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February 27, 2012

DEST210R & DESC210R to feature ‘Hybrid Technology’ gearbox design

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 6:38 pm
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Team Durango officially confirms their patent pending (GB1112236.3) gearbox design will appear on their soon-to-be-released 2WD stadium (DEST210R) and short course (DESC210R) trucks. This ability to tune the weight distribution and torque orientation without changing the suspension setup will be another Team Durango ‘first’ for these classes. The gearbox design allows the racer to tune their truck to any track type, and any condition.

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More information and photos will be released soon.

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Jorn Neumann takes double victory at the ‘Off Road Wars’

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 5:03 pm
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Jörn Neumann sealed up a nearly perfect weekend of racing at Maritime Raceway’s second annual ‘Off Road Wars’ event. The event drew some of the very best drivers in the UK – and a few European drivers made the trip over including Team Durango’s rising star, Jörn Neumann.  The track was constructed in the week prior, over the top of the usual carpet on-road track – with plenty of challenging jumps and sections for the drivers to negotiate.

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In 2WD, Jörn was running the standard DEX210 with the addition of the new geared differential – running 650cst shock oil on the high grip surface. Running in the middle of the top 10 in the first two rounds of qualifying was a slow start for the Team Durango driver but in round three he put in the fastest time of the day for the TQ and first on the grid. The finals got off to a bad start when Jörn made an unforced error in leg one – but came back to win the second and third legs for the victory.

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In 4WD Jörn got off to a good start – taking the opening three rounds of qualifying and again taking TQ with the fastest time of the day.  In a repeat of 2WD – Jörn had a bad start to the 3-leg finals, when he had to retire early after making some changes to his car which clearly hadn’t worked.  Jörn came back to storm through legs two and three, he was simply unmatched and drove away from the rest.

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It was a great win for Jörn and Team Durango – taking both classes was a huge achievement for the recently crowned Reedy Race of Champions winner – on what was a very different surface and track type from the Reedy, which proves the adaptability and performance of both Jörn and the TD buggies!

Thanks to www.oople.com for the use of the photos – check out their report on the event

Team Durango at ‘The Dirt’ nitro challange

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 4:56 pm
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‘THE DIRT – Nitro Challenge’ event took place this past week – with nearly 700 entries spread across the many classes and three different tracks at THE DIRT venue.  Team Durango placed vehicles into the Pro A-Main of every class we have a car for – a great result for the team.

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Carson Wernimont was the top Team Durango qualifier going straight into 5th on the grid for the A-Main. Ryan Lutz didn’t have a great time in qualifying – putting his DNX408 onto pole in the B-main. A solid run from Ryan saw him easily bump into the A – and a chance to race for the win.  A good start was compromised when another driver dove into him and sent Ryan to the back, but ever the professional, Ryan just drove his race and put in some of the fastest laps of the main to claw his way up to 5th by the end of the race.  It wasn’t what Ryan wanted but it was still a fantastic result. Carson dropped from his starting point but still finished 12th in the main.

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Ryan Lutz was flying with the new production prototype Team Durango DNX408T truck, which was still new to him so he was getting to learn the truck. Still – a 2nd and 5th place in qualifying meant 5th on the grid for the main and a good shot at victory.

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Ryan didn’t have the luck in his final when a screw in the suspension sheared off when Ryan came up short and crashed hard on the triple.  A quick repair later and Ryan was back on the track but after losing 4 laps to the break he couldn’t realisticly fight for the win and just worked on getting some fast laps – putting in the fastest lap of the race on lap 55.

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Team Durango had three drivers in the A-main for 1/8th pro electric buggy – the new DEX408 proving to be a very capable platform. Ryan Lutz lined up in 6th, Billy Fischer 10th and Carson Wernimont 13th on the grid for the final.  Ryan had the worst luck after getting taken out he drove too hard to regain position and made too many mistakes.

Both Carson and Billy moved up in the 10 minute final, with Billy Fischer taking his DEX408 to 3rd overall, just 1 second behind Adam Drake in 2nd.  Carson finished 5th and whilst he was disapointed with 7th in the main, Ryan Lutz could again claim the fastest lap of the race.

