Neumann dominates 4WD Buggy qualifying
Unbeaten in 4WD Buggy en route to becoming the inaugural TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series Champion, Joern Neumann looks set to add to his tally of consecutive wins after the Team Durango driver dominated qualifying at the opening round of season No.2 of the series today in Poznan, Poland. Securing the overall TQ honours in Q3, the European Champion stamped his authority on the class when he completed a clean sweep of the time sheets by topping the fourth & final heat with the fastest 5-minute run of the day. Closest to Neumann during the day was team-mate Hupo Hönigl who in the penultimate qualifier got within 5-seconds of the German. That run, Honigl’s fastest of the four heats, secures him second on the grid ahead of fellow LRP/Durango driver Benni Gröschel who showed well in Q1 and Q4 when he was second fastest behind Neumann.
With Durango’s DEX410 buggies locking out the front of the grid, it was TLR’s Dustin Evans who was best of the rest getting his aging XXX-4 into fourth on the grid. Behind the American, who earlier secured TQ honours in 4WD Short Course, factory Schumacher driver Tom Cockerill will line up fifth with young Danish team-mate Jesper Rasmussen starting one spot behind him. Another Scandinavian to make it into the main event was Norwegian Joakim Nicolaisen whose Associated will start from 7th. Having had a tough 2WD qualifying Danny McGee fared better in 4WD to end the day 8th fastest ahead of fellow Tamiya driver Michal Orlowski. Driving a TLR XX-4, Matt Castellano made the A-Main first time of asking with the Californian completing the grid.
4WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Jörn Neumann (DE) – Durango – 310 pts
2. Hupo Hönigl (AT) – Durango – 306
3. Benni Gröschel (DE) – Durango – 306
4. Dustin Evans (US) – TLR – 303
5. Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 302
6. Jesper Rasmussen (DK) – Schumacher – 298
7. Joakim Nicolaisen (NO) – Associated – 297
8. Danny McGee (GB) – Tamiya – 296
9. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Tamiya – 295
10.Matt Castellano (US) – TLR – 295
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