Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tekin wins the Hank Perry 240!

Round 2 of the NCT series also know as "The Hank Perry 240" was held once again in Spokane Washington over Memorial Day weekend. This is one of the largest events in the Northwest with this year being no exception at close to 275 entries and drivers from all over the Northwest and Western Canada.

The biggest class on the entire weekend was the always exciting electric buggy class. In three very close qualifying rounds Tekin's own Jeremy "PG"  Potter would take his Tekin powered Hot Bodies D812/Tekno converted Buggy would Secure the overall Tq. Close on his heels was Tekin powered Jordan Hestness followed by Tekin teammates Jayson Tjepkema and Nick Buechler. Potter would take it to the field in A1 and A2 and come away with the overall win. In A3 Buechler would run away with it and take 2nd overall with Tjepkema rounding out an all Team Tekin Podium. All 3 drivers ran Rx8 Gen2's with T8 Motors.

The 4wd Mod Buggy class would put Tekin powered Nick Buechler on the pole for triple A-mains. This was one of the tightest fields of the weekend. It would come down to A3 to decide the overall winner. Buechler was able to win the main but the overall would go to Mike Hudson putting Nick TQ and 2nd overall after the points were totaled. Tekin teammate Jerem "PG" Potter would round out the podium in 3rd overall. Both drivers chose the Tekin RS Pro and Gen 2 Redline motors to power them to a top spot.

Jayson Tjepkema was able to wrap up the overall Tq in 4wd sc in first two qualifiers. Tjepkema would go on to take 1st place in both A-1 and A-2 giving him the overall win for the weekend in the 4wd SC class. "The Tekin Pro4HD 4300 and Rx8 Gen2 gave me enough power to be the only one able to quad the biggest quad on the track and do it constantly. A lot of guys looking at my car looking for a 4s pack because most 1/8 buggies where not quading! Everyone watching cheering every time I made it." Jayson Tjepkema  Tekin teammate Mike Turner bumped from the B after tough luck all weekend taking 9th.

Nick Buechler would also podium in 2wd Mod truck taking 3rd overall with his Tekin RS Gen2 Redline powered AE T4.2. Tekin teammate Shane Preugschat wasn't far behind takin 5th.

Under the Hood with Eric Salvas

Oval racing is often filled with some of the most hardcore dedicated r/c racers on the planet. Being off a mere 3 or 4 seconds for their entire run means you may not make the show and may even be a lap down!  Lucky for Tekin we have two of the most friendly and helpful oval racers around Eric and Steve Salvas. Let's take a look at the first Salavas brothers car...We go Under the Hood of Eric Salvas's 2012 US Open Wheel Dirt Oval Nationals Championship winning car.

Eric runs a nice clean sinister looking Tekin RS Pro Redline Gen2 powered Custom Works Intimidator SE3 direct drive kit.
Eric controls all of his cars using Spektrum surface radio equipment. Supplying power to the Tekin equipment are SMC "spec" batteries required by DODC. Notice the clear lexan debris shield to keep stuff out of the gear mesh.
Eric rolls out on BSR racing tires while making ever left turn...Note that Eric runs his RS mounted so the solder posts get fresh clean cool air, cool electronics always run faster!
So next time you're attending an RC Oval event make sure to say "hi" to one of the smiling Salvas Brothers, they're twice as easy to find...there's two of 'em!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Under the Hood with Tekin powered Ryan Lutz

Known as one of the nicest most approachable guys in RC racing, Ryan Lutz chose Tekin electronics after meeting team manager Randy Pike at a local race. "Lutz had recently defected to California and into my backyard. We began talking and he'd mentioned he was tough on electronics and often ran into issues running the classes. Tekin took it on as a personal challenge and he's been on the team ever since." Randy Pike

So when asked what was Ryan's favorite electric class ride to show off he didn't hesitate to whip out his Tekin powered Team Durango Dex408 buggy. Let's take a look at what's "under the hood" of Lutz's E buggy.

Ryan chooses to run a Tekin T8 1900kv motor controlled by the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc. Powering up his Tekin system are a pair of Protek 100c 2s packs. Check out that fly white wire!

Ryan learned everything he knows about clean wiring and beautiful soldering from Tekin team manager Randy Pike ;)  Look at that install job!

As if Ryan wasn't easy enough to spot roaming around the race track at well over 6 1/2 feet tall he runs his well known Blue/Pink paint scheme with AKA white wheels.  If you ever get the chance make sure to stop by and say "hi" to Mr. Lutz. 

Be sure to check out Lutz RC, follow Ryan on Facebook, and catch his race reports here!

Tekin Tq's and Wins every Electric Class at the 1st Annual Silver Dollar Off-road Challenge!

The Inaugural Silver Dollar Off-road Challenge wrapped up this past weekend. Held at A-Main Hobbies 2nd off-road track Silver Dollar Raceway. The facility has been featured in a few videos as well as the VRC virtual race video game. However after attending this event and seeing the facility first hand the videos while great do not do this track justice.

