Having taken an easy win in the opening 4WD Buggy A-Main Team Durango’s Joern Neumann had to fend off a hard charging Lee Martin in Leg 2, the German just hanging on for the win to secure the overall victory at the second round of the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series.
Starting from pole, Neumann opened up a gap over team-mate Hupo Honigl as the Austrian defended position from Martin but the winner of the morning’s 2WD Buggy action in Belgium, the British Champion got passed the former multiple European Champion. Having split the Durango duo Martin, who rolled out of contention of the opening leg on the first lap, quickly hauled in Neumann setting the fastest lap but try as hard as he could he ran out of laps to make a passing attempt.
Afterwards Neumann said his front right tyre started to go off half way through the 5-minute encounter but admitted even leaving this aside Martin was a serious treat and they were both on a very similar pace. His second EOS win in 4WD Buggy, the European Champion who is noted for being sparing with his post race comments added that he is already looking forward to Round 3 and to the prospects of going for the hat trick of wins and a clean sweep of the inaugural series. Wanting to leave the way clear for team-mate Honigl and Martin to battle it out for the runner-up spot the 21-year-old will sit out the third A-Main.
Martin said he lost too much time behind Honigl and even though he got close to Neumann it wasn’t close enough to try a clean pass. The factory Tamiya driver said he was really pleased to be able to run as fast as Neumann, a driver who is widely regarded now as the fastest electric offroad driver in the World.
Joern Neumann cruised to a dominant win in the opening leg of 4WD Buggy Finals at the EOS in Belgium, the series points leader heading home Durango team-mate Hupo Hönigl by a massive 7 seconds. Joining the Durango pair on the podium at the opening round in the Czech Republic, TLR’s Miguel Matias completed the Top 3 after a great drive the Portuguese driver having started 7th on the grid.
Neumann and Hönigl were never threatened during the race after Lee Martin, the man expected to provide the biggest challenge to the pair rolled his Tamiys at the start of the first full lap. This allowed Tom Cockerill into third but next time round he also made a mistake allowing a gaggle of TLR drivers to close in on his Schumacher and one by one force their way passed. In the end the EIR winner finished 8th one spot ahead of his fellow Brit Martin.
Factory Tamiya driver Lee Martin has won the 2WD Buggy class at the second round of the inaugural TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series in Charleroi, Belgium. The British driver repeated his easy win of the opening leg with another tone to tone victory in the third A-Main to claim the top step on the podium at the Black Country Arena ahead of TLR’s Dustin Evans and EOS Round 1 victor Joern Neumann.
Top Qualifier for the event, Martin, who rolled out of contention of Leg 2 on the opening lap was delighted to take the overall win against the world class field of champions. Afterwards Martin said following his Leg 2 error he was a little nervous at the start of the deciding encounter but once he successfully negotiated the opening few laps he was able to settle into his rhythm eventually taking the win by over three seconds from Neumann. Having missed the opening round of the EOS due to 1:8 Offroad commitments, he said with one win out of the way he is looking forward to the afternoon’s 4WD Buggy finals and to not being on pole position, his Tamiya TRF502X starting 3rd behind the Durango’s of Neumann and Hupo Honigl.
The winner of the EOS Pilot race last year on clay, a surface the American racer is well used to, Evans said he pleased with second but was a little disappointed with the outcome of the third A-Main as he felt he could have took the battle to Martin. Battling with Tom Cockerill for third the pair came together as Evans made a move on the Schumacher. Describing the incident as ‘unlucky’ Evans, who will also contest Round 3 of the EOS at Europe’s biggest model exhibition in Dortmund next month, said he learned a lot this weekend and will be a lot better prepared for the series finale in Germany.
Finishing third overall, Neumann said he was just a little to slow this weekend in 2WD but at least he was still able to back up his win at the season opener with another podium. The Top Qualifier for 4WD, the class which he also won in the Czech Republic, the Vice-World Champion is looking forward to that now and is very confident about his chances of taking the win.