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August 29, 2012

Lutz dominates RC Pro East Rd 3 @ Cape Fear

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 3:42 pm

Ryan Lutz reports on his four class entries and four class wins at last weekend’s RC Pro series meeting.

There is nothing to fear about Cape Fear, unless you consider what mother nature can dish out. I headed east across the country to attend a second RC Pro qualifier for the Finals in November in Houston. I arrived for some practice on Friday and then a full day of qualification and mains on Saturday. On Friday the track owner Ed and crew had put in countless hours of preparing the track and facility and it made for an absolute blast of a track. Usually I am not a big fan of practicing because I begin to get bored with it. But at Cape Fear I just wanted to keep running and running as much as I could. My car that was most fun to drive on that day was my DNX408 Nitro buggy. It just felt great and as the day wore on I even decided to try a ‘crazy’ diff oil setup just to see what it would do. I went from the 5-5-3 that I was running to 20-20-4 and on this particular track it felt amazing. With all the high speed corners I could grip it and rip it and quite often not even lift it (the throttle) as I just pulled trigger to the max around many corners. It was awesome! Using my radio lap stopwatch I clocked in multiple low 39 second lap times and even one 38 when I was told no one had ever broken the 40 second barrier. The track and my cars were dialed!

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Come Saturday morning though Mother Nature stepped in and defied all the weather forcasters (there paid to be wrong, right?) and she let loose a downpour for a good 3 hours overnight. With truckloads of sawdust / woodchips and some tireless hard work by Ed and the track crew the track became runable by around 11AM. The first round was quite muddy as the red clay was wet a couple inches deep but as the day wore on a groove started to form and the track came around quite nicely for what had transpired. There were only 9 heats of racing and I was attempting to race in 4 of them. I had many back to backs and got quite proficient and changing my throttle finger from vehicle to vehicle. Running my Durango DNX408, DEX408, DNX408T, and DESC410v2 I did my best to adjust to the constantly changing track conditions as it morphed through the day from super wet to mostly dried out. They had to shorten the program a little to 3 qualifiers instead of 4 due to the late start. By the end of qualifying though I was able to take the overall TQ in each class to accomplish the first goal of the ‘quadfecta’.

Come main time there were 14 races and I was schedueled to race in 8 of them. Including a stretch of being on the drivestand for about 1 hour and 40 minutes straight! My Nitro vehicles were on point with my Alpha Ryan Lutz Edition engines just running flawlessly the entire mains and weekend. I was able to win both Nitro mains by about 3 laps I believe. They felt awesome and I almost wish the 30 minute mains could have been longer! In the Triple A-mains for the electric classes I was able to take a clean A1 in both classes to victory. In A2 I would crash early in both and make it interesting. In SC I was able to get back and take the win. In E-buggy I made a few more mistakes and had to fight super hard at the end to catch up. I crossed the line on the potential last lap only a second or two behind the leader and I got caught by the line by like .2. I wasn’t told that right away and on that next lap I was able to pass the leader but later found I got caught by the line. So A3 was in the cards but the drama quickly ended as the winner of A2 bowed out early in A3 and thus I knew I had secured the win!

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So for the first time ever I completed my ‘QuadFecta’! Feels good to do that especially with how busy a day it was. I was in 17 races in one day so it really showed the quality of my Durango’s and all my sponsors products to stand up to a day of abuse! All in all I had a great time and really look forward to my return trip to Cape Fear! That is one extremly fun track that I will always fondly think about!

Next up is the first ever race at A-main Hobbies new Silver Dollar Raceway on Labor Day weekend. I can’t wait. The track looks insanely amazing!

-Lutzinator

Jörn wins 4WD German Nationals

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 3:42 pm


Last weekend saw the German 4WD Nationals, for both electric 4WD buggies and 4WD Short Course trucks.

The surface at the Durtmund track was clay, with astroturf over the jumps. Saturday saw three rounds of qualifying and the Team Durango cars were on top form in the hands of Jörn Neumann – who took the overall TQ in both classes.

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Sunday was supposed to feature two more rounds of qualifying before the finals got underway – but poor weather and an extremely muddy track stopped qualifying early so the finals could at least be run.  Jörn took the opening two legs in both classes for a dominant victory with his DEX410V3 and DESC410V2.  Hupo Hoenigl finished 3rd in 4WD buggy aftter some tough finals, and with Martin Achter and Niklas Göbel also in the top 10, we had a total of four cars in the A.  Martin Achter also took 4th in 4WD Short Course.

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^ Jörn took the TQ and win in 4WD buggy, Hupo took 3rd overall.

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^ Jörn made it a total domination by taking the 4WD Short Course truck class also

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Austrian Nationals RD 3 – Litschau

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 3:42 pm

Martin Kreil reports on the third round of the Austrian Nationals, where he took the win in 4WD buggy with his DEX410.

Due to bad weather forecast we decided to run three qualifying rounds on Saturday and two on Sunday. The track was very loose in the first few practice heats but it seemed that it became faster from run to run. I tried many different setups in 2wd, my 4wd felt pretty good.

It rained the whole night so we were only able to run one round of qualifying on Sunday.

