Martin Bayer and David Ronnefalk claimed the remaining two spots on the 4WD Buggy podium at the TLR/Spektrum Euro Touring Series either side of newly crowned Champion Joern Neumann after the 1:8 Offroad regulars finished 1st & 2nd respectively in the closing race of what was a successful first visit to Leoben in Austria.
With Neumann having sewn up the overall win at the third round of the series in Leg 2 and with it successfully defended his 4WD Buggy title, the German sat out the final A-Main leaving Team Xray’s Renaud Savoya to start at the front of the grid ahead of team-mate Bayer. Leading for the opening lap Savoya would give the Czech driver a wide birth allowing him to go to the front. Having held off Hupo Honigl in a great Leg 1 battle, as the race progressed it looked like the dual would be repeated as the Austrian, who earlier wrapped up his first EOS win when he claimed victory in 4WD Short Course, closed right in on the leading XB4.
Failing on his first attempt, Honigl set about a second charge in the closing laps knocking up to half a second a lap off Bayer’s lead but with three laps to go the Durango suffered a broken drive shaft. With the buggy slowed this allowed Bayer to cruise to the win and claim Xray’s first EOS Podium finish on only their second outing. A contender for a podium finish, as Honigl tried to nurse the DEX410 to the finish he couldn’t hold off Ronnefalk or fellow countryman Peter Pinisch who got passed on the final run down the main straight. Pinisch’s Associated getting passed cost Honigl a podium finish handing it to Ronnefalk, who having qualified 9th on the grid put in some impressive drives over the three finals.
While disappointed at missing out on repeating Durango’s 1-2 finish in 2WD Buggy earlier in the day, the weekend did see Honigl claim his first overall victory when he won 4WD Short Course ahead of TLR’s Oskar Levin and Neumann who had an ongoing electrical problem in his truck all weekend which saw the truck regularly lose steering despite having changed every component at one stage. In 2WD Short Course, 4WD Buggy A-Finalist Martin Kreil also driving a Durango took victory winning all three A-Mains.
Overall Result 4WD Buggy
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 2 pts
2. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 3
3. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 5
4. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 6
5. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 6
6. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 10
7. Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 12
8. Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 13
9. Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 15
10.Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 17
4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:13.489
2.(9) David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 15/5:16.209
3.(5) Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 15/5:17.792
4.(4) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:17.879
5.(2) Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 15/5:18.427
6.(10)Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 14/5:00.422
7.(7) Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:03.335
8.(8) Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 9/3:06.562
9.(6) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 8/2:43.457
10.(1)Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – DNS
Joern Neumann has kept his reign as the only driver to win 4WD Buggy in the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series after another dominant performance in the second A-Main at Round 3 of the series secured the Team Durango driver the overall win in Leoben, Austria. The champion of last season’s inaugural EOS and the winner of all six events that have been run since the creation of the series, today’s victory also means that the German ace has successfully defended his title with the season finale still left to run.
Starting Leg 2 from pole position, having been the 4WD Top Qualifier at every EOS, Neumann saw off a challenge from Team Xray’s Renaud Savoya on the opening lap after which he pulled clear of the field to win by almost half a lap ahead of team-mate Hupo Honigl who managed to keep Peter Pinisch at bay.
Again it was a frustrating race for series debutant Savoya who has really impressed in 4WD this weekend. Having ended qualifying equal on points with Neumann only to lose out on the TQ honours on tie break, the No.2 starting XB4 of Savoya would lose second to team-mate Martin Bayer as he tried a pass for the lead on Lap 1. Holding third for 2-laps, the French driver’s race would effectively come to an end on the next lap as an error dropped him back to last from where he could only recover to 8th. Bayer, who withstood extreme pressure from Honigl in Leg 1 to finish second, looked like he might be on target to secure his second podium of the event but on the same lap as Savoya had a serious of moments that dropped the star of the 2WD Buggy back to fifth were he would eventually finish just behind Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk.
With the overall win decided Leg 3 will see a five way battle between Bayer, Honigl, Pinisch, Ronnefalk and Round 1 podium finisher Michal Orlowski for the two spots either side of Neumann on the podium.
4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(1) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 15/5:05.634
2.(4) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:15.011
3.(5) Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 15/5:15.968
4.(6) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 15/5:17.544
5.(9) David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 15/5:19.558
6.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:19.806
7.(10)Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 14/5:00.522
8.(2) Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 14/5:00.960
9.(8) Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 14/5:03.213
10.(7)Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:08.603
Team Durango’s Joern Neumann put in a dominant performance in the first 4WD Buggy A-Main at the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series to win by a massive 8-seconds but the race was far from dull with Martin Bayer and Hupo Honigl producing plenty of entertainment as they battled over second. Starting from pole, defending champion Neumann was never threatened getting an early break on the opening lap when the No.2 starting Xray of Renaud Savoya rolled on the wall section and fell to the back of the pack.
With Neumann, who has never yet been beaten in the EOS in 4WD Buggy, pulling clear of the field the focus of attention was on the Xray of Bayer and Durango of Honigl as the pair ran nose to tail. Try as best he could to put a pass or force the Czech driver into an error, Honigl couldn’t get his moves to stick showing great sportsmanship by waiting when he made contact with Bayer. As they started their final lap, Honigl looked like he might have found a way through getting his DEX410 along side the XB4 but they touched on the run up to the double causing Honigl to case the jump ending his challenge. Trying to stay ahead of the fast closing David Ronnefalk, the Kyosho driver coming through from 8th on the grid, Honigl tried to over jump the young Swede at the crossover but couldn’t pull off the landing costing him a further spot as Peter Pinisch came through to take 4th.
4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 1 Result
1.(1) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 15/5:07.898
2.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:16.329
3.(9) David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 15/5:18.531
4.(5) Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 15/5:20.510
5.(4) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:21.941
6.(6) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:01.226
7.(2) Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 14/5:04.805
8.(7) Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:08.307
9.(10)Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 14/5:10.119
10.(8)Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 4/1:14.399