April 22, 2012

Neumann takes Leg 2

After a messy performance in the opening 2WD A-Main at the EOS finale, Joern Neumann got the job done in Leg 2 but it was another far from perfect run by the German who again allowed Leg 1 winner Marc Rheinard by after a mistake of his own doing on lap 4.  The champion elect managed to retake his fellow countryman 7 laps later when the lead Tamiya got out of shape coming onto to main straight and the pair touched.  Unfortunately for Rheinard his buggy got beached on the track barrier losing him 2 seconds and allowing Team Losi Racing’s Dustin Evans through to finish second with Neumann taking the win by just over a second.

Neumann, who is running a 5.5T Speed Passion motor in his DEX210, said he just gave too much throttle coming into the double single and over jumped the double hitting the single causing his buggy to land on its roof.  Regarding his pass on Rheinard the 21-year-old said he didn’t believed he touched the Tamiya and that the coming together was a result of Rheinard having already lost the TRF201.  The Reedy Race Champion said if thought he had hit Rheinard, with whom he is good friends off the track, and caused him to get out shape he would have waited and let him back through.

Having tried a new set of front tyres on his warm-up laps Rheinard switched back to a mixed set of used tyres having picked the best two tyres from his qualifying sets.  The Touring Car ace, who is enjoying better success here on his first offroad outing since last year’s European Championship in France than he has of late in touring cars, said after the incident on the straight he expected Neumann to wait but added it wasn’t a big issue as he had not made the best entry onto the straight and the current European 4WD Buggy Champion was by far the quickest man on track.

Finishing 2nd Evans said he messed up his race with a mistake of his own on lap 4 that resulted in everyone bar Schumacher’s Tom Cockerill, who was marshalling at the double single, to miss Neumann’s mistake that allowed Rheinard into the lead.  Evans said a change of oil and piston in the rear shocks after Leg 1 had made the 22 safer to drive without losing him any speed and added the plan for the 3rd leg, which will decide who between Rheinard, Neumann and himself takes the overall win for Round 3, is to go all or nothing.

2WD Buggy Leg 2 Result
1.(1) Jörn Neumann (DE) – Durango – 16/5:18.538
2.(4) Dustin Evans (US) – TLR – 16/5:19.570
3.(2) Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya – 16/5:20.278
4.(6) Hupo Hönigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:04.772
5.(7) Mike Truhe (US) – TLR – 15/5:06.070
6.(5) Lee Martin (GB) – Tamiya – 15/5:07.160
7.(3) Darren Bloomfield (GB) – TLR – 15/5:09.757
8.(9) Oskar Levin (SE) – TLR – 15/5:14.795
9.(8) Paul Bradby (GB) – Associated – 15/5:16.813
10.(10)Oliver Speith (DE) – Kyosho – 14/5:03.962

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April 22, 2012

Rheinard wins opening 2WD A-Main

The surprise of qualifying, putting his Tamiya second on the grid of world class offroad drivers, World Touring Car Champion Marc Rheinard has won the opening leg of the 2WD Buggy A-Main at the finale of the inaugural TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series in Dortmund, Germany. The German driver was handed the lead of the race on the first run through the double double after Top Qualifier & title hopeful Joern Neumann flipped his Durango off the second double luckily landing on his wheels but dropping him to third behind Team Losi Racing’s Darren Bloomfield.  A second mistake by Neumann and then an incident first with Dustin Evans and later with Lee Martin, the other two title protagonists, allowed Rheinard to eventually cross the line 2,5 seconds clear of Evans with Bloomfield taking third just in front of Neumann.

Rheinard described his win as ‘lucky’ saying his Vega converted TRF201 lacked steering after he gambled on running used front tyres.  Caught up quickly by Neumann, who like the previous two days of action at the Intermodellbau Hobby Show would set the fastest lap, the Tamiya Racing Factory driver said defensive driving was the only way he could keep his fellow countryman behind him.  Eventually Rheinard got his big break on lap 12 of 15 when Neumann tried a move down the inside on Evans that resulted in the TLR22 needing to be marshalled. Neumann waited but the incident cost Evans, who was in striking distance of the Tamiya, 5 seconds and any chance of the win.

Neumann said his opening mistake was his own doing and his Speed Passion powered DEX210 is easily up to the job but he really needs to improve his driving in the remaining two legs.  Dropping from second to fourth when he was hit by Martin the lap following his coming together with Evans, the Reedy Race Champion put both incidents down to close racing.

Evans was clearly frustrated at being hit by Neumann.  The US Champion said he was patient when he was third behind the German and he should of done the same as the pair were clearly quicker and going to find a way passed Rheinard.  Starting from fourth on the grid, Evans said if he can get a clean run he is confident he can challenge for the win in Leg 2 as changes to his Orion powered 22 had improved it a lot since qualifying.

