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October 9, 2015

TD Life – Fourth Edition

Filed under: Hall Of Fame,News,Team Driver,Young At Heart — Tags: , , — Stuart @ 11:59 am


More Race Action & Community News – Edition Four – 2015

Wow! … That is about all that can be said about this week’s racing action from our team guys, as well as our loyal racing fans and friends living the #TDLife.

Just fantastic racing across the board this week folks.  More National titles, more series podiums, IFMAR Worlds action, and families getting in on the fun.

This edition has a truly international flavour, as the #TDLife continues to bring truly inspirational news.  Let’s get to it!

First off, we would like to wish the greatest of successes to our main USA representative, Travis Amezcua. Peanut is currently hitting the turf in Japan, at the Yatabe Arena, for the IFMAR World 1/10 Buggy Championships.

With the Team Durango design studio always pushing to develop our race machines, it will be very interesting to see how Travis does with some excellent-looking vehicles in his hands, on this extremely high-traction track.


Fresh body shells for Travis ‘Peanut’ Amezcua for the IFMAR Worlds

Congratulations are now in order for Frank Hempel who recently raced his DESC210R to a 1st place podium finish.

This was accomplished at Rennstrecke, Germany, in the final round of the Rennstrecke Off-Road Cup.  Nicely done, showing the world how Team Durango vehicles can dominate a race track.


Frank Hempel gets it done with the DESC210R

Now with another 1st place podium, experienced TD racer Romain Valter gets things done with his DNX8 1/8 Nitro Buggy at his home track of Reims, in France.

Enjoying the ease of tuning and set-up, Romain can spend more time on the track practicing instead of time in the pits wrenching, resulting in fine finishes like this.  An excellent result and job very well done.


Romain Valter winning at Reims with the DNX8 1/8 Nitro buggy

Moving northward, we head back to Canada this week for a series podium trophy shot.  Mr. Ken Deline of Team Durango Canada/Team Great Hobbies, has pulled off an excellent 2nd place series podium in the Durham Off-Road RC Club series with his DEX8T 1/8 electric Truggy.  Ken has very much enjoyed his Team Durango vehicles this season, since his switch from another brand, experiencing new successes every week.


Ken Deline’s DEX8T 1/8 Electric Truggy with his huge 2nd place series trophy

He has enjoyed them so much that he is adding to his fleet and getting back to his roots with a DNX8 1/8 nitro buggy and I’ve also heard that he plans some on-road this winter with a DETC410.

Thanks for all your hard work all season long, Ken, and we wish you every success moving into the indoor season.

Now, moving slightly southward, our man in Michigan, USA, Mike Lopes, is getting things done again.

Mike enjoys the #TDLife to the full, especially when it comes to Short Course racing and his DESC10 4wd SCT.

Mike recently tore up the pack with his DESC10, taking a TQ and 1st place podium finish.  But, Mr. Lopes is not a one-trick pony, and also managed a 3rd place podium with his DEX210v2 2wd Electric Buggy at the same event, after starting 5th on the grid.  Mike can always be relied upon to lend a hand with set-up on any Team Durango vehicle, and has the experience to help you get faster.


Mike Lopes, Team Durango USA, enjoying another podium with the DESC10, 1/10 SCT

So glad to have you on the team, Mr. Lopes.

Jumping back across the pond, now, to the Manor RC Club in the UK, father and son team Mike and Aaron Nash have podiums of their own.

At a recent club meeting, Mike pulled out a great victory in 4wd buggy with his DEX410v4, while his son Aaron grabbed a 2nd place podium spot in the ‘under-10’ division with his DEX210v2.

So nice to see families racing together, and some excellent father-son bonding time being enjoyed whilst living the #TDLife!

Congratulations go out to both Mike and Aaron for a job well done.


Mike Nash Takes Top Spot


Aaron Nash Secures Second in Under 13s 

Another father and son duo from the UK, Mark Grainger and his son, also experienced great success this week.  Mark raced with a DEX410v4 to a 3rd overall finish at Oaklands, while his son won his first ever ‘under-10’ trophy as well, also with his DEX410v4!  Again, so nice to see family efforts paying off.


Mark Grainger and his son enjoying some trophy action with their DEX410v4s

It’s so nice to see fathers and sons racing and enjoying Team Durango race machines together. Keep up the great work guys.

And to finish off this most excellent week in the #TDLife, we have another National Championship title.

This time in the on-road class and with the DETC410, Swiss racer Philipp Huber pulls out a wonderful 1st place podium win in the 5th round of the Swiss National series, solidifying his first place position in the series, giving him the overall win!  Absolutely fantastic results.


Our sincere thanks and congratulations!  (And for those counting, and I am, that’s the second national title for Team Durango in 3 weeks!)

