April 1, 2011

Americans dominate first ever EOS qualifier

The Euro Offroad Series’ first ever round of qualifying has been dominated by American drivers with Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri topping 4WD in both buggy & Short Course truck while Team Losi Racing’s Dustin Evans reigned over 2WD.

Cavalieri said his TQ run in 4WD Buggy was far from perfect but he was happy to end the opening day of the EOS pilot event at the top of the ranking.  Having had no issues with any sections of the track in practice, the 2-time World Champion found himself struggling at the table top in Q1 resulting a number of mistakes. Not planning any changes to his Orion powered B44.1 for the second round of qualifying tomorrow he will instead adapt his line through the section. In Short Course Truck Cavalieri said he just drove his own race aware that his biggest challenger Joern Neumann had made a few mistakes lifting the pressure off him to push his SC10 4X4.

Having struggled with a lack of steering on his Tamiya TRF511X all through practice Lee Martin made a number of set-up changes for Q1 that transformed his buggy.  This gave the European Champion a buggy with the potential to run a TQ pace but having been only 10th fastest in timed practice he had to contend with working his way from the back of the field and lost over 2 seconds when he tangled with a group of cars he was trying to pass.  In the end the British ace finished 2nd fastest just one second off Cavalieri’s time.

Recording the fastest lap of qualifying with his Losi XXX4 Dustin Evans also experienced problems with traffic and ended up third just ahead of the Team Durango’s Joern Neumann who was the only other driver to record 14 laps.

Former European Champion and current 1:10 Touring Car World Champion Marc Rheinard was fifth fastest ahead of local hot shots Otto Ausfelt and Oskar Levin who are running the same chassis as the factory Tamiya driver.  Despite little experience of electric racing Martin Bayer got his event of to an encouraging start by completing the Top 8.

In 2WD Evans headed a Losi TLR22 one-two as 16-year-old Levin showed his practice topping pace was down to talent.  Evans who also set the fastest lap for 2WD buggy was full of praise for the local star saying he was an ‘awesome’ driver and he had to work very hard to get passed him only managing in the final laps of the run.  Just 7/10th off Evans time, Levin said the run was clean but felt fellow countryman Mikael Johnsson, who ended up 10th fastest, held him up a little.

Cavalieri and Martin set the third & fourth fastest times respectively despite both their cars needing marshaling after crashes.  Cavalieri made a mistake four laps into the run but Martin got it wrong on the first lap which cost him 3-seconds.  David Ronnefalk was top Kyosho and delighted with his fifth position saying 2WD is not normally that good for him. In 4WD the Swedish teenager endured a tough day but he feels it is more down to him than the car and is hoping tomorrow when the classes are run separately, 2WD and Short Course in the morning followed by 4WD Buggy in the evening, that he will be able challenge for a place in the A-Main.

In 2WD Short Course Evans TQ’d by a convincing margin over the Losi XXX-SCT’s of team-mates Martin Bayer and David Spashett with US female racer Sarah Ernst fourth fastest driving an Associated SC10.

Day 2 of the Euro Offroad Series will see four more rounds of qualifying for drivers with the best 2 of 5 to determine the grids for Sunday’s finals.  All drivers will get triple A-Mains.

Full results can be found here.

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