Tekno RC Team Report Week 47-48, 2017
Two more successful weeks in USA, Europe, and Asia with Tekno RC Team drivers winning the races they attended in 1:8 and 1:10 scale classes! Congratulations to Patrick Rossiter, Dave Hemenway, Austin Jeffries, Andrew Clark, Shawn Fraser, Mike Legue, Andreas Georgiou, Mikko Maula and Witsarut Roumlarp, well-done everyone! Report from each race follows:
2017 Force Series Round 7 (US), report by Patrick Rossiter:
"My first time making the drive down to River Rat and I didn't know how close it's truly been to me all this time! Located 20 minutes west of St Augustine, (2.5 hours south of where I live in Savannah), the facility literally appears out of nowhere like an RC oasis! It features an on-site hobby shop with restroom facilities, an outdoor offroad track, a huge outdoor dirt oval track, and the best thing: a warm, welcoming feeling! The offroad track itself was a bit tight, but the layout was very adventurous. In addition to being treated with sugar water, it featured a wooden wall ride that's very reminiscent of Psycho Nitro Blast, a nice bowl turn that had some "fluffy" character to it, and an inclined back straight away that proved to be photo finish worthy for several classes.
I entered my Tekno rides in Pro E Buggy and E Truggy, using the Hobbywing XR8 SCT ESC wired up to Trinity D8 2000kv and 2300kv motors, power was not an issue all weekend! In E Truggy, my ET48.3 would take TQ honors and the overall win on JConcepts Green Reflex! To celebrate, I would pay tribute to Ryan and Joe by doing my very first backflip, lol. In Pro E Buggy, my EB48.4 and my RTM John Bernard would have some great battles back and forth, both on the clock in qualifying and on track in the double A mains. The track put us both through the ringer for sure! I would take TQ honors and just barely take the overall win by less than a second! I wanna give a shoutout to John for his continued help and support at every race I've attended so far as a Tekno driver. He's gone above and beyond! Also wanna give a shoutout to Jeff Keeton for all his support on tires with JConcepts. He hooked me up this weekend with the tires I needed and ended up TQing and winning with them: R2 Reflex. He also glued them for me... lol. Thanks to Kevin Abbott for his work with the Trinity crew keeping us fast and one step ahead of the competition. Lastly, Lance MacDonald ran a great show, gave us decent amounts of downtime between rounds, and still got us out at a decent hour. I think I speak for many of us when I say he truly sets the bar on how a race should be directed and we thank him for his continued volunteer service to our hobby! As always, thank you to my sponsors for their continued support and guidance."
Phuket BCS Round 6 (TH), report by Witsarut Roumlarp:
“BCS Round 6 was held this past weekend in Phuket, Thailand. The schedule had 3 qualifying rounds on Saturday and 2 more on Sunday, but due to the rain and weather on Saturday we only managed to complete 2 rounds, which I managed to TQ and get the overnight TQ for the race. Sunday was another 2 rounds, the track surface was better, and my car was quite good. All I had to do is to drive car easier so I could manage to finish in 1st place and get the overall TQ. For the final I started first on the grid, everything was looking good, until the first turn when a mistake caused my car to flip over so I would end up last! I kept my cool again and tried to move and overtake all cars until the 20-minute mark when I took the lead and finished in that position."
TQ/1st: Witsarut Roumlarp - Tekno NB48.4
2nd: Wichapoom R.
3rd: Steffen - Tekno NB48.4
"This past weekend I attended the opening of the Finnish SC Winter Cup series which was held at the Ulvila indoor track. The track was narrow and tight, and its linoleum surface offered medium to high bite conditions. I had an excellent pace right from the beginning of the practice rounds, and I managed to take the first place into qualifications. In the qualifications, my good pace continued, and I managed to take TQ with a clear margin. In the mains, I was able to improve my pace and managed to take the 1st place by winning every four rounds in mains. My SCT410.3 was on rails all day and a dream to drive so I had perfect confidence in my driving. I would like to thank Tekno RC for supporting me and also my brother Janne Maula for doing the paintwork of the body."
TQ/1st: Mikko Maula - Tekno SCT410.3
2nd: Samuli Saarelainen
3rd: Mikko Mäkelä
2017 Mayhem (US), report by Dave Hemenway:
"Full Throttle is incredible with a well maintained damp clay for a track, a timely and smoothly run program, and super friendly/helpful hosts/owners and regular racers. The event is also impressive, with well over 200 entries and fast folks from the North East, other countries, even MIP's Matt Olson was there to race!
