Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Eric Anderson kills 'em at the 2011 Mid West Grand Slam finale!

The 2011 season finale of the Midwest Grand Slam series was held at R/Car Marion Fairgrounds raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana. It would be the final race of the season in the Midwest traveling race series. The format would be open practice on Friday, 3 qualifiers on Sat and 1 qualifier and Mains on Sunday. 

Arriving Friday night for a couple of hours of practice I noticed how great the facility was on my first trip there. James Reilly looked to be setting the fastest pace in stock TC in practice. After a few battery packs on the track with my Tekin powered T3'11 and XII 12th scale I felt like I was in good shape for Saturday. Arriving Saturday morning I decided to try some different tires in practice and they did not seem to be as good so back to Jaco blues for the rest of the weekend. After 1 round of controlled practice I was in the top 5 of practice times. In 12th scale I was in the top 5 as well in practice times going into the first round of qualifying. After the first round I as sitting 3rd in TC with some mistakes . In 12th scale I was in 7th and the car was not handling as I would like so I decided to make some major changes to it and skip the 2nd round of qualifying. In the 2nd round if TC I set fastest time to take the TQ and would keep it for the remainder of the event running faster in rounds 3 and 4. After some MAJOR changes to the 12th scale and a complete reconfiguration I sat the car down in the 3rd qualifier no knowing what to expect. What happened was I picked up almost 2 complete laps and TQ'd round 3 and held it throughout the weekend.

Final Qualifying order would be: TC Stock Blinky. 
TQ Eric Anderson (Xray) (Tekin) 
2nd James Reilly (Xray) 
 3rd Junior Norton 
4th Branden Shells 
5th Bill Sydor 
6th Greg Dobrosky 
 7th Randy Kastl 
8th William Jossens 
9th Rob Rabenstein 
10th Robert Dirla (Xray). (Tekin) 

12th Stock Open:
TQ Eric Anderson (Xray) (Tekin) 
2nd Brad Mergy (Tekin) 
3rd Joe Trandell (Tekin) 
4th Robert Dirla (Tekin) 
5th Steve Dunn (Tekin) 
6th Ken Miller (Tekin) 
7th Lee Harpe 
8th Sean Bushnell (Tekin) 
9th Rob Rabenstein (Tekin) 
10th Ian Ruggles 

The mains were pretty clean and I was able to get a clean start in both to lead from start to finish and make it a clean sweep in both classes. The race was ran perfect all weekend and R/Car has a wonderful facility and I hope they have some more big races there! Thanks to Tekin, RCAmerica, Xray , and Hudy ! 

 Thanks EA 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tekin Kills 'em at the 2011 RC Pro Series Cabin Fever supercross!

This year's Cabin Fever was held at Lucky Acres Arena in Lewiston, ID on February 11, 12 and 13. The race had an amazing turnout this go around, topping out at over 230 total entries, with Nitro Buggy and Truggy, Electric Buggy and Truggy, 4WD and 2WD Open Short Course and 4WD Modified Buggy all jam packed with competition.

1/8 E-Buggy is getting bigger in the North West, with enough racers to fill up three full mains at the Cabin this year. Tekin's newest Driver, Taylor Petersen debuted the new Mugen MBX6e ECO powered by a Tekin RX8/2050 T8 combo, who would snag TQ followed closely by Tekin's Jeremy Potter and his Tekin RX8/2050 T8 powered Hot Bodies Ve8.

1/8 E-Truggy is also growing and the TQ spot would be grabbed by none other that the Prez himself, Jim Campbell, followed by Tekin's Chris DeWinter in the #2 spot and Ty Campbell in the #3.

4x4 Short Course this year was also a sizeable class with three full heats. Team Driver Jack Leighan came out on top with the TQ spot after qualifying with his Tekin Powered Jammin'. A1 and A2 were both solild runs for Jack and he locked up the top spot early, which let the other drivers fight for the A3 main.

2WD Open Short Course had outstanding entries with 45 trucks. Team Associated's Justin Wilde and Tekin's Ty Campbell battled it out in quals for the pole with Justin snagging the TQ spot in the 3rd qualifier with Ty close on his heels. Short Course was stacked with great drivers and the competition was intense.

A1 main was a great battle between Ty and Justin Wilde, finishing with Justin in front and Ty just .9 seconds of his bumper. A2 started a little more hectic with Ty getting punted in the first corner and dropping to 5th which let Justin and Tekin's Jesse Munn get out in front of the pack. Ty fough back to 3rd but there was no catching the two out front and Justin locked up A2. The final main was a good one, Ty got out clean and never looked back, which secured 2nd place with the win in A3 while Prez snagged 2nd to secure 3rd overall.

