Team Losi Racing’s Dustin Evans has TQ’d the first two of today’s 4WD Buggy qualifiers heading home Lee Martin in Q2 and 2WD Buggy Top Qualifier Ryan Cavalieri in Q3. The Reedy Race of Champions winner set a new fastest lap of the weekend in the third qualifier taking his XXX4 around in a blistering 21.838, Team Durango driver Joern Neumann the only other driver to go sub 22 seconds. With just two more qualifiers to run here in Tomelilla time is running out for the European’s to try topple the American’s from claiming a clean sweep of the Buggy class qualifiers.
Team Associated have taken the honour of being the first manufacturer to TQ a Euro Offroad Series race after Ryan Cavalieri produced a clean sweep of fastest runs on Day 2 of the Pilot event in Tomelilla, Sweden. The American outpaced yesterday’s Q1 top qualifier Dustin Evans in all four of today’s rounds of heats with European Champion Lee Martin third on each occasion and this is how they will line up for tomorrow’s A-Main. Cavalieri described the day as perfect having had to do nothing with the set-up on his Orion powered B4.1 all day but the 2 time World Champion says he expects a good race with Evans.
Driving Losi’s new and distinctively narrow TLR22 Evans said he has the same pace as Cavalieri but just needs to stop making mistakes. Setting the fastest lap of the final round of qualifying, the Reedy Race of Champions winner who is racing outside the US for the first time this weekend is confident he will be able to take the challenge to his fellow countryman in the finals.
Tamiya Racing Factory’s Lee Martin will be trying to stop the American’s taking home the inaugural EOS’s top prize and based on lap times has the pace to do so. The British driver said he is losing all his time to his rivals in the opening two laps but is confident if he can stick with the Top 2 from the start he will be able to mix it for the win.
Having topping timed practice, local ace Oskar Levin got a huge round of applause when he was confirmed as the fourth qualifier. Driving a Losi TLR22 the 16-year-old said the car is so easy to drive it feels slow but the laps are fast. His first time to race among such big names he says he is a little nervous about tomorrows finals but hopes he can do a good job. Levin is one of four Swedes to make the final with David Ronnefalk qualifying 6th, Otto Ausfelt 8th and National 2WD Champion Mikael Johansson taking the final spot on the grid after a tie break with Kyosho’s Shin Adachi.
Team Durango got both of their prototype 2WD buggies into the final with Hupo Honigl lining up 5th and Joern Neumann 7th. Wearing the biggest smile after qualifying is Czech 1:8 Offroad ace Martin Bayer who is delighted to make the A-Main on his electric racing debut.
While Cavalieri dominated 2WD buggy it was Europe’s Joern Neumann who dominated today’s 4WD Short Course truck qualifiers. Driving Durango’s DESC410 he was the only driver to record 14 laps around the indoor clay track doing so in the fifth and final round. TQ’ing the opening heat yesterday Cavalieri will line up second to the German for what all the drivers are predicting will be the best final of the event. Posting his best run in the final qualifier Evans said he has his Losi Ten SCTE really dialed in now and he will start third. Honigl, who was on another potential TQ run until he rolled, starts fourth followed by Swedish driver Henrik Nilsson and TRF team driver Viktor Wilck who is running a Losi truck.
In 2WD Short Course Evans is the Top Qualifier despite sitting out the final two rounds which were taken by Sarah Ernst who will start here Associated SC10 second on the grid. Bayer and multiple 1:12 World Champion David Spashett will start 3rd and 4th respectively.
The third round of qualifying was a repeat of Q2 with Ryan Cavalieri topping 2WD Buggy, Joern Neumann fastest in 4WD Short Course Truck and Dustin Evans keeping his clean sweep of 2WD SCT going. Cavalieri’s Associated B4.1 once again outpaced Evans’ Losi TLR22 and Lee Martin’s Tamiya. Enjoying his best run so far Hupo Honigl made it four different cars in the Top 4 with his Durango.
In 4WD Short Course it was another super close-run round of qualifying but Neumann again got the better of Cavalieri. His Durango team-mate Honigl took third after Evan’s made a mistake on the penultimate lap which cost him 6 seconds. In 2WD Evans, the only driver doing all four class that make up the EOS race programme, posted another easy TQ run ahead of Losi team-mate Martin Bayer and birthday boy David Spashett.
Ryan Cavalieri has TQ’d the second round of 2WD Buggy qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series in Sweden. The Team Associated driver bettered Dustin Evans opening TQ run from yesterday by 4 seconds to head home his fellow American by 7/10ths with Lee Martin setting the third fastest time.
