Joern Neumann made it two out of two in 2WD qualifying at the season finale of the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’ with the German starting day two of the Dortmund event with another TQ run but the main news of the second qualifier was the marked improvement from World Champion Ryan Cavalieri who posted the second fastest time. The Top 3 was completed by Neumann’s Durango team-mate Hupo Honigl ahead of Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp.
Having changed his buggy set-up from yesterday’s opening qualifier to the same rear shock set-up as Honigl, Neumann said his Speed Passion powered was ‘way faster’ today. Much easier to drive, the German was on target to better his Q1 time by over 4-seconds but on his final lap a driver who had already completed his 5-minutes turned in on the reigning champion resulting in a 20.287 second lap compared with his 15.713 overall fastest lap of the round.
Cavalieri was much happier with his second qualifier saying he had a ‘much smoother pace today’. Having changed the set-up on his Centro C4.1, the American said the buggy was a lot better and following the run he was a lot more confident with both the buggy and the carpet track with his plan for Q3 just to work on improving a few of his lines which should help him make up a ‘little more time’. After the run, the factory Associated driver discovered he had a bent rear shock shaft which he said would explain why the buggy wanted to ‘wheelie’ a lot in the final minute of the run. Getting his first taste of European style indoor offroad racing yesterday and clearly not looking to be enjoying the experience, today’s first qualifier has certainly brought about a change in Cavalieri’s attitude and it will be interesting to watch his progress over the next two qualifiers.
Team-mate and AE team boss Brent Thielke also enjoyed a strong Q2 taking his C4.1 to the fifth fastest time. Adding weight to the front of the buggy and stiffening the chassis and shocks, the American said the buggy was much improved. Finding yesterday’s opening day a ‘little hectic’, he said he felt a lot more relaxed today and that was reflected in his driving. Comfortable now with his pace he hopes he can build on that in the remaining two qualifiers and book himself a spot in the A-Main.
The third of the Associated drivers to travel over from the US, Kody Numedahl could only manage 31st for the round saying he just got a little too confident in his ability on the high grip track. The Associated team have their own inter-team competition going on in which Cav, Theilke and Numedahl are up against the team ‘classic race division’ Craig Drescher. In the competition Drescher’s challenge is to try and finish higher than his three team-mates combined results for the round. Numedahl’s bad run should have played into the hands of Drescher and his 1993 RC10 chassis but the multiple former European champion said he had to make a ‘pit stop’ which lost him 32 seconds leaving him 74th for the round compared with the American’s combined 38th for the round.
Third fastest Honigl was pleased with his run after it looked early in the run that he hadn’t glued a front tyre properly. Struggling with getting his Durango to turn left it turn out to be a large piece of tape from the track that have gotten stuck to the tyre causing the flapping noise. Fortunately for the Austria the tape eventually parted with the tyres and he was able to drive normally again saying the buggy felt really good for the rest of the run.
Krapp, who was second fastest in Q1, said his Kyosho RB6 had more speed than yesterday but 3-mistakes, two of which were of his own doing cost him a chance at a TQ run. Heading the time from Neumann, the German Touring Car ace said he got a little too nervous at the prospect of topping the round and this effected his driving. For Q3 he plans to run a new set of controlled dBoots tyres to scrub them in for the finals.
Running Xray’s prototype XB2 buggy, Renaud Savoya was said the buggy was much easier to drive today after it was discovered he ran with a broken sensor wire in Q1. Changing his front tyre to a Nanobyte, loosening the slipper and adjusting his speedo settings he said he was able to drive a lot more consistently and other than one roll over he was happy with the run. With his confidence of driving 2WD growing, the Frenchman a novice in the class, he said his aim for the next qualifier is to improve his lines and push a little harder. Team-mate Martin Bayer had a motor problem in Q2 which left him with little or no brakes but he still managed to post a Top 10 time to finish 9th.
Finishing 8th behind Team C’s Tom Maquel, 1:8 World Champion Robert Batlle said his Yokomo was very nervous to drive and this led to two mistakes. For Q3 the Spaniard will glue up the front tyre walls. Once again Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk had good speed but a series of mistakes left the Swede 12th for the round ahead of fellow countryman and top TLR driver Oskar Levin.
