2014 West Virginia Indoor State Championship

by Rich on September 30, 2014

Flurer_WVMax Flurer TQ’s and Wins with JConcepts at the 2014 West Virginia Indoor State Championship.

Hosted by Code 3 RC located in Beckley, West Virginia the event drew in racers from several different states.

Max ran three classes at the event, Mod 2wd Buggy, Mod 2wd SCT and Mod 4wd Buggy. Using JConcepts Dirt Webs in Black compound along with the new Dirt-Tech inserts on all his vehicles, Max went on to TQ and win Mod 2wd Buggy and Mod 2wd SCT and finished 3rd in Mod 4wd Buggy.
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SWORKz Cup 2014 – Round 1

by Rich on September 30, 2014

image002Alberto García TQ’s a Wins with JConcepts at Round 1 of the SWORKz Cup.

Hosted by the Cervera track located in Palencia, Spain from 27th to 28th September, the technical layout with close corners and a double jump made for some tricky racing.

For the first practice heats, the surface was almost dry and clean but agressive, Alberto chose JConcepts Stackers in blue compound as the best option.
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IFMAR Worlds – Who Is Going To Rock And Roll?

by Jason Ruona on September 26, 2014

1991-Winter-ChampsI read an article once where Billy Easton was asked about racing and getting to the top. He claimed it was a lot like the song by AC/DC. It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll. It’s so true, it’s a very long path and some never get there.

You start off wanting to have some fun, you hear of R/C maybe through a neighbor or a friend. You get involved by visiting a hobby shop and getting pointed in the right direction. If you are lucky you have some support of your parents. They see a benefit in having a harmless hobby. “It’s for the kids right”

You pick a vehicle that appeals to you and your budget and probably more specfically, your parents budget. You take it home and have your dad or parents help build the vehicle. You have some issues along the way but your dad “has the ultimate set of tools” he can fix it. You fix it with Tie-wraps, duct tape, super glue, wood, scotch tape, aluminum, welding rods, Vaseline and WD40 (water displacement 40th revision).
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IFMAR Worlds Day 7 – Qualifying

by Jason Ruona on September 25, 2014

Maifield_GahanSo what did you think about that 4th round of qualifying? So here’s the question.. Are you more concerned about Jared Tebo escaping tech with the body holes or the track being rained on?

I get asked all the time….what tires should I run? This can be via text, email, FB message or just a straight up post to my wall. I always respond with; send me a photo of your track. A photo is worth 1000 words, so they say? Because, you see, the track really matters. This is something that you need to learn early in R/C.

It probably took me 3-4 club races when I started racing in October of 1990 to figure this out. Only back then you wanted a watered track because it gave the most grip. I was running Trinity tires on my JRX-T and I had 3 different tread patterns. Small, medium and medium large pins. If the track was wet I ran larger pins and if it was dry I would run smaller pins. I knew that when I was running the smaller pins on the dry track it was going to be loose anyways and be slow. However, as long as everyone else was slow I was ok with it.
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IFMAR Worlds – Vamanos Vamanos

by Allison on September 24, 2014

allison-1“Have a good trip” …. “have fun, wish I was going” that’s what we hear most often when we leave for a race. “Enjoy your vacation” “can’t wait to hear all about it” they say, this comes primarily from office staff, family, friends. Most of you reading this are racers and you know how it really is. A couple hundred dirty, sweaty people, on the verge of dehydration, exhaustion, either hungry or non-stop snacking, caffeine loaded, maybe wearing sunscreen, stress levels through the roof. Super healthy!! Let’s do it again next week too! Oh, right, we will.
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IFMAR Worlds Day 6 – Qualifying

by Jason Ruona on September 24, 2014

wed_jrIt’s funny how once something starts it’s hard to stop it. Tebo gets DQed from round 1…. That was the never ending story on FB today from the worlds. In real time I’d say the whole issue took 30/40 minutes to resolve. Eventually they settled on it being a warning and Jared got to keep his 4th for round 1. People loved that story on FB and commented on it all day even though in the end Jared got to keep the run and had already moved on to round 2.

Everyone has a voice now, that’s what Paul Wynn says and it’s true. All the social media and forums have given racers an avenue to state their case or complain. You can even here my voice now and I’m still talking about the story…Sorry… Ha
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IFMAR Worlds – Anxiously Awaiting Gelato

by Allison on September 23, 2014

DirtyCarThe prequel: In a parking lot full of silver rental cars (1:1) it’s easy to spot ours, we parked under a tree one night and the squirrels had a party – now I just look for the DIRTIEST car, covered in $h!t, seriously.

I’ll backup a little, knowing Italy I toyed with the idea of booking the smallest car (ala Smart car) but knowing us, we need lots of room for luggage. We have lots of luggage, ALL overweight but we managed to slide it through at MCO by rearranging a few kgs (12? per bag? lol) here and there. I also pre-shipped a few boxes of tires / tyres ahead to our hotel. (They were kind enough to place in our room for us prior to arrival).
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IFMAR Worlds Day 5 – Official Practice

by Jason Ruona on September 22, 2014

Pit RowWe headed out the door early today so we could make the first heat at 9am. Ty, Maifield and others were locked and loaded for great opening official practice. A little back and forth put Ty up front with his 3 best placing him well and Maifield just behind. The first 5 races have the fastest drivers from open practice so right out the gate you can see all the heros. Ronnefalk, Batlle, Lee Martin and others all ran very well too with Robert Batlle taking the first round with a great 3-lap time.

The 2nd round saw David Ronnefalk come out of the gate with his first 3 laps killing it. He busted out quick time of practice and took proverbial “TQ of practice.” It was amazing to watch and was nice to see the competitive response to Ty’s driving the day before. Between the 2, it’s a toss up on who can bring more thunder run to run. Lee Martin once again ran strong with his best time of practice and Elliott Boots finally put 3 laps together at his pace. I think Lee will put in great runs in qualifying for 10 minutes. The guy is legit in my opinion.
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IFMAR Worlds – New JConcepts Product Debuts

by Rich on September 22, 2014

Sun-JCNewTiresJConcepts has once again come loaded to the IFMAR World Championships with a variety of fresh product. The unique conditions in Italy, along with steady improvement has led development to the next level with 4 new tire options here in Messina. The concrete based track here in Messina gave JConcepts designers an idea for long life and smoother feeling characteristics to these carefully created tread designs.
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IFMAR Worlds Day 4 – Sunday Practice

by Jason Ruona on September 22, 2014

10687023_10152733310063216_380383289552846805_nOf course I’m an excellent driver. That’s the quote I keep replaying in my head while I’m driving around Italy with our little Fiat. I’ve turned totally local, I’m not waiting on anybody and you better not try and moped by me because I might just decide to turn. In the beginning I was getting the stare down from other drivers and now I’m doing the staring. I’ve almost rubbed mirrors with a van. I pulled out in front of a motorcycle. Walking people don’t faze me anymore. Watch out for my Fiat bro!
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