We found this video of Chris Marrale driving a JQ electric buggy and thought we would share it with our readers.
It’s that time again, the 2013 is starting, and new drivers have been signed, and some re-signed. 25 year old Felix Tan from Malaysia will continue to use JQProducts THECar for the 2013 season. Last year he finished 3rd overall in the Malaysian National League, capturing one TQ and overall win.
The Italian website justbuggy.net sure are fast! THE RTR is not even on the market yet, but they still managed to get their hands on a sample, and released this video!
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Eric Fletcher won the Expert class at the the recent Futaba/OS Challenege held at the Distrburners track in St Louis sent us this report. I have been there for a race one. Highlights of the trip, the track was like nothing I had ever driven on before, Wheeler was ridiculously good there, and I put my elbow in someones beer at a football game. Now here’s Eric’s report:
This weekend I competed in the 2012 Futaba/OS Nitro Challenge at St. Louis Dirtburners. I entered into two classes, Expert Nitro Buggy and Electric 1/8th Buggy (no class separation). After the first round of practice I realized my cars needed a lot of work. I went through and was able to make changes to one car and relate it over to the other. By doing this I was able to find a setup that worked better, faster. I felt pretty comfortable for round one in each car. I was about 8th in Ebuggy and about 5th in Nitro. I felt my nitro car could be a little better. With some work I was actually able to TQ round 3 in Nitro buggy. After qualifying I was siting 8th overall in Ebuggy and 4th on the grid in Nitro. Ebuggy went great, was running about 4th overall when I had an issue at about the 5min mark. The bolts holding the motor to the mount pulled the threads out of the motor plate, ending my run. I finished 11th overall in that class. Nitro was getting ready to start up when my dad (pitman) and I decided on a pit strategy. We decided to run the race like you would a 1:1 car. We ran the fuel stops “backwards”. We knew I could go 9:30 on a run easily with fuel left in the tank. We figured that stopping at the 4:30 mark, then again at 13min, and finally at 22min would would be our fuel strategy. I personally like this way because it gives me a long fuel run at the end to get into a rhythm and really apply the pressure at the end instead of having to push for 3min or conserve a little on fuel…At the start of the nitro race I went from 4th to last in the first lap (not unheard of). I was calm about it knowing I was going to pit soon anyway and would have lost those spots anyway on pit lane. At the 4:30 mark I came in and topped the tank off. When I re-entered the track I was a total of 23 seconds down to the leaders (one lap is about 29seconds). I got into my rhythm and started logging laps. When everyone else came into pit around the 8-10min mark I was picking them off one my one. At 14min, when I came in for my pit I came in about 4th and went out about 6th. When 20min came around I had a horrible lap dealing with lap traffic, my dad called me in early to get me away from the lap traffic. I came in knowing I had to make a 10min run. I exited pit lane 4th but I knew the people in front of me had to make at least one maybe 2 more pit stops. I was right. I got into a rhythm and just picked them all off. 25min in I was leading, at 27min they all stopped again for final fuel stops. That put me up over 18seconds on the field. Just laid back and cruised to the finish. Second and third place were in front of me on the track. I laid back and let them battle it out for the 2nd spot. This race is held at my local track, for 5 years I’ve had nothing but bad luck at this race. With the help of Sweep Racing Tires, Boca Bearings, PTRC Fluids, and Byrons Fuel I was able to put my JQ TheCar 1st overall in the Expert Class at the 2012 Futaba/OS Nitro Challenge. Next race….the Byrons Fuel Heartland Challenge in Omaha, NE.
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3 Races and 3 Wins for JQ in Sweden
The last weekend of June Robertsfors MS hosted the 3rd round of Northern Race Series, which also served as a “warmup race” for the Swedish National Championship, a matter of weeks away.
Saturday morning there was heavy rain and strong winds, and the club decided to move the start to later in the day, but in the end it was cancelled since the track wasnt drivable, maybe more suitable for boats.
Howewer Sunday morning rain was gone and the sun was breaking through, the temperature was around 17 degrees. Since qualifying day was cancelled the host club decided to run 1 practice, 3 qualifiers and mains, and this was a bit stressful for everyone, but in the end worked out fine.
The first qualifyer was won by Magnus Björndal who showed consistancy and speed, Robert “Gus” Gustafsson suffered from a crash on last lap and fuel tank zip tie stuck and opend fuel lid.
Second qualifier was won once again by Magnus Björndal, putting in a bit faster time than in first. Gus suffered from a broken recieverpack and got a dnf.
In the third qualifier both Magnus and Gus drove great, and Gus managed to TQ the round on the fastest time of the day.
By this qualifying it ment JQ was on pole in both semis, and both Magnus and Gus got the wins in both of them, and Gus was on a faster time and would go into main on pole.
Since the timeschedule was shrunk down a lot, there was only 20 mins to prepare the cars for the 45 min mains, things got a bit stressful. After the 45 minute main Gus took a well deserved win, and Magnus got into engine trouble in last 5 minutes making him drop down of the podium. A Great result of Gus putting his yellow edition JQ THECar/OS/Beta tires on top.
All in all a good weekend, and a good warmup and info collecting for the JQ Team going into the nationals.
Thanks to Robertsfors MS who made this race possible despite the bad weather on Saturday.
Great job guys!
Finland, JQ wins with a JQ
After missing the first Finnish National due to being in Czech for the Astra Race, JQ attended the 2nd leg of the Finnish Nats, held at the Kauhava track, the same place that hosted THECar’s very first race, in 2010. The success from back then was repeated as JQ was able to win the race, thus keeping his title hopes alive in the 4 race national championship.
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JQ Products have released a report on there Malaysian National League see images below for full report.
The 3rd round of New RC Club Race 2012 was held in Bangkok at New RC Track in this past weeked 6th May. JQ Thai drivers did a great job with this race Chatchai K. got 1st place on the podium and his team mate Ekkalak K. got 3rd place. This is only the 2nd time they were running JQ Products in Thailand. Congrats to Chatchai and Ekkalak well done!
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The 2nd race of the Dutch 2012 season took place on the circuit of Mach One in Helmond last week end. Practice day was rained out, and it even rained lightly on Sunday, raceday, but the track was astroturf, so the race was run. Drivers were searching for the right setup and / or tires but it soon became clear that whatever you did, the track was slippery. The qualifications were a real spectacle of pirouettes and slides. Fastest skater service proved JQ-driver Jorg Van Leuken.
In the afternoon the rain stopped and the final was run on a dry track. In the mainfinal, Jorg van Leuken took off from pole and drove fast. He was never really threatened and drove unchallenged to his first win of the season. After his poor start Jeffrey Halsema took the second spot. The third place was a very consistent Paul Geelen.
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