Finishing third 2.2 seconds behind his Team Losi Racing team-mate, who started one place behind him on the grid, Bloomfield said he got lucky as changes to his Orion powered 22 made the rear a little too soft.

2WD Buggy Leg 1 Result
1.(2) Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya – 15/5:03.465
2.(4) Dustin Evans (US) – TLR – 15/5:06.133
3.(3) Darren Bloomfield (GB) – TLR – 15/5:08.398
4.(1) Jörn Neumann (DE) – Durango – 15/5:08.697
5.(5) Lee Martin (GB) – Tamiya – 15/5:10.540
6.(6) Hupo Hönigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:13.459
7.(10)Oliver Speith (DE) – Kyosho – 15/5:14.355
8.(8) Paul Bradby (GB) – Associated – 15/5:17.012
9.(7) Mike Truhe (US) – TLR – 15/5:19.244
10.(9)Oskar Levin (SE) – TLR – 15/5:21.245

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April 21, 2012

Neumann trounces rivals in 4WD Qualifying

Having won a closely fought battle for the 2WD Buggy Top Qualifier honours this morning it was a very different affair in the afternoon at the TLR/Spektrum sponsored Euro Offroad Series, as Team Durango’s Joern Neumann trounced the opposition in qualifying for both 4WD Buggy and Short Course.  Having already wrapped up the 4WD Buggy title with TQ’s and wins in the Czech Republic and Belgium, the German ace now wants to complete the 100% perfect score in the class, of which he is the reigning European Champion, and going by his form so far this weekend the battle tomorrow is all about second such is Neumann’s pace.

Describing 2WD qualifying as a challenge, Neumann said both his 4WD Buggy & Short Course Truck were ‘good as always’ adding that there was not much more he can do to improve them.  On target not only for a hat trick of race wins tomorrow, the first European winner of the prestigious Reedy Race is now clearly poised to became a triple champion of the inaugural EOS.

Wrapping up the pole position in Q3, Neumann used the fourth & final qualifier to scrub in a new set of dBoots tyres and fighting with an edgy DEX410 this was the only time his name wouldn’t be top of the time sheets. That honour instead went to Tamiya’s Lee Martin who was fastest ahead of factory Yokomo Touring Car driver Yannic Prumper with Neumann third having posted a new outright fastest lap of 19.205.

All baring a major disaster, the top step at the podium presentation in Dortmund tomorrow evening already has Neumann’s name on it, but the race to see who will stand each side of him should produce some good racing.  Better known as one of the World’s top touring car drivers Prumper will start second on the grid. Breaking his chassis in Q2, which because he has no spare he had to glue back together, the young German was the only other driver to record 16 laps when he finished second to Neumann in Q3.

Managing only fourth fastest as his best run prior to TQ’ing Q4, British Champion Martin will line up third on the grid with his Tamiya in front of the Durango of Hupo Honigl with fellow Brit Darren Bloomfield completing the front end of the grid in fifth as the highest placed Losi driver.

Putting in impressive runs in Q1 & 2 when he posted the 4th & 3rd fastest time respectively with the aging XXX-4, Team Losi Racing team-mate Mike Truhe is the best placed American driver lining up in sixth ahead of former European Champion Marc Rheinard, who considering his surprise 2nd on the grid in 2WD, didn’t do as well as expected on the high grip carpet track.  Rheinard is one of three factory touring car drivers to make the A-Main with Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp getting the 10th and final spot.

Having BQ’d in 2WD, Schumacher’s lead driver Tom Cockerill ensured the British manufacturer is on the grid for the main 4WD event with his Speed Passion powered CAT SX4 set to carry No.8 tomorrow.  Also making the show on his European indoor offroad debut is Associated team boss Brent Thielke whose Reedy powered B44.1 is the only buggy from the World’s most winning offroad manufacturer with team-mate Tony Truman taking the unenviable BQ ahead of TLR’s Dustin Evans where he will be joined by the third of the AE drivers Paul Bradby who starts 5th.

In Short Course behind Neumann team mate and title rival Hupo Honigl will start 2nd followed by Bjorn Prumper, older brother of Yannic. Horizon Hobby Germany backed Prumper is top Losi lining up ahead of factory drivers Dustin Evans and Mike Truhe with Russian driver Dmitry Malyshko completing the top 6.

4WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 0 pts
2. Yannic Prumper (DE) – Yokomo – 2
3. Lee Martin (GB) – Tamiya – 3
4. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango –    3
5. Darren Bloomfield (GB) – TLR – 5
6. Mike Truhe (US) – TLR – 5
7. Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya – 7
8. Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 9
9. Brent Thielke (US) – Associated – 11
10. Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho – 12

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