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December 31, 2012

Announcing Ellis Stafford

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 10:18 am

 

Team Durango are delighted to announce that multiple European and UK Champion, Ellis Stafford, will be racing Team Durango buggies from the 2013 season onwards.

Ellis has been racing at the highest level for more than twenty years, and in his career he has achieved some outstanding results:

Multiple European Champion

Multiple BRCA National Champion

Multiple BRCA Indoor National Champion

1x BRCA Winter Touring Car Champion

Multiple BRCA Truck Champion

Multiple Regional titles

35+ BRCA National A Final wins

200+ BRCA National A Final appearances

To be so consistent over so many years at the top level of RC racing is testament to Ellis’s talent and limitless knowledge about RC car set-up.

Upon signing for Team Durango, Ellis had the following to say,

“Having watched Team Durango cars for a few years now it’s clear that the company has got racing at the heart of it, as well as making great products for the customers. The 4WD buggy (DEX410V3) speaks for itself with its speed around the track. I am really looking forward to getting stuck-in with the car to complete the only challenge that I have not managed to win in the UK, the outdoor National title, along with hopefully many other titles. The 2WD buggy (DEX210) with its mid/rear motor layout is going to suit any track that we will visit and, again, I am excited to work with the team to pull the most out of the car, to get some titles back in the 2WD class as well.”

Welcome to the Team Ellis.

 

December 24, 2012

Christmas Race (Dammartin-En-Goële, near Paris)

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 11:15 am

French Team Durango racer Antoine Rossetti sent us this short report from last weekend’s Christmas Race near Paris:

The track:

It was small, without a single straight line! The surface was low traction, with carpet on the jumps only. I found this track very difficult to drive on!

2WD:
I started with my standard carpet setup for my DEX210 and during the day, I only changed:
– Front and rear oil (reduced weight by about 100)
– Stiffer rear springs
– Shocks positions on the rear

My DEX210 was good but I couldn’t get quite enough steering for my driving style, so after three qualification runs I qualified in sixth position.

The finals were not good for me and I could only finish in eighth position.


4WD :
As with the 2WD class, I started to drive my DEX410v3 with my standard carpet setup, except that I put 10000 oil in my rear diff (on the advice of Joern Neumann)
My DEX410v3 was just incredible! I modified nothing else for the rest of the day.

I TQd all three qualifying rounds and in the finals I won the first leg by one lap; I finished third in the second final and fourth in the third and final race. At the end of the day I won the 4WD class with my DEX410v3, which made me very happy because last year I was second at this race!

Now, I’ll prepare for 2013 where I will race in the French Championship, the Euros and Worlds Championships.

And I’d like to wish all Team Durango racers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

December 17, 2012

Cronica del mundial de Ryan Lutz, en castellano

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 1:56 pm

For all of our Spanish speaking fans, our friends at www.infoRC.net have translated Team Durango Pro driver Ryan Lutz’s Worlds report from Argentina:

Nos gusta Ryan Lutz, ya sabéis lo mucho que disfrutamos en infoRC.net de una buena crónica de carrera y la verdad es que este chico, se las trabaja a conciencia. Eso y la simpatía con la que trata a todo el mundo, además de su calidad como piloto, lo tiene en el Top10 de pilotos de infoRC, que algún día compartiremos con vosotros :) Leyendo su crónica del mundial pensamos que era una pena que no estuviese en español, así que…nos pusimos con ello. Esperamos que disfrutes de esta sensacional crónica con uno de los pilotos más rápidos del mundial, que saliendo el último se puso 4º nada más comenzar la final y que es el único que pudo copiar (idéntica) la vuelta rápida de la final que hizo Robert Batlle.

