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September 26, 2012

Hupo takes double victory at Austrian Nationals RD4

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 4:51 pm

The fourth round of the Austrian 1/10th off road nationals took place recently at Hoheneich in the north of Austria.

Cold and wet conditions waited for the drivers, which made racing hard work! The club did a really good job to keep the track as good as possible – in the end we all were lucy with the weather and it dried out quickly.
With the drying track all the traction went away, and it was driving like on ice!


Rene Trauner was the most consistant in Qualifying and Tq´ed both classes. I made way too many mistakes and qualified 2nd in both; Finals saw my routine winning and I would take the victory in both classes; We again had the most cars in both mains:

4WD Results:
1st Hupo Hönigl DEX410
3rd Roland Macho DEX410
4th Martin Kreil DEX210 DEX410
5th Thomas Holicky DEX410
8th Siller Peter DEX410
10th Christopher Pfeiffer DEX410

2WD Results:
1st Hupo Hönigl DEX210
4th Martin Kreil DEX210
8th Marcus Prihoda DEX210
10th Andreas Janda DEX210


Team Durango ‘Race Ready RTR’ Team Tech Tip videos online

Filed under: News,Tricks and Tips — Tags: — Stuart @ 1:15 pm

We’ve created some Team Tech Tip videos for the new range of Team Durango ‘Race Ready RTR’ vehicles, to help users get up to speed with their new cars –

The videos illustrate basic setup and tuning of the electronics, along with a video showing how to set the slipper for optimum performance on the race track.

Team Durango RTR – Slipper Tuning

Team Durango RTR – ESC Tuning

Team Durango RTR – Throttle Setup

Team Durango RTR – Transmitter Binding

We’re working on more ‘Race Ready RTR’ content to go on a dedicated page for RTR tips – so keep checking the Team Durango website!



September 24, 2012

Charlie Novotny dominates Mibosport Cup summer series

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 12:10 pm

Charlie Novotny secured the Summer Mibosport Cup series in Czech Republic this past week in Třebíč – taking the penultimate round of the 6-round series with another TQ and Win to secure the title in both 2WD and 4WD.

5th-mibosport-cup-2wd 5th-mibosport-cup-4wd

Charlie wasn’t able to attend the first race in the series but went on to TQ and win rounds 2, 3, 4 and 5 with both his Team Durango DEX210 and DEX410 buggies. Another fantastic performance by the young Czech Team Durango driver!

September 12, 2012


Filed under: News — Stuart @ 3:22 pm

Team Durango is now accepting resumes from nitro and electric drivers who will be the company’s team reps throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The company is looking for drivers who meet three general criteria. They’re looking for drivers who are always at the track and in the A-Mains. They want drivers who not only have the skills and knowledge to make the best of their rides, but are willing to help other drivers do the same. Ideal candidates are also those who know that what they do off-track is just as important as what they do on-track.

The team rep program is an ideal opportunity for drivers who can appreciate top-quality racing vehicles, and demonstrate what they can do. It’s also a good chance for drivers to add to their skills and experience by tapping into what their fellow reps know. Factory reps would also benefit from the company’s team discount, which applies to parts as well as vehicles.

Drivers who would like to apply should email a current resume to the attention of the Race Team Manager at by September 30, 2012.

The resume must include:
1) Recent race results.
2) Current equipment preferences.
3) The name, address, email & phone number of at least three references.
4) The name, phone number and web address of their local hobby shop.

A recent picture is a plus, but is not required.

Qualified candidates will be contacted by the Race Team Manager by October 12, 2012.

September 10, 2012

Team Durango 1-2 in 8th German National Championship

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 3:44 pm

Last weekend we had the second and final round of German 1/8 Buggy Nationals. The race were held at the MAC Brombachsee club. The track was astroturf, with a mix of stone and a kind of plastic matts over dirt. I started with the same setup as I normally use, but after the first few practice runs it needed some changes. I made couple of changes to diff oil, swaybars, shock oil and springs. This made the car much better and easier to drive. In qualifying the grip came up and the car was easier to drive. I tried lowering the ride height and cutting the front tires. From now on the car was great and I was ale to set the fastest qualifying round in Q3. Overall I was 2nd just behind Daniel Reckwardt.


