Video – 2wd A-main Leg 2

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Bayer wins from Matsukura in thrilling A2

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Martin Bayer won a thrilling second 2WD A-Main at the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia this morning, his win over Naoto Matsukura putting the Xray driver ‘back in the game’ as the overall winner of the 3rd round of the championship will be decided in the third main.  Taking the lead on the opening lap the Czech ace lead from start to finish but mistakes by both him and the hard charging A1 winner Matsukura meant the race would be a last lap dash to the line.  Team C’s Hupo Honigl would complete the Top 3.

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Finishing third in A1, having led yesterday’s encounter for a time, Bayer was delighted with his A2 win but admitted to finding the race stressful.  Moving to the front on the opening lap after a mistake by Matsukura, who would drop to the rear of the field, he said after pushing hard for a few laps he then took the approach to drive safe.   Having set the fastest lap of the race, this change of driving style only ended up leading him to make a number of errors.   Coming short on a number of jumps, he said he could see the recovering Matsukura, a driver famed for his hard charges, was ‘super fast’ and closing quickly and this caused the stress levels to get pretty high.  Relieved to get to the finish, Matsukura getting right within striking distance until an error one corner earlier, Bayer said he was ‘very happy to be back in the game’ and looking forward to challenge for his & Team Xray’s first ever EOS victory.

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Matsukura was clearly frustrated with his driving directly after the race.  Chasing a perfect score this weekend, looking for a third win in as many EOS appearances, the Top Qualifier said everything was there in terms of his equipment and it was just stupid mistakes that cost him the win.  Able to quickly catch back up to Bayer after each one of his errors, he said this was the most frustrating thing as he kept throwing away his recovery with another ‘stupid mistake’.

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Finishing a distant third, Honigl said he hadn’t much to say about the race other than he was ‘very disappointed with (his) driving’.  The Austrian, who won the season opener, said he ‘made too many mistakes’ which was totally down to his driving as his TM2 V2 as really good as highlighted by it recording the 2nd fastest lap of the race, only Bayer going quicker.

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Benefiting from a multiple car pile up, David Ronnefalk held second for three laps early on before slipping back to 9th by the end of the 5-minutes.  The Kyosho driver said having had good steering in A1 when he finished 2nd, today he had ‘zero steering’.  Unable to do anything about catching Bayer, the Swede said he just tried to hold on to his position but with no speed he quickly got caught up.  Making a few small mistakes he started dropping back down the order before an incident with Martin Wollanka left him frustrated leading to further errors that dropped him to ninth, the last finisher.

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For defending champion Joern Neumann, the race ended in retirement.  The Durango driver said he made a perfect start going from 8th to 4th but with Wollanaka, who was running second, getting out of shape and coming across his path he would drop to last.  One lap later a bad landing would see the German pop out a drive shaft ending his race.

2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(2) Martin Bayer – Xray – 13/5:22.651
2.(1) Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 13/5:26.029
3.(3) Hupo Hönigl – Team C – 12/5:01.899
4.(9) Miguel Matias – Xray – 12/5:08.092
5.(7) Peter Pinisch – Team Associated – 12/5:08.776
6.(5) Lee Martin – Yokomo – 12/5:09.586
7.(6) Martin Wollanka – Xray – 12/5:09.994
8.(10)Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 12/5:11.959
9.(4) David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 12/5:18.337
10.(8)Joern Neumann – Durango – 3/1:20.733

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‘From Race Control’ – Day 3, Finals

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It’s the deciding day of Round 3 of the Euro Offroad Series at the Hudy Arena in Slovakia.  After last night’s opening leg of Mains in 2WD buggy, Day 3 gets underway with the continuation of the 2WD finals.  Once the remaining two rounds of mains, all drivers getting triple mains, are complete the prize giving will bring the first part of the day’s proceedings to a close.  The second half of the day will see attention switch to 4WD again with three rounds of Mains to be run.

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Video – 2wd A-main Leg 1

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Matsukura takes first A-Main in Slovakia

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Naoto Matsukura moved one step closer to making it three from three as he won an action packed first A-Main of 2WD Buggy at the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia tonight.  Top Qualifier for the third round of the championship, the Japanese driver took the win from David Ronnefalk and Martin Bayer, the latter really putting it up to the Yokomo driver over the first two laps before a mistake on lap 3. While the Berlin winner would take a comfortable win over Ronnefalk’s Kyosho who in turn had a good gap over Bayer it was the battle for third that provided the entertainment.