"For this race the Silver Dollar crew swapped out all of the dirt to squash the previous tracks tire eating nature. The called in one of the best off-road track builders of our time Joey "The Dirt" Christensen to work his magic on the new dirt and come up with a fun layout for the inaugural race. El Dirte' and crew succeeded providing the racers with a fun, fast, flowing layout that while technical all seemed to make sense driving around the track. The previous dirt was known to consume tires at an alarming rate. The new track surface is nothing like that now. When ran wet or damp the track has very little if any tire wear. When dry the track provides excellent grip with moderate tire wear. Good stuff!"  Randy Pike

Early on in the event in the 4wd SC class would be who could chase down and give Tekin powered Austin Blair's Tekno a run for it's money. BMiller Racing's Josh O'Connell, Lou Figueria and Randy Pike would all give it their all to catch the young driver. The top 4 were all extremely close in qualifying, however Austin would take the overall Tq in the class. Come A main time the wind was going to be a huge factor. Wind gust over 30mph during the main would mean the drivers would all have to choose whether or not to risk the big triples and if they did timing the gust would be critical. At the tone the carnage would take out Blair and O'Connell right from the get go allowing Pike to take the front and lead the field over the huge step up. Leading into the next few turns Pike would get spun out by another racer and fall back in the pack. This would allow Blair and the rest to get back into the race. For the remainder of the race the racers would spread out and finish up with Blair taking the win, Figueira 2nd, O'Connell 3rd overall. The entire podium was Tekin powered with Austin Blair taking Tq and the win using the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 and Pro 4 HD 4300kv motor in his Tekno SC truck.

The event also hosted an E-Truggy class. Tekin's own Randy Pike would Tq all 3 round of qualifying  with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 2000kv motor powered TLR 8ight 2.0e. The A main was somewhat uneventful as Pike walked away from the field lapping everyone around the 9 minute mark. A few wheelies and huge jumps to show off the power of the Tekin electronics filled the remainder of the 10 minute A main.

The last electric A main was the E Buggy class. This class was up for grabs during the A-main. Tq was Tekin powered Curtis Door with his Tekin Rx8 Gen2 T8 powered Tekno buggy. Tekin teammate Autin Blair sitting 2nd followed by Richard "The King" Saxton in 3rd. From the tone the 15 buggy group would blast around the track. The wind becoming a factor again in this race would force the drivers to exercise car control skills to keep all 4 wheels facing the right direction. Door would experience a steering issue forcing him to retire while in the lead. Blair would take over and finish up the main in the top position followed by Saxton 2nd, and Figueira 3rd.  Austin chose the Tekin Rx8 Gen2 esc and T8 2050 to power his winning Tekno buggy ride.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Under the Hood with Tekin powered Ronda Drake!

If you don't know who Ronda Drake is you've been living under a rock somewhere. All kidding aside Ronda is one of if not the fastest female talent RC Racing has in the world. Ronda has been racing and competing at the top level for awhile now(it's not polite to ask guys ;) ) . "I personally met Ronda back at an old Hot Rod Shootout circa late 90's. She was in my heat and I learned then as did many others did that this "chick" was going to put an ass whoop'n on us. She proceeded to out qualify me by two heats!  So when I ran into her later down the road I knew she'd be a perfect fit for Team Tekin." Randy Pike

Let's check out what's "Under the Hood" in Ronda's favorite Tekin powered ride!
Ronda Drake
Ronda is smashing down the competition with her TLR Scte 2.0 powered by the latest Tekin Pro4HD 4300kv and Rx8 Esc. This combination has taken over the 4wd SC division and with it Ronda is tough to beat.

As you can see from the pictures the wiring install is clean and well routed. This not only looks pretty it assures that her equipment is always going to work.
Ronda has fashioned a lexan guard around her receiver to protect if from roost thrown by her front tires. These are the little details that separate the girls from the men....pretty smart.
Ronda's 4wd SC body is nicely wrapped up by Upgrade RC. Next time you're at the "big race" of the year and you get motored by this pink and black land rocket just know you're getting beaten by the fastest gal in R/C!  

Make sure to "Like" her Facebook fan page! here

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tekin wins E Truggy and E Buggy at RD 2 of the ROAR Region 2 Mid-Atlantic Series.

On May 4th, 2013 LCRC Raceway in Oakland Mills, PA hosted the Mid-Atlantic Roar Region 2 – Race 2.

Tekin powered Joe Bornhorst would take the win in the 1/8 E Buggy Class. The field was deep with  5 heats of 1/8 E-Buggy, 51 total drivers in the class. When the tone sounded for the start of A1, Gunnar Rieck and Joe Bornhorst started to check out from the pack. They were nose to tail for the first couple of minutes, having an amazing race, and neither of them were making any mistakes. At about the 2:30 mark, Bornhorst's  car started to act a little weird as the right rear wheel was bouncing in the air. Later found out to be a broken shock shaft so Bornhorst was running on only a spring. Bornhorst kept pushing forward to try and finish as strong as he could. A slight mistake Bornhorst would up the inside line, and Gunnar got around.  After a few more laps, Gunnar got caught up with a wrecked lapped car, and Bornhorst got back around! At this point, they were right back where they started, nose to tail and having a very close battle. Bornhorst took advantage of a couple of mistakes by Rieck, and started to slightly pull away. With about a 2.5 sec lead, the announcer called one minute to go, and he knew that he just had to bring it home for the win. Bornhorst did just that, and came around for the A1 win!

