Joern Neumann has won the second leg of the 2WD Buggy A-Main at the Euro Offroad series setting the stage for a three way battle for the overall win in Berlin going into the third Main. The Team Durango driver took the win ahead of Team C’s Hupo Honigl and Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura, benefiting from a mistake by the latter on lap 3 that dropped the A1 winner from the lead to fifth.
Running used tyres today on his Orion powered DEX210, defending series champion Neumann said while his buggy was better he put his improved performance down his own driving being better today. Having been unable to do anything about Matsukura who easily pulled clear of the field in yesterday’s race, the German said he pushed ‘over the limit’ this time round to try and keep with the Top Qualifier and pressure him into a mistake. Posting a fractionally faster race time than that of A1, this could prove crucial for Neumann should a tie break end up deciding the overall winner.
‘Happy with second’ was how Honigl summed up his performance. The winner of Round 1 of the series in Poland, the Austrian said he ‘tried really hard’ to take the fight to Neumann who he said was a lot faster today than he was in the opening leg. Confident he had the pace to attempt a move on his former team-mate he made a mistake and although he was able to start catching back up to the leader he ‘ran out of time’. Really happy with the performance of his TM2 V2, he said its that good he would not know what set-up changes to make to improve it and with the race ‘still wide open’ it is just down to him making the most of it.
Winner of his only previous EOS outing, also in Germany, Matsukura said he got his line in the lead up to the double too tight and clipped the pipping which unsettled the car causing him to come short on the jump. Lacking the same level of steering he had in A1, he will change the set-up for A3 making the front end of his B-Max 2 softer. Team-mate Lee Martin could only manage 6th in the race. The British ace ran a fresh set of tyres which he said just took too long to come good.
Running in a strong Top 3 position but eventually finishing fourth Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp was happy with his speed but clearly upset with the driving standards of Matsukura who twice made contact with his RB6. Closing in on 2nd placed Hupo, the German said his race was ruined when ‘Naoto just jumped on (his car)’ for ‘no reason’. An EOS podium finisher and ETS race winner he said his car is really good and he hopes in A3 he will get to enjoy a clean race.
Despite setting the fastest lap of the race, Team Xray’s Martin Bayer would again finish seventh having been holding second half way into the race. The Czech driver who quailified third, said his development XB4-2 was ‘pretty difficult’ to drive. A ‘work in progress’ with the car featuring a number new parts this weekend he said the car has too much chassis flex making it ‘twitchy’. Needing to ‘work a little on the car’ he said he was happy to post the fatest lap as it shows the speed is there.
2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(2) Joern Neumann (DE) – Team Durango – 15/5:03.036
2.(4) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Team C – 15/5:05.072
3.(1) Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 15/5:07.785
4.(7) Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho – 15/5:10.226
5.(6) Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 15/5:13.169
6.(5) Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 15/5:14.970
7.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Team Xray – 15/5:15.612
8.(9) Yannic Prumper (DE) – Yokomo – 15/5:15.894
9.(10)Kev Lee (GB) – Team C – 15/5:20.758
10.(8)David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 15/5:21.282