Newly crowned Euro Offroad Series 2WD Champion Lee Martin has set the early pace at season finale at the Hudy Racing Arena. With the first official day of the event getting underway with three rounds of free practice, Martin’s Yokomo topped the times from the Kyosho of former team-mate & champion Naoto Matsukura. Winner of the Slovakian round last year, when the race was the third on the four round calendar, Team Xray’s Martin Bayer would post the third fastest 3-consecutive lap time.
‘So far so good’ was how Martin summed up his early performance, the British driver having a 6/10th of a second advantage over Matsukura. With his YZ-2 running a ‘very similar set-up to Wels’, where he claimed the win and his first EOS title, the British ace said the biggest focus here was the lack of jump landings which he added meant the shock set-up needs to be ‘more precise’. Planning to keep his buggy the same for the first of the two timed practice, he said having dumped on the last lap of his last run he would just check that he fully charges his battery.
His first EOS outing since he shock departure from Yokomo, with who he dominated this season’s opening round in Poland, Matsukura said his RB6 felt good. His first time to drive the buggy on carpet he said it is quite different to the Yokomo but having had a full day of open practice yesterday he has fully adapted his driving so ‘no problem’. Looking for more steering he will change the car for the first timed practice but said he would leave that change to make to his Japanese mechanic.
Describing the track as ‘pretty challenging’, Bayer continued ‘many drivers have the same speed so its going to make for a competitive weekend’. Running the same prototype XB2 as he raced in Wels, the set-up also pretty much the same, the Czech driver said ‘so far everything with the car is good’ adding that improvement in pace are going to more likely come from how he drives it. Team-mate Martin Wollanka took his example to the 8th fastest time. The Austrian is also ‘happy with the car’ and when asked about how he was driving replied, ‘there is always room for improvement with my driving’.
Schumacher’s Simon Moss, the first time Hudy Racing Arena visitor blown away by the facility, would record the 4th fastest time. The Round 3 fourth place finisher declared his free practice as having gone ‘really well’. Very complimentary of the new carpet having managed eight runs on the same set of the championship handout Schumacher tyres in open practice yesterday, he said the only set-up change he has made is to his diff oil. Going up to 20k this has helped give his KF2 more low end drive. Team-mate Michal Orlowski, star of Wels before a speedo issue cost him the win in A1, would post the 6th fastest time. The Polish driver said having found he had too much grip yesterday he ‘made a lot of small changes’. Also changing his diff oil from 10 to 15k, he said he was now happy with the car and the plan was too ‘now just drive it’.
Making the trip over from the US, multiple World Champion Ryan Cavalieri posted the 5th fastest time. The Team Associated driver, who is running a B5M with an after market gearbox that allows the motor to sit more forward in the buggy, said he ‘finally picked up the pace a little in the last one’. Having just focused on getting in a lot of driving on the carpet surface yesterday, today he has worked on tuning his set-up. Describing the track as ‘pretty challenging’ he said he likes the layout particularly the fast corners and the 180s. ‘Just a couple of tenths off’, he said they need to get the balance of the car, which sports a non-standard rear shock tower, better and once they sort that he said the consistency is there to mix it at the front.
AE team-mate Carson Wernimont ended the free practice 7th fastest. His third EOS race appearance, the American said the grip is completely different to what he experienced previously. With ‘way more grip’, he said it was ‘super edgy to drive, (and) the car is everywhere’. Looking to try and keep the car ‘flat on the track’, the EOS round 1 2WD Top Qualifier said they still have work to do with the chassis set-up. Team-mate and Associated designer Kody Numedahl, who was 11th fastest, said he is ‘just not pushing like the others’ who he added are ‘attacking the jumps more’ but said that was normal for him in practice. Commenting on his pace he said while he wouldn’t be striving for it 11th would probably be ‘a blessing in disguise’ as it would seed him in the second fastest qualifying heat.