2WD Buggy Qualification Round 2
1. Joern Neumann – Team Durango – 19/5:11.236
2. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated – 19/5:12.704
3. Hupo Honigl – Team Durango – 19/5:13.805
4. Christopher Krapp – Kyosho – 19/5:15.252
5. Brent Thielke – Associated – 19/5:16.230
6. Renaud Savoya – Xray – 18/5:00.925
7. Tom Maquel – Team C – 18/5:01.613
8. Robert Batlle – Yokomo – 18/5:02.918
9. Martin Bayer – Xray – 18/5:02.964
10.Torben Hojfeldt – Team C – 18/5:03.460
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Having opened Day 1 of the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’ with a TQ run in 2WD Buggy reigning champion Joern Neumann completed the perfect day in Dortmund, Germany, when he repeated the feat to head a Team Durango 1,2,3 in Q1 of 4WD qualifying at the season finale. Behind Neumann, Hupo Honigl and Oliver Speith it was Martin Bayer who was the fastest non Team Durango driver taking his factory Xray to the fourth fastest time. For World Champion Ryan Cavalieri a set-up change after a strong showing in time practice, in which he set the 6th fastest time, made his Associated difficult to drive and rolling through the crossover, where his buggy took some time to be recovered, the American decided to pull up and save his tyres.
Undefeated in 4WD buggy since the creation of the EOS, European Champion Neumann was pleased with his run but said his DEX410 felt a little edgy something he was putting down to running the first qualifying on a brand new set of the controlled dBoots tyres. Team-mate Honigl was ‘very happy’ with both his own driving and his buggy saying it was ‘really good’ to be so close on pace to Neumann and to have a ‘huge gap’ over the rest of the field. Third fastest, 7.6-seconds off Honigl, 17-year-old Speith was clearly delighted and a little surprised with his performance. Running the same set-up as he did on his last EOS appearance at Round 2 in Langenfeld, where he made the A-Main he said his car felt really good and he wasn’t planning anything for Q2.
Third fastest in timed practice, Bayer’s qualifying got off to the bad start as he made a mistake on the opening lap which cost him over 2 seconds. Runner-up to Neumann at Round 3 in Austria, the Czech ace said after the mistake he just tried to focus on completing the rest of the run error free, an approach that paid off with fourth. Happy with the result he said in terms of his XB4 set-up they still had work to do as the buggy was ‘difficult to drive’. Team-mate Renaud Savoya took his example to the 7th fastest time behind his great 1:8 Offroad rival Robert Batlle. Also describing his buggy as ‘hard to drive’, the Frenchman who came very close to TQing on his series debut in Austria last month said he ‘think(s) he has the speed’ but an incident on the last lap cost him 4-seconds and a potential Top 3 finish.
For Batlle who was on target for the 3rd fastest time, the coming together with Savoya on the last lap dropped the Yokomo driver back to 6th. Having got updates for his B-Max 4 since making his international EP offroad debut at the EOS last month, the 1:8 World Champion said the buggy is much better. Running a carbon plate chassis insert he said the buggy is much stiffer and he is confident the pace is there to qualify strong for the A-Main.
Backing up his run to the 4th fastest time in Q1 of 2WD, 11-year-old Michal Orlowski took his 4WD Durango to the 5th fastest time setting the fastest lap of the round in the process with a time of 15.519. Another young Durango driver to make the Top 10 was Czech driver Kaja Novotny who set the 8th fastest time ahead of Kyosho team driver Christopher Krapp. Krapp’s team-mate and Kyosho offroad ace David Ronnefalk ended the first qualifier only 17th fastest. The Swede who finished in the 4WD podium on his EOS debut in Leoben, said his Lazer ZX5 has the speed but he just needs to cut out the ‘many’ mistakes.
