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A podium finish for Miguel Perez and his X3 Sabre-E by DJ
Reported by Dj Sandate - Revelation Raceway was hosting their Winter nationals race this weekend and luckily I was able to attend. It was my first race of the year and I was hoping to do well. The track was very challenging and really took its toll on the cars. Needless to say I did not do very well in nitro buggy as I was racing with a new motor that was not fully broken in yet and hard to tune.

E-Buggy was a different story as I was able to qualify in the 3rd spot keeping my confidence level high. The main got under way and I new if I could keep my car together I could finish on the podium at least in 3rd place. As the race got started I was comfortably in 3rd position and as  it continued my team manager DJ was ahead of me in 2nd position when his car was plagued with a faulty connection letting me pass and take over the 2nd position. I was able to run clean for the remainder of the race and finish in 2nd place.
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Keith Henry wins with TS4 at Delta RC - 12/12/2013 by DJ
Reported by DJ Sandate - Delta RC had its first annual Golden State Arena Cross indoor race December 6th-8th 2013. This race kicks off the indoor racing season for DeltaRC. Expectations were for a fun event and we were not disappointed. The track was technical and flowing with great traction. 100 entries fought for titles in 11 classes.

I TQ  3 out or 4 rounds and took first in Pro4 SCT Intermediate racing my new Ofna TS4 Pro SC 4wd. Being a first time pole sitter in the class I was nervous. Warm up went good. My TS4 felt dialed and the track had grooved up and was ready for action.  First lap jitters caused a metal error and I dropped back to 2nd. I settled down and caught up the the leader by lap 3. Overtook him on the back straight and never looked back.

I'm very please with the performance of my OFNA TS4 both indoor and out and look forward to more success with OFNA in 2014.
Ultra LX still going strong! - 5/24/13 by davegm
ELECT RTR has a New Intro Video! by davegm

