The first ever Motown Showdown in Modesto, California was held May 13-15 which capped of to have around 75 entries. In 2wd Mod Buggy Zack found himself tarting 2nd behind Cody Turner who set the fastest pace in round two, three seconds over myself ,Tekin teammate Derick Stephenson found himself starting 5th. Zack Rogers Tq’d all three rounds of 4wd Mod Buggy and set track record for fast lap, 24.7!
With a good chance of rain on Sunday the plan was to have two A mains at 10 mins each to see who would be crowned overall champion in each class. The 2wd main was up first and the weather had just given a sample of what was going to happen next. At the 6 minute mark rain started coming down. We finished up the race with Zack Rogers in the 2nd spot, Derick Stephansen(Tekin) found himself 4th overall after the long mud packed race.
Shortly after the 4wd main was up and I was more than ready as the track had dried out just a bit. The buzzer went off and Zack was gone. His Tekin powered Kyosho car was on rails all weekend and within three mins I had already streached a 3/4 track lead over 2nd place Cody Hughey. Zack would suffer a rare car failure while still taking 2nd. A2 would be called due to weather.
Tekin’s Clint Riley would win also take the Stock/Intermediate class with his 13.5 Redline powered Losi 22. Greg Stephansen would finish behind him, also Tekin powered.
Revolution Raceway in Appleton WI. Very first point season. The series length was 12 week with 2 drop outs. Brian proved to have the consistency over the race series to place 1st in Mod Truck. Brian also took 2nd in Mod Buggy.
Points series Standings:
In Mod Buggy 1st place Brandon Radke
2nd place Brian Weyers(Tekin)
3rd place Zac Rose
In Mod Stadium Truck
1st place Brian Weyers(Tekin)
2nd place Jim Flemming
3rd place Mike Stager
“Last weekend was the 3rd round of JBRL and I had an decent weekend. I had the speed and right setup to be in the hunt. A little bad luck and a mental error put me 3rd in 4wd and 4th in 2wd. My Tekin gear ran flawlessly as always! Standings after 3 rounds:
Chris Jarosz Zack Rogers(Tekin)
Zack Rogers(Tekin) Andrew Smolnik
Brian Mcduffie Jimmy Barnett
Andrew Smolnik Greg Hodapp
Frank Root Nick Lasley(Tekin)
Jonny Wachter Brent Fiege
Aaron Lane Josh Mitchell
Nick Lasley(Tekin) Brent Bisbee
Cody Turner Justin Mead
Jimmy Barnett Jorn Neumann
“In the main the top 5 in quals were only 8 seconds apart. The main started off really well and my OFNA teammate and I were able to get away from the field early and were starting to pull away. I made a mistake under the bridge section and it took the marshal a few seconds to get to me and that dropped me back to about 5th spot. I knew I had a lot of time left so I put that behind me and started hitting my marks and making a charge. When I got to 3rd I could see the top 2 were starting to battle it out and if I could get to them I would be able to make my moves while they were racing each other. I caught them with about 4 minutes to go and stayed right there with them until about 3 minutes to go. I made a move on the leaders and went to the inside of both of them coming onto the straight and was able to out power them down the straight and take the lead. Once I got to the lead they were still battling it out and then they tangled under the bridge section. That allowed me to get away from the rest of the field and cruise for the last 2 minutes of the race and take the win. I was pumped with the win and to start the series off right. My OFNA/BCE Hyper 9e was awesome and really reacted to all the changes I made throughout the day. My Tekin Electronics and AKA tires allowed me the power and grip I needed all night and day to take the TQ honors and the A main win. The PT RC Racing Oils were awesome and gave me that smooth and consistent feel I needed throughout the day.
Thanks to all my sponsors for giving me the opportunity again this year to use your products. With my current program and sponsors I am confident that I have the best equipment on the market today to be a front runner everywhere I go this year. ” Mike Malott
The largest indoor offroad Nitro and Electric race in Ontario Canada was hosted by Niagara RC Offroad and Precision Hobbies over April 15th-17th.
Jim Kvidera qualified 2nd out of 70+ entries in the Electric 1/8 Buggy Class. Jim went on to win the Amain by a lap in E-buggy. Qualifying was tough due to traffic, tough competition and the hectic schedule.
“In Short Course I ran my DESC410R and it felt great! I didn’t touch it the entire day, just ran my one practice, two qualifiers, and the A-main. I was able to TQ every round of quals and take the victory in the A-main. For fun in the second qualifier I ran on the 1/8th layout (there was an option lane for the SC guys). I was only 1.4 seconds a lap on the 1/8th layout slower than my 1/8th buggy and truggy. My little DESC410R was flying – running the optional centre diff I was skying the huge hip jump with it and launching it off the back table top. It was a lot of fun and people were very impressed with its performance.” Ryan Lutz
Ryan is using the Tekn Rx8 and 4.5 Sc4x in his Desc410r
Brett Kingsbury takes 1st place in 4wd Open Buggy while taking finished 3rd overall in mod 2wd.
Setup sheets to follow…
The Series final would be 3 days of racing with some of the best talent around.
“Stock Foam sedan was excellent. Little bad luck in quals had me starting in 4th but finished in 1st. Making the winter season Champion in Stock Foam sedan me.. So a good winter of racing.. 10 week championship starting in OCT.
Mod 1/12th was a little light for turnout but still was some incredible talent pools with national ranked drivers. Took a early lead in the mod 1/12th and never looked back . Great ending to another Championship season for myself and Tekin.” words by Andrew Mowery
The 2011 Electric offroad nationals were held in the sunny Hawkes Bay on the East Coast of New Zealand over the weekend of April 1st ,2nd and 3rd. In total there were approximately 125 entries which is very good by New Zealand standards.
“I arrived early on Friday morning for practice and there was already alot of people there. The track looked very good. After running my cars in practice it was obvious the track was also going to stay very very slippery all weekend as well. In fact it was probably the slipperiest track I have ever run on.
Qualifying went ok but I was never quite on top of my driving and ended up 2nd in Truck Mod , 2nd in 2WD mod and 5th in 4WD mod. After a long night wrenching and changing a few more things it was finals day. I was quietly confident I could do better than qualifying. Each class had three finals with the best two counting towards your points and your throw out race being used as a tie breaker.
In Truck mod things did not go well in the first final and I had to pull out after two corners with a broken front arm. But luckily for me things went very well in the final two finals and I won them both setting fastest race and fastest lap time along the way. I also had the only 12 lap run of the meeting in Truck Mod in the second final giving me the National Championship in Truck Mod with Tekin Power!
In 2wd mod things were going to be very very close between myself and two other drivers. In the first final I had a second after struggling with a bad start and fighting my way back through the field. In the second final there was an early three way battle for the lead but by the half way mark the other two drivers had made errors and fallen back so I went onto win. In the third and deciding final I sat third all the way and in the end only missed 2nd by 0.08 second. The other top three driver Steve Oyston ran away with this race driving a faultless race. So that meant there were three of us tied on 19 points. However because my throw out race was a third and the other two drivers throw out race were much lower results I became the 2WD modified National Champion with Tekin Power.
In 4WD modified I had had two good results in the first finals but neither of them were wins. I had a mathematical chance of winning my third national title for the weekend but I would have to win and some other results would have to go my way. My car was now as quick as the other two drivers that were in with a chance and in the third final we were running nose to tail for a while. In the end I finished a couple of seconds away from first in a mistake free run. So I was third overall.
It was a great weekend for me my Tekin motors and speed controllers performed faultlessly. And it was the versatility and adjustability of the Tekin Speed Controllers that helped me adapt to a very slippery track.” words by Darren Johnston.