Archives for the month of: December, 2012

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PORTER, TX–The Houston area’s Gulf Coast Raceway, home of the 2013 ROAR Nationals, played host to one of the region’s last major off-road battles of 2012. Up for grabs were Region 9 titles for 1:8 E-buggy, 1:8 Buggy, 1:8 Truggy, and Pro 4. As practice commenced Friday the big question was if anyone could challenge the several local RC Pro champions that call GCR home. As Saturday’s race program unfolded, the answer became definitive. Jake Dellinger, 2012 RC Pro Series E-buggy vice-national champion, would take TQ honors in both nitro and electric 1:8 buggy classes, while TQ in Pro 4 would go to 2012 RC Pro national champ Smiley Henn.

Dellinger and Henn both proceeded to back up their TQs with wins. In E-buggy, Dellinger was followed by Henn, Brian Rickard, and Tyler Hooks for an FTW sweep of the top 4 spots. Dellinger was joined on the Nitro buggy podium by Roger Ayres, who took second. Along with Henn on the Pro 4 podium were Aaron Royston with an impressive second place finish and on-road master Nick LeFebvre, who took fourth in his first and possibly last Pro 4 outing.

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DOE SNOR 12 2X bannerHaving already clinched the buggy title during round 4 in Pachuca, Daniel Ornelas Elizondo entered the final round of the Mexican national 1:8 off-road championship set on a adding a truggy title to his resume. It would not be an easy task. Daniel reports:

COLIMA, MEXICO–During the final round of the Mexican nationals, held November 17-18 in the beautiful city of Colima Mexico, drivers all over the country attended for this magnificent event.  After 5  rounds of qualifying Daniel Ornelas qualified 3rd in Buggy and 2nd in Truggy. In the buggy class Daniel battled with Felipe Martinez for the 1st place for almost ¾ of the race, until Daniel’s Agama had a malfunction on the electronics, causing him not to be able to keep pace with the leader. In the end he was able to salvage 7th place. With that result, and the points earned during the series, Daniel won the National Title. Daniel used the following equipment: Agama A8 Evo with a FTW body, Novarossi BTTS, Airtronics M12 Radio, and Beta Tires.

In the truggy class Daniel qualified 2nd, but in the 3rd round the rear shock tower broke. Having no spare,  the only solution was to put a buggy rear tower on the truggy. Of course this affected the handling of the car. During the A main, Daniel struggled with Felipe Martinez again for the 1st place, but wasn’t able to pass Felipe.  It wouldn’t matter. Daniel’s 2nd place earned him enough points for a 1st place in the National Championship. Daniel used an Agama Truggy, with a Novarossi Roma Engine, Savox servos and an Airtronics M12 Radio.

Thanks for the  support to all my sponsors: Agama, Hobby Pro USA, Airtronics, Novarossi, Savox, FTW and Beta Tires.

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