Going into A2, Bornhorst knew that he just needed a solid race to get the overall win. When the tone sounded, it didn't exactly go to plan.. Bornhorst caught a tube in the second turn, going straight to the back of the pack. On the first lap Bornhorst took advantage of everyone being bottled up together, and made a handful of passes within the matter of a couple of sections. Bornhorst came around on the first lap in the 6th position. Pushing as hard as he could, Bornhorst made it all of the way up to the 3rd spot with two minutes to go. On the last lap of the race, Bornhorst made a last minute pass for 2nd, and finished there. I then knew it would come down to a tie breaker of overall time for the win between Anthony Mazzara and Joe. The race sheets to be posted, and to Bornhorst relief, he won the tie breaker along with winning the overall!

Serpents own Paul Cicarello would take the E Truggy win with his Tekin Rx8 T8 2000kv powered Serpent electric truggy.

Both Joe and Paul chose the folllowing Tekin products:

Video of the Ebuggy Mains:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tekin wins the 2013 Roar Nats warm up!

The 2013 ROAR nationals warm up was held at Gulf Coast RC Raceway in Porter, Texas.  The weekend event included the electric buggy class which provided some extra run time on the track and another opportunity for some close racing on the very high bite track .  This allowed the Tekin Team drivers to put the power of their Tekin systems to the ground and run some really fast laps.

On Saturday there were three 7 minute qualifiers using rocket round to determine the starting order for the main event.  We were able to qualify first by a small margin over Jake Dillinger and Tekin powered David Joor.  The main started with a very close group battling for the top spot.  After all of the top three swapping positions numerous times Tekin powered Barry Pettit was able to pull a small lead and finish the race in the first position. Barry was joined by Tekin teammate Brian "Smiley" Henn in 3rd.

"We ran the Tekin RX-8 with the T8 2050 motor powered by the Protek batteries.  This combination helped our Mugen MBX-6 ECO put all the power to the ground and hook up our JConcepts rubber!"  Barry Pettit

Brian Henn continued the Tekin dominance taking the overall Tq and win in the 4wd SC class with his Tekin Rx8 Pro 4 HD powered TLR Scte 2.0.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Jason "Mo" Moberly wins the Rose Classis Offroad Championships with a Tekin Pro 2 and Rx8 Gen2!

This weekend we had the first Rose Classis Offroad Championships at Speedworld Raceway in Roseville, CA.  Speedworld is known around the globe for world class on-road racing.  Owner Billy Bowerman and his crew built many wooden jumps, including a couple of 10 foot long table tops.  The weather was hot and there was some great racing action.

In 2wd  SC open, Jason "Mo" Moberly's Tekin Pro2 5100kv/RX8 Gen 2 powered Durango DESC210, wired with new Tekin Flex Jacket wire was on fire.  Moberly TQ'd every round except one when the darn mechanic (himself) didn't properly tighten down the pinion after a gear ratio change.  In the main Mo lead from tone to tone, taking the win by over a lap with a fast lap over a second ahead of anyone else.  Temperatures were close to 90 degrees and the Tekin RX8 Gen 2 and Tekin Pro 2 never broke a sweat, even without a fan.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tekin wins the 2013 Southeastern Indoor Classic!

The Warehouse Raceway located in Helena Alabama hosted the Southeastern Indoor Classic. With well over 120+ entries the racing was tight and fun. Drivers from Tennessee, GA, Alabama, and other near by states all in attendance.

Tekin powered Mark Moon put both his Tekin RS Gen 2 esc Redline Gen2 motor powered Open 2wd SCT and Open 2wd buggy into the A mains in both classes. Moon finished 2nd in Open SCT and would take the big win in Open 2wd buggy!

"The new esc are so smooth, and consistent. The new Gen 2 RS is so much smoother than the old RS!" Mark Moon

Tekin teammate Blane Allen Tq'd Open Stadium truck using a Tekin RS Gen 2 esc and Gen 2 8.5 motor. Allen would go on to take 2nd behind teammate Moon in 2wd Open Buggy and take the win in Open ST truck!

"Plenty of top end and a smooth but strong bottom end that was great for clearing a tricky double double." Blane Allen

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tekin tq's and wins the 2013 Spring Sting!

The Badlands track in Myrtle Beach, SC hosted the 2013 Spring Sting.  There were over 200 entries at this event.

Tekin powered Dennis Allison would take overall Tq in the 1/8 Electric Truggy class followed by Tekin teammate John McGinty in 4th.  John McGinty moved into 2nd on the first lap and a few minutes into the race would take the lead from Allison leading the remainder of the main taking the overall win with Allison in two for 2nd. Both McGinty and Allison were using the Tekin Rx8 and T8 line of motors.

Tekin powered Larry Ward would take a hard earned 3rd spot on the podium with his Tekin Rx8 Pro 4 4600 powered TLR 2.0 SCTE ride.