Matsukura claims first EOS 4WD TQ


Naoto Matsukura is Top Qualifier for 4WD Buggy at the season finale of the Euro Offroad Series in Wels, Austria.  With a 100% TQ recorded in 2WD, starting every EOS encounter he has contested from pole, the Yokomo driver secured his first overall 4WD TQ when he topped qualifying at the Modelbau Wels Hobby Show for a third time this morning.  Topping the round again ahead of defending champion Joern Neumann, Q3 saw the Japanese driver become the first driver to run 16-laps over the 5-minutes.  Behind Neumann, title rival Martin Bayer completed the Top 3.


With four 2WD TQ’s to his credit, newly crown series champion Matsukura declared himself ‘very happy’ to finally TQ 4WD having come close to denying Neumann in the past.  Describing his B-Max 4 as easy to drive, he was also pleased with the fact that he has been running error free runs all morning, errors in each of the A-Mains costing him the overall win in 2WD yesterday.  Feeling traction was higher in the third qualifier he said this created a small amount of understeer and although not a huge issue he said he will discuss with Shin Adachi whether or not to make a small set-up adjustment for Q4.


After a DNF in Q1, Neumann has had to start his heats from the back of the pack which he said makes it hard to gauge his own pace against Matsukura.  Admitting the Yokomo driver was a little faster, the World Championship Top Qualifier said for the final qualifier he will start directly behind him and is confident he should be able to deny him a clean sweep.  Closing in on a third consecutive title with his only challenger Bayer losing out on the bonus championship point for the TQ, the German said his Orion powered DEX410 feels good and there is no need to make any set-up changes.


Although he set a new fastest lap in Q3, Bayer said he is fighting with his car and the track layout.  The European Champion said his car is better suited to more open tracks like that used for Round 3 at the Hudy Arena where he became the first driver to beat Neumann in 4WD.   Losing out in the 180 degree corners, the factory Xray driver said his LRP powered XB4 is ‘way too stable’ and it ‘doesnt want to turn’.  For the fourth & final qualifier he will try a different top deck hoping the flex improves the slow corner speed of the car.


Setting the fourth fastest time, Team C’s Hupo Honigl was content with his pace describing the run as ‘pretty good’. While ‘the gap to the Top 3 is pretty big’ he added that his 4WD is ‘still a new car’ and needs more time.   The Austrian said it is improving every run and he is confident for next season’s EOS they should have a much more competitive package for 4WD, his 2WD proving ultra competitive through this season.


Michal Orlowski continued his strong showing posting the 5th fastest time.  The 12-year-old said he is just going out and driving and trying to keep things clean adding he hasn’t made any changes to his car since the start of qualifying.


Having suspected a servo problem in Q2, with a new one fitted for Q3 Lee Martin posted the 6th fastest time.  While the servo change did ‘slightly’ improve the feeling of his Viper B-Max 4, the multiple European Champion said the buggy still doesnt feel right.  ‘Nervous to drive’, he said it is hard to predict what its going to do each corner.

4WD Buggy Qualifying Round 3 – Top 10 times
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 16/5:19.707
2. Joern Neumann – Durango – 15/5:00.861
3. Martin Bayer – Xray – 15/5:01.535
4. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 15/5:06.720
5. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 15/5:08.283
6. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 15/5:09.692
7. Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 15/5:12.888
8. Martin Wollanka – Xray – 15/5:14.568
9. Oliver Scholz – Team C – 15/5:15.063
10.Shin Adachi – Yokomo – 15/5:16.161

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Video – 4wd Buggy Qualifying Rd2

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Q2 Update – Another TQ run for Matsukura


Team Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura backed up his opening qualifying performance with another TQ run in the second round of 4WD Buggy at the EOS Season Finale.  Running a slightly slower time than Q1, the opposition was much closer to the Japanese ace this time round with Joern Neumann only 0.375 off.  The defending champion felt afterwards he could have run faster but with a DNF in Q1 he said he had to play it safe. Having added more flex to his Team C chassis, a much happier Hupo Honigl improved his time by 4-seconds to complete the Top 3 for the round.


Second fastest in Q1, Xray’s Martin Bayer had two bad laps one of which cost the Czech driver 4-seconds leaving him 4th for the round.  Completing the Top 6 in the opening heat, Euro Touring Series Champion Ronald Volker backed that up with a 5th followed by the Team C of German 2WD National Champion Oliver Scholz.


Schumacher’s Carson Wernimont was on a strong potential Top 5 run but just before half way clipped the piping in the centre chicane popping a ball cup.  Losing over 13-seconds as it was fixed the US talent would repeat the mistake again later in the run.  Fourth fastest in Q1, Team Yokomo’s Lee Martin would only manage the 13th fastest time, a steering servo problem suspected to be the cause of a run full of incidents for the British driver.

