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The RC Pro Texas Series landed in Corpus Christi last weekend for Rd 2 as the state’s fastest continued the points battle at Star Car Raceway. Much like Rd 1 at Porter, Team FTW would dominate, monopolizing the podium with 5 class wins. The series now heads to Lubbock for Rd 3 in June, where Team FTW will arrive with the points lead in all three open classes and in Pro4. Full report after the pics:

Open Buggy:

TQ honors went to Brian “Smiley” Henn, who seemed to have a podium spot locked down in the main event until mechanical troubles dealt a DNF. Series Rd 1 winner Jason Branham would drive to another victory, extending his series points advantage. Jake Dellinger took second and Mike Battaile followed to complete a Team FTW sweep of the top three podium spots.

Open E-buggy:

Jake Dellinger picked up where he left off in Rd1, taking the TQ and win after triple A mains. “Smiley” Henn followed in second, Isaac Price grabbed 4th, and Tyler Hooks took 5th.

Open Truggy:

Mike Battaile had some catching up to do in the open truggy points chase after his A main flameout in Rd1. In Corpus Christi he came back strong with a class TQ and win. Jason Branham held on to the points lead with a second place finish.

Pro 4

As usual, 2012 RC Pro National Pro 4 champion Henn took the Pro 4 TQ and win. As in Rd1, Battaile took second. Aaron Royston had great drive to third for another 1-3 podium sweep for Team FTW.

Intermediate E-buggy:

Josh Scott proved unbeatable, taking taking TQ and clinching the win with victories in A1 and A2. Aaron Royston took the second podium spot for Team FTW.

Thanks to Aaron Royston for the podium and team pics, and Roger Ayres for the track photo.

The team used these FTW Racing Components to dominate:

Mike Battaile:

  • FTW00029 Night Fox for 8ight 2.0
  • FTW00042 Wing mount spacers for 8ight 2.0
  • FTW00047 Phoenix body for 8ight-T 2.0
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on Slash 4×4

Jason Branham:

  • FTW00047 Phoenix on XT8

Jake Dellinger

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2
  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

Brian “Smiley” Henn

  • FTW00010 Night Fox on HB D812
  • FTW00013 Fan Kit for SCTE
  • FTW00014 Ackerman Set for SCTE
  • FTW00031 Night Fox on D812 w/ Tekno chassis
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on SCTE 2.0

Tyler Hooks

  • FTW00029 Night Fox on DEX408

Isaac Price

  • FTW00043 Night Fox on MBX7 e-buggy conversion

Aaron Royston

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on DESC410

Josh Scott

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e
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Question: Which Night Fox fits the B4.1 with +8mm chassis, or the B4.2?

Answer: Night Fox for B4.1, part number FTW00002

It’s not as perfect a fit as we would like, but if you’re using Velcro in lieu of body clips to attach it you will be hard-pressed to notice. Check out the pics.

You might be wondering if the Night Fox XL is a better choice. In short, its not. Designed for a B4.1 with a T4.1 chassis, its limousine-esque 19mm stretch makes it way too long to fit the +8mm chassis-equipped cars.

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Nitro Buggy Podium

Gulf Coast Raceway has been especially popular of late, due in no small part to its successful bid to host the ROAR Fuel Nats this year. Not that drawing entries to this gem of a facility in Porter, Texas has ever been an issue; but with each event held there serving as a warm up for the Nationals, it’s no surprise that this past weekend’s first round of RC Pro’s Texas State Series was stacked with the region’s fastest and those chasing them. Nearly 250 entries vied for hardware and prizes in Open and Intermediate classes of nitro and electric buggy, nitro truggy, and Pro4 short course.

After Friday practice, competitors prepared themselves mentally and physically for a grueling Saturday. As is the custom for Texas State Series races, the full race program would begin Saturday after the 8:30 driver’s meeting and run straight through until the end if the last A main in wee hours of Sunday morning.

New RC Pro Series director James Manderano kicked things off promptly Saturday morning and masterfully kept the program on pace throughout all three rounds of qualifying and the mains. With the main listing posted, Team FTW was poised for domination with a TQ sweep—Smiley Henn in Pro4, David Joor in E-buggy, and Jason Branham in Nitro Buggy and Truggy.

Pro4 was decided after the conclusion of the A2 main. TQ Brian “Smiley” Henn would not be denied his usual Pro4 victory at GCR. Mike “Ironman” Battaile wheeled his Traxxas machine into the second spot while Isaac Price took an impressive third in his debut with Team FTW.