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Ryan Lutz took the top qualifier spot with his DESC410R and after a battle where the lead changed hands a couple of times, Ryan cleaned up his racing and didn’t look back – taking the win for Team Durango!

Thanks to neobuggy.net for the use of the photos

February 23, 2012

Durango take 2WD & 4WD – Chadderton RD5

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 5:20 pm
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Team Durango drivers Craig Collinson and Colin May too wins at the penultimate round of the popular Batley Buggy Club winter series at Chadderton.

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The meeting was fully booked with over 140 entrants and many more on the reserve list. This year the series has really taken off which is great credit to Batley Buggy Club for laying out some superb tracks and well run meetings.
The track this weekend was a mixture of carpet, jumps, bumps and the usual cork flooring. There were many technical parts to the track with a number of areas which could easily catch out even the most talented drivers. After practice and seeing the number of cars on their lid it was clear the fastest person would be the one with the least mistakes!
At this event both 2wd and 4wd are run on the same day, with 2wd first followed by 4wd. Four rounds of qualifying with your best two combined results would determine your overall qualifying position.
2wd Qualifying
The first round of 2wd saw Team Durango driver Craig Collinson put in the quickest time of the day with his DEX210. Even though Craig made a number of driver errors his car looked to be dialled right from the off.
The 2nd round of qualifying Craig again made a number of errors allowing local hero Stephen Lawson to take the TQ spot followed by Andrew Jones. Inbetween crashes you could see how quick Craig’s DEX210 was,  providing he could put in a clean run he would be hard to catch.
Round 3 Craig and managed to hold it together for the full 5 minutes with no mistakes, putting his car first in round and with a new fastest time!
The final round of qualifying Craig’s car looked to be going from strength to strength as he lead from start to finish giving him and his DEX210 another 1st and the overall TQ spot. Craig was followed by a hard charging Andrew Jones in 2nd and Stephen Lawson in 3rd.

4wd Qualifying
4wd qualifying was  dominated by Team Durango with Craig taking 3 out of the 4 rounds, again putting in the overall fastest time. There were some close battles during each round but consistency and error free runs proved vital in order to put in a good round score. Durango driver Colin May was really fast all day but couldn’t quite string together a clean race. Richard Lowe was in the 2nd top heat so had to battle his way through traffic but looked hot on the pace using the new dBoots  Nanobyte A compound tyre. The top three after qualifying were Craig, Richard and Colin May.
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The 2wd final was a little boring to watch from a race point of view, but excellent to watch how good Craig’s DEX210 looked on the track, as he simply left the field for dead. His car had been looking better and better all day resulting in Craig taking a comfortable win over Andrew Jones in 2nd. Another great result for Durango and the DEX210!

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The 4wd final was the complete opposite of 2wd as a catalogue of errors from various drivers made for some interesting racing. Craig lead them off into the first corner with Richard Lowe a close 2nd. Richard made a big mistake on the tabletop dropping him down to 5th or 6th position. This gave Craig some breathing space but after a couple of laps the tabletop also proved costly as Craig rolled his car which needed to be marshalled. This allowed Durango driver Colin May who had been looking super fast all day to take up the lead. Colin didn’t really look back after that putting in his first clean run of the day where it counted and taking his DEX410 across the finish line for the win! Craig fought his way through the field back up to 2nd position giving Durango a 1-2 finish!

EP Factory Union Series, China – Round One

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 5:19 pm
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With electric off-road gaining momentum in China, different manufacturers/dealers had joined force to organize the first ever EP Factory Union Series, which follow the exact method with the GP series under the same name. The race will be a series of 4 races, and the first race was held on the now famous KRC track in Southern part of China.

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This race, with Team Durango being a prime sponsor, attracted a total of 33 1/8 EP buggy racers from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The SC class also proves to be a popular class with a total of 28 cars. 1/8 EP Truggy was also there, with 8 racers making up the main. Le Hua lin reports on his race:

This is the third time running for my DEX408, and I have previous experience with how the 408 will handle in KRC, I am pretty confident with some small tweaks; I will be able to tune the car to my liking. However, it will be my first time here with my DESC410R, and I haven’t touched it since my last race in Shanghai. Also, I am not 100% sure how well the DESC will handle a big track design for 1/8 buggy.