4WD Buggy Qualifying Round 2 – Top 10 times
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 15/5:04.662
2. Joern Neumann – Durango – 15/5:05.037
3. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 15/5:11.021
4. Martin Bayer – Xray – 15/5:11.429
5. Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 15/5:13.840
6. Oliver Scholz – Team C – 15/5:14.284
7. Martin Wollanka – Xray – 15/5:15.268
8. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 15/5:15.421
9. Oskar Levin – Team C – 15/5:18.229
10.Peter Pinisch – Associated – 15/5:18.388

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Matsukura takes first 4WD qualifier at EOS


Newly crowned 2WD Champion Naoto Matsukura got his quest for a first 4WD race win off to a good start this morning at the Euro Offroad Series when he TQ’d the opening round of qualifying.  The Yokomo ace topped the round by a considerable margin over title contender Martin Bayer.  For defending champion Joern Neumann it was a contrasting start to the day as he lasted just a single lap in Q1 after breaking a front arm off his Durango following contact with the track outside barrier on the main straight.   A strong run by Neumann’s young team-mate Michal Orlowski saw him complete the Top 3.


Pleased to kick off the early morning qualifying with a TQ run, having struggled with the early start in 2WD qualifying yesterday, Matsukura said his B-Max 4 felt good but was ultimately too easy to drive.  Despite finishing over 8-seconds up on Bayer, he said a more aggressive car would give him more speed.   For Q2 the Vice-World Championship will lay down his front shocks along with trying a different ‘lighter’ rear wing.


Describing his opening qualifier as ‘a solid run for the morning’, like Matsukura Bayer said his car was ‘way too easy to drive’.  Winner of the previous round of the championship, the European Champion will make changes to the front end of his Xray XB4 to try and ‘get more aggressive steering’.


12-year-old Polish talent Orlowski was very happy with his first qualifier.  Switching to a softer shock oil on his DEX410 since Friday’s timed practice he also cut the inserts in his controlled Pro-Line tyres which he said made for a more stable car.  For Q2 he plans to leave everything as is and just focus on trying to repeat another strong 5-minute run.


In contrast to his team-mate, Lee Martin said his Yokomo was way too nervous and difficult to drive, joking with Matsukura that he was welcome to swap cars for Q2.  Setting the fourth fastest time, the Round 3 runner-up plans to add more rear toe as well as removing another row of pins from the spec Pro-Line Pin Point front tyre.


‘Not a good start’ was how Hupo Honigl summed up his run to the fifth fastest time.  The Team C driver said he ‘was slow and crashed’ adding it was a combination of both car and driver.  Feeling his buggy is too stiff he will try to add more flex by modifying the top decks.  Team-mate Oskar Levin posted the 7th fastest time with the 19-year-old describing his run as ‘safe but slow’.  The Swede said the rear end was loose and he had to drive it very carefully. Like Honigl he will make a number of changes for Q2.


Electric touring car ace Ronald Volker completed the Top 6 with his Yokomo.  The German was pleased with his run saying it took a while to adapt from the 2WD the ran all day yesterday back to 4WD.  Having thrown away an A-Main qualifying position with a mistake in his final 2WD qualifier, he said his aim was to start the day with a clean round.  Overall he said he needs to find a little more pace but as he gets more comfortable with running 4WD again that should come his way.


Making the trip over for the US and making his European race debut, Schumacher’s Carson Wernimont opened his 4WD qualifying with the 8th fastest time.  The 17-year-old described it as a decent run but added he had a few mistakes which he needs to ‘brush up on for the next one’.  Pleased with his Reedy powered CAT he plans to make just a few minor adjustments for Q2 feeling the car is good enough for a Top 5 time.

4WD Buggy Qualifying Round 1 – Top 10 times’
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 15/5:03.234
2. Martin Bayer – Xray – 15/5:10.868
3. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 15/5:11.518
4. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 15/5:13.969
5. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 15/5:15.475
6. Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 15/5:17.189
7. Oskar Levin – Team C – 15/5:17.700
8. Carson Wernimont – Schumacher – 15/5:18.944
9. Oliver Scholz – Team C – 15/5:19.990
10.Bjorn Prumper – Yokomo – 15/5:20.242

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

‘From Race Control’ – Day 3, 4WD Qualifying/Finals


Today is not just the final day of action here in Wels, Austria, but it is also the final day of what has been a very successful Season #3 of the Euro Offroad Series.  With 2WD crowning its new champion yesterday today will see the battle for the 4WD title between defending champion Joern Neumann who is chasing 3-in a row and Martin Bayer who at the last round became the first driver to deny Neumann a 4WD victory in the championship.  Today is just for 4WD starting off with the first of four rounds of qualifying, a driver’s best 2 of 4 to count. With qualifying complete the day at the Modelbau Wels Hobby Show will conclude with triple Mains for all racers.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Video – 2wd Buggy A-main Leg 3

