Impressive Wernimont secures overall TQ at EOS Poland

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Carson Wernimont has become the first American to TQ a round of the European high profile Euro Offroad Series, the Schumacher driver securing pole position for the season opener in Poland from reigning champion Naoto Matsukura.  Going into the final qualifier in a three way shootout for the honour of Top Qualifier with Yokomo pairing Matsukura and Lee Martin, third behind Joern Neumann and Jesper Rasmussen was enough for Wernimont to achieve something his fellow countrymen Ryan Cavalieri, Dustin Evans and Mike Truhe failed to do.

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‘Super pumped with that’ was how Wernimont summed up the result.  Repeating the TQ that team-mate Tom Cockerill achieved last year for the British manufacturer, the 17-year-old said the final qualifier didn’t go to plan but still he was able to salvage a third out of it. With the 5-minute qualifier having ‘started off quick’ he said he pushed too hard leading to a ‘dumb mistake’ but ‘luckily everyone else did too’.  Looking to finals he said he would ‘reign things back and go for a safe race’.

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Having started out the day perfectly with two TQ runs in the first two qualifiers, once again Matsukura suffered ‘too many mistakes’.  Predicting a ‘hard’ race with passing set to be difficult without mistakes from the driver in front, the Japanese driver said he hopes for a clean & good fight with his aim to force Wernimont into an error.

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Neumann said he ‘might not have been the fastest’ but he kept the run clean.  ‘OK’ with securing third on the grid he said he hopes to capitalise should the two ahead of him tangle.  Like Martin, the championship’s most winning driver expects the jumps to cause problems as due to the flat landings the cars bounce out of line which is sure to cause problems in a closely bunched pack.

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Describing his Q6 attempt as ‘shit’ with the driver, the used tyres and his car all not good, Martin will start fourth on the grid.  Predicting the finals to be ‘a crash fest’ he said the winner is going to be the driver who crashes less with the jumps set to be at the centre of most incidents.  In terms of his car he will revert to his Q5 set-up as well as running a fresh set of tyres which he said should give hime a good package again for the finals.

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A day that has seen a lot of young stars shine, Michal Orlowski will start 5th with emerging Scandinavan talents booking their first EOS A-Main appearances.  Putting his P2 in Q6 down to his ‘first clean run’, 15-year old Team Associated supported driver Jesper Rasmussen booked 9th on the grid with the result.  Behind him 11-year-old Finn Joona Haatanen, also driving a B5M completes the 10 car grid with the other two starters being last year’s Top Qualifier Tom Cockerill (8th) and Team C’s Oliver Scholtz (7th).

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Wernimont cracks carpet surface at EOS

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American talent Carson Wernimont has made a break through in terms of racing on European style indoor tracks by claiming an impressive TQ run double at the Euro Offroad Series in Poland.  Having shown strongly in practice yesterday for what is only his second time to race on carpet, he finally put his Schumacher at the top the time sheets in Q4 going on to back that up in Q5 with a second TQ run.  The result puts 17-year-old old in contention alongside defending Champion Naoto Matsukura and Lee Martin for the overall 2WD TQ going into the sixth & final qualifier at the EOS #4 season opener.

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Having stiffened up his shock package after posting the third fastest time in Q3, with his Cougar KF jumping and landing better Wernimont would secure his first TQ run ahead of last year’s race winner Hupo Honigl.  Further improving his car for Q5, making up a front wing that improved high speed steering, he would take that round ahead of former race winner Martin.  ‘Way more satisfied with these result than Austria’, him making his EOS debut at last season’s final round, he said he was starting to adapt to the carpet something which is very different to anything he has raced on back in the United States.  Looking to give Schumacher a repeat for the TQ they took at the Poznan event last year, he said with his buggy now ‘pretty good’ he would leave it as is for last qualifier into which he goes as the current points leader of the qualification ranking.

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Sitting third in the ranking with one round to go, Martin was on a TQ run in Q5 before he clipped his back wheel off a jump and spun his Yokomo under the crossover with two laps to go.  Getting second for the round he said his B-Max2 felt OK and he would leave it as is for the overall TQ deciding round.  Having topped Q3, the British driver said other than Matsukura, who is ‘slightly faster’ gaining his advantage over the ‘silly single jumps’, the rest of the field had the same pace and all he could do for the last one was ‘just try to TQ it’.

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Having TQ’d Q1 & 2, Matsukura has struggled with costly crashes ever since.  Pulling a rear corner off his B-Max2 in Q4, in Q5 he would post the 4th fastest time.  The Japanese ace, again the fastest driver on outright lap times, said new tyres left him struggling for the first 2-minutes with his car ‘twitchy’.  After that he said the car was ‘super fast’ and preferring used tyres he said everything is there now to take the last round & overall TQ if he can just manage to cut out the mistakes.

