Having been forced to miss the opening round of the inaugural TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby due to 1:8 Offroad commitments, Tamiya Racing Factory’s Lee Martin has confirmed his entry for the second encounter of the exciting new 1:10 electric offroad series that will take place in Belgium over the weekend of March 9-11. The current back to back European 2WD & British 4WD Champion will go head to head with factory driver line-ups from TLR and Team Durango on the indoor astroturf track in Charleroi where he will be aiming to deny Jörn Neumann a repeat of his domination of the opening race in the Czech Republic last weekend.
Round 1 of the EOS saw German ace Neumann win both 2WD and 4WD buggy along with 4WD Short Course, each time finishing ahead of his Durango team-mate Hupo Honigl. Team Losi Racing could only manage the third step of the podium in each class but with the event being their American offroad ace Mike Truhe’s first experience of a European style indoor track, the 2010 US National Champion is confident the steep learning curve of Hrotovice will stand to him in Belgium.
Taking the knowledge gained at the opening race back to the US and combining it with set-ups from team-mate Darren Bloomfield, who has a wealth of experience on non-clay surfaces, Truhe believes he can challenge for the top step of the podium at Round 2 particularly in 2WD Buggy setting the stage for an ultra competitive weekend of race action.
The organisers of the TLR/Spektrum sponsored Euro Offroad Series, legendary race announcer Scotty Ernst and Uwe Rheinard, expect to confirm more high profile entries to join Lee Martin, Mike Truhe, Joern Neumann, Hupo Honigl and Miguel Matias for Round 2 in Belgium.
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Joern Neumann completed the perfect result on the opening weekend of the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series taking TQ honours and overall victory in both buggy classes at the Czech Republic event along with success in 4WD Short Course. The pre-event favourite started his day of by lifting the 2WD title with victories in Leg 1 & 3 of the A-Main but went on to make even lighter work of the 4WD Buggy class wrapping up the overall win in the second of the three legs.
Dominating the first 4WD Main with a very convincing win, the European Champion gave himself a little more of a challenge in Leg 2 as he rolled his DEX410 at the same spot twice during the race handing the lead to Durango team-mate Hupo Honigl but each time the Austrian made his own mistakes allowing Neumann back to the front. While the final result shows the perfect weekend for Neumann, who was joined on all three podiums by Honigl, we did see the Reedy Race winner make more than his fair share of mistakes. In the final race of the event he had a comfortable lead over the chasing pack but again rolled allowing Honigl to get on his tail before the pair touched a few corners later with Honigl coming off best to take the Leg 3 win.
Behind the Durango duo TLR’s Miguel Matias had a very steady day finishing third in all three Mains to secure himself a place on the podium with his aging XXX-4. Having qualified his XX-4 ahead of the Portuguese driver and secured a podium finish with his TLR 22 in 2WD, Oskar Levin had a contrasting run in 4WD with his strong qualifying performance coming to nothing after a difficult afternoon left him 10th in the final standings.
An encouraging start to the new TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby, preparations for Round 2 are already underway with more top name drivers set to join the series In Belgium and challenge Neumann’s early domination of proceedings. Race director Scotty Ernst declared the opening race a tremendous success paying special thanks to all the drivers who made the trip to the Czech Republic, the Bok family for hosting the event and to TLR, Spektrum, Horizon Hobby, dBoots, Vampire Racing, Proline and Tonisport without whom the staging of the new series wouldn’t have been possible.
Having secured overall victory this morning in the 2WD Buggy class Joern Neumann looks on target to compete a clean sweep of the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series this afternoon after putting in a dominant performance in the opening leg of the 4WD Buggy final. The European Champion took an easy win from pole position over Durango team-mate Hupo Honigl with Team Losi Racing’s Miguel Matias completing the Top 3 in a lonely drive to third. One of the performances of the race came from Polish Tamiya driver Piotr Okonsk who starting from 10th on the grid finished fifth after a good battle with the Yokomo of well known Czech racer Michael Bok.