Matsukura takes first 4WD qualifier at EOS

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Newly crowned 2WD Champion Naoto Matsukura got his quest for a first 4WD race win off to a good start this morning at the Euro Offroad Series when he TQ’d the opening round of qualifying.  The Yokomo ace topped the round by a considerable margin over title contender Martin Bayer.  For defending champion Joern Neumann it was a contrasting start to the day as he lasted just a single lap in Q1 after breaking a front arm off his Durango following contact with the track outside barrier on the main straight.   A strong run by Neumann’s young team-mate Michal Orlowski saw him complete the Top 3.

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Pleased to kick off the early morning qualifying with a TQ run, having struggled with the early start in 2WD qualifying yesterday, Matsukura said his B-Max 4 felt good but was ultimately too easy to drive.  Despite finishing over 8-seconds up on Bayer, he said a more aggressive car would give him more speed.   For Q2 the Vice-World Championship will lay down his front shocks along with trying a different ‘lighter’ rear wing.

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Describing his opening qualifier as ‘a solid run for the morning’, like Matsukura Bayer said his car was ‘way too easy to drive’.  Winner of the previous round of the championship, the European Champion will make changes to the front end of his Xray XB4 to try and ‘get more aggressive steering’.

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12-year-old Polish talent Orlowski was very happy with his first qualifier.  Switching to a softer shock oil on his DEX410 since Friday’s timed practice he also cut the inserts in his controlled Pro-Line tyres which he said made for a more stable car.  For Q2 he plans to leave everything as is and just focus on trying to repeat another strong 5-minute run.

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In contrast to his team-mate, Lee Martin said his Yokomo was way too nervous and difficult to drive, joking with Matsukura that he was welcome to swap cars for Q2.  Setting the fourth fastest time, the Round 3 runner-up plans to add more rear toe as well as removing another row of pins from the spec Pro-Line Pin Point front tyre.

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‘Not a good start’ was how Hupo Honigl summed up his run to the fifth fastest time.  The Team C driver said he ‘was slow and crashed’ adding it was a combination of both car and driver.  Feeling his buggy is too stiff he will try to add more flex by modifying the top decks.  Team-mate Oskar Levin posted the 7th fastest time with the 19-year-old describing his run as ‘safe but slow’.  The Swede said the rear end was loose and he had to drive it very carefully. Like Honigl he will make a number of changes for Q2.

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Electric touring car ace Ronald Volker completed the Top 6 with his Yokomo.  The German was pleased with his run saying it took a while to adapt from the 2WD the ran all day yesterday back to 4WD.  Having thrown away an A-Main qualifying position with a mistake in his final 2WD qualifier, he said his aim was to start the day with a clean round.  Overall he said he needs to find a little more pace but as he gets more comfortable with running 4WD again that should come his way.

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Making the trip over for the US and making his European race debut, Schumacher’s Carson Wernimont opened his 4WD qualifying with the 8th fastest time.  The 17-year-old described it as a decent run but added he had a few mistakes which he needs to ‘brush up on for the next one’.  Pleased with his Reedy powered CAT he plans to make just a few minor adjustments for Q2 feeling the car is good enough for a Top 5 time.

4WD Buggy Qualifying Round 1 – Top 10 times’
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 15/5:03.234
2. Martin Bayer – Xray – 15/5:10.868
3. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 15/5:11.518
4. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 15/5:13.969
5. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 15/5:15.475
6. Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 15/5:17.189
7. Oskar Levin – Team C – 15/5:17.700
8. Carson Wernimont – Schumacher – 15/5:18.944
9. Oliver Scholz – Team C – 15/5:19.990
10.Bjorn Prumper – Yokomo – 15/5:20.242

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

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

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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

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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

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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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