Neumann checks out in first 4WD A-Main

Team Durango’s Joern Neumann put in a dominant performance in the first 4WD Buggy A-Main at the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series to win by a massive 8-seconds but the race was far from dull with Martin Bayer and Hupo Honigl producing plenty of entertainment as they battled over second.  Starting from pole, defending champion Neumann was never threatened getting an early break on the opening lap when the No.2 starting Xray of Renaud Savoya rolled on the wall section and fell to the back of the pack.

With Neumann, who has never yet been beaten in the EOS in 4WD Buggy, pulling clear of the field the focus of attention was on the Xray of Bayer and Durango of Honigl as the pair ran nose to tail.  Try as best he could to put a pass or force the Czech driver into an error, Honigl couldn’t get his moves to stick showing great sportsmanship by waiting when he made contact with Bayer.  As they started their final lap, Honigl looked like he might have found a way through getting his DEX410 along side the XB4 but they touched on the run up to the double causing Honigl to case the jump ending his challenge.  Trying to stay ahead of the fast closing David Ronnefalk, the Kyosho driver coming through from 8th on the grid, Honigl tried to over jump the young Swede at the crossover but couldn’t pull off the landing costing him a further spot as Peter Pinisch came through to take 4th.

4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 1 Result
1.(1) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 15/5:07.898
2.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:16.329
3.(9) David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 15/5:18.531
4.(5) Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 15/5:20.510
5.(4) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:21.941
6.(6) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:01.226
7.(2) Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 14/5:04.805
8.(7) Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:08.307
9.(10)Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 14/5:10.119
10.(8)Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 4/1:14.399

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Honigl & Bayer complete 2WD Podium

Hupo Honigl and Martin Bayer completed the 2WD Buggy Podium at EOS Round 3 in Austria after the pair had very contrasting races in the 3rd A-main.  Having been the only driver to challenge overall winner Joern Neumann for the win in the opening two mains, Bayer would start at the front of the grid as the German sat out the closing race but the Team Xray driver race would have a fraught affair.  Dropping back down the pack following an error at the dBoots double on the opening lap, as hard as the Czech driver tried to make his way back through it wasn’t to be and after coming together with fellow 1:8 Offroad racer Robert Batlle a number of times he would retire his TLR22 with 1-minute to go due to a broken diff.

Moving to the front after Bayer’s mistake, Honigl controlled the race from start to finish but didn’t have it all his own way with German National Champion Oliver Scholz pushing the Durango driver hard.  Running right with Honigl, on the last lap the Team C driver looked like he might try a pass but got it wrong at the first jump allowing the Austrian to complete the final lap unchallenged to win by 2.5 seconds from Scholz and Team Associated’s Peter Pinisch.  The result would give Durango a 1-2 on the podium with Bayer demoted to the final step on the podium.

Overall Result 2WD Buggy
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 2 pts
2. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 4
3. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Team Xray – 4
4. Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 7
5. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 7
6. Robert Batlle (ES) – Yokomo – 10
7. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 10
8. Oskar Levin (SE) – TLR – 13
9. Jiri Mara (CZ) – Team Xray – 14
10.Dominic Bauer (AT) – TLR – 15

2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(3) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 14/5:01.461
2.(4) Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 14/5:04.045
3.(5) Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14/5:05.807
4.(9) Jiri Mara (CZ) – Team Xray – 14/5:07.338
5.(8) Oskar Levin (SE) – TLR – 14/5:07.627
6.(6) Dominic Bauer (AT) – TLR – 14/5:08.740
7.(10)David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 14/5:11.798
8.(7) Robert Batlle (ES) – Yokomo – 14/5:15.608
9.(2) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Team Xray – 10/3:53.881
10.(1)Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – DNS

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Neumann wins 2WD at EOS Austria

Joern Neumann has won the third round of the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby in 2WD Buggy despite the impressive efforts of class novice Martin Bayer who swapped the lead of the second A-Main with the Team Durango driver in Leoben, Austria this morning.  In the end a last lap attempt by Bayer to repass the Top Qualifier and Leg 1 winner resulted in the Team Xray driver needed to be marshaled allowing Neumann to win by 3-seconds to secure his second overall win of the 2012/13 season.  Bayer, who set the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap, was able to hold on to second ahead of 1:8 Offroad rivals Robert Batlle and David Ronnefalk who managed to come through from respective 7th & 10th starting spots on the grid.

