Marc Rheinard is the top seed for 4WD qualifying at the EOS in Germany after slower track conditions saw the top 6 drivers after the first timed practice remain unchanged. While Lee Martin topped the times for the round ahead of Bruno Coelho, the highest placed driver to improve his time would be Michal Orlowski but the Schumacher driver remained 5th. The biggest position change within the Top 10 came from Serpent’s Joern Nuemann who moved up from 9th to 7th fastest.
Rheinard, who would set the third fastest time of the final practice, reported ‘the track was slower’ adding ‘I think because it got cold’. The Yokomo driver said this left his YZ-4 to understeer more, his rivals reporting the same thing. Team-mate Martin, also reported less traction and while happier with the power of his car after adding more turbo said ‘it still felt slow’. Discussing this with Yokomo designer Shin Adachi, with Rheinard also looking for better speed they will run a different pinion for qualifying. Sandwiched on the time sheets between the two Yokomos, Coelho was happy to hear that his rivals also found the traction to be lower.
Orlowski felt his improvement over 3-consecutive laps came from the fact he ‘drove better than before’. With his buggy easier to drive following the shock tower change he said this also allowed him to push harder. Not a fan of tracks that require ‘huge steering’, he said despite his track preferences he is ready for qualifying. Behind Orlowski, VBC team driver Yannic Prumper was happy that even though the track was slower he had managed to improved his XB4 which was now ‘easier to drive over 5 minutes’. With Neumann 7th, the Top 10 was completed behind him by a trio of Xrays with Hupo Honigl in 9th splitting brothers Martin and Ales Bayer.
Marc Rheinard set the pace in the first round of 4WD timed practice at the Euro Offroad Series in Germany. The Yokomo driver was fastest ahead of Bruno Coelho and Lee Martin, the latter two drivers set to battle it out for the 4WD title at the Nurburgring in the season finale on Sunday. Over 3-consecutive laps, Rheinard would hold a 0.161 advantage over Coelho who in turn was 0.092 ahead of his title rival Martin who earlier in the day topped 2WD practice.
Only 7th fastest in 2WD practice, having come into the event having won his first EOS race at the previous round, Rheinard was clearly pleased to find himself at the top of the time sheets. The 4-time onroad World Champion put his improved performance in 4WD mainly down to the fact that the track he was responsible for building suits his 4WD better than his 2WD. Describing his Much More powered YZ-4 as being ‘pretty good in free practice’, he said some small changes while not changing the feel of the car made it more consistent. For the final practice, the German plans to leave the car unchanged and run new tyres to give him an idea of how the car should feel for the opening qualifier which has been brought forward to Saturday evening after the conclusion of the 2WD Finals.
Leading the championship by 4-points coming into the event, Coelho was content with P2 for the first practice saying ‘everyone is on the same pace’. The Xray driver, who is making his first EOS outing using Hobbywing electrics, described his XB4 as ‘working very well’. Having spent two days testing at the Hudy Arena in preparation for his title showdown, he has run his car unchanged since the start of practice adding, ‘it is difficult to make a difference that will give you an edge over the others’.
Martin, who needs to TQ and win to have a chance at retaining his 4WD title, said he ‘lacked a bit of power’. Also trying a looser slipper he said that got worse over the run and he had to stop for an adjustment. Planning to ‘add more turbo’ and tighten the slipper he said his YZ-4 feels good after they tweaked the roll bars and reduced toe after free practice.
Finishing second on the EOS’ previous visit to the Nurburgring, Martin Wollanka would posted the 4th fastest time. The Xray driver said having changed his set-up in the final free practice and then again for the first timed practice he will for TP2 revert to the set-up he started out with. Describing the track layout as ‘technical but very nice’, the Austrian said while ‘the lap times were almost the same’ after the changes his XB4 was ‘not as agile’ and that is the reason he will change back to his base set-up. Wollanka’s team-mate and Offroad team manager Martin Bayer posted the 7th fastest time. A former multiple EOS race winner, Bayer said he was happy to be in the Top 10 given his focus today has been on Xray’s new Stadium Truck project. Having only had time to run three batteries on the new truck prior to debuting it in the newly introduced class he said this has been his concentration as he has ‘a lot to learn’ due to the less controlled tyre regulations for the class which unlike buggy are not pre-glued.
Fifth fastest on a track while he admits he isn’t a fan of due to its tight layout, Michal Orlowski was ‘pretty surprised’ by his pace. The 15-year-old was ‘happy (they) have improved a lot from the previous EOS race’. Feeling he can go faster, he said ‘there is more to come from the driver’. In terms of his CAT K2 he said this too could be improved and for the final practice he will change to a different front shock tower.
Completing the Top 6 was VBC team driver Yannic Prumper. While the manufacturer is preparing to enter the 4WD market and looking for feedback from it new star signing, the electric touring car ace is this weekend using an Xray in 4WD. With TP1 only his 3rd battery with the car, he said he is still trying to find a good set-up, with a lack of on power steering his biggest issue. For the final practice the German will change to a softer sway bar as well as softer oils and a different shock piston.
