‘From Race Control’ – Day 3, 4WD Qualifying/Finals


Today is not just the final day of action here in Wels, Austria, but it is also the final day of what has been a very successful Season #3 of the Euro Offroad Series.  With 2WD crowning its new champion yesterday today will see the battle for the 4WD title between defending champion Joern Neumann who is chasing 3-in a row and Martin Bayer who at the last round became the first driver to deny Neumann a 4WD victory in the championship.  Today is just for 4WD starting off with the first of four rounds of qualifying, a driver’s best 2 of 4 to count. With qualifying complete the day at the Modelbau Wels Hobby Show will conclude with triple Mains for all racers.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Video – 2wd Buggy A-main Leg 3

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Neumann relinquishes title but gets first win in Austria


Having relinquished his Euro Offroad Series 2WD Buggy title to Naoto Matsukura in the second A-Main, Joern Neumann took some satisfaction in winning A3 to claim the overall win for the fourth & final round of the championship in Austria this evening.  The only driver to have held an EOS buggy title prior to today, the Team Durango driver’s win makes him the fourth winner of the season in the ever increasingly competitive championship.  Today’s win also helped Neumann to snatch the runner-up spot in the championship from former team Hupo Honigl who ends up third.   The season’s other race winner Xray’s Martin Bayer ends up fourth followed by the Schumacher of Tom Cockerill, who TQ’d the season opener, making if five different manufacturers at the top of the overall 2013/14 points standings.


A3 looked like Matusukura would back up his title win by becoming the season’s first repeat race winner but holding a commanding lead he would again make a costly mistake with 2-minutes to go.  Hooked up on the track piping, trying to to stay ahead of the battling Honigl and Neumann after being marshalled he tried to clear the tabletop but didnt have enough speed jumping short and breaking a C-hub on his B-Max 2.  His description of the incident afterwards was rather self explanitory, ‘car shit good, me just shit’.


Neumann said as the race reached the half way distance he ‘thought it was all over’.  Once Matsukura broke he said it was game on again and he tried everything to get passed Honigl which he did with three laps to go.  Happy to finish up the season with a win, the German said hopefully tomorrow he can cap off the season by retaining his 4WD title.  Set to battle it out with Martin Bayer he said he has the car to get the job done and it is now just down to the driver.


Honigl was still after the race somewhat dismayed by Matsukura’s crash. Had the Japanese driver stayed out front for the win it would have automatically secured him second overall in the championship.  Instead he had to try to keep Neumann at bay and while his Team C was ‘really good’ the European Champion pulled a pretty impressive pass at the end of the straight to which the Austrian had no response.  Overall disappointed to lose the runners-up position, Honigl said he was pleased with his season as he was in contention for the win at all four rounds.

2WD Buggy A-Main Overall Result
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 2 pts
2. Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 3
3. Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 4
4. Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 6
5. Shin Adachi (JP) – Yokomo – 9
6. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 10
7. Juho Levanen (FI) – Associated – 11
8. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 11
9. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14
10.Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 18

2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(3) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 15/5:08.554
2.(2) Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 15/5:10.341
3.(4) Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 15/5:12.756
4.(7) Shin Adachi (JP) – Yokomo – 15/5:19.078
5.(9) Juho Levanen (FI) – Associated – 15/5:21.104
6.(5) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:21.920
7.(10)Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14/5:03.522
8.(8) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:04.612
9.(6) Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 14/5:10.766
10.(1)Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 9/2:58.382


2WD Buggy Overall Championship Standings (Top 10)
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 464 pts
2. Joern Neumann – Durango – 461
3. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 459
4. Martin Bayer – Xray – 451
5. Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 451
6. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 450
7. David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 447
8. Peter Pinisch – Associated – 435
9. Juho Levanen – Associated – 431
10.Michal Orlowski – Durango – 428

View complete event results here.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Video – 2wd Buggy A-main Leg 2

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Matsukura is EOS Champion, Neumann wins A2


Naoto Matsukura is the new 2013/14 Euro Offroad Series Champion despite the overall winner of the season finale having yet being decided.  Winner of A1 in Wels, Austria, the Team Yokomo driver finished second in A2 behind Joern Neumann meaning he will finish the fourth & final round of the championship no lower than second.   So irrespective of the outcome of A3,  with three from four rounds to count, this means he becomes only the second ever driver to be crowned a champion of the EOS ending Neumann dominant reign since the series was created three years ago.


Having only contest one race last season, Matsukura said he was ‘Super happy’ to win the title on his first full EOS campaign and was quick to thank Yokomo’s Tom Yokobora for giving him the opportunity to travel from Japan to Europe to do the competitive championship.  Also thanking his mechanic Naoya Kitagawa and the team’s head of offroad development Shin Adachi, the 20-year said having messed up A2 he hopes to complete the perfect weekend putting in an error free A3 to claim the overall win for the weekend.   The Top Qualifier had built up a good lead early in A2 but yet another mistake saw him give it all away on lap four when he parked his B-Max 2 nose front into the track barriers.  He said he was just pushing too hard and for the final showdown he plans to take things a little safer which might allow him to complete his first clean 5-minute run of the weekend around the carpet surface track.