Pro 4 podium

The Electric buggy battle was also all-FTW, featuring TQ Joor, Henn, Jake Dellinger, and Tyler Hooks. Dellinger took the overall win, followed by Joor, Henn, and Hooks.

Ebuggy podium

Jason Branham’s truggy adventure began with him still assembling his truck while the first qualifier proceeded without him, and ended with him on top of the podium. Battaile qualified third but technical issues prevented him from mounting a challenge to Branham.

Nitro buggy saw Jason Branham in familiar territory, at the front of the pack looking comfortable in his second outing back with Team Xray. Dellinger climbed to within striking distance of Branham and stole the lead twice. Ultimately Branham would prevail, making it two for two in 2013 after his HARC series round one win in January. Roger Ayres’ cruised to third with his new Team Associated ride, Battaile took fourth, and Joor recoved from a disastrous first lap to take the fifth and final podium spot.

Aaron Royston took home one more piece of hardware for Team FTW with his third place finish in the intermediate Electric buggy.

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PORTER, TX—The yearlong RC Pro Series points battle culminated last weekend with the RC Pro Series National Finals. Several class titles were up for grabs as the series’ top drivers converged upon Porter, Texas’ world-class Gulf Coast Raceway to decide who would go home with a trophy. What appeared to be a fast track layout in the end took its toll on the cars. Breakage was rampant throughout the weekend, exacerbated by the marathon of five qualifiers. In the end, the series finale unquestionably belonged to Ryan Lutz, who took wins in 4WD SC, Pro buggy, Pro truggy, and E-truggy. The crowning of national champions however was largely a Texas affair.

For the third consecutive year David Joor clinched the E-buggy crown, followed by Jake Dellinger, Mike Battaile, Danny Bartholomew, and Smiley Henn for a podium sweep by FTW bodies. Henn’s mastery of the short course earned him the 4WD SC national title, while FTW teammate Battaile joined him on the podium with his 3rd place finish in the points chase.

FTW’s Eddie Doggett ended his impressive 2012 campaign with a national title in the intermediate truggy class and a third place points finish in intermediate buggy. Josh Glancy secured the Pro buggy national title ahead of FTW’s Dellinger (2nd), Henn (4th), and Battaile (5th). Battaile put the exclamation point on his 2012 season by taking the Pro truggy title.

FREDERICKSBURG, VA—The Awesome Brawl Cash Race this past weekend at Awesome Hobbies was particularly awesome for Brian Miskolczi. In his typically dominant fashion, Brian drove his way to the TQ spot in both nitro and electric buggy classes. That’s when things got interesting.

To spice up the dash for cash, the TQ for each class would flip a coin, and if he called it incorrectly the field would be inverted. Brian lost both his coin flips, sending him to the back of the grid for both nitro and electric buggy A mains. Undeterred, he sliced his way to the front of the pack, taking the win in the 30-minute nitro buggy main and 2nd in the electric buggy 10-minute triple A mains.

Technical issues plagued Brian’s truggy throughout the quals, so the truggy TQ’s loss on his coin flip put Brian on the pole. He never looked back, putting two laps on the field on the way to another decisive win.

Brian underscored all the above by taking fast lap honors in all three class.

 

The following FTW Racing Components were used in the aforementioned exploits:

FTW00029 Night Fox body for 8ight 2.0

FTW00032 Exabyte body for 8ight-E 2.0

 

With a solid finish in the Region 2 finale at LCRC Raceway in Oakland Mills, PA, FTW’s Brian Miskolczi took the series championship in Truggy and narrowly missed the Nitro Buggy title. Brian Reports:

I had a chance to win the title in 1/8 Nitro Buggy and Truggy. Made the 3 hour trip to the track, got setup and the weather was perfect. Ran some practice and decided on some tires for qualifying. Grid Irons when they watered and City Blocks when it was dry. I was able to make all 3 mains. The competition was pretty tough, and I was happy just to make it in the A’s. The mains got going under the lights and the track had picked become very tacky with moisture. I ran SS Grid Irons on all vehicles. In Truggy I was able to Finish 3rd. Ebuggy I was able to finish 4th, and Nitro Buggy I had a DNF due to a servo failing. 

After the points were tallied. I was crowned the Roar Region 2 Truggy Champion for the 2nd year in a row, 2nd for Nitro Buggy and 4th for E Buggy. 

Thanks to all of my sponsors for supporting me for the 2012 season.

WEST MONROE, LA — Those who have attended generally rave about the Southern Nats, and its easy to see why. Held in a cavernous temperature-controlled facility perfectly suited to a major RC race, the event typically draws around 300 participants including pros like Ryan Lutz and Josh Wheeler. Team FTW joined that number this year, ready to make a statement. They did.

