Tessmann Dominates Surf City Classic

The 2011 Surf City Classic will be remembered as the race that nitro specialist and Reedy factory driver Ty Tessman showed the competition that he is a force to be reckoned with at the wheel of an electric buggy.


Orange County R/C Raceway (OCRC) in Huntington Beach, California hosted the Classic once again and provided a challenging track for the full field of pro racers and privateers from around the country. Pro drivers were racing against one another in the Invitational classes. The grid would be set by qualifying points earned in four rounds of qualifying. A 10-minute main event would determine the champion.

Ty was clearly up to the challenge by taking the pole position in both the 1/8 Electric Buggy and 1/10 4WD Buggy classes against tough competition, which included the current IFMAR World Champion and former ROAR National Champions.  Great job!

Reedy LiPo batteries powered both of Ty’s rides. A #626 5500mAh 60C 4S battery was his battery of choice in 1/8 buggy. In the 1/10 4WD Buggy class, Ty’s B44.1 was equipped with a #628 5500mAH 60C 2S battery powering a Reedy Sonic 6.5 motor. An LRP SXX TC-Spec ESC rounded out the combo that provided consistent performance over the course of the long 10-minute main.

Both mains played out like qualifying. Tessmann did not disappoint his fans and won both classes in style. The young Canadian collected the handsome awards and big checks from the beautiful trophy girl.  But as any real racer will tell you, winning is not about the money or the chicks. The championship title and beating the best drivers in the world is more rewarding.

The Invitational classes were not the only game in town. Reedy-powered drivers Cory Pane and Matt Chapman won the Stock Truck (T4.1) and Stock Short Course (SC10) titles respectively. Both drivers chose Reedy #628 5500mAh 60C LiPo batteries with Pane utilizing a Sonic 17.5 motor. Congratulations!

Products used:
ASC626 Reedy 60C 5500mAh 14.8V LiPo
ASC628 Reedy 60C 5500mAh 7.4V LiPo
ASC947 Reedy Sonic 6.5 Motor
LRP41555 LRP Pulsar Touch Competition Charger
LRP65800 LRP High Power Soldering Station
LRP80955 LRP SXX TC-Spec Ver. 2 ESC

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