Chassis Focus – Martin Bayer

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Chassis: Xray XB4 2015
Motor: Orca
ESC: Orca
Batteries: Orca
Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Savox

Remarks: Having recently made the switch from LRP, Martin Bayer is here in attendance at EOS Round 3 with a fully Orca equipped XB4 2015 that also sports some option parts, such as aluminium rear uprights and front C-Hubs with a 12° caster angle instead of the stock 9°. The aluminium ackermann plate is also optional and staying in the steering area, the servo mount is floating just like on the T4 touring car.

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Ronnefalk fastest at the end of 4WD practice

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David Ronnefalk has ended Day 1 of the Euro Offroad Series in Wels, Austria, at the top of the times sheets with the HB driver setting the fastest 4WD practice time ahead of Lee Martin who earlier in the day topped 2WD practice. Setting his fastest 3-consecutive laps in the second of the controlled practice rounds Ronnefalk would end up 1/10th of a second faster than Martin who set his time in CP1.  Behind them Martin Bayer would complete the Top 3, the Xray driver making a substantial improvement on his opening seeding pace in the final practice.

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Starting out 4WD practice with a combined Cactus/EOS set-up on his D413, Ronnefalk changing the buggy for each of the five runs he ended up back at the same set-up which he used to finish on the podium in Berlin with heavier swaybars the only difference.  Admitting he should have started off with a full EOS set-up, the 19-year-old said he was very happy with how the buggy ran in the final practice and he plans to run it the same for the opening qualifier on Sunday morning.

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Martin declared that his B-Max4 III felt ‘pretty good’.  Like Ronnefalk the Yokomo driver started out practice with a different set-up only to end up back at how he ran the car when he finished runner-up at Round 2 in Germany.  Describing the car as ‘super fast’ he said for the second controlled practice he focused on trying to improve the consistency of his driving and while slower over 3-laps he is confident he has a good 5-minutes pace.  Feeling he has a ‘good overall package’ he said they will stay with what they have for now for the opening qualifier.

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Moving ‘step by step’ forward with the set-up on his XB4 with each practice Bayer said in the end his buggy was ‘really good’.  Describing it as having good speed for the last practice the Czech driver said the big thing was that even with this it was ‘not difficult to drive’.  While he has ‘a few more ideas to improve the car further’ he said most likely he will stay with the same set-up for Q1 to be safe.

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Bayer’s team-mate Martin Wollanka would post the 4th fastest time.  The Austrian described his XB4 as ‘very easy to drive’ and with it having ‘good steering’.  Making no changes to his set-up he said the only thing he tried was running less flex in the rear of the buggy for one of the rounds but he didn’t like it and switched back.

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Making his Serpent debut in the EOS this weekend, Joern Neumann would post the 5th fastest time.  He said while the car feels ok and is ‘super easy to drive’ with plenty of steering it ‘just is not fast enough’.  Having playing around with shock set-up and tyre prep he said these didn’t improve the outright pace. The defending champion and current points standings leader said the buggy feels like it needs more weight in the front and this is something he will work on for qualifying.

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Having not enjoyed a good outing in 4WD at Round 2 of the championship, Michael Orlowski was very happy to end practice today 6th fastest.  Starting out the day with a regular CAT K1, the Polish driver switched to a carbon chassis version which features a more forward motor mounting as well as the steering servo.  Immediately preferring the prototype conversion, he said after just some small set-up tweaks over the following practices he is feeling pretty happy going into qualifying when he hopes to put the ‘disaster’ that was Berlin behind him.

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One of the surprises of Round 2, Patrick Hofer would be the fastest Team Associated driver in 4WD practice taking his B44.3 to the seventh fastest time.  Starting out with a saddle pack configuration he switched to the shorty conversation.  The Swiss driver said while the shorty made the buggy more difficult to drive it was much quicker on lap times.  Changing the shock set-up and adding weight to the rear he said this made it a little easier to drive and feeling his 5-minute pace was good in the final practice he will leave it as is for Q1.  Behind Hofer, Japanese Yokomo pairing Kai Kikuchi and Shin Adachi posted the 8th & 9th fastest times with Serpent’s Hupo Honigl completing the Top 10.

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Chassis Focus – Lee Martin

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Chassis: Yokomo YZ-2
Motor: Muchmore
ESC: Muchmore
Batteries: Protek RC
Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Xpert

Remarks: Team Yokomo top driver Lee Martin is using a pretty standard version of the new YZ-2 buggy, on which the only change of note are the rear shocks that have been moved forward. He is using his usual LMR Avior wing and the new LMR LiPo weight which adds 55 grams. Both front and rear end are equipped with Yatabe springs.