Having pulled off after a clash with Lee Martin at the start of the first A-Main, Neumann was happy his decision to pull off and save his tyres paid dividends.  Describing the start second time round as ‘much better’, the outgoing champion was pleased with his ‘accident free’ run and now in the hunt for his first 2WD win of the season he said he is confident he can repeat the win in A3.  Running a DEX410 with the front drive train removed he said the car is good and all he will do is fit a fresh set of Pro-Line tyres adding that this time round his rivals will also be on their second set of tyres making things a little tougher.


Disappointed with the outcome of A2 which put him out of the title hunt, Honigl said he still has to focus on the championship as he is set to fight it out with former team-mate Neumann for the runners-up spot.  Commenting on the second A-Main, the Team C driver who took the lead after Matsukura’s mistake said being on used tyres it was also going to be hard to keep Neumann at bay.  With him getting by on lap 8 of 15 he said he tried to push to keep up with the Durango but this resulted in his mistake which sent him back to fourth.

2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(3) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 15/5:12.415
2.(1) Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 15/5:13.539
3.(4) Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 15/5:16.576
4.(2) Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 15/5:20.072
5.(7) Shin Adachi (JP) – Yokomo – 14/5:01.586
6.(8) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:02.274
7.(5) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:02.974
8.(9) Juho Levanen (FI) – Associated – 14/5:05.992
9.(10)Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14/5:08.953
10.(6)Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 9/3:28.971

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Video – 2wd Buggy A-main Leg 1

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Matsukura takes first A-Main in Austria


Despite a roll that cost him over two & a half seconds, Naoto Matsukura triumphed in the opening A-Main of 2WD at the Euro Offroad Series finale in Austria.  Starting from the TQ position the Yokomo driver looked to have proceedings under control until a mistake just before the loop moved title rival Hupo Honigl to the front.  While the Team C driver would lead for 5-laps after failing on his first attempted pass on the second attempt Matsukura would force his way back to the front where he would stay till the end.  Having been somewhat off the pace in qualifying, making use of the 1-hour free practice session before the start of the finals, Lee Martin got his Yokomo working piling on the pressure on Honigl in the closing laps the former European Champions separated by just 0.068 at the line.


Describing his Yokomo B-Max 2 as ‘perfect’, Matsukura said his mistake was down to driver error as he jumped too short on the corner double after the chicane the front of his buggy catching the second of the jumps sending it landing on its roof.  Rejoining behind Honigl, the Japanese ace was helped by the Austrian getting caught in the corner after the end of the straight allowing him to shadow the No.2 buggy.  Having to wait on Honigl after making contact with the TM2 V2, he didn’t wait long to make a second pass which he himself described as a ‘good pass’.  Able to control the race out front helped by Honigl coming under the attention of Martin, Matsukura said it was not easy to pull away and he is taking nothing for granted in A2 when he could wrap up his first ever EOS title.


Honigl said he could do nothing about Matsukura’s ‘comfortable lead’ early in the race but after the leader crashed he just tried to stay in front with a safe drive.  With him closing he said he was forced to push and this ultimately lead to his mistake.  The winner of the season opener Honigl said while he can follow Matsukura without much trouble his rival just has the ability to push harder something that when he tries results in mistakes.  Wanting always to push harder but knowing its going to lead to problems he said this is quite challenging mentally.  Commenting on the challenge from Martin he said the British ace ‘came pretty much out of nowhere’ adding he ‘didn’t expect him to be so fast’.


Having had Shin Adachi drive his car in the 1-hour free practice after qualifying and driven the Japanese driver cars, Martin said he made a number of changes to his car for A1.  Fitting a new gear diff case, which made the diff much smoother, adding droop and going to a harder shock spring he said the changes gave him a competitive car.  Encouraged by this Martin said he is very confident going into A2.


Behind Martin, Martin Bayer finished a distant fourth followed by 12-year-old Michal Orlowski who was the only Durango DEX210 in the race.  Unnoticed by us, Neumann this morning made a switch from his DEX210 to a DEX410 with the front diff and drive shafts removed for today’s 2WD action.  The German, who pulled off to save tyres after contact on the opening lap with Martin left him last, said he made the switch due to the more forward position of the motor in the 4WD.  For A2 he said he hopes his gamble to pull off meaning he has free tyres for the next two mains while his rivals will have to run one set a second time will pay dividends.