With triple A-main format, it was totally up in the air who would land with the two, or in Taylor's case, three best runs! Taylor brought the heat in E-buggy to win all three A-mains and bring home some shiny hardware for Mugen and Tekin. Jeremy Potter claimed the 2nd spot and Team Losi's Randy Nolen the third, all three podium drivers running Tekin RX8s and 2050 T8 motors. Tekin's Jason Hunt finished Ty and Prez finished 6th overall and 7th overall.

E-Truggy was a fight to the finish in each main, with the Prez cleaning up in A1 and Ty taking the 2nd spot. A2 switched it up a bit with Ty taking the win, followed by DeWinter in the number 2 spot and Prez in the 3. It was all or nothing in A3 between father and son! Both were off to a great clean start and proceeded to pull away from the pack, putting almost an entire lap up on the field and would finish with the Prez taking A3 and the overall with Ty right on his wing the entire race!

Just as last year, the Cabin was well ran, a great track layout, the surface was premiere and the racing was awesome. Dude and the RC Pro Series threw a great event that is getting bigger every year. Only 360 days til the next one!

*Words by Ty Campbell*

Monday, February 14, 2011

Brian Sullivan Tq's and Wins at the Grass Roots Series.

Brian Sullivan Tq'd and won the 4wd "Pro 4" Short course class with his Tekin SC4x 4.5 powered ride. Brina also finished 5th in 1/8 E Buggy!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Taylor Petersen is Tekin powered and ready to take on the competition!

Newly signed Taylor Petersen will be racing the Cabin Fever Supercross Race this weekend with his new Tekin Powered Mugen Mbx6 Eco buggy! Taylor has been chomping at the bit wanting to get into this hotly contested class. When asked about his decission on which electronics to power his Mugen buggy Taylor responded  "Tekin was the obvious choice."

Come see Tekin's Taylor Petersen, Jeremy Potter, Ty Campbell and even the Prez this weekend in Lewiston, ID.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Kev Lee takes the win at the European indoor race held at Black Country Arena

The European indoor race takes place yearly at an indoor facility in a town called Charlerio. It's a technical indoor astroturf track open to club member 24 hours a day for practice so there are a lot of fast local guys. There are also a lot of top drivers that attend from the uk, germany and france. Its the first time ive been there and I felt pretty slow when I arrived compared to the locals!

There was a serious amount of running too! 1 day of free practice and then 8 qualifiers and 6 finals in both classes so the motors were worked hard! I won 2wd which I'm quite pleased with considering my qualifying wasn't great ending up 6th on the grid!

I was running  my Tekin Powered Vega conversions for the kyosho rb5. It's an alloy machined inboard motor car. I used a Redline 7.5 Motor with the following setup:
212 software:

Dual mode,Db 10%, bs 100%, tp 4, Lm 90%, Nw 8%, default start and end rpm, Timing 80%

Tekin DOMINATES the Electric Indoor Super Regional’s !!!

The Warehouse Indoor Raceway in Helena Alabama hosted the Electric Indoor Super Regional’s this weekend. With close to 100 entries from all over the country the racing action is proving to be top notch! The largest turnouts were in Electric Pro Buggy and 2wd and 4wd Short Course classes.

The Electric 1/8 Buggy class had some standout talent from different parts of the region. Martin Harrison from Louisiana, Ryan Lopez from Georgia, and Alan Burton from Alabama are all in attendance and setting the pace for the class and running Team Tekin Equipment. After quick interviews with these guys it looks as if Ryan(Team Losi) is running a Tekin 1900kv, Martin (Team Tekin, JConcepts, and MaxAmps) also using the Tekin 1900kv, and after 4 rounds of qualifying in elec buggy Alan Burton (Team Serpent) set TQ opting to use the Tekin 1700kv motor for his Serpent Cobra 811E.

This weekend had some extreme cold temperatures which made tire choices a complicated decision. The traction changed from one run to another. After 4 rounds of qualifying Martin Harrison set TQ in elec Truggy using Tekin 2000kv motor along with Jconcepts 7’s as his tire choice and MaxAmps 6500 batteries.

On Sunday for the Mains the temperatures were in the low 30’s and again tire choices were critical. Martin Harrison was able to win the first two mains and securing the top spot in truggy. Buggy A1 found Lopez in first, Alan Burton in Second and Martin Harrison a DNF with mechanical failure. A2 Lopez was able to squeeze out another win, with Martin Harrison in second, and Alan Burton in Fourth. A3 was a battle to the end with Alan Burton taking first, and Martin Harrison finishing second. Buggy overall was Ryan Lopez in 1st , Alan Burton in 2nd, and Martin Harrison in 3rd giving Team Tekin a full podium in the electric buggy class. (words by Martin Harrison)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Michael Malott wins big at the 2nd Annual Indoor SC Truck champs!