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Martin tops 2WD practice at EOS Wels

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Potentially able to secure his first ever EOS title this weekend, Lee Martin got Round 3 of the championship in Wels, Austria off to an encouraging start as he took his Yokomo to the top of the times in 2WD practice.  The British driver, who claimed his first EOS win with defending champions Yokomo at the prevous round in Berlin, set the fastest time over 3-consecutive laps from Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski.  Overall it was a good start to the weekend for Yokomo with the strongly represented Japanese manufacturer getting four cars in the Top 10 with Bjorn Prumper completing the Top 3.

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Setting his fastest time of 59.660 in the first of the two controlled practice runs, Martin summed up 2WD practice with ‘everything is good’. Moving the shocks to the front of the rear tower for the CP1 he said this produced the biggest improvement to his YZ-2 during the 5-rounds of practice.  Feeling the buggy was lacking ‘bit’ out of the corner, for the final practice he ran a heavier diff oil but not liking the results of the change he will go back for tomorrow morning’s opening 2WD qualifier, drivers now switching their attentions to 4WD practice for the remainder of today.

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Having debuted Schumacher’s new Cougar KF2 at EOS Round 2 back in January and putting it in the A-Main, Orlowski was clearly happy to kick off this weekend just .130 off Martin over the three laps.  Having had the chance to race the buggy on carpet twice since his last EOS outing, one where traction was low and the other where it was high, the 13-year-old said he now has a better knowledge of the car describing it as feeling ‘amazing’ in the final practice.  Standing up the front shocks for the last run the Polish driver said he had more steering improving the overall feel of the buggy.  Having only had use of an alloy chassis in Berlin, Orlowski is running a carbon chassis this weekend.  The only one of the Schumacher team drivers opting to run it today, Simon Moss using the alloy chassis to set the 8th fastest time, Orlowski likes the further rear motor position and running shorty batteries and he will leave his set-up unchanged for the opening qualifier.

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Running his Yokomo with the standard kit set-up Bjorn Prumper was happy with his pace in practice.  The only change the German would make over practice was to switch to a softer spring on his YZ-2 which in addition to improving how the buggy jumped also gave him more steering.  Bjorn is joined by his brother and electric touring car ace this weekend with Yannic taking his example to the 5th fastest time.  Having not raced in the EOS since Berlin two years ago, Prumper described his out of the box set-up as feeling ‘fine’ adding the track layout out made things that bit easier for a touring car driver.  Like his older brother, Yannic said his plan for Q1 was to leave the buggy as is and ‘just drive’ it.

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Here more in a support role rather than a driver, Shin Adachi was ‘very happy’ to post the 4th fastest time.  Adding it was a ‘big surprise’ to have four of their cars in the Top 10 he said he couldn’t have expected practice to have gone much better.  Starting out the day running set-up changes on his car before getting Martin to try them he said they have ended up with the same set-up with no plans to try anything further for now.  With 4WD practice to run before 2WD resumes with qualifying in the morning he said they would see how that effects the track and then make a decision on whether they need to adapt the cars for Q1.

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Setting the 6th fastest time HB’s David Ronnefalk felt he had Top 3 pace but contact with the rear wing of Orlowski’s Schumacher in the final practice resulted in him suffering a break after 3-minutes of the 5-minute run. With HB not yet having a 2WD buggy, Ronnefalk started using a Team C to claim a podium in Berlin but this weekend he is running a Team Associated conversion from French company Red Workshop.  Based on the B5, the car uses a B44 drive train.  Very happy with the car he said compared with Team C while they both have similar speed but the B52 is much easier to drive.  Feeling he improved the car for the final practice the Swede said he will most likely make a small adjustment to his shock package for tomorrow.

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Making his EOS debut with Serpent, Joern Neumann posted the 7th fastest time.  Due to a busy race programme with his new sponsors, the EOS’ most successful driver said he has only been able to run 5 batteries with the car on carpet and considering this the weekend has started out ‘OK’.  Feeling his 5-minute pace is stronger than that over 3-laps, the German said for a mid motor configuration on carpet the car is running quite good.  Having played around with weight and battery position through the practice runs he said he finds running the saddle pack inline is working best.  Happy with the progress he has made so far today he said he still needs to find a little more steering for Q1.  Team-mate Hupo Honigl would take his SRX-2 Spyder to the 13th fastest time adding that for the platform they have the pace was ‘quite ok’.

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Impressing on the debut of Xray’s new XB2 in Berlin when he finished on the podium, Martin Bayer said the basic set-up of his car which has undergone a number of developmets since Round 2 is ‘good’.  Setting the 9th fastest time from CP1, the Czech driver tried a different spring for the final practice but didn’t like it.  Planning to revert back to the spring used to post his fastest time he said he also needs to change something for Q1 to try and improve corner speed.