After qualification the ranking was:

2wd:

  1. Trauner Rene
  2. Hauleitner Roland
  3. Martin Kreil TD

7. Janda Andreas TD, 8. Prihoda Marcus TD

During the finals it started again to rain and it became very slippery. There wasn’t a great result here with 5th, 8th and 10th – but a good learning experience for this type of track and weather.

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Ranking after qualifying:

  1. Macho Roland TD (had to retire on Sunday)
  2. Martin Kreil TD
  3. Trauner Rene

4. Prihoda Marcus TD, 7. Siller Peter TD, 8. Holicky Thomas TD,

I won the first two finals which gave me the overall win.

Final result:

  1. Martin Kreil TD
  2. Trauner Rene
  3. Pfeifhofer Stefan

4. Holicky Thomas TD, 5. Prihoda Marcus TD, 7. Siller Peter TD, 10. Macho Roland TD

So we had 3 2wd and 5 4wd in the a-Main.

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Thanks to elektrobuggy.cz(Vladimir Sulc) and Marion Wittner for the pics.

August 24, 2012

Team Durango DEST210 ‘RACE READY’ RTR

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 3:33 pm

The DEST210 Race Ready RTR from Team Durango is an out-of-the box racing Stadium Truck. World Champions Team Durango are Serious About Racing and now, after months of development and testing, we are proud to bring you our Race Ready RTR 2WD off-road Stadium Truck.

Check out the kit page for this exciting new Team Durango vehicle, now live here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dest210rtr/

Complete with Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) and 13.5 brushless motor from World Champions ‘Speed Passion’, Team Durango’s RTR DEST210 is ready to race, and win, from the moment you take it out of the box. Team Durango Race Ready RTR trucks are an ideal introduction into the amazing and exciting hobby of RC car racing. If you think you have what it takes to win, then the DEST210 Race Ready RTR is the truck for you!

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These exciting new Race Ready RTR vehicles are coming soon – contact your local dealer for more information or keep checking back on the Team Durango website!

August 17, 2012

Team Durango DESC210 ‘RACE READY’ RTR

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 4:01 pm

The DESC210 Race Ready RTR from Team Durango is an out-of-the box racing Short Course truck. World Champions Team Durango are Serious About Racing and now, after months of development and testing, we are proud to bring you our Race Ready RTR 2WD off-road SC truck.

Check out the kit page for this exciting new Team Durango vehicle, now live here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/desc210rtr/

Complete with Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) and 13.5 brushless motor from World Champions ‘Speed Passion’, Team Durango’s RTR DESC210 is ready to race, and win, from the moment you take it out of the box. Team Durango Race Ready RTR trucks are an ideal introduction into the amazing and exciting hobby of RC car racing. If you think you have what it takes to win, then the DESC210 Race Ready RTR is the truck for you!

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Check back on the Team Durango news section for news on when these exciting new ‘Race Ready RTR’ kits will be relased.

August 10, 2012

Team Durango DEX210 ‘RACE READY’ RTR

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 5:02 pm

The DEX210 Race Ready RTR from Team Durango is an out-of-the box racing buggy. World Champions Team Durango are Serious About Racing and now, after months of development and testing, we are proud to bring you our Race Ready RTR 2WD off-road buggy.

Complete with Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) and 13.5 brushless motor from World Champions ‘Speed Passion’, Team Durango’s DEX210 RTR is ready to race, and win, from the moment you take it out of the box. Team Durango Race Ready RTR cars are an ideal introduction into the amazing and exciting hobby of RC car racing. If you think you have what it takes to win, then the DEX210 Race Ready RTR is the car for you!

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Stay tuned to the Team Durango website for more information coming soon on these fantastic new race ready vehicles!

August 7, 2012

Lutz double win at Byron Fuels Heartland Challenge

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 12:42 am

This past weekend was the Byron Fuels Heartland Challenge at the HobbyTown Hobby Plex in Omaha, Nebraska. This was my second time to this great facility and I enjoyed it very much. I arrved in Nebraska / Iowa 2 days early to take the ‘grand tour’ of the Byron Origionals factory. World Famous Bobbi from Byrons picked myself and the Kings up from the airport and drove us 2 hours to Iowa. We got there just in time to experience a nice thunderstorm (their first in over a month!). The next day we had a golf outing and then a ‘factory tour’. We got to see Byron’s influence on this small farming community. He had a thing for castles it seems and his buildings and architectural influence are seen in much of the town. Byron himself is the current COO Ryan Godbersen’s Grandfather and we got to learn a bit about him and his passion for so many different things. A couple decades ago Byron’s was known for their 1/4 scale model airplanes. Many are still on display in pristine condition. Today besides just doing most popular fuel in the world, Byron Origionals also does pool spa steps as well as solar lights among other things.

It was a great experience to get to see these things. Also having an opportunity to see where the fuel is blended and bottled and learned about the process. Many things that go unnoticed by most R/C inthusiests are taken very seriously by the Byron Fuels group. They use Food grade plastic jugs to bottle the fuel and that seal on top when you first open a new jug ensures peak freshness every time! We learned about their reputation and ability to provide consistency on each and every bottle of fuel sold. Needless to say that after our tour I am more confident than ever that I have the best fuel on the market and as always I truly enjoy supporting those that I believe in!