Making his Yokomo offroad team debut, Marc Rheinard said ‘the pace is good but I need to get 3 proper laps together’. His first time to run the car yesterday he said the YZ-2 which he ran with a set-up from Lee Martin was good and since then the only changes he has made have been playing around with the battery position. Behind him Serpent’s Joern Neumann completed the Top 10. The German described his buggy as ‘medium’ adding its ‘too lazy and needs more steering’.
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Friday, May 15, 2015
Name – Hudy Racing Arena
Club – Private Track
Country – Slovakia
Location – Trencin (120 km North East of Bratislava)
Direction – Clockwise
Surface – Carpet tiles
Previous key events hosted – 2014 EOS, 2013 & 2014 ETS Season Finale
The Hudy Racing Arena plays host to its second Euro Offroad Series race, the impressive multiple track venue having being chosen as the location for the season finale of the fourth running of the 1:10 Electric Offroad championship. Part of the World renowned 25,000 square metre facility that also houses the factory of both Xray and Hudy, this year the Arena has invested in all new carpet for the construction of the European style artificial surface offroad track.
Built in an area 34 metre long by 28 over the Arena’s indoor onroad asphalt track, the new carpet came about following Round 3 of the championship. Held at the Wels Hobby Show in Austria, Austria, carpet tiles provided by the show organisers would prove very durable leading series organiser Uwe Rheinard to make enquiries about the grade of the carpet. Sourcing it to an Italian manufacturer, the EOS passed on the information to the Arena who had the carpet – which rather than coming in rolls is supplied in large tiles – ordered specifically for the EOS season finale. A darker colour to that used in Wels, a less obvious difference in the new carpet is the weave. Using a looped weave, the wear is almost minimal with all drivers praising how it feels saying it has the best of both worlds – good grip and low tyre wear. Already working on plans for Season #5 of the EOS, Rheinard said the championship is looking to invest getting its own stock of the carpet which it will transport to all races to ensure consistency and that racers tyre usage is greatly reduced by the low wear.
Newly crowned 2WD Champion Lee Martin said the ‘new surface is really good’. The Yokomo driver continued, ‘its very durable, it doesn’t tear, looks really nice and has low tyre wear’. Chasing the 4WD title this weekend, when asked about the layout Martin said, ‘they have done a great job of making it look good and to drive its pretty good but it lacks landing jumps’. The driver he is battling for the title with, reigning 3-time 4WD Champion Joern Neumann also gave the new carpet a thumbs up saying ‘it’s very good’ also highlighting the good traction and low tyre wear. On the layout he said it was ‘pretty good’ but added ‘personally I dont like angled jumps’.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Season #4 of the Euro Offroad Series reaches a climax this weekend in Slovakia with the Hudy Racing Arena playing host to the season finale where attention will focus on the 4WD title showdown. With Team Yokomo’s Lee Martin securing his first EOS title when he successfully defended the Japanese manufacturer’s 2WD crown at Round 3 in Austria, the British driver will this weekend attempt to do the double. The only driver to have ever done the double Joern Nuemann is his title rival, the now Serpent team driver having held reign of the 4WD class since the championship was first started in 2011. With the previous three rounds producing three different winners, on current form it is Martin, winner last time out who looks strongest as Neumann, a dominant force with Team Durango, still gets to terms with his new Serpent.
While Neumann and Martin’s focus will be on their title battle, the race has attracted a world class entry with a number of drivers using the event as preparations for the World Championships that will take place in Japan later this year on an indoor artificial track surface. Team Associated’s core offroad team will make the trip from the US with multiple World Champion Ryan Cavalieri and the team’s new up & coming star Carson Wernimont. Joined too by designer Kody Numedahl and team manager Brent Thielke, both accomplished racers, this will be Cavalieri’s second time to race in the EOS having experienced the European carpet style tracks during Season #2. Wernimont has had more recent EOS outings and at this season’s opening race while driving for Schumacher he became the first American to TQ a round when he topped 2WD qualifying in Poland.
The race will mark two interesting new team driver debuts as Naoto Matsukura, winner of the season opener with Yokomo makes his return to the series with Kyosho. His Tamiya touring car team-mate Marc Rheinard rejoins former TRF offroad team-mate Lee Martin at Yokomo. Matsukura took a podium in Trencin last year but for Rheinard this will be his first experience of offroad at the Hudy Arena.
