Coelho Top Qualifier, Rheinard takes Q4

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Bruno Coelho is the 4WD Top Qualifier at Round 3 of the Euro Offroad Series in Germany.  The Xray driver secured his second consecutive TQ of his rookie EOS season with his performances in the opening two qualifiers last night as Marc Rheinard took the final qualifier ahead of Hupo Honigl.  Rheinard’s TQ run secures the 2WD race winner third on the grid behind his team-mate Lee Martin, the Yokomo drivers sandwiched among the Xrays, as Honigl, Martin Bayer and Martin Wollanka completed the Top 6 on the grid.

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Running new tyres on his XB4 for the final qualifier, Coelho said this left him with too much steering causing some early mistakes after touching the curbs.  Ending up 7th fastest, the World Champion said by the end of the run the car was perfect with him able to post a new fastest lap of qualifying on his final lap.  Knowing he had the benefit of a super fast Q2 time, should Martin be able to repeat his Q3 TQ, he said using the qualifier to break in new tyres means he now has ‘good tyres for the opening final’. Admitting that the Yokomos have improved from yesterday, he said starting ahead of them he will just try to drive a safe race and let them take the risks.

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Having come into the weekend equal in the points standings with Coelho but now a point down due to the Portuguese ace claiming the bonus TQ championship point, Martin would get a P3 from the final qualifier.  The reigning champion said his YZ-4 was ‘not bad’ but for the final they will ‘tweak the set-up to get a little more steering’.  Feeling they are ‘pretty close’ now to Coelho’s pace he said his rival looks to be ‘slightly more comfortable from the first lap’ while they take a bit more time to get going. Asked about his approach to the final, the Brit said ‘9th could win on this track in 4WD so just drive a clean race and go from there’.

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Commenting on his TQ run, Rheinard said it was his ‘first clean run and was happy to finally run 5-minutes with ‘no crashes’.   Changing to a different front drive shaft on his YZ-4, the German said while this led to a little initial understeer it made the car easier and more consistent to drive with him able to carry more corner speed.  Looking to the final, the former European 4WD Champion said he would ‘just try to keep it clean and not attack Lee at the start. Then see what happens’ adding ‘Bruno crashed in the last qualifier so it’s not easy for all of us’.

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Lining up 4th on the grid as he did in 2WD, Honigl said his new XB4 was ‘super good’ with Q4 a ‘clean’ run.  At the top of the timing screens for a time, the Austrian said he had to ‘drive like slalom’ as he avoided ‘about 5 crashed cars’ on the final lap and the 1/10th lost was enough to cost him a chance at TQing the round.  Finishing 1-second off Rheinard, he said his car is ‘fast enough for Top 3’ and hopefully the finals will go better than in 2WD when from his P4 starting position he ended up finishing 8th.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Martin takes Q3 as Coelho hits traffic

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Lee Martin opened the final day’s action at the Euro Offroad Series with a TQ run in the penultimate round of 4WD qualifying, the Yokomo driver benefiting from a last lap incident with traffic for Bruno Coelho.  Having taken both opening qualifiers last night in Germany, Coelho was on target to wrap up the overall TQ until getting caught up in a last lap mistake by Xray team-mate Nico Risser while lapping the Belgian.  As a result Martin would top the round by 6/10ths of a second from Coelho with Martin Wollanka completing the Top 3.

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‘I got lucky to TQ the round but it was still an OK run’ was how Martin summed up his improved performance. Having struggled in the opening two qualifiers, the reigning champion would make a steering set-up change to his YZ-4 for his third attempt.  While making the car feel lazier, the British driver said as he got used to it the lap times came down with him setting the fastest lap of the round.  Now in with a chance for the overall TQ, the winner of the season opener who shares the current championship standings lead with Coelho will add more turbo to his speedo setting as well as make a set-up change to get more rotation from the car.

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Coelho, who stamped his authority on Q1 & 2, wasn’t impressed that he was prevented from taking an early second overall TQ of the season going to race director Scotty Ernst directly after the qualifier.  Reacting to the incident, the World Champion said ‘my car was super good again but on the last lap I hit a backmarker.  I caught him with 2-laps to go and he would not open up and then on the last lap he hit the curb and I collected him’.

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Runner-up to his team-mate at Round 2, Wollanka said his qualifier ‘was OK but missing a bit’.  The Austrian said his first lap was too slow and the 10ths lost were enough to cost him positions and that is something he needs to improve for the final round.  Behind Wollanka, compatriot Hupo Honigl would set the fourth fastest time followed by Xray Offroad team-manager Martin Bayer.  Honigl said he can feel his car is good but he ‘need(s) to drive it better’ the run having ‘way too many mistakes’.  Bayer said he was ‘not slow and not super fast but still in the game’.  Still using his first set of tyres, the multiple EOS race winner said they were now done and he will change to a new set for Q4.