4WD Buggy Qualification Round 1
1. Joern Neumann – Team Durango – 19/5:04.212
2. Hupo Honigl – Team Durango – 19/5:05.836
3. Oliver Speith – Team Durango – 19/5:13.437
4. Martin Bayer – Xray – 19/5:14.118
5. Michal Orlowski – Team Durango – 19/5:14.956
6. Robert Batlle – Yokomo – 19/5:15.183
7. Renaud Savoya – Xray – 19/5:17.508
8. Kaja Novotny – Team Durango – 18/5:00.616
9. Christopher Krapp – Kyosho – 18/5:00.884
10.Markus Metsch – Team Durango – 18/5:02.157
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Reigning champion Joern Neumann got the season finale of the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’ off to the perfect start as the Team Durango driver took the opening round of 2WD Buggy qualifying in Dortmund, Germany, ahead of Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp and his own team-mate Hupo Honigl. For reigning World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, his first experience of racing on a European style carpet surface offroad track netted the American the 9th fastest time.
Running as part of Europe’s largest consumer hobby show ‘Intermodellbau Dortmund’, the fourth & final round of the 2012/13 EOS has started off pretty much business as usual for Neumann. Setting the pace over three rounds of 2WD practice the German secured the honour of top seed for qualifying which he duly backed up with an opening qualifying time of 19 laps in 5:11.086. Pleased with his Speed Passion powered DEX210, the winner of Round 1 & 3 of the series said he changed nothing on the buggy so far and for the 2nd qualifier, which takes place tomorrow, the only change he is considering is trying dBoots Blockpass front tyre which he said the rest of the field appear to prefer over the Nanobyte he has run so far.
Better known for his touring car exploits, a class in which he has been a World finalist and a winner in the EOS’ sister series the Euro Touring Series, Krapp was delighted with his run to the second fastest time. The only other driver to run 19 laps, the German said his Orion powered RB6 is exactly the same as he ran it on his previous EOS outing at Round 2 in Langenfeld and it feels ‘brilliant’. Putting a lot more effort into offroad this year as Kyosho push their new RB6 and the fact it is a World Championship year, which he will attend, Krapp said he hopes he can continue his opening form for the rest of the weekend. Planning to stick with the same set-up for Q2, he will just rebuild the gearbox as he felt the rear of the buggy start to get a little loose at the end of the 5-minute qualifier.
Describing his third fastest time in Q1 as a ‘safety run’, Honigl was pleased with how his DualSky powered DEX210 performed and like the two drivers ahead of him he plans to run everything as is for Q2. Running in the second fastest heat Durango team-mate Michael Orlowski set the fourth fastest time, the young Polish talent just 1.7 seconds off his vastly experienced team-mate. The Top 6 was completed by Team C pairing of Marcus Lübke and Luxembourg’s Tom Maquel while Sweden’s Otto Ausfelt was the fastest of the TLR runners taking his 22 to the seventh fastest time.
Running a Centro C4.1, factory Associated ace Cavalieri was pretty happy to post a top 10 time on his first run out on carpet. Having only had 3 practice runs to familiarize himself with the mid motored C4.1 and the high grip traction surface he said he was improving every run and the first qualifier was his best so far except for an error on his final lap which cost him a potential Top 5 run. Asked what the different challenge was he said ‘the way the car reacts when you get out of shape is the biggest thing as it puts you right out of your rhythm’. He added the key is keeping your driving ‘smooth’. Happy with his buggy set-up he said he feels he could do with ‘motoring up’ but will talk to Team Orion’s electronic guru Oscar Jansen, who is in attendance this weekend, before making the call as he also plans to adjust his drag brake.
Just behind Cavalieri in Q1 were team-mates and fellow Americans Kody Numedahl and Brent Thielke. Setting the 10th fastest time, Numedahl said the aggressiveness of the track made it particularly difficult to run alongside another driver but due to all the pre-race hype about the level of traction there is on carpet he was well prepared for the conditions. Having attended this event last year, AE team-manager Thielke said he thought his run to the 11th fastest time would have placed him higher as overall it felt pretty good. Running in the second fastest heat along with his star driver Cavalieri he said it was a little bit of a distraction as he was trying to keep one eye on how his driver was doing rather than being 100% focused on his own driving.