The home of the Xray team, last year saw Martin Bayer do the double, winning both 2WD and 4WD at the event. The Czech driver, who went into the Season#3 finale in Austria with a chance of the title, has not enjoyed the same level of competitiveness this season but will be determined to put that right this weekend. The Hudy Arena, famed for its attention to detail, have made a major investment in new carpet specifically for the hosting of the EOS. The carpet tiles are similar to those used at the last EOS encounter held at the Wels Hobby Show in Austria with the durable surface proving very popular with racers.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Hudy Racing Arena invites all electric off-road drivers to be part of one of the best electric off-road events this year, the final round of the 2014/15 Euro Offroad Series. The team of the Hudy Racing Arena has prepared an all-new track utilising extra strong carpet and a new, challenging layout for the event that will attract racers from the US, Japan and Europe. The World’s largest, most modern and sophisticated RC car arena also attracts with a comfortable pit area, fantastic food including pizza and BBQ as well as delicious beverages. Sign-up for the event, that will take place in less than two weeks time, is available here.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Lee Martin claimed his first double of the Euro Offroad Series with the Yokomo driver adding his first ever 4WD win to a third 2WD win yesterday at Round 3 of the championship in Wels, Austria. Only the 4th driver to do the double in the EOS’ 14 race history, the British ace completed the perfect weekend when he claimed Yokomo’s second ever 4WD victory with another dominant win in A2. The win puts the newly crowned 2WD Champion in contention to do the title double as the championship moves next to the Hudy Arena in Slovakia for the Season #4 finale. Joining Martin on the podium would be the Xray’s pairing of Martin Bayer and Martin Wollanka, Bayer winning the final race of the day ahead of defending champion Joern Neumann who would finish 5th overall on his Serpent debut.
Commenting on his first win with the B-Max 4, Martin said compared to Round 1 of the championship they have made a massive step forward with the buggy and today was a culmination of good team work. Finishing second with the car at Round 2 in Berlin, he said there it was a touch hard to drive but this weekend it was ‘awesome’. Describing A2 as a ‘nice race’, he said although he made no set-up changes the buggy felt better than A1 and he he just ‘cruised around’ for the 5-minutes. Very proud of his ‘6 from 6’, referring to taking all four qualifiers and the opening two A-Mains, he said he hoped he would get the opportunity to fight for Yokomo’s first 4WD EOS title at the season finale at the Hudy Arena if a date clash with a nitro commitment can be sorted.
One of only four drivers to win a 4WD EOS encounter, Bayer was pleased to claim his first podium finish of this season. The Czech driver felt he had good speed in the first two Mains but a lack of luck meant he couldn’t reflect that in the results. Starting A3 from 2nd on the grid behind Ronnefalk, last season’s Hudy Arena winner would go to the front on lap 3 after the HB driver made contact with the corner marker on the table top leading on to the main straight. Once passed Ronnefalk, Bayer said he was able to run a controlled race. With the championship heading next to his Xray team’s home track, the Hudy Arena, where last year he did the double he said for sure he would like to go one better but added it wont be easy. A race that is set to feature a number of top American drivers, he said Martin is really fast this season.
Securing his first EOS podium finish Wollanka was delighted with the result. Finishing second in A2, the Austrian survived contact with Ronnefalk to back it up with a 3rd in A3. Ending up on the same points as Michal Orlowski, his faster A2 race time would see the 1:8 nitro offroad driver join his team-mate Bayer on the podium.
Backing his second in the opening Main with a 3rd in A2, Orlowski struggled with a lack of tyres in the closing race. With his Schumacher difficult to drive in the high traction conditions on new tyres, the 13-year-old took the gamble of getting a fourth run out of his tyres but they were done and he struggled around to finish 6th. Having only made the C-Main at Round 2 in Berlin, he said to finish 4th was a lot better but he hoped that with an alloy version of Schumacher’s prototype carbon chassis which positions the motor more forward in the buggy, that he can be more competitive having been in the hunt for the win this weekend in 2WD.