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Setting the 5th fastest time, Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski would also struggle with old tyres.  Second fastest in Q2, the Polish driver said the fourth run set of tyres left his CAT K2 ‘difficult and slow’ to drive.  With the result locking him into the A-Main, him missing the cut in Slovakia, the 14-year-old said he is very happy with the improvements they have been able to make with the car in getting it now good on carpet too.  The reigning European Champion will fit new tyres for Q4 saying while they will make the car a little edgy for the qualifier it means they should be good for the Mains.  Behind Orlowski, 17-year-old Finn Joel Valander would complete the Top 6.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Coelho stamps authority opening 4WD qualifiers

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With the action switching over to 4WD qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series it was Bruno Coelho who stamped his authority on the opening two qualifiers in Germany.  In the first round the World Champion lead an Xray 1,2,3 ahead of Martin Bayer and Hupo Hönigl with Serpent’s Joern Neumann best of the rest with the fourth fastest time.  Having struggled in Q1, it would be Scumacher’s Michal Orlowski who would get closest to Coelho in Q2 albeit 4-seconds off with Martin Wollanka completing the Top 3.  Having enjoyed all the spoils in 2WD, it was a tough start to 4WD for Team Yokomo with Marc Rheinard getting a best run of a P5 in Q1 and Lee Martin a P6 in Q2.

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Securing his first EOS victory at Round 2 when he took the 4WD win in Slovakia, Coelho described both his runs as perfect. Posting the fastest lap in each qualifier, the Portuguese driver said his XB4 is ‘super good’ pointing out having topped practice that he ‘didn’t change anything’.

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Making a big improvement between rounds, finding over 8-seconds, Orlowski said having struggled in practice they made a change that didn’t work.  Only 9th in seeding, the reigning European Champion went from a 1.2 to 1.0 front swaybar for Q1 but this left his CAT K2 lifting a wheel in the corners.  Changing to a standard kit front deck, having been running a stiffer version, and adding longer rear camber links for more rotation he said this transformed the car.  At the beginning of Q2 however, not expecting the car to be so good, he said he did not push too hard but as he got the feel for the new set-up he was ‘very surprised’ at how much he could push it. With two more qualifiers in the morning, 2 of 4 counting, the 14-year-old said he is feeling positive about tomorrow.

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Having been running second to Coelho in Q2 before a mistake and ending up 7th, 2WD winner Rheinard said ‘the car is fine. I was just driving bad and made too many mistakes’ adding ‘tomorrow should be better’.  Team-mate Martin said his YZ-4 was lifting a wheel all the time making it easy to flip, which he did twice on the straight, if he pushed hard.  A long day for all racers due to the record entry in Muelheim-Kaerlich, the newly crowned back to back 2WD Champion said, ‘I’m tired and over it for today’.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Chassis Focus – Neil Cragg

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Chassis: Associated B44.3
Motor: Reedy Sonic 5.5T
ESC: LRP Flow
Batteries: Reedy 3900mAh
Radio/Servo: KO Propo
Remarks – Making his first EOS outing, former World Champion Neil Cragg is running a pretty standard version of the B44.3 in the 4WD division. In terms of option parts his buggy is only being equipped with a JConcepts aluminium steering rack.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Video – 2wd A-main Leg 3

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rheinard get 1st win as Martin retains EOS title

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Team Yokomo enjoyed the perfect day at Round 3 of the Euro Offroad Series in Germany where Marc Rheinard claimed his first win ahead of team-mate Lee Martin, 2nd enough for Martin to successfully retain his 2WD Championship title with one round of the 2015/16 season still to run.  With Rheinard & Martin going head to head in A3 for the overall win in Muelheim-Kaerlich, the Top Qualifier’s impending win would be assisted by Martin when, 5-laps in, the British driver made a mistake coming onto the straight.  With this handing the Tamiya Touring Car ace a comfortable lead he could, despite some bobbles and a late charge from Martin, cruise to claim his first offroad win since joining Yokomo’s Offroad team last May.  With Martin’s charge resulting in a second mistake on the last lap Orlowski would go by for 2nd, a result that would maintain the Schumacher driver’s run of podium finishes this season.

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A driver who has been a regular of the EOS for the past number of season, having previously raced alongside Martin at Tamiya before the Japanese manufacturer dropped its offroad programme, Rheinard was happy to finally register a win.  A former European 4WD Offroad Champion, the German was particular pleased with the fact that his win came with a standard YZ-2 with him joking with Martin that ‘even with a prototype car you still couldn’t beat me’.  A driver who holds the honour of the most winning driver of the Euro Touring Series, today’s win sees him become only the 7th 2WD winner in the EOS’ 18 race history.