Crónica del mundial por Ryan Lutz

Wow!, vaya semanita de carreras y viajes! Estoy realmente contento de estar de vuelta en la comodidad de mi casa. Mi semana en el mundial ha sido un poco como una montaña rusa. Comencé en las prácticas con unos resultados muy prometedores, consiguiendo la vuelta rápida de la última tanda de entrenos libres. En las mangas no pude mantener mi constancia y cometí un par de errores en cada una de las mismas. Mis puntos de clasificación aún así no estuvieron mal consiguiendo en cada tanda una posición entre el 18 y el 25. Me desilusioné un poco pero eso es lo que había y me metí directo en cuartos de final, por lo que quedaba trabajar para meterme en la final.

 

Durante las mangas me peleé un poco con el setup ya que el circuito se estaba rompiendo pero a pesar de los baches había que ir muy rápido convirtiéndose así en el tipo de circuito donde peor lo paso. Se me dan bien los circuitos de superficie suave y trazada muy definida, pero en Speed Paradise, necesitaba un reglaje para pasar sobre los baches y mantener la velocidad.

Me llevó tiempo dar con el reglaje, pero una vez lo hice, los tiempos salieron de nuevo y volví a sentirme confiado como para meterme en la final. En cuartos salí 4º y sabía que necesitaba estar entre los cuatro primeros para pasar a semi. Tuve una salida limpia y agarré esa cuarta plaza mientras los cuatro en cabeza nos separábamos del resto y eso, era justo lo que yo quería. Mi primera entrada a repostar fue un poco traicionera ya que mis mecánicos pusieron el coche perpendicular al carril de boxes por lo que me pitaron un stop and go en la siguiente vuelta. Esto me retrasó pero el coche iba realmente bien por lo que se mantuvieron los tiempos por vuelta. Usé I-Beams medium y aunque iban realmente bien, seguramente las soft habrían ido mejor, pero durante toda la semana tuve tendencia a elegir neumáticos más duros para evitar la flexión de los tacos debido al elevado agarre del circuito. En mi segundo repostaje cometí un error entrando al carril y me quedé enganchado a la vaya hasta que sacaron mi coche de ahí. Caí hasta el sexto o séptimo puesto ,así que tuve que concentrarme lo que quedaba de carrera para conseguir ponerme cuarto de nuevo a tan solo unas vueltas del final y entonces hacer varias vueltas rápidas para pillar a Cody King y ponerme tercero, pasando así a la semi!!

En la semi final tenía la obligación de quedar entre los 5 primeros para garantizar mi paso a la final y además se cogerían a los pilotos con las vueltas más rápidas de las semis, para llenar los huecos restantes de la final. Al principio tuve algo de tráfico combinado con mala suerte y algo más de mala suerte. En la segunda o tercera vuelta, tuve un accidente que me dejó volcado más de 10 segundos donde los recoge coches no me veían, así que intenté llamar la atención del director de carrera para que pudiese avisar a los recoge coches, pero todo el mundo estaba centrado en el grupo de cabeza así que me tocó esperar…finalmente me colocaron en el circuito y me centré para conseguir algunas vueltas limpias y rápidas. Cambié mis ruedas a Impact blandas para esta ocasión, ya que me gustaron mucho en las prácticas para la semi. Mejoré mis tiempos de vuelta respecto a cuartos, casi un segundo por vuelta y comencé a pillar a pilotos y ascender posiciones. Quedando un par de vueltas, estaba sexto, pero yo no lo sabía ya que estaba totalmente concentrado en pillar al que iba delante. En las dos últimas vueltas seguía a King y a Martin muy rápido, pero tuve un vuelco en el doble y finalmente terminé séptimo, adelantado por Wheeler…pero gracias a mi vuelta rápida, mejor que la de los 5 primeros, ¡conseguí meterme en la final saliendo el 11!