Jason Branham was strong all weekend in Pro buggy and truggy. He narrowly missed the Pro truggy win after a pitched battle with eventual winner Josh Wheeler. Branham would get the job done later in Pro buggy. With cool consistency he outlasted the field and took the crown. He was joined on the podium by Jake Dellinger, who added to his recent string of impressive finishes with 5th place run.

Open buggy and truggy were the domain of Andrew Clark. After taking the Open truggy title with authority, he followed up with a determined drive in buggy that earned him his second win of the day.

Jake Dellinger and David Joor added to the hardware count for Team FTW with 3rd and 5th place finishes respectively in Pro E-buggy.

With wins in the A1 and A2 mains, Ryan Lutz took the 4wd short course title, but the battle for second was intense throughout. Andrew Clark and “Smiley” Henn traded the spot back and forth with flair, consistently airing it out over the big double that deterred all others but Lutz. Henn would win the duel and take 2nd overall, followed by Clark in 3rd. Mike Battaile grabbed a third podium finish for Team FTW, taking 5th with a relentless charge following early issues.

The team used these FTW Racing Components in the aforementioned exploits:

JASON BRANHAM

FTW00031 Night Fox on Agama A8

ANDREW CLARK

FTW00033 Night Fox on Xray XB9

FTW00035 Diamondback on Losi SCTE

FTW00012 Shock Tower Kit for Losi SCTE

FTW00013 Fan Kit for Losi SCTE

FTW00014 Ackerman Set for Losi SCTE

JAKE DELLINGER

FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2

FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

BRIAN “SMILEY” HENN

FTW00010 Night Fox on Hot Bodies D8

FTW00027A Exabyte of Hot Bodies Ve8

FTW00035 Diamondback on Losi SCTE

FTW00013 Fan Kit for Losi SCTE

DAVID JOOR

FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2

FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

Mike Battaile's Exabyte-Equipped 8ight-E 2.0

May 4-6 was another weekend of FTW success on the tracks both in our home country, the USA, and beyond. Considering the trajectory of Team FTW’s growth this comes as little surprise, but this past weekend the team took winning to new heights beyond the atmospheric confines of our comfortable planet and indeed beyond our home galaxy. More on this later. This week’s report begins at Wolfpack RC near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

VP POWERMASTER CHALLENGE 

The first annual VP Powermaster Challenge was held at the widely acclaimed track at Wolfpack RC in Pearcy, Arkansas.  When the dust cleared the hour was late and the photos were fuzzy, but they told the tale–FTW drivers were all over the podium again.

Jason Branham held point in the Pro Buggy A-Main until a mechanical failure rendered his brakes useless. Mike Battaile overtook him for the lead and the eventual win, while Branham managed to hold on to second despite his misfortune, thereby securing the 1-2 finish for Team FTW.

David Joor’s deployed his usual E-buggy mastery to take the top spot in that class. Mike Battaile took second.

FTW Racing Components:

Mike Battaile: FTW00030 Tactic for Team Losi 8ight 2.0

Jason Branham: FTW prototype body for Agama A8

David Joor: FTW00008 Night Fox fitted to Team Associated RC8.2e

PORTUGUESE NATIONALS

Round 3 of the Portuguese Nats was held at the Pista Ortigosa near Leiria, Portugal. FTW’s Ricardo Monteiro put together a fantastic race weekend and earned the third spot on the podium.

FTW Racing Components:

FTW00029 Night Fox for Team Losi 8ight 2.0

Photo Credit: RCGafa

INTERGALACTIC BUGGY CHAMPIONSHIP 2

The Nationals have nothing on IGBC. The Worlds have nothing on IGBC. If there were an interplanetary championship, it would also pale in importance relative to the Intergalactic Buggy Championship. Since 2011, each galaxy has sent its best drivers to RC Headquarters in San Antonio, Texas to compete for massive trophies and the title of Intergalactic Buggy Champion. This year’s competition was dominated as usual by Earthlings. This was especially true in the E-buggy class, where FTW’s Tyler Hooks drove from a 3rd starting spot in the A-main straight to the top of the podium, laying down 20 minutes of blazing fast laps. You heard correctly–IGBC’s E-buggy A-mains are 20 minutes long, punctuated at the 10-minute mark by a unique 5-minute “halftime” that affords drivers the opportunity to replace batteries and make any other desired changes to their cars, as well as engage in some good-natured trash talking.

Check out more pictures from IGBC2 by clicking here.

FTW Racing Components:

Tyler Hooks: FTW00029 Night Fox fitted to Team Losi 8ight-E