Thanks go out to each and every racer who has enjoyed racing their Team Durango race machines this week!  As this article clearly shows, Team Durango is a worldwide family movement, with talented racers across the globe choosing the #TDLife, racing precision machines to the win.

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October 6, 2015

Team Tech Tips – 16mm Big Bore Shock Set-Up


Set Up 16mm Big Bores Like  Pro

Team Durango Team Tech Tips Guru, Jason Ametrine, returns with the first in an exciting series of all-new tutorial videos.

This new series will feature more in-depth tuning and set-up advice, with a strong focus on our recently updated 1/8 scale range of vehicles.

Your Shock Absorber set-ups are made ultra-simple, with factory-built 16mm Big Bore units provided in all DEX8, DNX8, DEX8T and DESC10 race kits.

This interesting video guide will share the four most popular set-up configurations currently used in these precision manufactured Shock units, allowing you to quickly get things ‘dialed-in’ for the exact conditions you are faced with at the track.

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October 5, 2015

DNX8 Victory – Novotny Nitro Form


Nitro Success – The DNX8 Takes Another Win

Czech Team Durango super-racer, Kaja Novotny, has returned from the ninth round of the 2015 Czech Open Challenge with a first place win for his DNX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy.

With the large dusty Horni Jeleni race track seeing warm and sunny conditions, it did not take Kaja long to find fast pace with his DNX8 Buggy, making his claim on a pole position start in the semi-final after qualifying.

Kaja then powered into a dominant lead during the ‘A’ Main final, taking the overall win by almost a full lap from the chasing field.

Kaja was quick to share that he was extremely happy with how easy his DNX8 was to drive, stating that the all-new TD vehicle “…performed perfectly throughout the whole event”

Congratulations go to Kaja and his father Karel for yet another great race result.

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September 30, 2015

TD Life – Third Edition

We are very excited to present the third edition of our weekly news update, TD Life.


Let’s see how everyone is doing.

In Canada, once again, Team Great Hobbies/Team Durango Canada racer Pascal Morin  much he is enjoying his TD Buggies this season.

Coming straight from a great winning triple podium in club racing last time, he looked forward to attending the Quebec Indoor Off-road Nationals.

The event was held in a large ice arena, following a motocross event a couple weeks before.  The race organisers had Sik Track Designs come in and rebuild the track for some intense RC competition.


Pascal Morin’s DEX8, DEX410v4, DEX210v2, and DNX8 all making the show and bringing home some hardware

Pascal wasted no time getting back into winning form at this large event, pulling out a TQ and a win with his DEX210v2.

Also enjoying his DEX410v4, he pulled into 2nd position in the 4WD class.  He didn’t stop there, as he ran four classes, and managed to make the A-Main show with both his DEX8 and DNX8 Buggies finishing 5th and 7th respectively.

Well done Pascal!  We can’t wait to see how you do with your DETC410, as the indoor on-road season begins for you.


Novotny Podium Assault Continues

Of course, any Team Durango article would not be complete without another mention of European Kaja Novotny.

After clinching the 1/8 E-Buggy and 1/8 Nitro Buggy national titles, the young Czech racing star had another great week, officially grabbing the Czech National Series titles in electric 1/10 2WD Buggy and 1/10 4WD Buggy.

His DEX210 and DEX410 performed flawlessly for him throughout the series with his father, Karel, wrenching away for him in the pits.

Congratulations go out to both Kaja and Karel, as their great efforts have landed them with another title to add to their formidable trophy case.


Bringing The Heat With Justin Roy and his DEX8T 

Moving to the United States, young Team Durango USA driver, Justin Roy, attended the Bring the Heat race in Flowood, Mississippi, USA at the Flowood R/C Indoor Park.

With some big names in the field, young Justin was eager to put his DEX8 and DEX8T machines in a good position heading to the mains.

Qualifying landed him in the B-main so he focused on making clean runs with hopes of bumping into the Triple A-mains.  His focus paid off and he bumped up, allowing him to compete with the top drivers in the big show.

Congratulations on another fine outing with your Team Durango 1/8 electric race machines.  Keep it up, Justin.


You are Team Durango 

Shifting gears slightly, we would like to speak a little to our loyal dealers of Team Durango products.

In future articles we would like show off how our dealers support the global team, with photos of their fine Team Durango displays!  Without a great network of dealers worldwide, we wouldn’t have as much to share of our great racers enjoying our machines.

Thanks to all of you, and please send us your display photos so we can share with everyone.

I’ll get us started with a sample:


The author, Tyler Palmer, at work promoting TD rides from Great Hobbies Ottawa

Send your shelf display images to us directly at:

Again, thanks for reading and joining with us in the #TDLIFE

Until next week folks, stay fast.

