Team Asoociated’s Ryan Cavalieri has ended practice at the top of the time sheets in both 4WD classes here at the Euro Offroad Series in Sweden and will be seeded No.1 for Buggy and Short Course truck qualifying while in 2WD it is Losi who head the groups with local talent Oskar Levin fastest in Buggy and Dustin Evans the pace setter in Short Course.
Cavalieri set the pace from Team Durango’s Joern Neumann in both classes and is feeling confident going into qualifying. Getting a better diff setting on his B44.1 in the fifth and final practice he also improved the handling on his SC10 4X4 by moving the battery to the forward mounting position. Neumann was happy with both his 4WD cars saying the only changes he has made today has been to his buggy with softer shock oil improving his DEX410.
Third fastest in 4WD Buggy was top Swedish driver Otto Ausfelt. This is his local track and he is putting his knowledge to good use as he also set a fourth fastest time in 2WD qualifying. Running a Tamiya in 4WD he said his buggy is near perfect and very easy to drive. Supported by Swedish distributor Phoenix Racing, Ausfelt is running a Losi TLR22 in 2WD which he said just keeps getting better and better with each outing as he still learns about the car. Another strong Swedish performance is that of Niclas Mansson who took his Associated B44.1 to the fifth fastest time just behind Evans.
Multiple Japanese National Champion Shin Adachi was fastest of the Kyosho drivers with a switch to heavy shock oil improving his Lazer allowing him to run the sixth fastest time followed closely Viktor Wilck who was best of the TRF squad.
In 2WD Buggy 16-year-old Levin surprised himself by outpacing two of the best in the business with Evans second and Cavalieri third fastest. Making his race debut with the new Losi TLR22 the youngster said he was really happy with his Speed Passion powered example and is hopeful that he can continue his form in qualifying. Evans said the field is very equal here and its going to be all about consistency and not making mistakes in qualifying as the track conditions make it very hard to make up lost time.
Fifth fastest in 2WD buggy behind Ausfelt, Neumann says his Durango is still not to his liking but hopes a new set of tyres for the first qualifier might help. Completing the Top 6 was Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk, the teenager saying his 2WD is the best it has ever been. Current European Champion Lee Martin was the top Tamiya setting the seventh best time over three consecutive laps.
In 2WD Short Course Truck Losi filled the Top 3 places with Evans fastest from team-mate Martin Bayer and their team boss David Spashett. A multiple 1:12 World Champion Spashett is running a car he borrowed from one of the staff members at Horizon Hobby. One of the leading drivers on Losi’s European 1:8 Offroad gas team Bayer is really enjoying his electric offroad debut.