Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri has taken the 4WD Buggy crown at the Euro Offroad Series Pilot Event after taking victory over Joern Neumann in the final race of the day here in Tomelilla, Sweden. Three drivers went into the third A-Main with a chance of the title but before the first lap was even completed Top Qualifier Dustin Evans’ challenge was over. At the corner where he passed Cavalieri twice to win the 2WD Buggy title earlier today, the factory Losi driver landed hard over the double at the Kyosho corner, breaking the front right wishbone.
This left Cavalieri and Neumann to go head to head for the win with the former European Champion pushing the former World Champion hard but just as a challenge looked set to take place the German put his Durango in to the pipe. A second mistake on the penultimate lap left Cavalieri to cruise to the win with Neumann, who finished third overall having tied with Evans on points, summing up the race by saying ‘I tried’.
Cavalieri, who gave the EOS concept a big thumbs up and praised how smooth the event ran, said it was a hard third Main but he was able to run more consistent helped by the fact that track conditions made it easier to lead than chase. Despite his retirement, Evans was pleased with second overall in 4WD Buggy saying ‘Cav TQ’d 2WD and I beat him and I TQ’d 4WD and he beat me so we are pretty even’.
Outside the top 3 Lee Martin was the best of the rest finishing fourth overall for Tamiya ahead of Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk who was the best of the young local talents, who made a big impression this weekend.
With the dust now settling on the Euro Offroad Series Pilot event, the experience has been very educational with race organisers Scotty Ernst and Uwe Rheinard already working on plans for a season long EOS Series to begin in November. A full announcement regarding the inaugural 2011/12 Euro Offroad Series will be made shortly. The EOS team would like to thank Associated, Losi TLR, Team Durango, Tamiya, Kyosho and their drivers for getting behind this new concept and making the pilot race a reality. A special thanks also to the Tomelilla Motor Klubb for all their hard work and hospitality over the weekend.
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.