Llegada la final, me sentí realmente satisfecho de poder estar ahí. Sentía que no tenía nada que hacer, por lo que ni siquiera estaba nervioso en la salida. Para la final elegí I-Beam blandas y fue una gran elección. Al principio, saliendo desde el 11 puesto me encontré delante un accidente múltiple en el “doble doble” de la derecha, que esquivé saltando sobre varios coches poniéndome rápidamente en quinta posición. En la vuelta siguiente pillé al que rodaba delante y me puse cuarto. Entonces durante varias vueltas en el top 4 el segundo y tercero se enredaron en la zona de hormigón y moqueta, intenté esquivarlos y cogí el salto por la moqueta, pero fallé desviándome a la izquierda, rompiendo con el impacto en dos piezas mi palier central delantero!!! Menuda lástima, mi coche iba realmente bien y yo estaba muy concentrado. Fue mala suerte. Mis mecánicos repararon el coche, pero aún así perdí unas 12 o 13 vueltas, saliendo de nuevo al circuito para marcar algunos buenos tiempos. Me sentía más rápido que cualquier otro en el circuito. Mi última vuelta en el circuito fue una décima más lenta que mi vuelta rápida, que fue además la más rápida de la final a la par que Robert Batlle.

Así que me llevo un sabor agridulce, sabiendo que tenía el ritmo suficiente para competir por el podio y tal vez incluso ganar, pero un gran fallo me costó esa gran ocasión. A pesar de eso se que tenía el ritmo necesario y eso me hace sentir que ya llegará mi momento, es cuestión de tiempo. Sobre todo, estoy contento por cómo lo hice, tratándose de un circuito donde nunca antes había corrido ni en algo parecido, por lo que sentía que pude superar todos los obstáculos que se me presentaron para meterme en la final en el nivel más alto del radiocontrol. Estoy muy agradecido a todos mis fans además de a mis sponsors por todo lo que han hecho por mi, no podría estar ahí sin ellos. Estoy deseando que llegue 2013 y ya estoy concentrado en el mundial del 2014 en Italia!!

http://www.inforc.net/2012/12/cronica-del-mundial-de-ryan-lutz-traducida-al-castellano/

PTOS trophy race, Portugal

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 1:35 pm

Rodrigo Luis reports from the last race of the PTOS trophy series in Portugal:

“The fourth and last race of the PTOS Trophy series was held in the AMAZING RC FUN ZONE track placed in Palmela, near Lisbon, one of the most spectacular indoor off-road race tracks in Portugal.

With around 40 drivers between all 1/10 classes, all the drivers were very well received by the race organizers, in a very fun environment, resulting in a spectacular race, showing that the overall racing level is high in Portugal.

The show was on, and after four rounds, the final PTOS Trophy positions would be decided in this last race. In the qualifying heats, Team Durango managed to get the first three places in all classes (4WD with the DEX410v3, 2WD with the DEX210, and 2WD Short Course with the DESC210R), with Rodrigo Luis taking TQ in 4WD and 2WD, with Nuno Roque in second also in both classes.

After some exciting finals, Team Durango managed to get first and second places on the podium in the 2WD class, with Rodrigo first (DEX210) and Nuno Roque in second (DEX210).

In 4WD, Hugo Miguel, driving a Dex410v3 got a very deserved win, followed closely by Nuno in second (DEX410v3) and Rodrigo third (DEX410v3).

With this results, Team Durango managed to get overall first place in the PTOS series in all classes. In 4WD and 2WD Nuno Roque was the champion, and Rodrigo Luis finished second in 4WD.

Team Durango Portugal want to congratulate all drivers present in this PTOS Trophy race series, showing that Team Durango really is the best RC buggy brand in Portugal :-)

Team Durango Portugal is already looking forward to next season.”

LESTR Cup indoor series, race #3 (Czech Republic)

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 12:58 pm

Karel Novotny reports from last weekend’s Lestr Cup race in the Czech Republic:

“Team Durango cars dominated at the third race of the Lestr Cup race series in the Czech Republic last weekend.

Charlie Novotny, comfortable with his new transmitter, won the 2WD (DEX210) and 4WD (DEX410v3) classes in great style. He won all the qualifications with both cars – so he started from TQ with his DEX210 and DEX410v3. After clear and easy wins in the first two finals in 2WD, he skipped the third race as he was already the winner. Charlie recorded the fastest lap of the meeting too. In 4WD Charlie raced in all three finals as he was trying different set –ups.  Again it was the same story as 2WD, his DEX410v3 won all three finals as well as setting the best lap of the entire event.

