all the help and the power!” Zack Rogers