I needed the 3rd round of qualifying to finish getting dialed into the track, but was able to secure the TQ for Prolite (eBuggy). In the main, I would start to gap the field and with a mistake happening behind me, was able to take the tone to tone victory. I would also qualify and take second with the SCT410.3 in the 4wd SC class after some really great racing competition.
Thanks to Tekno RC for the durable and performant vehicles, SMC for the power to get around the track fast, Sanwa for the accurate control, the event sponsors, the Kothmans for their hospitality and examples as track owners, my wife for joining me in my passion of racing, and of course Jesus Christ for saving me and making me a better person than I otherwise would be."
TQ/1st: Dave Hemenway - Tekno EB48.4
2nd: Trevor Wilke
3rd: Mark Forsberg - Tekno EB48.4
Southern Winter Payout Series Round 1 (US), report by Tyler Hooks:
“This was the first round of my series the Southern Winter Payout Series. It was the biggest race yet, we had 95 entries in Oklahoma City, and 24 entries in just 4wd mod buggy. Austin Jeffries managed to win Mod 4wd with his Tekno EB410 with Andrew Clark winning the 13.5 4wd class, a great race overall for Tekno RC"
“The third and last round of our TQ Raceway Championship series was held this past weekend at the TQ Raceway track in Nicosia, Cyprus. I was able to race my newly built Tekno RC NB48.4 and get the TQ and the overall win at the 40 minute long Amain. As I had already won round one of the series I was crowned the overall winner of the series!"
TQ/1st: Andreas Georgiou - Tekno NB48.4
2nd: Pantelis Makrides
3rd: Rafael Panagi
2017 Thanksgiving Turkey Hangover (US), report by Patrick Rossiter:
"Coming out of a food coma and the aftermath of Black Friday shopping, I made my way to Lake City for the Turkey Hangover trophy race to help fund proposed renovations to the facility in preparation for the 2018 Fuel Nationals. The rains from Thanksgiving made track work for the crew a grueling process, but they got it going by lunchtime! The surface was reminiscent of the tracks I grew up on: the old school fluff! Not so fun to clean, but it is offroad after all! My Teknos would perform great all day! The Hobbywing/Trinity power plants had plenty of strength to power through the dirt and stayed cool for the 10-minute A-Mains! I would take TQ honors and the wins in both Pro E Buggy and E Truggy! My ET48.3 was on JConcepts Hybrids in blue compound and my EB48.4 was on green Hybrids. Zero tire wear, plenty of grip, and they all stayed glued (thanks for the glue straw Benjamin Pinover). Thanks to Wesley Dean and his family for inviting to spend Thanksgiving with them in Jacksonville. Thanks to Lance MacDonald for not only running a great program as usual but for giving me a place to crash after the race. Thanks to Jason Frank and Taeylor Laforest for letting me out with yall. Thanks to Kenny Morris Jr. for being my electric pit crew. Most of all, thanks to my sponsors."
Provincial Championships (US), report by Shawn Fraser:
"30th annual Provincial Championships - since 1987. The race is held in Green Houses hosted by Maxime Castellon.
Friday was practice and Saturday was the 3 first qualifiers, Sunday would have the last qualifiers and mains. Qualified 2nd in Pro4 Short Course and 5th for 4wd Buggy. With a few changes to my EB410 on Saturday evening, the buggy felt great come practice Sunday.
In A1 of Pro4, I was able to finish 2nd, won A2 and succeeded to have a great A3 race to take 1st Place over-all for the weekend.
In A1 of 4wd Buggy I fought my way to a 3rd, A2 I finished in a close 2nd. In A3 I worked hard from 5th to take the lead on the 13th lap however on the 2nd last lap, I made an error and had to settle for a 3rd. Finishing 3rd over-all for the weekend."
1st: Shawn Fraser - Tekno SCT410.3
2nd: Xavier Belanger - Tekno SCT410.3
3rd: Laurent Holon
Annual Drumstick race (US), report by Mike Legue:
"The 4th annual Drumstick race was a huge success! I ended up running Mod 2wd, Mod 4wd, and E-Buggy for the event. With 272 entries there was plenty of time! Qualifying was excellent, and after 3 rounds I ended up 5th in mod 2wd. 3rd in mod 4wd, and TQ in E-Buggy.
The mains went great! Had some issues with traffic in both 2wd and 4wd. But would battle back to a respectable 6th in 2wd, and 4th in 4wd. Just missing 3rd by 2 seconds! In E-Buggy I led wire to wire, but still had a great battle with Mugen driver Kevin Siller for the first few minutes. But, my Eb48.4 was money and ended up in the winner's circle!"
TQ/1st: Mikey Legue - Tekno EB48.4
2nd: Kevin Siller
3rd: Thomas Buckley