In the Short Course class it was a battle between another two Team Durango drivers  – Radovan Rusinko from Slovakia (DESC410v2) and Jorg Rhode from Germany  (DESC210v2). At the end of the day it was the DESC410v2 of Radovan Rusinko that took victory, while Jorg Rhode’s DESC210v2 was second.

At the end of the day it was once again clear that the Team Durango cars proved to be the best solution in case you want to be a race winner.”

December 12, 2012

Orlowski dominates with Team Durango

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 2:58 pm

New Team Durango Poland driver, Michal Orlowski, dominated when he ran his DEX210 and DEX410v3 cars for the first time in Poland last weekend.

Michal dominated both classes, being 1.5 seconds a lap (!) faster than his previous lap records. Michal won each class by more than one lap. In second place was Bartek Zambrzycki (DEX210 and DEX410v3), who got his best result ever with his Team Durango buggies. It was clear that with Team Durango cars, both drivers went faster than before; they both remarked how well each of the cars jumped, and how much corner speed they carried.

After the race, Michal (who came third behind Joern Neumann and Dustin Evans at October’s EOS race in Poland) said about his DEX210 and DEX410v3, “I’m the fast driver now. After I had tested the Team Durango buggies, I realized how faster I could be on the track. It is an honour for me that Team Durango has invited me to be part of the A team.”

December 11, 2012

South African National Championships, Round 4.

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 2:55 pm

Team Durango South Africa racer Jaco Van Eeden sent us this report from the fourth and final round of the SA 2012 national championship:

“ The National event was held on the 14th and 15th October 2012 in Polokwane, South Africa.

Friday’s practice day started well but the arrival of rain meant the end of practice as the wet weather was here to stay for the day.  Upon arrival at the track on Saturday, we were greeted with a very wet track; quite different to what we are used to, so the car’s setup had to change totally.

The three qualifying rounds ended well for Team Durango drivers, with TQ in 4WD being
juggled between Jaco van Eeden and Eben Coetzee. It came down to the last round where Jaco van Eeden took TQ in 4WD with his DEX410v3.

Jaco also took the TQ position in the 2WD class with his DEX210 and in the Short Course class with his DESC410Rv2.

Sunday’s weather brought perfect race day conditions, cloudy and cool. Track temperatures at last year’s nationals in Polokwane reached a scorching 48 degrees celsius, so the cool weather was welcomed by all marshals.

The first round of finals in 4WD, 2WD and Short Course was won by Jaco van Eeden. The second round saw Jaco take the win for 4WD and Short Course with Eben taking the 2WD win.

In the third round Jaco took the win again in 4WD, and needed to take the win in 2WD to win the event, but after leading the entire race he made a crucial mistake on the last lap and lost the win to a fellow club racer. Jaco  also took the win in Short Course.

In 4WD Stock-class we had a new and upcoming driver who has only been racing for one year, Llewellyn Grobler. He qualified in third position (DEX410v3) with Gareth Lambert (DEX410v3) in sixth position. Team Durango drivers Pieter van Eeden  (DEX410v3) qualified in eighth position and Juandre Nel  (DEX410v3) qualified in tenth position.

We also had the new Stadium Truck race for the first time. DEST210R driver Marius Venter qualified in second position and finished the race in third overall.

Team  Durango driver Eben Coetzee took top position for the year in 2WD (DEX210) and 4WD (DEX410V3) with Jaco van Eeden finishing the South African championship in second place in 2WD (DEX210) and 4WD (DEX410V3).

Since the release of Team Durango cars in 2009, Team Durango has been the winning car at every National event in 2WD and 4WD, making it the most consistent car.”

