Video – 4wd A-Main Leg 2

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Video – 4wd A-Main Leg 1

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

No surprises as Matsukura cruises to A1 win


In a rather processional opening 4WD A-Main at the Euro Offroad Series, there was little surprise as Naoto Matsukura cruised to an easy win over defending Champion Joern Neumann.  The Top Qualifier immediately made his mark on the race pulling quickly pulling clear of the rest of the 10-car field of which the Top 3 finished as they started.   The biggest movement of the race came from Martin Bayer.  Starting 4th on the grid, an over jump caused the Xray driver to crash on lap 3 and drop to the back of the field.  The beneficiary of this was Carson Wernimont, who despite giving Martin some attention, finished fourth 4-seconds off the Yokomo driver.


Matsukura summed up his unchallenged race as a ‘safety run’ adding he had ‘no problems’.  Despite being the current 2WD EOS Champion, the Japanese ace has yet to win in 4WD.  His second time to TQ the class, the 21-year-old said he hoped to finally crack the winners circle in A2 with a repeat of performance of the opening final.  Neumann, who has only ever been denied victory in 4WD once before, summed up his racing as ‘boring’. ‘Too slow’ he said there was nothing he could do about the gap to Matsukura and behind he had a comfortable gap over Martin. Happier with his Yokomo compared to qualifying, Martin said he ‘drove around at his own speed’ in what was an uneventful 5-minutes of racing.  Recovering from his earlier error to finish 6th behind team-mate Martin Wollanka, Bayer said he messed up the race himself by over jumping the jump at the loop and he hoped for a better run in the next one.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chassis Focus – Jorn Neumann


Chassis: Team Durango DEX 410 V4
Motor: Orion
ESC: Orion
Batteries: Thunder Power
Radio/Servo: Futaba
Remarks – Reigning 4WD EOS Champion Jorn Neumann is defending his title with a completely stock version of his trusty 410 V4, the only options being to the car’s aerodynamics with a Pro-Line rear wing and a custom front spoiler attached to the original bodyshell.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Matsukura looking untouchable


Naoto Matsukura is looking untouchable in 4WD Buggy at the Euro Offroad Series season opener in Poznan, Poland, as having already wrapped up the overall TQ in Q3 he went on to top all five qualifiers at the ‘Hobby’ exhibition hosted event.  With pole position decided early, Q4 & 5 was all about how the rest of the other would line-up behind the Yokomo driver.  Claiming a second in Q4, defending Champion Joern Neumann,  who has been winner of this event for the past two years will carry the number 2 on his Durango. Despite two rough closing qualifiers, a ‘string of P3s’ earlier in the day will see Lee Martin line up third.  A good final qualifier from Martin Bayer, the Xray driver setting the second fastest time, will see him line up fourth ahead of Schumacher’s Carson Wernimont.

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While happy to salvage second on the grid, Neumann said mistakes are still his biggest problem.  Conceding that Matsukura is ‘very fast’, he said he needs the Japanese driver ‘to make a mistake or (he) can’t do anything’ about trying to beat him.  Starting between the two Yokomos he said while the ‘finals are always different’, Martin is a ‘little slower’ so he shouldn’t have too much worries from behind.


Hitting an out of place piece of piping in Q4 resulting in him breaking his B-Max4, the run already gone due to a crash on his opening lap, Martin said Q5 was looking good for a Top 2 until a mistake with 2-minutes to go.  Ending up 5th, the British ace said changes to his car had made it better in some areas and worse in others with the overall performance much the same as it was in the opening three qualifiers when he was lacking just a little.  With Shin Adachi working on a new set-up for the first A-Main, he said the two key areas that need improving are the cars forward drive and how it absorbs the flat landings.


With Xray designer Juraj Hudy joking they are improving ‘step by step’, Bayer said he now had a much better car than what he started out the day with.  Having looked to make his prototype XB4 more aggressive, he has ended up getting more steering into it as well as getting it to rotate better all while still keeping it easy to drive. Planning to leave it unchanged for A1 they will wait and see how that goes before doing anything further.