New.Wow..141mph! is showing a customer submission of a GTP2e Roller product #34306 roaring by at 131mph. But, when the new products start shipping, look for the Open Box Video's ShowCase!
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Dj and the H4 takes 2nd at Cal Raceways Toys 4 Tots - 12/31/13 by DJ
Reported by DJ Sandate - Myself and some of the Off-Road drivers went down to Cal Raceway for some more On-Road fun and the 15th Toys 4 Tots Race held at Cal Raceway, I ran the 17.5 Super Stock class and got some good qualifying in along with good battling for the starting grid. The two rounds was a race, the 1st round at the start was "Ding-Ding-Ding!!!" as I was bounced off of every car that was around me and by the time I got to the scoring loop I was last, but the H4 ready to race and charged back up to the 2nd spot in a hurry and for the 1st round we still managed a P2 position, 2nd round was cleaner but I made a mistake in setting timing on the motor and had some lag coming out of corners so this one was a battle to keep 2nd but the H4 stayed where it needed to be on the track and I still finished 2nd and for the main started in the P2 position. The main got off to a good start for everyone and I went to the outside to pass as I got off to a good buzzer tone but had to check up to fall back in and just got a little nudge to get into the dirty stuff and my tires took a while to clean up and get going again but I was 3rd and was waiting for the tires to grab so I could push back to 2nd. Once up to speed the car just stayed on line and was fast in the infield catching 2nd and staying on him, finally he overshot the end of the start and I got there to the corner and he just tapped me but I held on a drifted off the corner to the next turn sideways, it drifted so good with control that the H4 drove away into the next turn and we were still good for the fight. 3rd place managed to clip a dot and that was it we came out with 2nd. It was good fun and the most exciting race of the day. The H4 showed it was ready to race and contend and took home some hardware.
Club racing with the OFNA H4 touring sedan by DJ
Reported by Dj Sandate-Over the Thanksgiving weekend I took the H4 sedan out for some running to two tracks TQ Raceway in Chino and Cal Raceway in Orange with some club racing on Sunday, the car has taken the carpet and the asphalt  well with little changes between the two tracks. I raced the GT10 class on Sunday at Cal of course with a different body other than the picture shown and started 2nd for the main, tweaking the body for better handling the H4 was alert and ready to race. I got a good jump at the start but had to check-up into the first corner and that got me bumper tagged with 3rd so when I crossed the line I was 4th but with some worked got back to the leader on lap 4 and he shot wide and I got to the inside with some contact to take the lead. Once in the clear the H4 was on a go pulling away from the field and taking the win, the H4 just had a little push after balancing out the body as I was putting more rear grip into the car but still was manageable for the win, can't wait to race some more.
Miguel Perez 2nd in the JBRL Series in 40+ - 11/11/13 by DJ
Reported by Dj Sandate - The JBRL Series is finally done from early in the year with several races with tracks all around the So Cal area,Pro-line,CVRC,Thunder Alley,Palm Desert,ARC,Revelation and finishing up last weekend at Hot Rod Hobbies. For Miguel it was a hard fought season racing and fitting in some vacationing between the races to travel Europe, with all the racing going on in the season the JBRL was the one he needed to stay in the battle with Tim Long the JBRL 40+ champion. Their race at the finale at Hot Rod was a race for consistency and finishing out the year with a good run to hold on to 2nd for the series, a 4th place run in the race kept his points and cash in his pocket for some hardware and pictures. It was a long weekend but well worth it Miguel said as it was his first race at Hot Rod and an experience so different from other tracks as it was so blue-grooved that tires turned to slicks at the end of their runs, so good running MR. Perez and putting the great effort and showing that the X3 can duke it out with the best.
DJ and the X3 Sabre finishes 3rd in the TLR Series - 10/19/13 by DJ
Reported by Dj Sandate - Chula Vista RC Club hosted the Team Losi Racing Series a 5 race series that was held just about two weeks apart from each race. The track had changes throughout the series making challenges for every driver, the track is huge and was sometimes very fast and go to a more technical track for every driver skill set. I raced all 5 races and had 1 dnf late in a race which was throw out, the races were all exciting and sometimes frustrating but in all just plain good racing. I managed one TQ in one of the races and that keep me close to 3rd in the series, the last race I needed to place high, but one section of the tracking was not to my liking and was killing my pace. I was attacking too hard and fumbling to get control in the quals. The main was down then up as I started good but rolled alot in the middle of the race after the first pit I got better control and worked forward with other drivers having issues to and falling apart late in the race, I charged as hard as I could as the tires wore and I started pushing through the corners so more throttle input earlier would make my car better and race back into the top 5. All I needed was that spot to take home 3rd in the series because of my TQ point and that where I finished in the series one point ahead of my competitor and a place on the podium. I could not have done it without the OFNA drivers Mario Netto,Dylan Elliot,Joe,Dave Durant and Mason Elliot though not a team driver(X-RAY) has help out in split seconds to get me back on the track to race and others that help along the way, it's always fun to go out and race with buddies and scream and yell at them because at the end of the day it's all good talk and laughs.
X3 Sabre makes podium in South Africa by DJ
Reported by DJ Sandate - Local South African driver Thomas Schmuck took his X3 Sabre to the RCX Challenge in Komatiport South Africa a small town in the very north east of the country. The event was a good turnout and was a great success and even JQ himself come to the race and getting the win but Thomas put his X3 on the podium to finish third. Hong Nor X3 was racing with bigger name cars as the X3 has very little name title in South Africa but Thomas is loyal to the Hong Nor product even showing OFNA a little love with decal branding on his wing "Thank YOU Sir". It was only great to see the X3 race for the top places so his story get on to our site with great honor. Thomas I hope to hear more of your racing and keep OFNA in your heart will be cheering for YA.
Jaime Boquiren wins 2wd SC Championship at AKA Spring Point Series by DJ
Reported by Jaime Boquiren - TS2 is the PRO2 AKA Spring Point Series Champion.

With one race left on the AKA Spring Point Series, Jaime Boquiren has won every race and clinched the championship. Race 4 of the series was held on May 18th at CVRC Race Club in Chula Vista Ca. Weather was great, mid 70’s during the day and about 65 deg in the evening. Track surface was a bit rough with average traction which is where the TS2 Pro shines, the 12mm big bore shock soak all the bumps including some big 12 ft gap doubles. Track conditions improved through the day with the added moisture, this was reflected on the car’s lap times, car got faster as the day went on. This car has been great through this and last series events, the only upgrades up to now are Aluminum wheel hexes and rear hinge pin holders. I look forward to more victories driving the TS2 Pro. I want to thank my sponsors OFNA Racing, DIII Racing, VP Pro USA, Nitrohouse and Cordova Research for their continuous support.

Jaime Boquiren-TS2 is the PRO2 AKA Spring Point Series Champion.

With one race left on the AKA Spring Point Series, Jaime Boquiren has won every race and clinched the championship. Race 4 of the series was held on May 18th at CVRC Race Club in Chula Vista Ca. Weather was great, mid 70’s during the day and about 65 deg in the evening. Track surface was a bit rough with average traction which is where the TS2 Pro shines, the 12mm big bore shock soak all the bumps including some big 12 ft gap doubles. Track conditions improved through the day with the added moisture, this was reflected on the car’s lap times, car got faster as the day went on. This car has been great through this and last series events, the only upgrades up to now are Aluminum wheel hexes and rear hinge pin holders. I look forward to more victories driving the TS2 Pro. I want to thank my sponsors OFNA Racing, DIII Racing, VP Pro USA, Nitrohouse and Cordova Research for their continuous support.

