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Drake wins 5th Annual East Coast Champs Race

Adam Drake wins 5th Annual East Coast Champs Race


The 5th Annual East Coast Champs took place at R/C Excitement in Fitchburg, MA on July 19-20, 2014.  TLR – Nova Rossi – Pro-Line driver’s Adam and Ronda Drake were on hand for the event not only to race, but to offer help to all the racers. Adam And Ronda Drake did a seminar for all the racers Friday night and a track walk explaining key points of the track Saturday night.

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The event had 100 entries. Adam Drake was the top qualifier in 1/8th nitro buggy and 1/8th nitro truck. Drake won the 1/8th nitro buggy final by a large margin followed by Renato Tradardi, Gunnar Rieck, Richard Saxton, and Ronda Drake.

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Adam Drake also won the 1/8th nitro truck class followed by Ronda Drake in second and Anthony Mazzara in third.

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Huge thanks to everyone from R/C Excitement and Horizon Hobby, Team Losi Racing, Spektrum, Team Associated, Tekin, MIP, Castle Creations, and JConcepts for sponsoring this event.


Team Associated: Apex Lexus RC F Performance Coupe

Team Associated: Apex Lexus RC F Performance Coupe

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The Apex Lexus RC F is the newest release from Team Associated’s Qualifier Series. Built on the all-wheel-drive Apex chassis, the Lexus RC F performance coupe replica comes fully assembled and Ready-to-Run with factory-installed Reedy brushless power, including a Reedy WolfPack 6-cell battery wired with a High Current T-Plug.


Additional features include the XP water-resistant speed control and XP 2.4GHz radio system. The front and rear sealed metal gear differentials are connected together with a tough aluminum drive shaft that handles all of the Reedy brushless power. Imperfections in the road are managed by four adjustable fluid-filled, coil-over tuned shocks.


The high-grip, treaded racing tires are mounted on scale replica Lexus RC F 20-spoke hex-drive wheels featuring detailed brake rotors and calipers. Topping it all off is the factory-finished Lexus RC F body that replicates every detail of the most powerful of Lexus production cars!

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Apex Lexus RC F Ready-To-Run Features:

Two body color schemes available
Fully assembled Ready-To-Run all-wheel-drive chassis that accepts NiMH or LiPo batteries
Lexus RC F performance coupe replica body comes factory-finished
Lexus RC F 20-spoke replica wheels come mounted with high-grip racing tires and feature detailed brake components
Powerful Reedy 3300kV 540 brushless motor
Water-resistant XP SC500-BL brushless speed control with High Current T-plug Connector (2S-3S LiPo compatible)
XP 2.4Ghz radio system with XP metal-gear steering servo
Reedy WolfPack 6-cell NiMH battery with High Current T-plug Connector and AC peak detection wall charger included
Adjustable fluid-filled coil-over tuned shock absorbers
All-metal gear transmission with sealed differentials
Steel CVA drive axles front and rear
Metric hardware and ball bearings throughout


Chris Grainger wins final BTCC Rnd & Championship

Chris Grainger wins final BTCC Rnd & Championship


The final round of the BTCC took place this last weekend at the awesomely fast Mendip Raceway in Western Super Mare.mThe circuit looked in fine fettle as a new enthusiastic committee have spent a lot of time getting it looking in great shape and it was awesome to be blessed with glorious sunshine all weekend. 

Almost a full complement of national level drivers took part, with a little eye on the final BRCA nationals in two weeks time. With the sun shining it was decided to run round by round qualifying with the best 2 from 4 qualifiers to count and 1 final.

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In the Modified class Chris Grainger looked in dominant form with his Mi5evo TQíing the first two rounds with Olly Jefferies and Elliott Harper pushing Chris all the way and actually tying on points for second and third. Olly had the faster time so lined up 2nd ahead of Elliott.

1) Chris Grainger – Mi5evo
2) Olly Jefferies
3) Elliott Harper
4) Colin Price – Mi5evo
5) Ben Cosgrove
6) James Hart
7) Zak Smith
8) Matthew White – Mi5evo
9) Chris Ashton – Mi5evo
10) Adam Catchpole

The watching crowd were treated to an epic battle between Chris and Olly. The wind had picked up during the back end of the day making the cars very tricky to drive and unpredictable. A small mistake at the biggining from Chris let Olly into first, whoever won the race would be crowned the BTCC Champion for 2014 and receive the Cecil Schumacher Trophy, so the pressure was on! Chris pulled his way onto the back of Olly and putting him under intense pressure managed to find a way past right at the end. Elliott had technical problems so Ben Cosgrove came through to 3rd behind Chris and Olly.