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September 29, 2015

DEX8T Gives Deline First Success


Welcome To The Winners Circle Ken – DEX8T Brings It Home

New Team Durango Canada racer, Ken Deline, has returned from the final round of the Six Foot Trophy Race Series, staged at Durham Off-road RC Club, with a second place overall season finish for his DEX8T.

Ken joined the team just after the start of this season, settling into the rhythm of both the DEX8 and DEX8T very quickly.

Ken was keen to capitalise on this easy transition, racing hard for an awesome series close, taking the second spot podium place for Team Durango.

With only a few months experience piloting the all-new TD vehicles, Ken has already stated that he finds them to be “..the best 1/8 platforms I have ever driven”

We send our sincere congratulations to Ken for such a quickly realised achievement.

We are very excited to see how Ken continues to push forwards on the track and beyond.

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TD USA – Double Podium For Lopes


Setting SC Pace – Lopes Masters DESC10 

Team Durango USA racer, Mike Lopes, has returned from the fifth round of ‘THE Series’ with a double podium finish, including a first overall and TQ in Short Course.

Racing the all-new DESC10 1/10 4WD Electric Short Course Truck, Mike was very happy to clock lap-after-lap of consistent qualifying, allowing him to extend this solid performance into his ‘A’ Main final, taking first place easily for Team Durango.

Mike also raced his DEX210v2 in the 2WD Buggy class, battling through the field during qualifying to land of P5 for the ‘A’ Main finals.

Some fast paced laps gave Mike a very competitive final run, putting him straight on the podium with a third place finish.

We send our sincere thanks and congratulations to Mike for a great double.

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September 28, 2015

DNX8 & DEX8 Take Czech National Double Podium


Final Round Double For TD Super-Racer

2015 Czech 1/8 E-Buggy Nationals – 1ST – Overall season champion – Kaja Novotny – DEX8

2015 Czech 1/8 Nitro Nationals – 2ND – Overall vice season champion – Kaja Novotny – DNX8

Having already secured the 2015 1/8 E-Buggy Czech National Championship, Kaja Novotny has returned from the final round of the season with a third overall in the Nitro class, securing a double podium place championship conclusion for Team Durango.

Already crowned champion is never a reason for Kaja to slow down in E-Buggy, with a perfect display of racing to win the final round with his DEX8. Double Job, well and truly done.

With 2015 being Kaja’s first Nitro racing season, whilst also being the first full race season for the all-new DNX8 Buggy, Kaja was really happy to secure the vice National Championship position.

This result further cements Kaja’s on-going dominance of the Czech domestic racing scene, with championship wins in 2WD and 4WD 1/10 Buggy and 1/8 E-Buggy already bagged.

A great conclusion to a very successful National season for Kaja and his father Karel.

We send our sincere thanks to Team Novotny and wish them well during the winter racing schedule ahead.

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September 22, 2015

TD Life – Second Edition


Welcome to the second installment of our new news roundup series, TD Life.

This week we again celebrate some fast track action from our racers, with a strong  focus on team partnerships and future tricks and tips to be shared.

Nuno Roque, long-time Team Durango Portugal racer, has returned from a hiatus that included becoming a father for the second time!  Congratulations Nuno.

On returning to racing competition, Nuno wasted no time in getting back up to speed with his DEX210v2 buggy, earning himself TQ and the 1st place podium spot at the Portugal National Championship!  It was great to see that Nuno showed zero signs of rust from the time off!


Nuno is 2015 Portuguese National Champion

A fantastic result for Nuno with his DEX210v2 and for Team Durango Portugal.  Congratulations on such a fine Nationals outing.

It is also great to see successes being had in the Great White North, Canada.  Team Durango Canada racer, Pascal Morin, enjoyed triple podium success at a recent club event held at his home track.

Pascal raced his DEX8, DEX210v2, and DEX410v4 machines to victory, taking a winning triple podium!  Pascal has enjoyed the support of his world-wide teammates in tuning and setup, and overall camaraderie.


Pascal was very happy to take home triple victory honours in Canada

Thanks for working hard and racing hard Pascal.

There have been whisperings through the grapevine that a new batch of Team Durango Team Tech Tips videos will be coming soon!


‘The Hands’ returns with more exciting Team Tech Tips videos very soon 

We all look forward to seeing the ‘The Hands’, Jason Ametrine of Team Durango UK, giving us fine helping videos filled with excellent technical advice that help us all be faster. Jason’s advice always proves super-valuable.  We can’t wait to see what’s in store.

In more exciting global community news, TD USA team racer and all-round Team Durango ambassador, Jason Rioux, will be starting an all-new series of cool articles that will allow you to explore the diary of a TD racer.