With 3 qualifies and 3 finals format, time was really tight if you are running two classes. And this is how my race went:

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Since KRC was a medium size buggy track, compare with my last journey to Shanghai, which itself is a relatively small indoor track; I knew my setting will be off from the first place. However I was amazed it actually wasn’t that far off at all. My steering was a bit too much for KRC and my shocks were a little too soft. I rectified the problem immediately with harder diffs, slightly harder oil for the shocks and I am all set. The DESC410R was easy to drive and I am able to clear all the jumps just like the way my DEX408 will do, and my lap times were actually faster than some of the 1/8 Buggy! I was so stoked with the performance of the DESC410R and from the first qualify on, I was leading the race and I feel it was so unfair to my competitor! The car simply crushed the opposition and I was able to take all 3 qualifiers and all 3 finals with at least a one lap gap to second place finisher. Job done: TQ+Win+Fastest lap!

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I wasn’t too happy about my setup since my last race here, so I spent most of my time on fine tuning the car. By the end, it’s very much what I want from it, and the handling on this track was perfect. With a relatively trouble free run, I was able to clinch the TQ spot, something I always wanted since I wasn’t be able to do so last time round.
The first final wasn’t a good one for me, I got T-boned and was dropping down the order right from the begining, and due to the nature of the EP race, it’s really hard to make up times during the 8 minutes long main, let alone the standard in the A-main were very close. I was able to cross the line on 3rd place and I knew this may very well be my throw out round.

The second main started a lot cleaner and I was able to pull out a gap of nearly 14 seconds when the race reached 5 minutes. However, my GP bug just got me and I have relax a little too soon, before I know, Ping were only a few seconds away and catching me fast! He finally got me on the last corner, biting me to the wire with 0.16 seconds! I kicked myself for letting this one slip!

Before the third main start, my fellow racer Tommy (the first main winner) and Ping (the second main winner) were all in front of me point wise and I knew I will have to win this one to be in with a chance to win at all. With all my determination, the third race proved to be the most exciting one! Ping, Tommy and I changing position lap after lap in an intense battle’ Whoever could hold their nerves for the entire 8 minutes would be the eventual winner. My concentration level was so high I was able to pull some breathing ground towards the very end of the race and took the last final with a 4 second gap. But all this proved to be a little too late. I was tied on points with Ping, and with the fastest result counting, I had to settle at the 2nd place for this time around. With a TQ + A2, I am still one step away for getting my result straight on the EP class, more practice is the ticket!

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My next race will be the 2012 Asia RC Buggy Cup held in Taiwan on 10-11th, March 2012. Being one of the power house for Buggy Class, I am sure the race in Taiwan will be a very tough one, wish me luck!

February 20, 2012

Eugene Cheng Memorial Race – KRC, China.

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 4:16 pm

LeHua Lin reports on the memorial race for Eugene Cheng, held at the KRC track in China.

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Mourning the loss of one of the most respectful character for the RC community in China, and one of the early pioneers of off-road racing in China, 60 racers come together once again at the KRC track to pay tribute to Mr. Eugene Cheng, who was lost in a tragic accident exactly a month previous.

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Being a personnel friend to Eugene, this race was very special to me. As we all believe a memorial race will be the best way to remember our best friend. To show our full respect, there were two classes being race today, namely the 1/8 GP Buggy and 1/10 4WD EP buggy, which both of them are the classes that Eugene enjoy the most.

The race began with a moment of silence, and the qualify start straight after that. We are all very please for there were so many people turn up for this special occasion with relatively a very short notice. I was determine to do well for this race and I knew it will mean a lot to Eugene since he is the one who had always been very helpful during my RC career.