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1) Chris Grainger
2) Olly Jefferies
3) Ben Cosgrove
4) Colin Price
5) Matthew White
6) James Hart
7) Zak Smith
8) Adam Catchpole
9) Chris Ashton
10) Elliott Harper

The top 3 Championship positions were:

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1/10th Mod: 1)  Chris Grainger  2)  Olly Jefferies  3)  James Hart


Mike Truhe wins Novarossi Challange at GLARCRC

Mike Truhe wins Novarossi Challange at GLARCRC


This past weekend Team Serpent’s Mike Truhe returned to running 1/8th Nitro On-Road for the Novarossi Challenge at GLARCRC in Southern California. At the eend of the 45 minute A-Main Mike took the win with his Serpent 977WC car runing Matrix tires.

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Note: Mike posted pics via Twitter…

AE victorious at the 2014 Minnesota State Champs

AE victorious at the 2014 Minnesota State Championships

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The Minnesota State Championships have been held in Starbuck, MN for 18 years. The facility provides a covered track, camping, and a venue for some of the best competition in the region. The 2014 race held by Joe Zaier Jr. and Jay Campbell was one of the best events yet.

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Team Associated was well represented at this year’s race. In the 2WD Modified class, Team Associated’s Kraig Krueger used his RC10B5M to hold off a surging Neil Feneis to secure his third consecutive state title.

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In the Modified Truck class it was Neil Feneis and his RC10T4.2 who narrowly grabbed the win from last year’s State Champion Marshall Skare.

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Having already secured a state title in touring car earlier this year, Dan Hamann used his SC10.2 to add a short course title to his resume.

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Tyler Vik wins the 2014 Nor-Cal Pro Series

Tyler Vik wins the 2014 Nor-Cal Pro Series


July 26th, 2014 was the conclusion of the Nor-Cal Pro Series hosted by Nor-Cal Hobbies, recently relocated to San Jose, Ca. The top 2wd Buggy contestants ran 2 weekends of a double A Main format for a chance to get part of a $2000 prize purse.

This past weekend, race 2 had Charlie Cavalier on the pole position, with Tyler Vik second and Nor-Cal’s own Codey Hughey qualifying 3rd on the grid. With a more racy layout, Vik would take a decisive victory in A1, with Eddie Bernal a distant 2nd, Hughey 3rd. Eddie Bernal would have to win A2 and distance himself from Vik for a shot at 1st for the series. At the tone Cavalier would take the holeshot. A few corners later Vik made a questionable pass on Cavalier for the lead. An infraction would be called, but then revoked. Hughey would finish second, with Eddie Bernal 3rd.

Race 1 also had an exciting finish with a tie for first. Eddie Bernal and Tyler Vik both had a win and a second with the tie breaker going to Mr. Vik. Nathan Bernal finished 3rd overall to complete the podium.

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Ryan Maifield debutes TLR Nitro at JBRL Nitro Rnd #4

Ryan Maifield debutes TLR Nitro at JBRL Nitro Rnd #4


Today we headed out to Heritage RC Park in Chula Vista to watch TLR’s Ryan Maifield make his nitro debut. We watched several practice runs this afternoon with his new TLR 8ight 3.0. We were very impressed with only having a week with this nitro buggy how well Maifield looked on the track.

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We thought each time he hit the track he was feeling more comfortable with it… TLR’s Adam Drake told us he built Ryan’s buggy for him so he could test it out and get used to it. He was helping him tune the buggy at the track today. Drake also said earlier in the week he and Ryan spent half a day at Pro-line’s test track and Thunder Alley RC Raceway doing some testing… 

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JConcepts President Jason Ruona is on hand this weekend to make sure everything goes well for his factory #1 driver. We spoke with Jason earlier today he said, “This weekend is a good test for Ryan, he will be running with some of the best drivers in the country. He also mentioned that Heritage RC Park was a good facility here in California for Ryan to make his debut…”

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We had a good 25 minute conversation with Ryan Maifield this evening in Adam Drake’s trailer. We talked about several different subjects relating to the world of R/C. A couple weeks back at the JConcepts race in Chico, CA Ryan told us he was looking forward to working with Adam Drake on the nitro side at TLR and on the electric side with Dustin Evans. He also told us the last time we spoke was that considered Adam Drake a role model. We thought that was a pretty impressive statement!

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Getting back to Ryan’s buggy, Adam Drake told us before we left that they had been making several changes throughout the day to Maifield’s TLR 8ight 3.0. They were adjusting the droop, toe, and shock location. There were probably more adjustments made, we will gather those tomorrow… Plus we will have some Under the Hood reports as well.

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Check out the video of Ryan Maifield’s afternoon practice at Heritage RC Park…

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Note: We will bring you more updates from JBRL Nitro Series Rnd #4…

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