While Cavalieri, Numedahl and Thielke are all running the latest chassis technology here in Dortmund, the fourth member of the factory Associated team Craig Drescher his turning back the clocks running a 1993 RC10. An 11 time European Offroad Champion, the British driver used this model to win the third in a run of 4-consecutive European titles. Setting the 61st fastest time, Drescher said he is running the car after he got the chance to run a ‘classic’ race in France and having enjoyed the experience he decided to set himself the challenge of seeing how he could do against the latest cars. Having been out of top line competition for sometime now due to a lack of time he said running a new Associated would have only left him frustrated had he not been on the pace and this way he is having a lot more fun adding if he can get the car in the top half of the field that would make his weekend.
The other offroad World Champion competing this weekend, who made his offroad carpet racing debut at the previous round of the EOS, Robert Batlle could only manage the 19th fastest time. Making the A-Main in 2WD at Round 3, the 1:8 Offroad World Champion said after practice he reduced his throttle exponential but went too far and it was ‘a complete disaster’ over the jumps as he had to over throttle and this result in him getting the landings wrong most of the time. Setting the second fastest lap of the round, as one of only two drivers to run a 15-second lap, he said his LRP powered Yokomo feels really good and with the radio set-up correctly he is confident he has the pace to run at the front.
Setting the fastest lap of the round with a blistering 15.591 lap, Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk saw his chances of challenging for a TQ run end on the second lap. Rolling his Orion powered RB6 on the corner table top leading onto the straight, the Swede lost 6-seconds as the marshal failed to notice his inverted buggy. Making the A-Main in both buggy classes on his EOS debut at Round 3 last month, the 17-year-old said his RB6 feels really good and he is confident for tomorrow’s three rounds of qualifying.
Having contested Round 3 of the EOS with 2WD Chassis’ from other manufacturers, Team Xray have come to the final round armed with a prototype of what could be the Slovak company’s first 2WD buggy. Closely based on their XB4 4WD Buggy, which was only recently released, the prototype XB2 managed the 16th fastest time in the hands of Martin Bayer. One of the stars of the last round of the EOS where he claimed a podium double, the Czech ace said for such a new car the buggy is actually running pretty good. Having only had one days testing with the prototype at Xray’s indoor test track at their factory prior to traveling to Germany, he said the new project is going to need time so they can learn how it reacts to certain set-up changes. Team-mate Renaud Savoya said they didn’t have enough time to test the various set-up combinations on the new car but already he has a better feeling with the buggy than he did with the Kyosho he ran on his EOS debut at Round 3. Suffering three costly crashes, the 3-time European 1:8 Offroad Champion set the 21st fastest time of the 117 car field but feels the set-up they went with for Q1 is going in the right direction and while he is no where near where he wants to be in terms of pace he is confident they can improve with each run.
2WD Buggy Qualification Round 1
1. Joern Neumann – Team Durango – 19/5:11.086
2. Christopher Krapp – Kyosho – 19/5:14.468
3. Hupo Honigl – Team Durango – 18/5:02.281
4. Michal Orlowski – Team Durango – 18/5:04.042
5. Marcus Lubke – Team C – 18/5:04.590
6. Tom Maquel – Team C – 18/5:05.800
7. Otto Ausfelt – TLR – 18/5:06.489
8. Oliver Speith – Team Durango – 18/5:06.627
9. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated – 18/5:06.978
10.Kody Numedahl – Associated – 18/5:07.989
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Reigning 2WD & 4WD Electric Offroad World Champion Ryan Cavalieri will compete in the season finale of the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’ in Dortmund, Germany, this weekend (12-14 April) with the American super star set for his first experience of European style indoor offroad racing. Cavalieri is part of a strong line-up of Team Associated drivers traveling to the fourth & final round of the 2012/13 EOS which again runs as part of of Europe’s largest consumer hobby show ‘Intermodellbau Dortmund’ and is expected to attract over 85,000 visitors.
Having made his EOS debut at last year’s season finale, making the A-Main in 4WD, Associated team manager Brent Thielke makes a welcomed return this weekend and will be hoping to pass on his experience of racing on the carpet surface track to both Cavalieri and 2WD Short Course Reedy Race Champion Kody Numedahl who is also traveling over from the US. In addition to the three Americans, Team Associated have also entered 11-time European Offroad Champion Craig Drescher and top Danish driver Jonas Kaerup.