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Fist pumping the air it was clear Matsukura was relieved to take the opening win having clearly struggled to match Bayer at the start. Describing traction as being lower than qualifying, he said he struggled for the first half of the race as his B-Max 2 suffered more understeer than normal. Able to build up a gap he said it was only in the last two minutes that he felt he had full control of the race.

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Ronnefalk said by the time he got up to second the gap was too much to pull back even though he was able to run a faster lap of the race than Matsukura.  Taking risks over the table top he said he did close the gap somewhat but after catching some track tape that caused him to spin out he decided to settle for second knowing that following all the ‘carnage behind’ he had a comfortable gap over third.  Describing his RB6 as ‘awesome’ the Swedish teenager said based on how A1 went he is really looking forward to tomorrow’s two encounters.

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Having found a way passed Matsukura on the first pass over the table top to take the lead, Bayer was understandably disappointed with third.  A mistake by Matsukura at the double before the corner table top looked to give the Xray driver an early break but in the same second Bayer would turn too early and get caught up in the corner marker losing over 6-seconds.  Dropping back to 5th, a coming together with defending champion Joern a lap later caused him to have to wait on the German leaving him last.  Setting the fastest lap of the race, and benefiting from key errors by Peter Pinisch, Lee Martin & Tom Cockerill, Bayer would recover to third, a result he said considering all that happened was ‘OK’ but still nothing like what could have been where it not for his ‘stupid mistake’ on lap 3.

Already a winner this season, Hupo Honigl would finish fourth. Starting third the Team C driver said an early error cost him dearly as he was never able to recover the lost ground.

2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 1 Result
1.(1) Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 13/5:15.981
2.(4) David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 12/5:01.890
3.(2) Martin Bayer – Xray – 12/5:05.317
4.(3) Hupo Hönigl – Team C – 12/5:07.909
5.(10)Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 12/5:08.192
6.(5) Lee Martin – Yokomo – 12/5:09.393
7.(7) Peter Pinisch – Team Associated – 12/5:12.728
8.(8) Joern Neumann – Durango – 12/5:18.268
9.(9) Miguel Matias – Xray – 12/5:18.595
10.(6)Martin Wollanka – Xray – 4/1:42.360

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Chassis Focus – Naoto Matsukura

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Chassis: Yokomo B-Max 2 MR
Motor: Yokomo 6.5
ESC: Yokomo
Batteries: Yokomo
Radio/Servo: Sanwa
Remarks – Very happy with the performances of his mid-motored buggy here at the Hudy Arena, 2wd Top Qualifier Matsukura said his setup is “super different” from the one he used to TQ and win the previous EOS encounter in Berlin. In terms of electrics he went for a short LiPo pack and a 6.5 motor instead of the 7 turns he used in Germany, while on the car the main changes have been thicker shock oils, the LMR Electra wing and the B-Max4 II rear arms used to obtain a wider and safer rear end.

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Three 2WD TQ’s in a row for Matsukura

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Naoto Matsukura is Top Qualifier for 2WD Buggy at the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia, the Japanese ace maintaining his 100% qualifying record as he claimed his 3rd pole position in as many appearance in the championship.  The Team Yokomo ace secured the overall TQ at the Hudy Arena after topping the fourth & final qualifier from Martin Bayer, who earlier claimed his first EOS TQ in 4WD,  with Q2 pace setter Hupo Honigl third, this also being the order in which they will line up on the grid for the triple A-Main.  Proving to be a tough weekend for defending champion Joern Neumann, the final qualifier was his best but starting 8th on the grid the German is unlikely to be challenging for his first 2WD win of Season #3.  Having TQ’d the penultimate round of qualifying to put himself in contention for the pole position, a costly early mistake by David Ronnefalk left him nowhere in Q4 but the Swede will still line up a competitive 4th.

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Targeting his third win, Matsukura was pleased to secure the overall TQ but was cautious about predicting he would have an easy race.  Setting the fastest lap of the race as he did in all four qualifiers, the 1:12 World Champion said Bayer’s pace is very strong and he expects the Czech driver to push hard on a track where mistakes are very easily made.  Unfortunately for Matsukura’s team-mate Lee Martin Q4 saw a DNF due to a broken caster block and the British driver starts 5th.