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‘A round early again, I’m pretty happy with that’, was Martin’s reaction to his second & Yokomo’s third consecutive EOS 2WD title. Having also won the title at the penultimate round last year, he said while he would have liked to have taken a third win of the season ‘at the end of the day the goal this weekend was on securing the title’.  His first EOS outing with new electric sponsors RC Concept he said it was nice to start the new relation by lifting the title. Commenting on A3, he said ‘I was pushing to catch Marc and knew that coming onto the straight was one place if you get it right you can make up time but I was too tight and hit the piping.  I knew I was guaranteed 2nd so tried to catch him towards the end and knew I needed to try something big but just too far.  It was actually a fun race’.  Having spent the weekend slagging Rheinard for finishing 28th at last week’s Reedy Race of Champions in California, the British ace didn’t miss the opportunity to remind him of the embarrassing result saying ’28 to 1, Well done Marc’ adding ‘you were just super lucky today’.

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A somewhat relieved Orlowski summed up his 2WD performance with ‘I got my podium’.  Coming into the event as the main challenger to Martin in the title chase finishing 2nd to him in the opening two rounds, the 14-year-old said ‘after a bad qualifying with so many mistakes from my side I am happy with third’.  He continued ‘we have a really good car especially on this surface and we showed that by racing for the win at the first two races so I’m frustrated that my driving was the weak link this weekend’.  Behind Orlowski, Martin Wollanka would end up the best Xray in the final with fourth. Unfortunately for Hupo Honigl, Xray’s highest qualifier in 4th, his strong showing didn’t translate into a good debut result with the Austrian ending up 8th, two places behind Joona Haatanen and new team-mate Bruno Coelho.

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Securing fifth overall with 5th in A3, Team Associated’s Neil Cragg summed up his EOS debut with ‘It started promising but kind of faded towards the end’.  Qualifying 3rd, the former World Champion said ‘we were trying different things in the finals and ended up tying ourselves in a knot but for a first effort fifth is not too bad’.  Looking to the EOS season finale in Austria, the British driver said ‘We now know what to expect and know the carpet so we will be a little more prepared for the next one’.  Travelling to Germany to support their star driver, Team Associated’s Craig Drescher was pleased with the progress made on the debut.  An accomplished racer himself with eleven 1:10 Offroad European Championship titles won, he said ‘We did a good job. We knew it would be tough as the other drivers are Pros in the series.  Finishing in the Top 5 we can’t be disappointed and we have got stuff to go back with and come back stronger for the next round’.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pit Focus – Bruno Coelho

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Team: Xray
Neighbours: Hupo Honigl (left), Juraj Hudy (right) Martin Wollanka (Front)
Charger: LRP Pulsar Competition Touch
Tools: Hudy (long-term borrowed from Martin Hudy, Olly Jefferies and many more..)
Setup Tools: Hudy setup board, Hudy ride height and droop gauges
Car Stand: Hudy
Lipo Bag: Hudy
Transport Bag: Hudy
Features: Sony speaker, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Hudy pit lamp, a mango.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Video – 2wd A-main Leg 2

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

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2015/16 Championship Standings after Rd3

4wd Buggy Class
1. Coelho Bruno - 464pts
2. Martin Lee - 460pts
3. Wollanka Martin - 456pts
4. Rheinard Marc - 449pts
5. Neumann Jörn - 442pts
6. Orlowski Michal - 440pts
7. Bayer Ales - 432pts
8. Risser Nico - 426pts
9. Bayer Martin - 421pts
10.Hönigl Hupo - 414pts

2wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 464pts
2. Orlowski Michal - 458pts
3. Rheinard Marc - 457pts
4. Wollanka Martin - 452pts
5. Coelho Bruno - 451pts
6. Haatanen Joona - 442pts
7. Neumann Jörn - 440pts
8. Bayer Martin - 437pts
9. Hönigl Hupo - 426pts
10.Nicolaisen Joakim - 423pts

Modified Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 468pts
2. Ernst Scotty - 434pts
3. Eriksen Per - 425pts
4. Nicolaisen Joakim - 304pts
5. Zambrzycki Bartlomiej - 303pts

Stock Truck Class (After 2 rounds)
1. Bujara Tom - 308pts
2. Eriksen Per - 294pts
3. Pfeifhofer Stefan - 156pts
4. Billino Björn - 153pts
5. Kobbevik Magne - 153pts

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