My qualify were hamper by some traffic issues with the back markers, however I was very confident on my race pace, setting the fastest lap time along. Qualifying 2nd, the starting of the A-main were very clean and soon, I was fighting with the leader. My DNX-408 was running perfect, and the more time I spend with the chassis, the faster I am going. After a 45 minutes battle, I was able to clinch the 1st place, only 6 seconds ahead on the 2nd place finisher, which shows that the standard of my fellow racer are all improving at the same time as I do! All in all, a great race!

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Since I was also one of the race organizer, I decide to sit out the 1/10 EP buggy race, and the race was also won by a Durango DEX-410 2010spec, driven by our friend Nelson Leung. It was also a clean sweep for the DEX-410 platform since the TQ+ Top 3 is all Durango’s!

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I will love to dedicate this race result to Eugene, and my friend, you will be dearly miss.

February 16, 2012

Tim Hethcox wins KBRL Pro4 SC series with DESC410R

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 6:40 pm
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Tim Hethcox wins the PRO4 Short Course class at the KBRL series championship with the Team Durango DESC410R.  This 7-round championship kicked off with round one back on October 1st at Canyon Vista in Tucson, Az. Tim qualified 2nd, 3 seconds back from Billy Fischer. After a very rough 1st lap where Tim ended up half a lap down on the leaders, Tim managed to climb back to finish 3rd.

The second round of the championship was at the Fear Farm on the 29th October, where Tim qualified second overall behind Team Durango’s Billy Fischer and just ahead of Brian Kinwald. All three drivers had a great battle througout the race but Tim finished 1st with Fischer 3 seconds back and Kinwald a further 5 seconds back.

The fourth round was held on the 17th December at Competition Hobbies, where Tim qualified third and took his first win of the series.

Round five took place on the 7th January at Paddocks RC where Tim was able to take TQ but bad luck in the final saw him drop to 6th overall.

Round six at Hobbytown Tucson on the 21st January and Tim was able to take the TQ and win.

Round seven on the 11th February was the KRBL Series finals, held at the Fear Farm. Tripple A mains where Tim would take 4th in A1, 2nd in A2, and 1st in A3.

These results would combine to give Tekin driver Tim Hethcox the KBRL Series Championship in the Pro 4 SC category. Tim’s Tekin Powered Team Durango Desc410r was ultra consistent.

Congratulations to Tim on his great performance with the Team Durango DESC410R

Team Durango sponsor 2012 RC PRO Series

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 6:24 pm
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Team Durango are proud to announce that we’re sponsoring the ‘Open Class’  at the 2012 RC Pro race series in the USA. The series runs over 26 rounds and is topped off with and international final race.

For more information on the RC Pro race series, check out the following links:

Website: http://www.rcproseries.com/sponsors/view/national-series

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/RC-Pro-Series/139368372782491

February 14, 2012

Team Durango dominates inaugural Euro Off-Road Series event

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 8:16 am
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Jörn Neumann completed a near perfect weekend at the  inaugural ‘Euro Off-Road Series’ (EOS) this past weekend – taking 2WD and 4WD buggy, along with 4WD SC, it was a dominant performance against some stiff competition from the newly crowned Reedy champion Neumann. dBoots ‘nanobyte’ were the control tyre for the event and were in plentiful supply for all the racers.

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This first ‘EOS’ race was held in the Czech Republic, thepretigeuous series attracted some great talent from around the world to compete for the top honours and Team Durango were there in force.

2WD qualifying saw Jörn Neumann take the opening two rounds with his Team Durango DEX210. Rounds three and four however saw Hupo Hönigl step it up and take the rounds to go equal on points with Jorn.  The fifth and final round of 2WD qualifying was the last chance for Hupo to take up the #1 spot on the grid – despite being on the same points as his team mate Jörn, it was Jörn who had the faster time for the tie-breaker.  Jörn however wasn’t about to give his friend an easy time and took the win with an even faster time to secure the TQ position.

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In the 2WD A final leg one, Hupo had a bad start which gave Jörn a nice lead – Jörn eventually took the win after a couple of mistakes allowed the rest to close in on the rear of his DEX210, but Jörn made good his escape and took the win.  Leg two saw the Reedy champion Jörn take a tumble on the very first lap – the entire field rocketed past before Jörn was marshalled and back on his wheels.