Chassis: Yokomo YZ-2 Carpet Edition Motor: Muchmore Fleta ZX 6.5T ESC: Muchmore Fleta Pro V2 Batteries: Muchmore 5000mAh Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Xpert Remarks – Winner of the last round in the 2WD class, Marc Rheinard is running a YZ-2 Carpet Edition from the Japanese manufacturer. Equipped with updated aluminium rear hubs, a vented slipper plate, front graphite arms and steering knuckles the car is also fitted with Yatabe shock springs.
Lee Martin goes into tomorrow’s 2WD qualifying at the Nurburgring in Germany as the top seed. The Yokomo driver was fastest in the two rounds of timed practice, bettering his opening 3-consecutive lap time by 0.064 to again top the times from Team Associated’s Neil Cragg. Cragg improved his time too in FP2 but the gap between the two British drivers remained almost unchanged. Having only been 7th after TP1, Bruno Coelho made a big improvement to put his Xray in Top 3 ahead of American AE pairing Ryan Cavalieri and Spencer Rivkin.
On his final practice Martin said, ‘it started really well but went off at the end because of two loose screws in the anti squat blocks’. Using TP2 to run in new tyres, he said his RC Concept powered YZ-2 ‘drives good’ and its down to him to put in a good drive over the 5-minute qualifiers. With the track layout requiring ‘a lot of concentration’ he added ‘its easy to get out of the flow (of the track).
Debuting Associated’s new B6, Cragg said, ‘the car has been good all the way through practice’. Feeling his slipper was not tight enough he said they adjusted it for the final practice but went ‘a little too much’. Hoping to ‘find a sweet spot’ on his slipper for qualifying, the former world Champion was very happy with his 5-minute time. With ‘a lot of places to crash’ he said ‘not crashing is going to be key’ to a good qualifier adding ‘I need to not over jump and make sure I hit the down slopes’.
Opting to not change his car after TP1 despite a lack of high speed steering, Coelho said his improvement came from making less mistakes. Struggling to get in 3 error free consecutive laps he said second time round he made a better job but feels ‘there is still room for improvement’. Closer on pace to his rivals he said ‘we are still too slow compared to them’ stating ‘we need to do something (to the car) to reduce this’. Top Qualifier for the event at the season opener, he said things are ‘completely different in qualifying’ and his aim is to ‘drive safe’.
Fourth fastest Ryan Cavalieri was another driver happier with his driving. The multiple World Champion described his final 2WD practice as ‘really good’ adding he ‘felt (he) drove more consistent’. Looking to adjust his Orion speedo to get it smoother on power, he is also confident that on new tyres he ‘will be a little faster too’. Team-mate and designer of the B6 Kody Numedahl was one of the few leading drivers not to improve on their opening time. Ending up 8th, he felt he ran much the same pace as before adding the key for him was that he was ‘able to run the whole 5-minutes with no mistakes’.
Taking his B6 to the fifth fastest time, EOS debutant Spencer Rivkin said ‘I’m not the fastest out there but the car was easier to drive that time’. Motoring down for TP2, the World Champion said the slower motor ‘made a big difference’ but ‘it took a few laps to get used too’. Happy with his car, he said for qualifying, ‘I still need to work on my driving and make sure I hit my marks’.
Completing the Top 6 ahead of EOS Round 3 winner Marc Rheinard, Michal Orlowski described his pace as ‘not so bad but it could be better’. Happy to have been able to improve his 3-consecutive laps time, the Polish driver feels they still need to work on bettering the steering for what he called the ‘tight & technical track layout’.
Team Associated designer Kody Numedahl, who is attending the EOS season finale at the Nurburgring in Germany, talks us through his latest creation, the B6, which is making its competition debut this weekend.
Chassis: Team Associated RC10 B6 Motor: Reedy Sonic M3 6.0T ESC: Reedy 410R Batteries: Reedy 39oomAh Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Reedy Remarks – Reigning World Champion Spencer Rivkin is here at the Nurburgring debuting the all new Associated B6. Despite the car coming highly specced as standard, Spencer is still running some option parts such as a brass bulkhead, aluminium steering set, Kashima shock bodies and front and rear sway bars. To lower the centre of gravity he also opted for titanium screws and a steel chassis weights.
Lee Martin has topped the first round of timed 2WD practice at the Euro Offroad Series season finale at Nurburgring. The Yokomo driver, who successfully defended his 2WD EOS title at the previous round, set the fastest three consecutive laps ahead of a trio of Team Associated’s new B6 car after the American manufacturer sprung a huge surprise by turning up unannounced in Germany this morning with its full American factory team. Just half a second off Martin, Neil Cragg would put in the second fastest time followed by the car’s designer Kody Numedahl and multiple World Champion Ryan Cavalieri. Making his EOS debut at the same time as the B6 makes its race debut, reigning 2WD World Champion Spencer Rivkin got his first weekend of racing 1:10 in Europe off to a solid start by rounding out the Top 6 ahead of 4WD World Champion Bruno Coelho.