Neumann said it was again a very close race with himself and Bayer very evenly matched so he he was happy to be able to back up his leg 1 win yesterday and secure the overall win.  Having allowed Bayer through to the lead when he rolled over his Speed Passion powered DEX210, the defending champion said he knew his best opportunity to retake the lead was at the dBoots double and he focused on perfecting that corner eventually pulling off a great pass on Bayer’s TLR22 there.  Happy to secure the overall win having lost out to Naoto Matsukura at Round 2, which was his home event his house just 10-minutes from the track, Neumann said he was a little worried about his radio throughout the race.  During his warm-up laps he lost control of his buggy which went crashing into the barriers.  Luckily his buggy survived the incident and the problem didn’t reoccur in the race itself but as a safety measure he said he will change his transmitter for this afternoon’s 4WD Buggy and 4WD Short Course A-Mains.

‘I tried’ was how Bayer summed up his attempts to make the event go all the way to the 3rd Leg.  Only his 3rd time ever to race 2WD Buggy, he said the track had a lot less traction compared to yesterday and he was not very comfortable with his TLR22 which he said was very edgy to drive and suffered badly from understeer.  Despite this he said he gave it his best shot and like Neumann he knew the dBoots Double was his best place for him to retake the lead but in his case his attempt didn’t work out.  With two second place finishes to his credit he, has already secured himself a podium finish but he said the pressure is still on as a win for either Hupo Honigl and Batlle would demote him to third overall so he needs the win.

Batlle was happy with his third place in Leg 2 which gives him a chance of making the podium on his EOS debut. The Yokomo backed driver said his BMax-2 MR was really good at the beginning of the race and he was able to close in on Neumann and Bayer once he passed Associated’s Peter Pinisch for third. As the race progressed however the 1:8 Offroad World Champion said he started to lose forward traction due to he thinks his slipper loosening but admitting he has a lot to learn he said it could also be due to ball diff.  Having only signed with Yokomo last month to race 1:10 electric offroad, the Spaniard is despite his impressive 1:8 CV a novice among the field this weekend but said he is enjoying his 2WD racing.

2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(1) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 14/5:02.045
2.(2) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Team Xray – 14/5:05.038
3.(7) Robert Batlle (ES) – Yokomo – 14/5:06.393
4.(10)David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 14/5:10.084
5.(3) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 14/5:10.551
6.(5) Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14/5:12.523
7.(4) Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 14/5:13.565
8.(8) Oskar Levin (SE) – TLR – 14/5:15.309
9.(6) Dominic Bauer (AT) – TLR – 14/5:17.504
10.(9)Jiri Mara (CZ) – Team Xray – 14/5:17.643

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Savoya tops Q4 but Neumann Top Qualifier

Having surprised his rivals by topping the opening round of qualifying, Team Xray’s Renaud Savoya proved it was not by chance as he again put his XB4 top of the time sheets in Q4. Ending qualifying equal on points with defending Champion Joern Neumann, the French ace was denied the overall TQ on his debut in the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series due to the German having a faster combined time from his TQ runs in Q2 & 3.  For Neumann securing the Top Qualifier honours maintains his record as being the only driver to start on pole position in 4WD Buggy in the EOS since its creation.

Having struggled with a very nervous buggy in Q3 after he set his ride height incorrectly when copying that of his team-mate Martin Bayer, Savoya said with it set correctly his Orion powered XB4 was ‘way more easy to drive’.  Conscious of the fastest time deciding the tie break he said he pushed as hard as he could but his tyres went off hence the slower time which was 1.4 second off his own opening TQ time.  Not expecting to be as competitive on his debut, the 3-time 1:8 Offroad European Champion said he is really looking forward to racing Neumann, who is recongnised as one of best 4WD Buggy drivers in the World, in tomorrow’s triple Mains.

For Neumann, the final qualifier saw him retire his Durango with an electrical problem the source of which the European Champion has yet to find.  In 4WD Short Course, of which he is also the defending champion,  he had problems too failing to finish all his heats after he TQ’d Q1 but he said these were due to radio interference.