Michael Malott

2nd Annual Indoor SC Truck champs race was hosted at Reo Raceway in Rockport, IN. The 17.5 Spec SC class has been the biggest class for the past year and a half at Reo Raceway and this past saturday night was no different. Their were 56 17.5 Spec SC trucks in attendance with some of the fastest guys coming from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

17.5 Spec Corr

I bought my old FT SC10 back from a friend on Thursday night and worked all night Friday and Saturday morning to get the truck ready to go to try and compete for the win and the $250 that was on the line for this race. I installed a new Tekin RS with a Redline 17.5 and mounted up a few fresh sets of AKA SCT tires. I got the truck finished up on Saturday and put about 10 minutes of practice time in before the quals started.

The first qual started and I was still getting used to the truck and made a few small mistakes that put me towards the back of the B qualifier after the 1st round. I was able to get a a little practice in between rounds and tried a couple different sets of tires and finally made my choice of a set of new SS Gridirons all the way around. Since the turnout was so big they decided to cut it back to 2 quals instead of 3 so I knew I had to be on it in the second qualifier to put it in the A main. I started off the 2nd qual setting a blistering pace and half way through the race I was the only Corr truck to be on a 19 lap pace. I was having a good run going only to get caught up with lappers and have a couple bad laps and drop back about 10 seconds which cost me the TQ by .7 seconds. I was pretty bummed to miss TQ but I was happy to be starting up front and I knew I had the speed and the right tire combination going into the A Main.

The 10 minute A Main started and I got out to a good jump. I settled into the second spot and just paced myself off the leader. We were setting a fast pace out front so I just played the waiting game and stayed on his bumper the whole race waiting for him to make a mistake. We started lapping the field about 4 minutes into the race and I knew I was in the right spot to make a late charge. With about 3 minutes to go I started to make my moves and applying a lot of pressure and showing him my nose at every corner. I had a very good line through the double-double and sweeper section and I knew if I was going to make a clean pass it would come there. When we got 2 minutes to go I made my move around the outside of the sweeper and pulled off the outside pass and was able to get the inside line on the next corner. Once I got to the lead I started pushing the pace and slowly pulled away at the end of the race eventually winning the race by over a full lap. My Tekin 17.5 gave me the power I needed to make the pass on the outside and my AKA Gridirons were dialed the whole main.

1/8 E-Buggy

In the E-Buggy class we had a small group and some new guys in the mix.

The 1st qual started and right off the bat I knew I was in trouble as I made the wrong choice of tires. In practice I had ran Wishbones and they were awesome but as the track dried out a little they started to go away with the track. I just kept trying to make solid laps and ended up finishing 3rd for the first round. After the first round I decided to switch to the SS Gridirons since the track was drying out and I knew they were working good on my SC truck so I ended up running them in the 2nd qual. When the second qual got started I was flying right from the start and setting a blistering pace. I got in a groove about 3 minutes into the qual and started clicking off fast laps right after another and ended up putting in an awesome run and managed to take the TQ.

The 12 minute A main started and I got out to a huge lead and in the first 2 minutes I got into lapped traffic. I was making my way through the traffic and had already built a 10 second lead on the field. I got into trouble with a lapper right after the quad jump and as soon as the marshall got to the car he picked it up and threw it down right in front of another car and be blasted me in the left rear and broke the camber link so I was done for the main. I was really dissapointed with how it happened but there is always next time. My OFNA hyper 9E was on rails when I got the right tires combo and I had the car to beat all night just had a little bad luck in the main.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tekin Dominates 17th Annual Snowbirds Nationals (Road Course)

Roar Course Report!
by Randy Pike

This was to be my first ever Snowbirds Nationals. I must admit that I was going in a little intimidated. Racing from 5am until after midnight on some nights sounded a little crazy to be honest. However once I showed up late Monday evening I felt a lot better. I got no sleep the first night as I was far too excited to hit the track with 2 cars I’d never driven. My WGT was not ready nor was my T.O.P TC ride for the weekend. I spent the first round making sure the team had what they needed to hit the ground running. Rd 2 was up sooner than I expected however EJ Evans from TOP made sure I was ready to run. Having no local racetracks with carpet let alone carpet with this much bite made for a very steep learning curve. Luckily for me I was running blinky stock and already knew the right ratio for the Tekin Redline 17.5 I was using.