Dan Hokins races at Grass Roots Round #4 - 5/8/13 by DJ
Reported by Dan Hopkins - Had a good run this weekend with my X3. It was round 4 of the Grassroots in Palm Desert. I wasn't planning on going to this race but due to family schedule changes I was able to come out and play.

I was running both x3 buggy and an x2 pro tuggy.

Tuggy was a blast. I bought the tuggy to break up the long track days and this was my second time out. I made some changes to the truck prior to race day and they really helped out! My qualifiers went very well for not driving tuggy in at least 3years. I ended up 3rd overall qualifier in the main. It was a blast hearing DJ (ofna team manager) on the MIC saying "There goes Dan Hopkins going old school with the Jammin" That made me chuckle a bit on the stand. I even had a kid come up to me in the pits before hand and say "man that thing is old!" The main event was another story though. After catching every pile up on the first lap I played catch up the entire race and was a bit punched to say the least. Not sure where I ended up but I had a great time. This tuggy really drove well out there! I am really looking forward to the next race day.

Buggy qualifiers were nothing spectacular. Mind set was study the track and drive good enough to make the show. I ended up qualifying 8th overall which I was ok with.

Buggy main. Started 8th. After the first lap I think I was in the top 4 and was driving consistent. Then next thing I knew DJ announced me in first place. I must have led the race for what felt like the next 12 minutes or so. I finally got tangled with some traffic and the 2nd place driver closed the gap which eventually led to him taking the lead. I stayed fairly close and ended up finishing 2nd. The x3 buggy keeps impressing me. It is very stable and is never struggling for traction! Its very consistent and I can't ask for anything more.

I want to say thanks to Miguel Perez for the loaner servo. I appreciate it!
X3 Sabres at Revelation Raceway Spring Nationals 4-27-13 by DJ
Reported by Dj Sandate-It was a nice warm day at Revelation Raceway for the 2013 Spring Nats,the track was set for high straights,shortshoots,high speed corners & good timing jumps & a distant stretcher in the corner of the track that saw some buggies "Field Goal It" over the high border walls. The track was very fast in the first round & by second round the track rutted to lower the lap times but still good to get around. OFNA guys ran E-bug & Nitro in different classes, Amateur & Expert. Miguel & I ran E-buggy & Nitro, Chad ran Nitro class in Amateur along with Miguel, I set myself on Expert(those really fast guys). My Sabre-e was oversteering during practice so I change it for the Quals & it was killer, I slapped on some Pro-Line Diamond Backs & the buggy was right there into the track but unfortunately my battery pack suffered a voltage fail & I was out leading the race, but I did get the TQ in the 2nd round just missing a 13 lap run. Miguel would get his rhythm & start the main in 3rd. Chad & Miguel would also make the A-main in the Ama class with Chad higher up the board for the start, Sabres were looking good but we all had to get good drives going to finish strong.
  E-Buggy main got off to slow start as I would not get off the line well & dropped back to 3rd but half way around the track I would take 2nd & chase down Miguel for the lead, I challenged for a spot to get around him but a back marker half way into the race got him connected  for me to go wide & take a straightaway lead for me to finish out the race for the win.
 Amateur class-Chad & Miguel were starting 6th & 11th, Chad from the start was up working the front pack staying up with the leaders while Miguel just worked to stay on track & not fall behind any further but his groove came & he worked his way to the front charging & pushing foward. Chad started to creep foward then BAM into a podium posisiton as the leaders were making pit mistakes & bad stretches, then Chad continues on into the 2nd posistion with little time left while I was paying attention to see where Chad was & here come Miguel with getting into the 3rd spot but as soon as that happens Miguel suffers an odd malfunction to his engine having drop out of the race with only a couple of minutes left, WHAT A BUMMER!!!
  Expert class-My X3 was not so bad in the quals & tire changes did make a difference in those races so I followed up with running more Diamond Backs for my nitro car & now it was pretty good, I started the race getting around the mid pack pile & trying to stay there but for some strange reason a tire came unglued so a tire change was needed, I fell back & just kept the pace & try to keep everything together while others also suffered misfortunes, with that in mind for a 30 min race I managed to finish 6th for the race behind some good front runners I was pretty happy to finish race where I did, it had been so long since my last race and just jazzed to race.   

Chad wins with his TS2sc Pro 2wd - 4/19/13 by davegm
Reported by Chad Bradley - Hot Rod Hobbies and Raceways had its weekly Friday night race, I opted to run only 2wd SC this night to work on playing with setups and make it a relaxing night of racing. Racing went real well, I rebuilt my ball differential just before racing started and having a fresh diff makes a world of difference in the performance of your 2wd SC trucks. I set the Tq time in the second round of qualifying driving my Ofna TS2pro SC, just a few seconds ahead of DJ Silva and youngster Mason Templeman. The main was set for 10min (no problem for my Protek 7000mah 100c battery and Novak 7.5 motor). I got off to a clean start, unfortunately for DJ and Mason they tangled early on the first lap which allowed myself to build a comfortable lead, had those two not of wreck I believe it would of been a great battle since they were both running strong in qualifying. I ran a near flawless run in the main to take the win with my Ofna, DJ Silva finished second with his Kyosho and Tim Allen third with the SC10.