Changing his shock position and moving his batteries more forward in his CAT, Wernimont said this created quite a bit more corner speed.  Describing the car are ‘quite easy to drive’, the 17-year-old American believes he has a good car for the final.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chassis Focus – Naoto Matsukura


Chassis: Yokomo B-Max4 III
Motor: Yokomo
ESC: Yokomo
Batteries: Yokomo
Radio/Servo: Sanwa
Remarks – Despite being noticeably faster than his competitors on the Polish carpet, the 2WD season opener winner is running a pretty stock car, the only options used being the new Yokomo springs, longer rear wishbones and the optional Yokomo wing. He is also using a thicker swaybar in the rear end of the car.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Video – 4wd Qualifying Rd3

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Matsukura wraps up 4WD TQ at EOS Round 1


A clean sweep of the opening three qualifiers at the Euro Offroad Series season opener in Poland this morning have secured Naoto Matsukura an early overall TQ for 4WD. The Yokomo driver secured his second ever EOS pole position in the 4WD class, having TQ’d last season’s final round, by topping Q3 ahead of defending champion Joern Nuemann having also beaten the German in Q2.  A repeat of the Q2 Top 3 Lee Martin would again post the third fastest time.


Changing to a lighter shock oil on his B-Max4, Matsukura said with a more stable car he was able to run a clean Q2 in which he was the only driver to run 17-laps.  Despite a mistake in Q3 at the crossover which lost him over a second the Japanese ace ran a faster time again being the only one to manage 17-laps.  Clearly the quickest driver, setting the fastest lap in each of the qualifying rounds, he said ‘car is good, me not good’.  Having been unable to get the win when he TQ’d in Austria last season due to too many driver errors, the Vice-World Champion said this time round his approach would be to just put together two ‘safe’ 5-minutes of driving.


Another driver not happy with his driving is Neumann.  The 10-time EOS 4WD race winner and 3-time consecutive champion said his Durango DEX410 is good and the problem is ‘just the driver’.  In Q2 mistakes lost the German 6-seconds while in Q3, while overall a better run, he again made errors which cost him over 2-seconds. Playing the tyre strategy game, drivers allowed 3 sets of Schumacher tyres for qualifying and an extra set for the A-Main, he is confident that come the final on new tyres he can match Matsukura.


Changing the diffs and adding boost to his speedo for Q2, Martin said his B-Max4 was ‘a little faster and still consistent but it still needs more’.  Still losing drive for Q4 he will make a rear roll centre change as well as trying a different rear shock spring.  Describing team-mate Matsukura as being ‘up the road’ in terms of his pace and Neumann as being ‘a little faster’ he said over the remaining two qualifiers he hoped to be able to catch up and be ready for the finals.


Top Qualifier in 2WD yesterday, Carson Wernimont enjoyed his best 4WD run in Q3 setting the 4th fastest time.  Having made diff changes to his CAT K1 Aero after Q1, he said this improved the car on acceleration but a number of ‘dumb mistakes’ meant he would only post 7th for the round.  Leaving the car the same for Q3 he said in terms of the set-up it now very close and he ‘just need(s) to drive it’.


Martin Bayer, who finished runner-up to Neumann in last season’s championship, said changes made for Q2 improved his Xray but he still has to find a way to make it more aggressive.  On target for a Top 3 time in the second qualifier, contact with Team Durango’s Michal Orlowski on lap 10 would lose him over 2.5 seconds and drop him to 15th.  Describing Q3 as ‘good’, the former European Champion would set the 5th fastest time but with a set-up change planned for Q4 he hopes to close the gap to the Top 3. Team-mate Martin Wollanka, who was second fastest in seeding practice, posted his best round in Q3 with P6.


After a good start to 4WD with second in Q1, Orlowski has two tough rounds.  In Q2 he had ‘too many mistakes’ and ended up 12th while in Q3 while on Top 4 pace the wiring to his motor came undone at the speedo with a minute to go.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

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2015/16 Championship Standings after Rd2

4wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 308pts
2. Coelho Bruno - 308pts
3. Wollanka Martin - 306pts
4. Ronnefalk David - 300pts
5. Bayer Ales - 297pts
6. Neumann Jörn - 297pts
7. Rheinard Marc - 296pts
8. Orlowski Michal - 292pts
9. Gosvig Mike - 285pts
10.Risser Nico - 284pts

2wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 311pts
2. Orlowski Michal - 306pts
3. Coelho Bruno - 302pts
4. Wollanka Martin - 301pts
5. Rheinard Marc - 301pts
6. Bayer Martin - 298pts
7. Neumann Jörn - 295pts
8. Haatanen Joona - 294pts
9. Nicolaisen Joakim - 289pts
10.Risser Nico - 279pts

Modified Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 312pts
2. Zambrzycki Bartlomiej - 303pts
3. Kobbevik Daniel - 300pts
4. Ernst Scotty - 291pts
5. Eriksen Per - 289pts

Stock Truck Class (After 1 round)
1. Bujara Tom - 156pts
2. Kobbevik Magne - 153pts
3. Pfeiffer Christopher - 152pts
4. Ernst Scotty - 151pts
5. Beck Eberhard - 150pts

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