December 10, 2012

Announcing Team Durango Poland

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 5:35 pm

Team Durango are delighted to announce that Michal Orlowski, Bartek Zambrzycki and Pawel Staszewski will form Team Durango Poland for the 2013 season. Michal made a huge impression at the first round of the 2012/2013 EOS series where he was only beaten by Team Durango Pro racer and Reedy International Champion Joern Neumann and Dustin Evans (http://eos.redrc.net/2012/10/evans-orlowski-complete-2wd-buggy-podium/).

Under the guidance of Matthew Orlowski, this young team of highly talented drivers will race in some important European events. Michal and Bartek will attend the EOS race series, the Mibosport Cup and other races in Poland, while Pawel will race in off-road classes in Poland. A fourth driver, Piotr Okonski, will begin his race season with the team in May.

We wish all of the team the very best for the coming season, and we look forward to reading about their many racing successes.

Welcome to Team Durango.

Team Durango at the 2012 1/8 Nitro Buggy Worlds

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 12:16 pm

Our man in Argentina, Hupo Hönigl, sent us this summary of the 2012 Worlds from a Team Durango perspective:

“Well, the 2012 1/8 nitro Worlds is over and we see a deserved winner with Robert Battle.

Ryan Lutz started finals day in the 1/4 final – he drove a safe race and bumped-up quite easily into the semi-final, even with a stop-and-go for bad refuelling.

In the semi-final Ryan drove amazingly and he was able to bump up in the A-main. After his semi-final practice we were very confident. I knew that Ryan had a chance of doing really well in the A-main. In the final Ryan had a perfect start and was in fourth position after only three laps, and then when Maifield crashed in front of him, Lutz moved into third place. Then, as Ryan said later he, “dorked it going up to the concrete section and breaking a front center driveshaft!” Before this crash Ryan’s prototype DNX408 looked very competitive and very fast. Chief Team Durango designer Gerd Strenge managed to repair Ryan’s car and got back on the track (having lost 12 laps). Ryan was pushing his prototype DNX408 like crazy and equalled the fastest lap of the final together with Robert Battle.

One of the other Team Durango Pro drivers, Jörn Neumann, won his 1/16 final easily. In the 1/8 final he fought his way up to the lead within a few laps and was pretty much gone. Jörn had to pit one more time than most of the other drivers, so they were able to catch him up again. However, Jörn drove a great race and was able to bump-up into the 1/4 final. For the 1/4 final, we chose to run a harder tire. The tires worked better as the final went on, but Jörn lost too much time at the beginning because the tires took time to start working at their best. So, Jörn’s Worlds ended in the 1/4 final. Jörn was really happy with his prototype DNX408.

The other Team Durango Pro driver at the Worlds was Carson Wernimont. Carson started in the 1/8 final but suffered back luck as he broke a front arm.

The whole team worked really hard and well together.”

The Worlds were covered in detail by NeoBuggy.net and RedRC.net. Their coverage was excellent, and a sample of their photos can be seen in the gallery below. We’d like to thank both RedRC.net and NeoBuggy.net for taking so many great photos of our drivers and cars.

After the Worlds were over, Ryan Lutz had a moment to reflect on his, and Team Durango’s, achievement,

“I have mixed emotions today. I’m glad I got my setup sorted and was able to bump twice to make the A-main at the Worlds. I am disappointed in moving up to third place in the first couple laps only to dork it going up to the concrete section and breaking a front center driveshaft. My car was so dialled in the main. It all came down to a big driver mistake taking me out of contention.
I look forward to 2013 as my racing package has never been better and I know more big wins are in store for me very soon!
Thanks to everyone for the awesome support! I have the greatest family, team, sponsors, and fans in the industry! :-)”
Ryan Lutz

 

December 3, 2012

Mibosport cup race, (Czech Republic)

Filed under: News — Team Durango UK @ 3:56 pm

This weekend saw the Mibosport cup race in Hrotovice, Czech Republic.

In a highly competitive field, Team Durango claimed first and third places after the three-leg A-mains.

In first place was Michal Orlowski (DEX410v3) and in third place was Kája Novotny (DEX410v3). It was a great result; well done!

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