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Neumann relinquishes title but gets first win in Austria


Having relinquished his Euro Offroad Series 2WD Buggy title to Naoto Matsukura in the second A-Main, Joern Neumann took some satisfaction in winning A3 to claim the overall win for the fourth & final round of the championship in Austria this evening.  The only driver to have held an EOS buggy title prior to today, the Team Durango driver’s win makes him the fourth winner of the season in the ever increasingly competitive championship.  Today’s win also helped Neumann to snatch the runner-up spot in the championship from former team Hupo Honigl who ends up third.   The season’s other race winner Xray’s Martin Bayer ends up fourth followed by the Schumacher of Tom Cockerill, who TQ’d the season opener, making if five different manufacturers at the top of the overall 2013/14 points standings.


A3 looked like Matusukura would back up his title win by becoming the season’s first repeat race winner but holding a commanding lead he would again make a costly mistake with 2-minutes to go.  Hooked up on the track piping, trying to to stay ahead of the battling Honigl and Neumann after being marshalled he tried to clear the tabletop but didnt have enough speed jumping short and breaking a C-hub on his B-Max 2.  His description of the incident afterwards was rather self explanitory, ‘car shit good, me just shit’.


Neumann said as the race reached the half way distance he ‘thought it was all over’.  Once Matsukura broke he said it was game on again and he tried everything to get passed Honigl which he did with three laps to go.  Happy to finish up the season with a win, the German said hopefully tomorrow he can cap off the season by retaining his 4WD title.  Set to battle it out with Martin Bayer he said he has the car to get the job done and it is now just down to the driver.


Honigl was still after the race somewhat dismayed by Matsukura’s crash. Had the Japanese driver stayed out front for the win it would have automatically secured him second overall in the championship.  Instead he had to try to keep Neumann at bay and while his Team C was ‘really good’ the European Champion pulled a pretty impressive pass at the end of the straight to which the Austrian had no response.  Overall disappointed to lose the runners-up position, Honigl said he was pleased with his season as he was in contention for the win at all four rounds.

2WD Buggy A-Main Overall Result
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 2 pts
2. Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 3
3. Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 4
4. Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 6
5. Shin Adachi (JP) – Yokomo – 9
6. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 10
7. Juho Levanen (FI) – Associated – 11
8. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 11
9. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14
10.Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 18

2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(3) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 15/5:08.554
2.(2) Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 15/5:10.341
3.(4) Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 15/5:12.756
4.(7) Shin Adachi (JP) – Yokomo – 15/5:19.078
5.(9) Juho Levanen (FI) – Associated – 15/5:21.104
6.(5) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:21.920
7.(10)Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 14/5:03.522
8.(8) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:04.612
9.(6) Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 14/5:10.766
10.(1)Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 9/2:58.382


2WD Buggy Overall Championship Standings (Top 10)
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 464 pts
2. Joern Neumann – Durango – 461
3. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 459
4. Martin Bayer – Xray – 451
5. Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 451
6. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 450
7. David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 447
8. Peter Pinisch – Associated – 435
9. Juho Levanen – Associated – 431
10.Michal Orlowski – Durango – 428

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Video – 2wd Buggy A-main Leg 2

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

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2013/14 Final Championship Standings

4wd Buggy Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 467pts
2. Bayer Martin - 462pts
3. Matsukura Naoto - 458pts
4. Martin Lee - 452pts
4. Hönigl Hupo - 452pts
6. Savoya Reno - 447pts
7. Orlowski Michal - 442pts
7. Ronnefalk David - 442pts
9. Völker Ronald - 434pts
10.Levin Oskar - 430pts

2wd Buggy Class
1. Matsukura Naoto - 464pts
2. Neumann Jörn - 461pts
3. Hönigl Hupo - 459pts
4. Bayer Martin - 451pts
4. Cockerill Tom - 451pts
6. Martin Lee - 450pts
7. Ronnefalk David - 447pts
8. Pinisch Peter - 435pts
9. Levanen Juho - 431pts
10.Orlowski Michal - 428pts

4wd SC Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 468pts
2. Hönigl Hupo - 459pts
3. Novotny Kaja - 457pts
4. Højfeldt Torben - 453pts
5. Malyshko Dmitry - 452pts

2wd SC Truck Class
1. Højfeldt Torben - 465pts
2. Morgenstern Mirko - 458pts
2. Bujara Tom - 458pts
4. Billino Björn - 452pts
5. Malyshko Dmitry - 448pts

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