 Driver  Short Course
Chad Bradley

DJ Silva

Tim AllenSC10

Chad wins 2 with his TS2sc & TS4sc Pro 2/4wd - 3/2913 by davegm
Reported by Chad Bradley - Friday night club racing at Hot Rod Raceway on the new track #2. Pretty good turn out for the Friday night racing program with eight full heats of electric classes. This night I raced in the expert mod 2wd and 4wd short course classes with my Ofna TS2 pro and TS4 pro short course trucks.

Round one of the 2wd sc class I was able set the tq time for the round however just over a second or two over birthday boy Mason Templeman who turned twelve this night, its great seeing all the young talent coming up at Hot Rods. Round two I had a battery connector come unsolder-ed early on the race and had to retire early, Tim Allen put in a great run and was able to take the overall time in the 2wd short course class. In the 2wd SC main Tim Allen lead off till turning in a little early on the second lap which allowed myself and Mason to get by. Mason Templeman stayed closely in second for a few minutes till a mistake on the right side caught himself in a battle for second, third and forth positions. While those guys battled for the remaining podium spots, I was able to build a comfortable lead (good thing because I nearly lost a rear tire on the last couple laps). I was able to just get by on the final lap over second and third while trying to be carefull not spin the rim off the axle, time for some new wheel nuts.

Qualifying for the expert 4wd short course class went really well, my truck in qualifying felt very fast and was able to put some of the best lap times I've had on the new track. I was able to get the tq time with my TS4 pro over Garrey Bushey and Tim Allen who rounded out the top three. The main I got out to a great start and thought I would start gapping myself from the rest of the field but I pipped my truck good and Bushey who drove amazing the entire night took over. It was real difficult to put a clean pass on Bushey for quite a while, and finally he left the door open just enough to pull along the inside but I must not had cleared him enough and I got spun toward the wall. Bushey stopped and waited for me to get corrected but under shot the drop off shortly after and flipped. From then on out, I never let the lead get away despite a great charge at the end by Bushey. I took the win with my Ofna TS4 pro, Garrey Bushey second and Blake Michelle third.

 Driver  Pro 4 Short Course
Chad Bradley

Garrey Bushey TLR4sc

Blake MichelleTLR4sc

 Driver  Pro 2 Short Course
Chad Bradley

Mason Templeman K

Blake MichelleTLR2sc

Miguel Perez podiums with X3 Sabre - 4/13/13 by DJ
Reported by Miguel Perez - It was time to head out to Thunder Alley Raceway in Beaumont, Ca. for round 1 of the 2013 JBRL series.I arrived early anticipating a huge turnout as this is one of the premier racing series in the country.Over 230 racers showed up & I new it was going to be a long day. The schedule consisted of 2 qualifiers & a main for each class.I signed up for 40+ nitro buggy & E-Buggy. I found out that there were 3 heats of 40+ and the same for E-buggy so I knew that the competition was going to be tough. My 1st qualifier was in 40+ nitro buggy. The car was dialed & I was able to squeeze out a 4th place finish. I wish I could say the same about E-buggy as I struggled all day to find my rhythm.
 The qualifiers were all done & mains were up. I qualified a solid 4th in the 40+ A-main & 2nd in the E-buggy C-main.I knew if I could finish 2nd in the C-main I could bump to the B-main & then maybe the A.The C-main was up and I put a different set-up on the car and it seemed a little better but I was still fighting it. I finished 1st & was able to bump up.I turn marshaled the next race and ran into the pits to charge batteries and get the car ready as the B-main was coming
quick. The B-main came quick & the tone sounded. I got a great jump & by the 2nd turn I was in 2nd place but could not hold it as I lost composure & made a few mistakes. I ended in 5th place. I went back to the pits a little disappointed but feeling OK with my finish.  The 40+ A-main was up & I was starting in a good position to redeem my disappointing finish in E-buggy. The tone sounded & by the 1st turn I was in 2nd place. My X3 Sabre was feeling amazing & I liked my chances for a podium finish. By the middle of the race I was comfortably in 2nd place. Towards the end of the race I started to bobble a little & let 3rd place get a little to close for comfort so I composed myself & was able to finish in 2nd place in one long day of racing. JBRL is great race program, it leads to great races and good finishes & on this day I got the chance to get a picture taken.

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