Cavalieri said other than rebuilding the shocks on his B4.1 it was the same as yesterday but this time he didnt make any mistakes. Instead Evans made the mistakes, the Team Losi Racing driver admitting he pushed too hard as he could see Cavalieri was catching him up. Running new tyres on his Tamiya Martin said it was difficult to drive for the first few laps but by the end felt really good but the time lost at the start meant he couldn’t challenge for a TQ run.
Setting the fastest lap for the round and the fourth quickest time David Ronnefalk said both car and driver were working really well this morning. Kyosho enjoyed a strong round as team-mate Shin Adachi, who got himself a full page of coverage in the local paper this morning, took his RB5 SP2 to the sixth fastest time. The Japanese ace said his pace was down to a better slipper setting which he was able to fine tune in the hour free practice this morning.
In between the two Kyoshos with the fifth fastest time was Team Durango’s Joern Neumann. The German lost 3 second with a mistake on his first lap but said shock changes had really improved the DEX210 from yesterday. Martin Bayer continues to impress, the Czech 1:8 Offroad ace taking his Losi TLR22 to the seventh fastest time just ahead of local young gun Oskar Levin who is also running the all new Losi.
In 4WD Short Course the second qualifier was very close with Team Durango looking very strong. Neumann took the round from Q1 top qualifier Cavalieri with Dustin Evans third. Hupo Honigl was setting the pace with his Durango but got hit twice ending his challenge and dropping him to fourth. Evans was then on target to TQ when he too got tagged having just lapped a backmarker. In 2WD short Course Dustin Evans made it two out of two as he set the pace over team-mate Bayer while Sarah Ernst took her Associated to the third fastest time.
The Euro Offroad Series’ first ever round of qualifying has been dominated by American drivers with Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri topping 4WD in both buggy & Short Course truck while Team Losi Racing’s Dustin Evans reigned over 2WD.
Cavalieri said his TQ run in 4WD Buggy was far from perfect but he was happy to end the opening day of the EOS pilot event at the top of the ranking. Having had no issues with any sections of the track in practice, the 2-time World Champion found himself struggling at the table top in Q1 resulting a number of mistakes. Not planning any changes to his Orion powered B44.1 for the second round of qualifying tomorrow he will instead adapt his line through the section. In Short Course Truck Cavalieri said he just drove his own race aware that his biggest challenger Joern Neumann had made a few mistakes lifting the pressure off him to push his SC10 4X4.
Having struggled with a lack of steering on his Tamiya TRF511X all through practice Lee Martin made a number of set-up changes for Q1 that transformed his buggy. This gave the European Champion a buggy with the potential to run a TQ pace but having been only 10th fastest in timed practice he had to contend with working his way from the back of the field and lost over 2 seconds when he tangled with a group of cars he was trying to pass. In the end the British ace finished 2nd fastest just one second off Cavalieri’s time.
Recording the fastest lap of qualifying with his Losi XXX4 Dustin Evans also experienced problems with traffic and ended up third just ahead of the Team Durango’s Joern Neumann who was the only other driver to record 14 laps.
Former European Champion and current 1:10 Touring Car World Champion Marc Rheinard was fifth fastest ahead of local hot shots Otto Ausfelt and Oskar Levin who are running the same chassis as the factory Tamiya driver. Despite little experience of electric racing Martin Bayer got his event of to an encouraging start by completing the Top 8.
In 2WD Evans headed a Losi TLR22 one-two as 16-year-old Levin showed his practice topping pace was down to talent. Evans who also set the fastest lap for 2WD buggy was full of praise for the local star saying he was an ‘awesome’ driver and he had to work very hard to get passed him only managing in the final laps of the run. Just 7/10th off Evans time, Levin said the run was clean but felt fellow countryman Mikael Johnsson, who ended up 10th fastest, held him up a little.
Cavalieri and Martin set the third & fourth fastest times respectively despite both their cars needing marshaling after crashes. Cavalieri made a mistake four laps into the run but Martin got it wrong on the first lap which cost him 3-seconds. David Ronnefalk was top Kyosho and delighted with his fifth position saying 2WD is not normally that good for him. In 4WD the Swedish teenager endured a tough day but he feels it is more down to him than the car and is hoping tomorrow when the classes are run separately, 2WD and Short Course in the morning followed by 4WD Buggy in the evening, that he will be able challenge for a place in the A-Main.
In 2WD Short Course Evans TQ’d by a convincing margin over the Losi XXX-SCT’s of team-mates Martin Bayer and David Spashett with US female racer Sarah Ernst fourth fastest driving an Associated SC10.
Day 2 of the Euro Offroad Series will see four more rounds of qualifying for drivers with the best 2 of 5 to determine the grids for Sunday’s finals. All drivers will get triple A-Mains.