Qualifying began with the track slowly but surely getting more and more traction. People started traction rolling and having tight cars. Lucky for me EJ Evans from TOP Racing was there to keep me on the right path with my TOP TC rent a ride. My WGT car was expertly wrenched on by fellow Speedmerchant drivers Tim, Joel, and Steve . This allowed me focus on the team. Thanks guys!

Team Drivers were looking fast right out of the gate exchanging Tq’s in nearly every round with fellow team drivers as well as privateer Tekin users. Tekin Driver Eric Anderson would Tq Stock TC with his X-ray. Josh Cyrul would Tq WGT running a Tekin RS Pro in his Cefx ride. Andrew Knapp Tq’d 1/12th GTP 17.5(blinky) with a Tekin RS Pro powered CRC car as well take Tq honors in 1/12th GTP 13.5. Mike Haynes would take his Tekin RS Pro powered Hot Bodies TCX to a Tq position in Expert TC 17.5.

Clearly the Tekin RS/RS Pro was the speedo of choice for nearly every class tq’ing all classes except Mod Tc and Mod 1/12 GTP.

Mains Day was here sooner than we knew it. The team was set to back up their Tq performances and win some hardware. First up was WGT with Josh Cyrul as Tq followed by Tekin Team Driver Mike Dumas. Josh would get a great start. For the first few laps Mike Dumas would slowly inch up on Josh lap after lap. He would get very close to Josh as they both started coming up to traffic. Both would get through cleanly however Dumas would tap allowing Josh to walk away leading from tone to tone.

1/12th GTP 17.5 would come to be known as 1/12th Blinky. This was a very exciting race to watch. Andrew Knapp would start from the pole and lead the entire race. Ej Evans though was not to be denied and pushed hard to catch Andrew. Kenny Lambert would also challenge for position with Ej. Kenny and Ej’s battle would slow them down enough to allow Andrew to walk away with this one.

Stock Touring a.k.a Blinky Stock would be Tq’d by Tekin Team Driver Eric Anderson. EA laid down some of the fastest laps of the weekend in this class with this Tekin Powered X-ray. Eric however would get blasted on the first turn dropping him all the way to the back of the pack. The luck would be found by Austin Harrison and Dustin Lane. These two got away the cleanest and would battle for the top spot for the rest of the race. Dustin put on a late charge but would tap allowing Austin to take the win.

Expert TC ran 17.5 boosted at this event. Tq Mike Haynes would get out in front early from his pole position and never look back. The battles would be from 2nd on down with the rest of the pack fighting for podium spots.

1/12th GTP 13.5 Expert class would see Andrew Knapp on the pole. Tekin Team Driver Mike Dumas sitting 2nd in his Tekin Powered Speedmerchant Rev 6 would be on Knapp’s bumper right off the bat. Mike’s constant pressure would eventually crack Knapp allowing for a great passing opportunity. Andrew would battle back and the pair would race down the straight away. Dumas had the inside line with Knapp on the outside one of the most exciting races of the day. Andrew would come down onto Dumas leaving him no choice but to hold his line. The two collided in one of the biggest off track incidents of the weekend! Dumas would come out the best landing on his tires and blasting back into the race. Knapp would fall back never to return to the top 3. This allowed Dumas to get back out and run on his own or so we though. Mike Blackstock would come out of seemingly nowhere to catch up to Dumas but would run out of time. Mike Dumas would take the win.

Tekin Results:

13.5 WGT: Josh Cyrul Tq and 1st place, Mike Dumas 2nd, Markus Mobers 3rd, David Erlich 4th, Mark Burt 8th.

1/12 GTP 13.5:

Mike Dumas 1st place, Markus Mobers 3rd, Donnie Lia 5th, David Erlich 6th, Andrew Knapp tq and 7th, Eric Anderson 10th.

1/12th 17.5 GTP Stock(blinky)

Andrew Knapp Tq and 1st place, Ej Evans 2nd, Kenny Lambert 3rd, Naoki Watanabe 5th, Sal Amato 6th, Larry Fairtrace 7th, Eric Anderson 10th.

Expert 17.5 TC:

Mike Haynes Tq and 1st place, Mike Dumas 4th, Austin Harrison 5th, Steve McNichols 6th,Larry Fairtrace 7th, Ej Evans 9th, Eric Anderson 10th.

Stock 17.5 TC(blinky):

Austin Harrison 1st, Sal Amato 4th, Eric Anderson Tq and 10th place.

Brian Sullivan Tq's and wins at the TLR Supercross!

Tekin Team Driver Brian Sullivan Tq's and wins Round 1 at the Team Losi Supercross.
Brian used the Tekin Rx8 and T8 2650 geared 18/50 in his Hot Bodies Ve8.