Hupo Hönigl took up the lead and didn’t look back – taking the leg win to go one-a-piece for the Team Durango pair, so it was all down to the third and final leg. Jörn didn’t make the same mistake in leg three and lead from start to finish for the overall win – with Hupo Hönigl close behind for second in the leg and second overall.

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The 4WD event ssaw another great performance from Team Durango as Jörn Neumann and Hupo Hönigl again shared the qualifying between them. It was Jörn who had the better of qualifying however – taking four out of five rounds to secure the TQ spot, with Hupo second on the grid.

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The finals saw a close battle for the win between the Durango DEX410’s of Jörn and Hupo as their dBoots-equipped cars battled for position.  Jörn took the opening leg of the 3-legged finals but in the second he made some mistakes which allowed Hupo to take up the lead. Neither driver appeared to want to win too easily as they again changed positions with more errors. Jörn took the leg and with it the overall victory. The third and final leg was another battle but with the victory already decided it was Hupo who was the more hungry driver – and he took the win by just 1 second from Jorn.

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4WD SC saw Jörn and Hupo share qualifying once again – Hupo taking the opening three qualifiers before sitting it out and allowing Jörn to take the final two rounds. By virtue of his faster time in the final round of qualifying, Jörn leapfrogged his team mate to sit on pole for the finals.

Jörn took the opening two legs of the final to take the overall win, with Hupo taking the third leg for second overall.

In the 2WD short course class Team Durango’s Adam Skelding and Gerd Strenge battled it out. Adam was running a pre-production DESC210R, our new 2WD short course truck based upon the ground breaking new DEX210 buggy – and he took a dominant win ahead of Team Durango originator Gerd.

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It couldn’t really have been better for Team Durango at the first EOS race. Winning every class was a great acheivement and proves once again that despite being small and relatively new, the team are now one of the most competitive there’s ever been. 2012 has been a great year so far – so here’s to another 10 months of Team Durango success!

Thanks to redrc.net for the use of the photos in this report.

Setups can be found here:

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Team Durango – 24 Hour endurance @ YORCC

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 8:12 am
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York Off Road Car Club held the third ‘EBOR 24’ – 24 hour endurance race this past weekend. The race ran from 2pm Saturday until 2pm Sunday and saw a total of 7 teams take part.

track Just two teams chose to run 2WD cars, and whilst the 2WD cars had less moving parts to go wrong there was no doubting the fact that 4WD cars had a distinct advantage on the slippery York club’s indoor surface – with 5 of the 7 teams choosing the 4WD route.

Team Rossendale Models / Durango were running the 2WD Team Durango DEX210 buggy, with Nosram ESC and Speedpassion 8.5 motor. The car was virtually box-stock, with no changes to the gearbox at all. Indeed, the car was built from the first batch by team driver Stu Evans – as it was his personal race car that was being used for the event!

drivers The drivers prepare for the start of the 24 hour race – each team has to marshal their own car, and only one marshal was allowed at a time from each team.

After the initial couple of hours had settled down and the racers had found their rythm, Team Rossmod-Durango settled into a good pace and with minimal preparation – the 2WD car proved its worth – lapping consistently and with trouble-free running.  Toward the end of the race there was a real battle between the two teams running 2WD – but in the end there was no touching the DEX210 and team Rossmod-Durango took second overall, and first of the 2WD cars.

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The Rossmod-Durango team weren’t filled with expert drivers and there wasn’t even a quick-change battery system adopted by the team – instead they relied on team work and the reliablilty of the DEX210 – the only car at the race meeting that didn’t have a single problem during the whole 24 hour period.

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The only other team not to have a single mechanical issue of any sort were team ‘Scottish Warriors’ – with only a minor electrical problem delaying their Team Durango DEX410 on its way to a solid 5th overall.

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The York 24h endurance race is a fantastic and fun annual event which grows in popularity every year. Thanks to team Rossmod-Durango and the Scottish Warriors for choosing Team Durango as their vehicles of choice.  Roll on 2013!

Thanks to oOple.com for the use of the photos.

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