2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 1 Result
1.(1) Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 15/5:10.858
2.(2) Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 15/5:12.149
3.(4) Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 15/5:12.217
4.(5) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:19.867
5.(8) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 15/5:24.528
6.(9) Juho Levanen (FI) – Associated – 14/5:06.836
7.(10)Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14/5:07.114
8.(7) Shin Adachi (JP) – Yokomo – 14/5:13.730
9.(6) Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 13/4:54.915
10.(3)Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 0/0:12.100

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Matsukura is Top Qualifier for EOS Finale


Team Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura is Top Qualifier for the title deciding season finale of the Euro Offroad Series.  The Japanese ace secured the 2WD pole position for the Modelbau Wels event in Austria with a second TQ run in the final qualifier with his Q3 time giving him the tie breaker over Hupo Honigl who took Q1 & 2.  Honigl will start second on the grid with the third of the title contenders & defending champion Joern Nuemann set to start in the number 3 spot.


His third TQ of Season #3, Matsukura was understandably pleased to secure the honour maintaining his record of starting every EOS race he has attended from pole position in the championship’s premiere class.  Again not a fully clean round, the 20-year-old making one mistake that cost him almost 3-seconds & dropped him to fourth, he said he was ‘super happy’ to be leading away the grid.  Missing the opening race of the season, where Honigl took his win, Matsukura said although his aim for this evening is to take the win he has to be conscious of the points scenario as unlike his rivals he must count today’s result as 3 from 4 rounds are counted.  Chasing his third EOS race win, he knows he doesn’t need a victory to become only the second driver to be crowned EOS champion ending Neumann’s reign.  With all drivers set to start off the finals with new Pro-Line tyres, the rules allowing them to get two new sets for the triple A-Main, Matsukura said that will be the only change to his car for A1 with him confident his car works well on new tyres.


‘I gave everything but he was a hair faster’, that was how Honigl summed up the final qualifier.  The Team C driver pushed Matsukura right to the finish, how hard he was trying coming to light when he crashed on landing four corners from the finish with his buggy needing to be marshalled.  One of the instigators of the EOS, the multiple European Champion said ‘still second on the grid is fine’ and for the finals he will be on ‘full attack’.


Neumann said while he tried his best for a TQ run his tyres were too far gone.  In with an outside chance of retaining his title for a third season, the German said with a fresh set of tyres for A1 he was going for nothing less than the win with his Orion powered DEX210 ‘really good’ on new rubber.


Having a poor final qualifier, ending up only 29th fastest, Lee Martin starts fourth on the grid right in front of Martin Bayer.  The British ace said his chances for the race would depend on what work he could get done on the set-up of his Yokomo during the 1-hour free practice session between qualifying and the start of the finals.  Planning to swap cars with Shin Adachi, who lines up 7th for the final, during the practice he hopes by the Yokomo’s head of development driving his car and him driving the Japanese drivers car they can find something that allows him to mix it with the three title contenders starting ahead of him.


Bayer, who backed up his improved Q3 performance with another 3rd fastest time in the final qualifier, said they continue to make progress with the prototype XB4-2 but said being realistic he doesn’t believe he is yet in a position to challenge a podium adding the ‘Top 3 are really fast’.

2WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 310 pts
2. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 310
3. Joern Neumann – Durango – 305
4. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 304
5. Martin Bayer – Xray – 304
6. Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 302
7. Shin Adachi – Yokomo – 300
8. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 299
9. Juho Levanen – Associated – 297
10.Peter Pinisch – Associated – 295

2WD Buggy Qualifying Round 4 – Top 10 times
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 15/5:17.760
2. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 15/5:22.424
3. Martin Bayer – Xray – 14/5:01.263
4. Joern Neumann – Durango – 14/5:04.660
5. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 14/5:04.856
6. Juho Levanen – Associated – 14/5:05.294
7. Peter Pinisch – Associated – 14/5:06.584
8. Oskar Levin – Team C – 14/5:07.000
9. Carson Wernimont – Schumacher – 14/5:08.095
10.Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 14/5:08.325

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

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2014/15 Final Championship Standings

4wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 460pts
2. Neumann Jörn - 459pts
3. Bayer Martin - 459pts
4. Orlowski Michal - 449pts
5. Wollanka Martin - 449pts
6. Hofer Patrick - 445pts
7. Hönigl Hupo - 441pts
8. Adachi Shin - 435pts
9. Nicolaisen Joakim - 432pts
10.Haatanen Joona - 427pts

2wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 465pts
2. Orlowski Michal - 456pts
3. Neumann Jörn - 456pts
4. Bayer Martin - 451pts
5. Moss Simon - 443pts
6. Hönigl Hupo - 437pts
7. Wollanka Martin - 436pts
8. Nicolaisen Joakim - 435pts
9. Adachi Shin - 432pts
10.Haatanen Joona - 426pts

4wd SC Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 468pts
2. Zambrzycki Bartlomiej - 461pts
3. Fedorenko Vladimir - 455pts
4. Chub Dmytro - 454pts
5. Eriksen Per - 453pts

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