Fresh from being crowned the 2WD Buggy champion here in Sweden, Dustin Evans has dominated the first leg of the 4WD Buggy A-Mains at the EOS winning from Lee Martin by over 7 seconds. A stunning drive from last on the grid saw Viktor Wilck finish a very impressive 3rd. Starting from pole, Evans took total control of the race out front leaving Ryan Cavalieri, Joern Neumann, Otto Ausfelt and Martin to take turns at running second. Setting the fastest lap of the race Neumann looked like the only driver who might be able to do anything about the Losi driver but like Cavalieri he made a mistake and dropped back into the pack.
Dustin Evans is the 2WD Buggy champion at the Euro Offroad Series pilot event after a great battle with fellow American Ryan Cavalieri which the Team Losi Racing driver described as one of the best 2WD battles he has every had. The third leg of the final was the deciding round with Evans and Top Qualifier Cavalieri having taken a win each. Applying pressure on the Associated driver throughout the race the Reedy Race of Champions winner made his move when the 2 time World Champion got it wrong at the Kyosho double, a near carbon copy of the deciding moment of Leg 1.
Evans’ first race outside the United States, he said it doesn’t get much better than this and the victory was all the more sweet as it was the first big European win for Losi’s all new TLR22 chassis. In this World Championship year the 25-year-old from Colorado said his hard work is now paying off and he hopes he can carry the momentum through to his next European visit when he will compete at the Worlds Warm-up race in Finland next month.
Cavalieri said he was pushing hard when he had his moment and once Evans got passed the low grip meant it was really hard to fight back and pull off a clean pass. Finishing second overall he said 2nd overall was still a good result and he now looking forward to the 4WD Buggy finals.
Completing the podium at the first EOS event was Team Durango’s Hupo Honigl who said third was as good as winning as the Top 2 where in a league of their own all weekend. The Austrian described his day as ‘Maximum good’ as he also took second overall in 4WD Short Course Truck behind team-mate Joern Neumann who completed the perfect result with another win in the third leg of the A-Main. Talking about the truck race Honigl said it felt weird to be able to race against Cavalieri and be on the same pace. A thrilling three way battle for the second spot in the final main saw Evans get it followed by Honigl and Cavalieri who tied on points but the multiple European Champion had the faster race time securing the perfect result for the DESC410.
A stunning drive to finish third in the final 2WD Buggy race saw Martin Bayer finish a very impressive fifth overall on his electric offroad debut. The Czech 1:8 nitro racer was clearly delighted with his debut performance and says he will be planning to do more electric racing. Finishing in front of Bayer in the overall result was promising local talent Oskar Levin who got the biggest applause when he went up to collect his trophy. The 16-year-old really impressed this weekend at the controls of his TLR22 and receiving a lot of encouragement from factory drivers to get more international experience he is certainly going to be one to watch for the future.
2WD Buggy Overall Result
1. Evans Dustin (US) – Losi TLR22 – 2pts
2. Cavalieri Ryan (US) – Associated B4.1 – 3
3. Hönigl Hupo (AT) – Durango DEX210 – 7
4. Levin Oskar (SE ) – Losi TLR22 – 8
5. Bayer Martin (CZ) – Losi TLR22 – 8
6. Ausfelt Otto (SE) – Losi TLR22 – 11
7. Ronnefalk David (SE) – Kyosho Ultima – 11
8. Neumann Jörn (DE) – Durango DEX210 – 13
9. Johansson Mikael (SE) – Kyosho Ultima – 14
10.Martin Lee (GB) – Tamiya TRF201X – 16
Team Durango’s Joern Neumann has wrapped up the first title of the Euro Offroad Series pilot event by securing overall victory in 4WD Short Course with another convincing winning performance in the second A-main here in Tomelilla, Sweden. The Top Qualifier, Neumann found himself at the tail of the field at the end of the opening lap after he got spun around by the Associated of Ryan Cavalieri but such was the blistering pace of the German he soon worked his DESC410 back to the front. Setting the fastest lap of the race he headed a Durango 1-2 for the Leg with Hupo Honigl second followed closely by Cavalieri with Dustin Evans fourth. Evans also secured himself an EOS winners trophy as he repeated his dominantion of the first 2WD Short Course final.
In 2WD Buggy Cavalieri made up for his Leg 1 mistake by putting in a faultless drive to take his Associated B4.1 to a tone to tone victory over Leg 1 winner Evans. Oskar Levin completed the Top 3 with his Losi TLR22, the local teenager doing a good job to see off the attentions of Joern Neumann. Neumann’s Durango team-mate Honigl who was third in the opening final retired with a seized motor bearing while Tamiya’s Lee Martin struggled after an early mistake and was again 8th.