Team Losi Racing’s Dustin Evans and young talent Michal Orlowski completed the 2WD Buggy podium at the first round of the 2012/13 EOS, Evans taking the win in Leg 3 ahead of 11-year-old Orlowski and team-mate Darren Bloomfield who led the race early on until a mistake. With Neumann having already claimed the overall win following the decision to correct the result of Leg 2 allowing him to sit out the final encounter, it was Evans who led away the field. Initially passed by Bloomfield, the American regained the lead on lap 3 and looked to have the race under control. On lap 10 of 16 he put his 22 on its roof allowing the very steady Orlowski to close right up, the Tamiya taking the lead a lap later when Evans had another moment. Holding off the professional driver for three laps, Orlowski got passed with three laps to go but finishing second in front of a huge home crowd the result was enough to secure the Polish racer third overall on tie break with Bloomfield who was classified fourth overall.
Joern Neumann has wrapped up the overall win in 2WD Buggy at the opening round of the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby. The German was declared winner of the second A-Main following an incident on the penultimate lap when original race winner Dustin Evans was deemed to have not waited appropriately following an incident coming off the table top on to the main straight. Evans had taken the win by 7/100th from Neumann but on reviewing video footage of the race the American was demoted to second with the Top Qualifier declared the winner handing him the overall win.
Following Neumann’s domination of Leg 1, the second A-Main was an entertaining encounter and the original result set the stage for a thrilling final leg between the two professional drivers, Evans seeking his first ever EOS series win. Having finished third in Leg 1 Darren Bloomfield saw his chances of another Top 3 finish end on the opening lap when he put his TLR22 on its roof, the Brit deciding to pull up 4-laps later so he could watch his team-mate Evans’ buggy which he had help set-up for the second leg. In the end it was Team Durango’s Hupo Hönigl who completed the top 3 putting the Austrian in contention for an overall podium finish in the final leg where he will battle with Evans and Bloomfield for the runners-up spot on the podium.
Starting from pole position defending 2WD Buggy Champion Joern Neumann cruised to victory in the first A-Main at the Euro Offroad Series season opener in Poland, the Durango driver lapping all his rivals up to 2nd and 3rd place finishers Dustin Evans and Darren Bloomfield. The only driver to run a 17-second lap over the 5-minute race, Neumann was given an early break when the No.2 starting TLR 22 of Evans ended up on its roof in the double double on lap 2 dropping the American to the back of the field. A chaotic lap for the majority of the drivers it was team-mate Matt Castellano who moved up to second but it was short lived as he too made a mistake at the same section next time round. Neumann had a moment of his own also on the same lap, flipping his DEX210 at the end of the straight but luckily it landed rubberside down however his advantage already big enough that the German still lead from start to finish. In the end Evans worked his way back towards the front where he would battle it out for second with team-mate Bloomfield. Getting passed the Brit with two laps to go Evans would hold on til the end with a last lap attempt by Bloomfield to out jump the 2011 US National Champion failing to pay off.
Result 2WD Buggy A-main Leg 1
1.(1) Jörn Neumann (DE) – Durango – 16/5:09.609
2.(2) Dustin Evans (US) – TLR – 15/5:06.998
3.(3) Darren Bloomfield (GB) – 15/5:08.170
4.(6) Michal Orlowski (PL) – 15/5:09.490
5.(7) Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 15/5:13.210
6.(4) Hupo Hönigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:13.485
7.(10)David Poulter (GB) – Kyosho – 15/5:16.273
8.(5) Matt Castellano (US) – TLR – 15/5:16.614
9.(8) Oskar Levin (SE) – TLR – 14/5:00.220
10.(9)Kája Novotny (CZ) – Durango – 14/5:10.862