In the 20 minutes semi final Hupo and I bumped up to the final. Starting position 4 and 1st for the final. I had a very good start in the final and built a few seconds lead over Martin Bayer. We were on different fuel strategies and I had to pit one more time. Thats why I had to push hard to make enough gap to Martin. With some very fast and consistent laps I could win the 30 minutes final, 2nd Martin Bayer, 3rd Daniel Reckwardt and 4th teammate Hupo Hönigl.


Overall standing at the German Nationals Team Durango finished 1st and 2nd!!!!

Lutz takes double win at 8th electric ‘Worlds’ presented by Tekin

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 2:43 pm

Ryan Lutz took the inaugural electric 8th ‘World Championships’ this past weekend at the Tiltyard in Virginia, USA. The ever expanding electric 8th classes are still growing and whilst this wasn’t an IFMAR event, it will surely lead to the growth of the class. Ryan took both classes with his Team Durango DEX408 and DEX408T prototype electric truggy. Ryan reports:

It was a positive weekend for me at the Tiltyard in Dayton, Virginia. The event was the 1/8th Scale Electric Offroad World Championships presented by Team Tekin Racing. I brought along my trusty Team Durango DEX408 buggy and my new DEX408T which would be its first time out for this event. I may have a new favorite class after this weekend, as E-truggy is an absolute blast to drive. I threw on my DNX408T nitro truggy set-up and right away my DEX408T was dialed on the Tiltyard track. I knew it was going to be a good weekend.

It all started a little hesitant though as I arrived at the track on practice day to see the remnants of the passing hurricane had left the track very wet and undriveable on practice day. The decision was made to allow practice on Friday and not start the quals until 3pm. So I came back on Friday morning to get my practice packs in before tackling the 2, 8 minute qualifiers in both classes to finish out the day. Come Saturday morning we were under the gun to get the final qualifiers in before another bout of rain was scheduled to cut us short. However the rain delayed itself and we were able to get in a final 2 qualifiers for four overall.

In Buggy I was solid all throughout qualifying. My Durango DEX408 equipped with Tekin and ProTek power on AKA SS Gridiron rubber was dialed as can be the whole time. I was able to win all 4 qualifiers to take the overall TQ. In truggy my protype DEX408T was already up-to-snuff and was a joy to drive. I was able to take the overall TQ with the truggy as well on top of posting a very solid 20 lap run which took some fast consistent laptimes! I knew main day was mine to lose.

Come Sunday it was time for the mains. The rain on Saturday evening was very little compared to what was forcast and the track was in prime condition for some triple A-mains. Truggy A1 was up first and my truck was dialed yet again. I started on pole and never looked back. Running a nice clean run and staying smooth to be sure the 10 minutes would be no problem. I was able to come away with the A1 win. In buggy it was quite a battle. I tried soft tires instead of SS and the track wasn’t ready for it. I felt like I was running on a bit of ice and thus wasn’t able to put in a great run. I held the lead for about the first 4 minutes before making a mistake and finding myself looking at a 5+ second deficit. I fought back though and could tell I was catching up with about a minute to go and then the leader made a mistake and the marshal fell down when attempting to marshal his car and I was able to get by and hold him off in the waning moments of the race to take a close A1 victory.

etrugg Ryan with his TQ and Winning DEX408T prototype

Come A2 things came about a little easier. Truggy was another solid run and was able to steadily put most of the field a lap down in the 10 minute main coming away with the victory and World Championship. In buggy I threw the SS kicks back on and my car felt much better. I was able to run a solid start and felt some pressure from second place. But a few minutes in he would make a mistake and I would start to pull away. I stayed out front the remainder of the 10 minutes to take the victory!

ebuggy Ryan made it a double victory for Team Durango with his DEX408

So a great weekend taking double TQ and WC Victories!


2012 Sidewinder Nitro Explosion

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 2:42 pm

Last weekend saw the 2012 Sidewinder Nitro Explosion at ARC Raceway. Plenty of good drivers were there – Caveleri, Drake, Maifield, Wheeler, Peck, Amezcua and more. Carson Wernimont was there racing his Team Durango DNX408 and DNX408T, and reports below:


1/8th Truck
Truggy went pretty good. I didn’t have the best of luck in qualifying but still made the show qualifying 8th on the grid. On the start of the 45 minute A-Main I had a terrible first lap and got taken out by the same guy 5+ times! After finally getting some fresh air I was on a mission to go to the front. I started clicking off some good laps and before I knew it I was right behind Josh Wheeler for the 3rd position. I was able to make a move on Wheeler and get up to the 3rd. Cavileri broke while running in the second spot, moving me up to 2nd! I Started to pull away from Wheeler and with a lap to go I was a good 6+ seconds up on Wheeler and i crashed over a jump and the turn marshal was afraid to get my car! He waited for the whole field to go by before getting my car. By the time I got back on my wheels Josh was 3 seconds ahead of me and I couldn’t catch him with only half a lap to go, resulting in a third place finish.