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Honigl, who won the season opener, said while his Team C may have lost a little pace to his rivals as the track has lost some of its traction, he is pleased to be starting third.  With two sets of the series Pro-Line controlled tyres scrubbed in the Austrian is confident, him proving in Q2 that his TM2 V2 is better on second run tyres.

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Describing his final qualifier as ‘shit’, him losing 9-seconds on 1 lap, Ronnefalk said at the start of the run he was able to run with Matsukura and Bayer so he knows he has the speed.  The Swede is very happy with his RB6 saying that the finals are down to him, driver costly errors having been common theme today for the 17-year-old.

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Neumann said his final qualifier was a ‘mistake free, clean run’ but his DEX210 is ‘way too slow’.  The three time back to back EOS champion said he has no steering and considering this making the A-Main this weekend is a result in itself.  Starting from the back end of the grid, the European Champion says he doesn’t expect to he’ll be standing on the podium for a third time this season.

2WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 310 pts
2. Martin Bayer – Xray – 308
3. Hupo Hönigl – Team C – 307
4. David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 304
5. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 303
6. Martin Wollanka – Xray – 301
7. Peter Pinisch – Team Associated – 298
8. Joern Neumann – Durango – 297
9. Miguel Matias – Xray – 296
10.Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 295

2WD Buggy Q4 times
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 13/5:18.392
2. Martin Bayer – Xray – 13/5:19.375
3. Hupo Hönigl – Team C – 12/5:02.310
4. Joern Neumann – Durango – 12/5:02.641
5. Martin Wollanka – Xray – 12/5:03.144
6. Peter Pinisch – Team Associated – 12/5:03.160
7. Miguel Matias – Xray – 12/5:03.633
8. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 12/5:05.005
9. Joakim Nicolaisen – Team Associated – 12/5:05.917
10.Martin Kreil – - 12/5:06.487

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Bayer benefits from last lap Ronnefalk error in Q3

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With 2WD Buggy qualifying resuming at the Hudy Arena, it was 4WD Top Qualifier Martin Bayer who took Q3, the Xray driver benefiting from a last lap error by David Ronnefalk.  Despite losing over a second after casing the double just before the timing loop and rolling, Ronnefalk still claimed second only 2/10th off Bayers TQ time.  Making a vast improvement over yesterday’s opening two 2WD qualifiers, Schumacher’s Tom Cockerill posted the third fastest time for the round putting the Top Qualifier of the season opener back in the hunt for a starting position in the A-Main.

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Ronnefalk said his Orion powered RB6 ‘was amazing for 4 minutes & 40 seconds until (he) screwed up’.  Describing the mistake as ‘not good’, the 17-year-old Swede said the mistake most likely cost him a chance of the  overall TQ as even if he manages a clean final qualifier he will need to do so in a quicker time that that set by Naoto Matsukura on Q1 yesterday.  It was a poor resumption of 2WD qualifying for two time EOS 2WD Top Qualifier Matsukura as the Yokomo driver, who found the track to have less grip than yesterday, posted only the 8th fastest time.

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After a terrible day yesterday in his strongest of the two main EOS classes, Cockerill said he ‘rolled the dice and for once it went in his favour’.  Making a huge set-up change to his Cougar, he reverted to the set-up with which he won the DHI Cup earlier this year which vastly improved the car for the tricky track.  A clean run the British racer said he will run the car as is in the final one as such were his results yesterday he still needs another good round to make the A-Main.

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Setting the fourth fastest time was Team Yokomo’s Lee Martin.  The former EOS race winner, he said a new set-up improved his Yokomo but it now needs further adjustments in other areas ‘to get it to work properly’.   Going into the final qualifier the Brit is confident his buggy will be the best its been all weekend.    Behind Martin, Team Associated’s Juho Levanen and Peter Pinisch had their best showings so far as they took their Centro converted B4s to the 5th & 6th fastest time respectively.  For Q2 pace setter Hupo Honigl the qualifier lasted only 2-minutes as he broke a the front shock tower mount on his Team C.

2WD Buggy Q3 times
1. Martin Bayer – Xray – 13/5:19.560
2. David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 13/5:19.762
3. Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 13/5:24.551
4. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 12/5:00.583
5. Juho Levanen – Team Associated – 12/5:02.379
6. Peter Pinisch – Team Associated – 12/5:04.877
7. Oskar Levin – Team C – 12/5:06.073
8. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 12/5:07.943
9. Joern Neumann – Durango – 12/5:08.013
10.Renaud Savoya – Xray – 12/5:08.508

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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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