Making the closing race to the second season of the Euro Offroad Series a truly world class affair, the record 249 entries also includes the 1:8 Offroad World Champion Robert Batlle. The Spaniard will be looking to build on his promising international electric offroad debut at Round 3 in Leoben, Austria, where he took his Yokomo to 6th overall in 2WD Buggy.
For all the drivers the man to beat is Team Durango’s Joern Neumann who did the double in Dortmund 12-months ago to lift the overall championship titles, both of which he has already successfully defended having suffered just one defeat this season. The last encounter did see the German ace, who has never been out qualified or beaten yet in 4WD Buggy since the series inception, come under pressure from Team Xray’s Martin Bayer who on only his second EOS outing was the star of the third round. The Czech driver enjoyed a podium double taking the runners-up spot in 4WD and 3rd overall in 2WD.
Bayer’s team-mate, 3-time European 1:8 Offroad Champion Renaud Savoya, also impressed coming close to securing the 4WD TQ honours on his debut only to lose out on tie-break with Neumann. The French ace will be one to watch now that he has had time to analysis all the experience gained at Round 3, the Xray duo staying on after the race had finished to compete a number of hours of testing with the XB4 on the carpet.
Also making his series debut at Round 3 and coming away with a podium finish in 4WD, Team Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk is sure to once again be in the mix. Having started at the tail end of the grid for both A-Mains in Austria, if the Swedish teenager can qualify higher he will certainly be in the hunt for a win this weekend.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Martin Bayer and David Ronnefalk claimed the remaining two spots on the 4WD Buggy podium at the TLR/Spektrum Euro Touring Series either side of newly crowned Champion Joern Neumann after the 1:8 Offroad regulars finished 1st & 2nd respectively in the closing race of what was a successful first visit to Leoben in Austria.
With Neumann having sewn up the overall win at the third round of the series in Leg 2 and with it successfully defended his 4WD Buggy title, the German sat out the final A-Main leaving Team Xray’s Renaud Savoya to start at the front of the grid ahead of team-mate Bayer. Leading for the opening lap Savoya would give the Czech driver a wide birth allowing him to go to the front. Having held off Hupo Honigl in a great Leg 1 battle, as the race progressed it looked like the dual would be repeated as the Austrian, who earlier wrapped up his first EOS win when he claimed victory in 4WD Short Course, closed right in on the leading XB4.
Failing on his first attempt, Honigl set about a second charge in the closing laps knocking up to half a second a lap off Bayer’s lead but with three laps to go the Durango suffered a broken drive shaft. With the buggy slowed this allowed Bayer to cruise to the win and claim Xray’s first EOS Podium finish on only their second outing. A contender for a podium finish, as Honigl tried to nurse the DEX410 to the finish he couldn’t hold off Ronnefalk or fellow countryman Peter Pinisch who got passed on the final run down the main straight. Pinisch’s Associated getting passed cost Honigl a podium finish handing it to Ronnefalk, who having qualified 9th on the grid put in some impressive drives over the three finals.
While disappointed at missing out on repeating Durango’s 1-2 finish in 2WD Buggy earlier in the day, the weekend did see Honigl claim his first overall victory when he won 4WD Short Course ahead of TLR’s Oskar Levin and Neumann who had an ongoing electrical problem in his truck all weekend which saw the truck regularly lose steering despite having changed every component at one stage. In 2WD Short Course, 4WD Buggy A-Finalist Martin Kreil also driving a Durango took victory winning all three A-Mains.
Overall Result 4WD Buggy
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 2 pts
2. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 3
3. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 5
4. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 6
5. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 6
6. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 10
7. Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 12
8. Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 13
9. Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 15
10.Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 17
4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:13.489
2.(9) David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 15/5:16.209
3.(5) Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 15/5:17.792
4.(4) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:17.879
5.(2) Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 15/5:18.427
6.(10)Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 14/5:00.422
7.(7) Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:03.335
8.(8) Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 9/3:06.562
9.(6) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 8/2:43.457
10.(1)Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – DNS
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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013