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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Friday, March 27, 2015

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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Friday, March 27, 2015

Video – 2wd Controlled Practice Rd2

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Friday, March 27, 2015

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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Friday, March 27, 2015

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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Video – 4wd Buggy A-main Leg 2 & 3

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Neumann ends Durango partnership with EOS win

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Making his final appearance at the controls of a Durango at Round 2 of the Euro Offroad Series, Joern Neumann signed off on the ultra successful partnership by taking the 4WD win in Berlin.  With an announcement on which manufacturer the German ace will join imminent, the win brings his total of wins from the 13 EOS races run since its creation in 2012 to a very impressive 11.  Having racked up his 10th TQ in qualifying, Neumann sewed up the overall victory with a win in A2 over Lee Martin putting the 3-time back to back champion top of the points table.  Second overall in the German capital would go to the weekend’s 2WD winner Martin and A3 winner while David Ronnefalk’s debut for HB would see him complete the podium.

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Having been somewhat lucky to get away with a last lap error in A1 to take that leg, the second A-Main was a more straight forward race for Neumann although he did again have his moments at the table top.  Running a set of third run tyres, he said the first three & a half minutes were very good but then his Orion powered DEX410 started to develop understeer allowing Martin, who was on second run tyres, to close the gap.  With new tyres making for an edgy car, Neumann made his tyre choice on the grounds of having a safe car was better than speed as they still had to get by him on the track where overtaking was very difficult.  Finishing second to Naoto Matsukura at the season opener, the Japanese ace’s new programme with Kyosho not yet fully known, Neumann said today’s win was very important for the championship hinting that he would need some time to get his new team’s cars upto their full potential.  Having enjoyed all his EOS success, with Durango, he was also happy to finish his last race using the car with a win.

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Taking an easy win in A3 after Ronnefalk caught the corner on the step up, Martin declared himself ‘pretty happy’ with his overall 4WD performance over the weekend.  Describing A3 as a ‘nice tone to tone win’, he said ‘I had the pace to fight with Joern for the win and thats something I haven’t had up to this race so we have made good steps with the car’.  Equalling his previous best 4WD finish he said ‘we will be stronger next time’.

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His first EOS appearance with his new chassis sponsor HB, Ronnefalk was very happy to finish on the podium.  The 18-year-old said his D413 had the speed but added he also ‘knew it was going to be impossible to pass without a mistake from Lee’.  Waiting for the British driver to make that mistake he said it didn’t happen and instead he made a mistake of his own half way into the encounter.  Pleased with the improvements he made since the DHI Cup earlier in the month,  the Swede said he would now report back to the car’s designer Torrance Deguzman and use the knowledge gained from the weekend to be even stronger for Round 3 in Wels, Austria.

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Recording his best EOS finish and also making a debut for a new manufacturer, Robert Batlle said his car was super good in the third A-Main.  Having got a slightly lucky second in A1, the Spaniard went into the closing race with a chance of a podium finish but a mistake on lap 7 allowed Patrick Hofer by and despite numerous attempts to get back by the Associated driver he couldn’t, eventually pulling off in final minute after further mistakes.  Having struggled for forward traction throughout the day, he finally cured this for A3 by going up in the oil in the centre diff in the TM4 summing up the weekend as one in which he ‘did a lot of learning’.  He hopes to pull everything he discovered about his new cars to got use at the next round with the 2012 1:8 World Champion setting himself the target of a podium finish in 4WD and a Top 5 in 2WD.

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Behind the four full time Pro drivers, Patrick Hofer would finish a very strong weekend with 5th position overall. Having also made the A-Main in Saturday’s 2WD action, the Swiss driver had a great run in A3 to finish third ahead of Xray’s Martin Wollanka and Serpent’s Hupo Honigl, the latter completing the Top 6 in the overall results.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Video – 4wd Buggy A-main Leg 1

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

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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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