A driver who has been the dominant force in 4WD Neumann said as a driver he was disappointed to finish only 5th but considering he only just made the A-Main it was a pretty good result from 10th on the grid. Struggling with a lack of brakes in the finals, he said overall for his first EOS outing with the SRX-4 he said with more testing he is positive for the season finale when the title will be decided between him and Martin. Lucky to make the final Main after he broke a steering arm after a collison with Yokomo’s Shin Adachi in the warm-up, he said even with his braking issues he showed the lap times are in the car with only Ronnefalk posting a faster lap time in A3.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Lee Martin cruised to an easy unchallenged win in the opening 4WD A-Main at the Euro Offroad Series in Austria this afternoon but behind the Yokomo driver there was plenty of action to entertain the large crowd of onlookers. Starting from pole position, Martin quickly established a lead as behind a slow starting David Ronnefalk came under pressure from the Xray of Martin Bayer. In the battle the two would make contact which would also hold up Martin Wollanka allowing the Schumacher of Michal Orlowski to slip through to second place, where he would stay till the finish with Bayer to complete the Top 3 1.1-seconds back. Starting from the back of the grid Serpent’s Joern Neumann would enjoy a great race to finish fourth after seeing off the challenge of Team Associated’s Patrick Hofer.
Having dominated qualifying taking all four rounds, newly crowned 2WD Champion Martin said while no race is ever easy that was a pretty straight forward win. Chasing a first 4WD victory in the EOS he said the biggest problem during the race was him getting distracted by trying to watch the battles happening behind him. Half way through the 5-minute encounter he said he started to mess up a few corners as a result and he had to regain his focus on his own race. Looking to A2 he said the idea is to try and put the overall win to bed early just as he did yesterday in 2WD.
Having suffered cruel luck in 2WD when his electrics shut down while he was leading A1, Orlowski said it was nice to have a bit of luck on his side today. Starting from 5th on the grid, the 13-year-old was able to catch up the three car battle for second ahead of him but admitted he has no idea how he managed to get through unscathed when there was contact at the hairpin after the table top. With his carbon chassis’d CAT K1 Aero edgy to drive in the high traction conditions, but working better due to his tyres being on their second run, he said once in second he just drove ‘very safe’ to maintain his position. Struggling on new tyres he will run the same set for a third time in A2 in the hope of securing another good result, two of the three Mains counting for the overall result.
Bayer said he was pleased with the speed he had for the opening final and it was unfortunate to get tangled with Ronnefalk in what he described as ‘just a racing incident’, a sentiment also shared by Ronnefalk. Although he was able to close the gap to Orlowski he said he never got close enough to challenge him for second. Happy with his ORCA powered XB4 he will leave it unchanged for A2.
Defending champion Neumann was clearly happy to finish fourth having just scrapped into the A-Main, the German even managing to bust out a smile as he left the drivers stand. Benefiting from some early incidents ahead of him he found himself in 5th and then battling with Wollanka he eventually got by when the Austrian made a mistake. Making the result more impressive was the fact that Neumann was struggling with getting the power down and then getting the buggy to stop under braking due to a clicker issue. With no spare disk available he said he had no choice but to work with the damaged one. Admitting to coming under pressure from Hofer he said he got lucky when the Associated driver had a moment on the penultimate lap.
Having had a crash with Hupo Honigl early in the race that left him 10th, Hofer was delighted get a 5th out of the race. The Swiss National Champion said it was a lot of fun battling with Neumann but he hopes with a better start in A2 he can have an even better race as the speed of his B44.3 is ‘very good’.
Finishing 6th Ronnefalk said his ‘not so good start’ cost him a chance of the win. Having to protect his position from the two Xrays he said the battle that followed allowed Martin to pull clear. Describing his tangle with Bayer as ‘unlucky’, he said it was his own mistakes that dropped him to 6th but hoping for a better start in A2 he is confident he has the speed to take the decider to A3.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015