1/8th Buggy
In the qualifiers I was able to run on pace with Maifield but I had a couple bobbles at the end of my runs putting me 8th overall going into the A-Mains. In the start of the main I was off to a good start but got punted by the guy behind me, putting me all the way to the back. My car was really good the whole race and I was able to get up to the 5th position and I was actually battling with Wheeler again for the 4th position but I had to make one extra pit stop which gave me no chance of catching him and I had to settle for the 5th position.


Team Durango driver Victor Guerrero took the TQ and finished 3rd in sportsman buggy with his DNX408.

victor-guerrero Victor with his DNX408

September 6, 2012

Durango success at the BRCA 1/10th Off Road End of Season Finals

Filed under: News — Team Durango @ 9:14 am


Broxtowe Club in the English east midlands hosted the British Regional Championships (BRC) on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of September.  After a much rain affected 2012 national series the final round was a welcome dry meeting.  The clubs compact all weather Astroturf track was extended especially for the meeting to include a grass section of the adjoining field, to extend the track for national level competition.

Broxtowe Track

The format of the meeting is based on the successful BRCA national series events with four rounds of qualifying followed by finals.  Unlike a regular national the event is split into four categories; Junior under 13, Junior under 16, Veteran over 40 and the BRC class open to all ages.

Junior 2wd

In the under 13’s class Jack Hirst qualified his Durango DEX210 in second place for the class A-final and converted this into a podium position.  Connor Cocker qualified his DEX210 third overall in the under 16’s and after some great racing in the finals went on to take the class win!

Jack Hirst

Jack Hirst

Connor Cocker

Connor Cocker, U16 national champion

Veterans 2wd

In the over 40’s class it was Damian Whittle who dominated qualifying using his DEX210, taking all four rounds. Damian took the first leg of the A-final but narrowly missed out on the title in legs two and three.

Damian Whittle

Damian Whittle in qualifying

Damian Whittle

Damian Whittle – Veterans 2wd TQ

Damian Whittle and Connor Cocker

Damian Whittle and Connor Cocker

Junior 4wd

In the 4wd class Jack Hirst went one better that in 2wd, placing his DEX410 on pole position for the A-final, converting this into a win. George Tollman finished as runner up, battling up through the finals from sixth place on the grid.

Jack Hirst

Jack Hirst in action

Jack Hirst

Jack Hirst TQ and Win in the under 13 class

Jack Hirst and George Tollman

2nd for George Tollman (left) and TQ and 1st for Jack Hirst (right)

Connor Cocker was again on the podium in 4wd, unfortunately not repeating his 2wd win however, missing out in a nail biting final A-final leg, the battle being decided on the last corner of the last lap.

Connor Cocker, 4wd under 16 second overall

Connor Cocker, 4wd under 16 second overall

The Veteran class was stage for Damian to atone for his narrow miss at the 2wd title, qualifying second overall Damian won legs one and two to take a victory that was very popular with the crowd!

Damian Whittle, veterans champion in 4WD

Damian Whittle in action

Damian Whittle, veterans champion in 4WD

Damian Whittle Qualified 2nd and Won the Veterans class with his DEX410

Damian, Jack and Connor

Connor, Jack and Daminan with their trophies

In the BRC class Ed Kerry dominated the event taking TQ and the overall win in convincing style, Adam Mackman finished second in qualifyng and 3rd overall in the finals, both using the DEX410.

Ed Kerry

Ed Kerry dominated the 4wd F2 class with his DEX410

Adam chases Ed to the runner up position

Adam Mackman chasing Ed Kerry in the finals

Ed Kerry and Adam Mackman

Ed Kerry (left) and Adam Mackman (right)

Big thanks to Stu Evans for the photos and report!




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