Starting third will be Bayer, the Czech driver backing up his impressive 2WD qualifying performance in which he claimed second on the grid.  Third fastest in Q4 behind Associated’s Peter Pinisch, Bayer came very close to TQ’ing Q2 & 3 only to lose out to Neumann on the very last lap and he will certainly be one to watch in the finals.

4WD Buggy Round 3 Qualifying Top 10
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 14/5:05.166
2. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:05.961
3. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 14/5:07.213
4. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:11.350
5. Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:12.794
6. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 14/5:13.266
7. Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 14/5:15.701
8. Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 14/5:16.286
9. Patrick Hofer (CH) – Associated – 14/5:17.502
10.Kaja Novotny (CZ) – Durango – 14/5:17.596

4WD Buggy Round 4 Qualifying Top 10
1. Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 14/5:12.239
2. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14/5:15.191
3. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:15.463
4. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:15.653
5. Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:15.916
6. Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 14/5:16.308
7. Martin Hansen (DK) – Kyosho – 14/5:16.374
8. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 14/5:17.618
9. Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 14/5:20.310
10.Roland Hauleitner (AT) – Associated – 14/5:20.885

4WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 310 pts
2. Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 310
3. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 306
4. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 304
5. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 303
6. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 303
7. Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 300
8. Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 298
9. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 296
10.Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 295

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Q2 Update – Neumann back on top

Only fourth fastest in the opening round of 4WD Buggy qualifying, defending champion Joern Neumann got back on top of proceedings setting a new quickest time in Q2 narrowly edging out Martin Bayer when he ran a final lap that was 4/10th faster than Xray driver as the pair ended the qualifier separated by just 3/10th of a second.  A podium finish at the season opener in his home country, young Polish talent Michal Orlowski put in a very impressive drive in the top heat to set the third fastest time overall for the round ahead of Q1 pace setter Renaud Savoya.

The second qualifier was another bad round for 1:8 Offroad World Champion Robert Batlle, who having qualified for the 2WD A-Main, was like Savoya expected to do better once proceedings switched to 4WD.  23rd fastest in Q1, the Yokomo driver would retire from Q2 due to broken rear diff.  Fellow top international 1:8 driver David Ronnefalk, who is the most experienced in terms of his 1:10 mileage, had another run full of errors taking his Kyosho to the 19th fastest time which although an improvement on Q1 when he was 31st is well below par for the talented Swede who now must put in good runs in the final two qualifiers.

4WD Buggy Round 2 Qualifying Top 10
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 14/5:08.012
2. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:08.340
3. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:09.647
4. Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 14/5:10.504
5. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 14/5:11.124
6. Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 14/5:14.347
7. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14/5:14.963
8. Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 14/5:14.18.246
9. Patrick Hofer (CH) – Associated – 14/5:19.697
10.Roland Hauleitner (AT) – Associated – 14/5:21.405

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2013/14 Championship Standings after Rd3

4wd Buggy Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 312pts
2. Bayer Martin - 309pts
3. Matsukura Naoto - 304pts
4. Martin Lee - 303pts
5. Hönigl Hupo - 302pts
6. Savoya Reno - 300pts
6. Ronnefalk David - 300pts
8. Batlle Robert - 291pts
9. Orlowski Michal - 290pts
10.Bayer Ales - 288pts


2wd Buggy Class
1. Matsukura Naoto - 310pts
2. Hönigl Hupo - 307pts
3. Neumann Jörn - 306pts
4. Bayer Martin - 302pts
4. Cockerill Tom - 302pts
6. Ronnefalk David - 301pts
7. Martin Lee - 299pts
8. Pinisch Peter - 289pts
9. Prümper Yannic - 288pts
10.Gröschel Benni - 287pts


4wd SC Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 312pts
2. Hönigl Hupo - 306pts
3. Novotny Kaja - 304pts
4. Højfeldt Torben - 303pts
5. Malyshko Dmitry - 302pts


2wd SC Truck Class
1. Højfeldt Torben - 312pts
2. Morgenstern Mirko - 308pts
3. Bujara Tom - 306pts
4. Billino Björn - 301pts
5. Malyshko Dmitry - 298pts

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