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Rounding out the Top 10 was Berlin double A-Finalist Patrick Hofer. The Team Associated driver said a change of shock position on his B5M for the final practice made the buggy easier to drive and with it also jumping better he was able to improve his time.  For qualifying he plans to switch to a heavier oil to make the front end a little more stable.  Behind the Swiss Champion, Xray’s Martin Wollanka posted the 11th fastest time followed by Japanese Yokomo team driver Kai Kikuchi.

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Chassis Focus – Michal Orlowski

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Chassis: Schumacher Cougar KF II
Motor: Speed Passion
ESC: Speed Passion
Batteries: MuchMore
Radio/Servo: Sanwa

Remarks: The Polish Schumacher driver is proving himself in very good form here at the Wels Modellbau. His Cougar KF II has been updated since the last EOS round in Berlin with a carbon fibre chassis that replaced the stock aluminium one. Despite the track offering good bite he is also using the ‘Low grip conversion’ kit which moves the motor backwards and allows the use of a shorty battery pack. Aluminium rear bulkheads, hubs and front steering knuckles complete the list of option parts.

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Showtime as EOS heads to Austria

Showtime as EOS heads to Austria

Following a two month break, the Euro Offroad Series resumes this weekend (March 27-29) with Round 3 of the 1:10 Offroad Championship taking drivers to Wels in Austria. For the second year running the EOS will run as part of Austria’s largest modelsport show ‘Modellbau Wels’ with show organisers this year placing the indoor track in one of the Messe Wels newly constructed entrance halls. In term of the racing action, the event marks a important stage in the championship in terms of determining who the title contenders will be and there will be a lot of attention around the championship’s most successful driver Joern Neumann as the Round 2 4WD winner makes his EOS debut with Serpent.

The winner of 11 of the 13 events held since the established of the championship in 2012, the undefeated 4WD Champion will be hoping to build on his current points lead by giving Serpent their first ever win this weekend as he partners back up with former Durango team-mate Hupo Honigl. Making his Serpent debut at Round 2 in Berlin in January, Honigl will be hoping his home race can bring him his first podium finish of Season #4 having finished 3rd in 2WD at last years event.

Enjoying his first win for Yokomo with a dominant performance in Berlin putting himself at the top of the 2WD points table, Lee Martin will be looking to continue that form in Wels. Last year the Japanese manufacturer claimed its first EOS title with Naoto Matsukura and a good result in 2WD on Saturday would position Martin perfectly to successful defend that for his team. Again Martin will have the support of Shin Adachi who makes the trip over from Japan and who himself will be looking to put his buggies in both A-Mains.

Securing a podium on the debut of their new XB2 buggy at the previous round, Xray’s challenge will again be headed by Martin Bayer. Having missed the A-Main cut at the season opener the Czech driver will be hoping another good result this weekend will put in contention for his first shot at the 2WD title which would be decided at Xray’s own Hudy Racing Arena in Slovakia which hosts the season finale in May. Impressing in both 2WD and 4WD at Round 2, Bayer’s team-mate Martin Wollanka should be one to watch at his home event.

Runner-up to Martin in 2WD last time out when he made his championship debut as a factory HB driver at Round 2, David Ronnefalk will be determined to go one better this time round and secure his first ever EOS win. Also making the 4WD podium with his D413, the Swede can as always be expected to be fast and having had more time with the cars since the last EOS should be more comfortable at the controls.

Elsewhere Team Associated will aim to build on very encouraging Berlin performances from Patrick Hofer and emerging Norwegian talent Joakim Nicolaisen who each made both A-Mains. Schumacher will have an expanded team presence with former European Champion Peter Pinisch making his EOS debut for the British manufacturer joining team leader Michal Orlowski and Round 2 A-Main finalist Simon Moss.

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2014/15 Championship Standings after Rd2

4wd Buggy Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 309pts
2. Martin Lee - 303pts
3. Bayer Martin - 298pts
4. Wollanka Martin - 297pts
5. Hönigl Hupo - 296pts
6. Hofer Patrick - 290pts
7. Adachi Shin - 288pts
8. Risser Nicolas - 286pts
9. Hovgaard Frederik - 282pts
10.Scholz Oliver - 280pts


2wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 308pts
2. Neumann Jörn - 304pts
3. Orlowski Michal - 297pts
4. Bayer Martin - 294pts
5. Wollanka Martin - 293pts
6. Nicolaisen Joakim - 292pts
7. Hönigl Hupo - 290pts
8. Adachi Shin - 286pts
9. Scholz Oliver - 283pts
10.Hofer Patrick - 282pts


4wd SC Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 312pts
2. Fedorenko Vladimir - 303pts
3. Chub Dmytro - 301pts
4. Eriksen Per - 299pts
5. Novotny Kaja - 153pts

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