Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri has won the second leg of the 4WD Buggy A-Main from a hard charging Joern Neumann and leg 1 winner Dustin Evans. Cavalieri, who put in a performance in the opening final he would prefer to forget, hit the front when Evans got out of shape and held off a late challenge from Neumann to finish 2/10th ahead of the Durango. Having dominated the opening leg Evans said he was forced to push much harder this time and running the same set of tyres found they weren’t up to the job. Cavalieri who had fresh rubber on his B44.1 said he ran a conservative race wanting to put the many mistakes made in Leg 1 behind him and that paid off.
Once again Neumann was the only one to be able to mix it with the Americans as he reduced a 2 second gap to sniffing distance of the lead car in the latter half of the race setting another fastest lap in the process. The German was pleased with his performance against Cavalieri who he said was the ‘World’s best driver’. In contention for the overall win along with the two professional US drivers who started ahead of him on the grid, the former European Champion said unless they make mistakes it would be near impossible to find a way through.
Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk had a good run from 7th on the grid to finish fourth ahead of fellow Swede Oscar Levin. After his stunning drive to third in the first encounter Viktor Wilck pulled up just before the half way distance after a series of crashes.
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