January 5, 2013

Matsukura TQ’s Round 3

Team Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura has TQ’d the penultimate 2WD Buggy qualifier at Round 2 of the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series in Germany, the Japanese ace taking Q3 by the narrowest of margins from TLR’s Dustin Evans. The result took some time to be made official as it originally looked like Evans’ penultimate lap hadn’t counted. Manually giving the American what was thought to be a missed lap it resulted in the first 15 lap run of the event but Yokomo did their own calculations which showed the time given wasn’t possible.

With timekeeping pulling up the readings from the loop for Evans TLR22 it was discovered that a blistering final lap from the former US Champion was quicker than the minimum 21-second lap time set in the timing software. Crossing the loop at 5:02.694, the computer discarded the rocket 20.952 second lap allowing Evans to go on to run another lap and stop the clock at 5:24.117. Ultimately it was a bad lap three laps from the end of the run which cost Evans the TQ run as he got out of shape a number of times losing over 3 seconds. and handing the lead to Matsukura. Building on his Top 6 time in Q2, Team C’s Oliver Scholz completed the Top 3 for the round, the German Champion clearly happy with his run.

Having comfortably topped the opening two qualifiers Joern Neumann struggled after switching to a new set of tyres for the run. Expecting to have more grip the Team Durango driver said for some reason the fresh tyres gave him ‘zero traction’ on the wood sections. Struggling through the run the defending champion could only manage the 11th fastest time.

2WD Buggy Q3 times
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 14/5:02.614
2. Dustin Evans – TLR – 14/5:02.694
3. Oliver Scholz – Team C – 14/5:04.469
4. Darren Bloomfield – TLR – 14/5:05.468
5. Otto Ausfelt – TLR – 14/5:07.846
6. Lee Martin – Tamiya – 14/5:08.420
7. Christopher Krapp – Kyosho – 14/5:09.854
8. Hupo Honigl – Durango – 14/5:11.158
9. Bjorn Prumper – TLR – 14/5:13.019
10.Oliver Speith – Durango – 14/5:14.090

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