Now on to the racing. It was an ‘easy’ weekend for me this weekend as I was only racing 2 classes. I bought along the Nitro vehicles Buggy and Truggy to really represent the Byron Fuels that I now believe in more than ever before! In qualification there were 3 rounds with the now nearly standard qual point format. In Truggy my Durango DNX408T was running strong with the my Ryan Lutz Edition Alpha Plus Engine! The handling was superb the whole weekend and I didn’t change anything from my previous weekend in Texas even with this track being entirely different. I was able to go out and TQ all 3 rounds and felt very confident going into the mains.

In Buggy I started off struggling a little. My set-up wasn’t quite right when I arrived and I did a few changes each round to try to get it more dialed in. I had a couple opporutnities to TQ a few rounds but just made to many errors on my part and ended up qualifying 4th overall. Hoever each round my DNX408 felt better and better and with a couple changes for the slickening track for the mains I was dialed in.

In the Truggy main I got out to a good start and never looked back. I pulled a bit of a lead a the get-go and started to put it in cruise control. However I soon realized that cruise control wasn’t quite the pace I needed to be running as Cody King started making up some time and with a bobble or two by me he got back within 10 seconds. However soon thereafter with a flame out on his part I was able to get over a lap lead and start to extend it even further to take the victory by about a lap and a half. My truck was dialed and many there I believe were impressed by this newcomer to the truggy market! The Durango is here to stay! :-D

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In Buggy I had a solid start and within a few laps had worked my way up to 2nd place behind King. I would shadow him around the track for the first 7.5 minutes until I came in for my first pit. The track had developed a very slick groove and it was like ice in spots. So I wanted to be conservative and make sure I didn’t run out of fuel with all the wheel spin. This strategy worked in my favor as King would run out of gas trying to reach the 9 minute stop. This would give me nearly a lap lead (about 22 seconds). Over the course of the next 25 minutes I would lead but slowly give up that lead with some mistakes in traffic and on my own and some slower/cautious pit stops. With about 10 minutes to go the battle was back on as King and I duked it out swapping positions. I was able to get about a 6 second lead when a backmarker took me out in a hard to marshal area. Once the marshal got me he got me down right into Cody who then flipped. I waited for him to get going and off we went me shadowing him again. We would each come in to pit one more time and I would be about 8 seconds back. I started wishing for some of my Karma points to do some work for me and low and behold Cody made a couple mistakes and I ran as clean as I could and I was able to regain the lead with a couple minutes to go and hold on to a 2 -3 second gap for the last few laps to take the victory!

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Congratulations to Ryan on his wins – Team Durango is only going to get better!

 

August 6, 2012

15th Hotrod Hobbies ‘Shootout’

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 11:52 pm

The 15th anual ‘Hotrod Shootout’ kicked off recently and Team Durango drivers Jörn, Hupo, Carson and Travis were there to show their skills and try their best to take home a few trophies.

Wednesday kicked off the event with open practice, which was followed by more of the same on Thursday before the qualifying kicked off. In 4WD buggy and Pro4 Short Course Jörn Neumann was on top form – taking the TQ in both these classes. And with a total of four Team Durango drivers in each main for these classes – the qualifying order was as follows:

Qualifying 4wd Buggy: 1st Jörn, 3rd Travis, 5th Hupo and 8th Carson

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Qualifying Pro4SC: 1st Jörn, 4th Travis, 5th Hupo and 7th Carson.

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Jörn Neumann: My car felt good right from the start, I changed to heavier shock oil, because of the hot outside conditions. This made my car better, still a little bit to nervous. During practice and the 1st qualifier I used JConcepts tires, after that I switched to Losi tires. All other where using them as well. I could TQ the next 3 Rounds and was the overall TQ. In A1 I made an early mistakes which cost me a few seconds, but I could recover to 2nd. In A2 I had a close battle with Maifield the entire race, finnished 1st. Both had a 1st and 2nd, so A3 should decide everything, again I made an early mistake which put me from 1st to 10th. Then the gap was to much. Overall finnished 2nd, 1st Maifield, 3rd Tebo

Hupo Hönigl: 4wd finals were the ones where was the most action – Jörn always led from the start, but a couple of early mistakes in A1 and A3 cost him the overall win; Travis had some stong finals, but a stripped out spur gear in A3 cost him the podium, so he finished 4th; Carson had some good finals and finished 5th overall. My personal 4wd finals went anything other than good – I had really bad luck and finished in a dissapointing 7th place. In 2wd buggy, my qualifying got better and better – in the final round I managed a 4th for the round, which put me on the 6th spot for the A main; 4wd finals were the ones where was the most action – Jörn always led from the start, but a couple of early mistakes in A1 and A3 cost him the overall win; Travis had some stong finals, but a stripped out spur gear in A3 cost him the podium, so he finished 4th; Carson had some good finals and finished 5th overall.

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Thanks to all the team who put in a great effort at this years HRH shootout – there’s lots to learn but the team worked well together and got some great results.

 

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