One of a number of drivers to break during the first of the two time practices, Martin summed up his TP1 with ‘it was ok’. The double winner at the Nurburgring back in September when it hosted the season opener, Martin would break the bulkhead on his YZ-2 after crashing off a jump, something he said was down to him ‘trying too hard’. Impressed that he was still able to manage a 19.9 second lap with the broken bulkhead, his fastest lap a 19.472, he said his buggy is working well and the focus now is on getting the jumps right. Happy with his lines, on the track which he designed, he said at the start of the run it is ‘taking a few laps to get (his) eye in’ in terms of the jumps but once he does his times are good. Declaring ‘Neil is fast too’, he added ‘ but I expected that’.
‘A pretty good start for the B6 platform’, was how Cragg summed up his morning. With two free practice runs before the first timed round, he said ‘we have only had to make a few tiny changes’ to the car. Pleased with the car, the British driver, for whom this is only his second EOS outing, was also happy with his own driving saying ‘the driver is OK too’. Commenting on the track he said it was ‘tight and technical’ and that ‘there is a lot more in it than you think’ with the key ‘not to over drive it’.
The man responsible for designing the B6, Numedahl described his car as ‘pretty easy’ to drive. Having conducted pre race testing at 702 Raceway in Las Vegas in preparation for the event he said the EOS carpet was less grippy than he remembered, his previous EOS outing being at the Hudy Arena last season. Describing the track at 702 Raceways as ‘double’ that of this weekend, he said that helped them work on a set-up that has made the car easy to drive and they only thing they have had to do was ‘a little tuning on the steering’. ‘On a different programme’ to the rest of the team, the Californian will ‘try more risky stuff’ in terms of set-up over the course of the event to build up information.
Managing to complete only half the practice due to loosing a screw out of the bottom of his B6, Cavalieri said the laps he did do had went well. Comparing the new car to the B5 which he raced previously in the EOS, he said it was ‘pretty good right now’. Pleased to have been as quick as he was the ‘short time’ he ran he said there was more to come and overall he is just getting quicker with the more track time he gets.
Runner-up to Martin on the last visit to the legendary 1:1 race venue, Michal Orlowski would post the 5th fastest time. The Schumacher star, who has been on the podium every race this season, improved his car from free practice with it having better rotation in the timed run. Still looking to make the Cougar KF2 easier to drive, feeling it is rolling too much in the chicane he will change the rear shock position for the final practice.
Describing the Nurburgring facility as ‘incredible’, adding ‘its a great place to have (an RC) event’, Rivkin was happy with his first taste of the EOS. Asked about the carpet track, the Arizona driver said ‘I’m liking it’. Happy with his car having tested it with the team on carpet prior to travelling out to Germany, the Reedy backed driver said his biggest issue so far was that he ‘tried to be a big shot running the biggest motor’ which was wrong and with a ‘slightly slower motor’ he ‘should be good’ for the final practice.
Top Qualifier last time round at the Nurburgring, Coelho said things ‘were not perfect’ and they ‘still need to improve the car’. The Xray driver, who is in contention to claim the 4WD title, said his Hobbywing powered XB2 is ‘missing steering in the high speed corners’. Behind Coelho, young Finnish talent Jonna Haatenen was 8th fastest ahead of Round 3 2WD winner Marc Rheinard. The Top 10 was completed by the Xray of Martin Wollanka.
Venue – Nürburgring Race Hosts – capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH Country – Germany Location – Nürburg (120 km northwest of Frankfurt) Direction – Anti-Clockwise Surface – Carpet
Having made a very successful first appearance on the Euro Offroad Series back in September when it hosted the Season #5 opener, the Nurburgring finds itself hosting the EOS much sooner than anticipated as it becomes the first venue to ever feature twice in the same season. Following issues with the track build at the originally planned season finale in Austria, such was the public reaction to the first visit to the legend 1:1 racing circuit that when Uwe Rheinard asked about the possibility of return to the Nurburgring they welcomed the idea with open arms. Again running alongside the EOS is a 1:1 race event, the VLN Championship attracting close to 200 cars which will be racing together in an endurance race on the legendary Nordschleife circuit.
In terms of the 24 X 30 metre track layout, drivers face a much more challenging track than the previous visit. Pretty much a local event for EOS Round 3 2WD winner Marc Rheinard, the Yokomo driver headed up the track build but it was back to back EOS Champion Lee Martin who penned the layout which has so far being receiving positive feedback from racers. Commenting on the layout, Martin described it as having ‘both technical and high speed sections’ adding ‘I think it’s a bit better than the tracks we normally use’. Asked about the build he said, ‘I got a text from Marc on Wednesday with the dimensions asking me to design a track. He gave me a good 20-minutes to come up with something’. Sketching two designs, he said, ‘I think he (Marc) built it pretty close to the design and the layout works well’.