Jason will share a blow-by-blow account of what an average week consists of for a driver who is living the TD Life. Stay tuned for this new series very soon.


Our man in Massachusetts – Rioux is ready to share cool facts  

We are very happy to welcome a new team racer to our Italian race roster, with the signing of young Touring Car pilot Carlo Alberto Morandi.


Strengthening TD Touring Car support in Italy – Carlo is excited for the year ahead

Carlo will be driving the DETC410 and helping to support racers with set-up tips hot from the track in Europe.

We send our thanks to every racer who takes time to share news with us, every pit mechanic who lovingly prepares our cars. We appreciate every second of your time folks.

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Team Durango Take 2015 Czech 1/10 National Championships


Double Champion – Team Durango & Kaja On Top

2015 Czech 1/10 2WD Off-Road National Championships – 1st Place – Kaja Novotny – DEX210

2015 Czech 1/10 4WD Off-Road National Championships – 1st Place – Kaja Novotny – DEX410 

Fresh from his victory in the 2015 1/8 E-Buggy Nationals, Kaja Novotny has secured a double National title in the 1/10 Off-Road class for Team Durango.

Attending the fourth round from a series of five, Kaja was in the enviable position of only requiring a third place finish in both classes to be crowned double National Champion, regardless of what may happen at the upcoming fifth round clash.

Focused on closing his National campaign in style, Kaja piloted his DEX210 to a solid second place on the day, securing the 2WD Championship honours easily.

He then attacked his 4WD goal, flying to a fist place and overall TQ to secure the Championship win for Team Durango, snatching a new track record with his DEX410 on the way!


2015 National season completed – Kaja reigns supreme

 We send our congratulations and continued gratitude to Kaja and his father Karel. A triple victory National race season is further testimony to the ever-developing talent of our Czech super-racer.

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September 17, 2015

Weekly News – TD Life Launches


#TDLIFE.  What’s in a name?  In this particular name, all that you can imagine, and more.  #TDLIFE is more than a social media slogan, more than a catchy advertising tag, more than the sum of its letters.  It embodies all that we, each and every one of us, strive for in our hobby.

It is speed.  It is design.  It is whole-souled efforts on and off the track.  It is all of us.  The efforts and victories and desires for improvement that we all seek.  It is the community that makes up the global team of vehicle designers, racers, drivers, and fans of Team Durango.

If you’re reading this, you live the #TDLIFE.


So, on to the exciting news that happened over the last couple of weeks!  Globally, Team Durango racers were killing it on the track!  From Europe, Canada, and the USA, there were fine results to be shown using all the latest race machines Team Durango has to offer.

TD’s young super-racer in the Czech Republic, Kaja Novotny, has secured the Czech National title in 1/8 E-Buggy  with a race in hand in the points series!  In round 3 of the 4 round series he managed a TQ and win with the DEX8, placing himself in what is becoming a familiar spot on top of the podium for the young racing star!


Kaja & the DEX8 are 2015 Czech National Champions

Kaja also landed himself in second position for the 3rd round for the nitro 1/8 National series, also solidifying the title for himself and Team Durango!

Well done, young man!

In Canada, Team Durango Canada racer, Ken Deline, also put one of the new Team Durango 1/8 machines on the podium!  Racing at the DORC points series, Ken piloted his DEX8T to a 2nd place qualification and 2nd place podium finish!  Ken has been super consistent with his Team Durango machines since he switched to them for this season!   He loves his TD vehicles!

Ken also managed to qualify 6th in the A-main with his DEX8 and narrowly missing a podium spot, finishing 4th!

Congrats go to Ken with his continued success with the new Team Durango 1/8 super cars!


Ken is on form since he switched to race Team Durango 

In the USA, at the Keystone Classic race held at Mushroom Bowl Hobbies and Raceway in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, two Team Durango racers made their mark at the event!

First up, TD USA racer Stuart Lewis pulled off a 2nd place qualifier and a win in 4×4 SCT with his DESC10, as well as a 2nd place qualifier and 2nd place podium spot with his DEX8.   He commented how both vehicles were fast and handling great!  Stuart has been finding great success this season with the new cars!


Stuart is enjoying multi-class success in the USA

Secondly, TD USA racer C.J. Heitz, who switched from another brand early in the season, has also been finding speed and success with his TD 1/8 cars.  At the same event he managed an excellent 3rd place qualification and 2nd place podium finish with his DEX8T.  C.J. has also experienced renewed speed and consistency since switching to the new TD cars!


C.J continues his onslaught on the podium since joining Team Durango

A huge congratulations goes out to all who have found success in racing their TD Buggies and Touring Cars this past week!  We look forward to seeing what successes next week will have in store for everyone, and to sharing in the #TDLIFE!

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