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‘Finally’ eliminating his mistakes to post the second fastest time in Q4 and third in Q5, Honigl said the latest run was his best.  Benefiting from others crashes in the fourth round he said with a potential TQ on offer to him he ended up pushing too hard towards the end and he crashed too.  Set to start fourth and having not wanted to ‘waste’ a run by making a set-up change, for Q6 he will as he looks to better how his car lands. Describing his TM2 V2 as normally very good on landing he said on this track it could be better and he will use the last qualifier to try to improve it for this evening’s upcoming triple leg finals.

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Elsewhere Joern Nuemann who was third quickest in Q4 would pull a front arm off his Durango.  The two time 2WD Champion said running on used tyre they were done and the car was difficult to drive leading him to connect with the track piping and braking a front left arm.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Chassis Focus – Carson Wernimont

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Chassis: Schumacher Cougar KF
Motor: Reedy
ESC: Reedy
Batteries: Reedy
Radio/Servo: Futaba
Remarks – Making the trip over to Europe, US driver Carson Wernimont is attending the season opener running a pretty stock Cougar KF buggy. His car sports some option parts, such as aluminum rear bulkhead and suspension mounts as well as a rear swaybar and he has also fit some aftermarket shocks springs from Core-RC. With his focus on aerodynamics he has made a front spoiler to increase the steering of his buggy.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Video – 2wd Qualifying Rd3

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Martin tops 2WD Q3 at EOS

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Lee Martin topped the third round of 2WD qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series in Poland.  With Yokomo team-mate Naoto Matusukra setting the pace in the opening two qualifiers at the Poznan event, a mistake by the defending champion allowed Martin to go top of the timing screens to take take the round by one & a half seconds from Team Durango’s Joern Neumann.  After struggling in Q2, Schumacher’s Carson Wernimont completed the Top 3 while further mistakes from Matsukura would see him end up 14th fastest.

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Having been on a good pace in Q2 only to lose 8-seconds when a small error was made bigger by the marshall throwing his B-Max2 back on track on its roof, Martin was pleased to get the job done in Q3.  Starting the run on new tyres, the British ace said they took a while to come in but able to get by Matsukura, the car which lead away the top heat making a mistake, he was able to keep a good pace and stay up front.  Tweaking the car’s suspension and ride height for each runs, the factory Yokomo driver admitting that Shin Adachi was doing pretty much all the work on his cars this weekend, he said overall the car is working well and he is ready to take the battle to his team-mate over the remaining three qualifiers.

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Again the only driver to manage an 19-second lap of the 158 metre long track, Matsukura, who took Q1 & 2 convincingly, said a ride height change to his buggy left the rear end ‘too bouncy’.  Planning to ‘test another change’ for Q4, he said he also pushed too hard leading to four slow laps one of which was 25-seconds.

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Having had problems with his Durango nose diving, describing the car as ‘hard to drive’ in Q2, a serious of changes left Neumann much happier with his DEX210.  Switching to a shortie battery and changing from a ‘heavy bulkhead’ to the standard plastic version he said the car jumped a lot better.  With the car also ‘easier to drive’ he said he could push harder too.

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Having tried a change that while was ‘in the right direction but not enough’, Wernimont said his Cougar KF was ‘too hard to drive’ in Q2.  Adapting team-mate Tom Cockerill’s set-up for Q3 going from a shorty to a saddle pack the American teenager said this made the car a lot easier to drive.  Looking to now make the car land better for Q4 he will ‘make a few shock changes’.

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After a great start to qualifying with a P2 in Round 1, ‘too many mistakes’ in Q2 meant Michal Orlowski was only 23rd fastest.  Running a used tyres for Q3, the young Polish driver said the car was faster and other than two small mistakes he was again to run like he had done in Q1.  Leaving his Durango unchanged over the three qualifiers, he said the difference between new and used tyres is quite big with used faster as you can drift the rear end of the car while new offer more consistency and make the car more stable to drive.

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Behind Orlowski was another promising further prospect in Joona Haatanen.  Only 11-years-old and racing on carpet for just the second time, his first having been during last season EOS round in Berlin, the Finn put his performance of both Q2 & 3 down to used tyres and improved driving.  Sixth fastest in the second qualifier and 5th on his lastest run, he said he is comfortable with his Team Associated B5M when it slides around on used tyres.  Used to racing on a polished surface in his home country, he plans now to save his first set of tyres for the finals and so doesn’t expect a strong Q4 as he will be on brand new tyres.

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Completing the Top 6, having got a ‘lucky’ P2 in the second qualifier, Cockerill said his latest run was alright.  Reseeded into the second heat as the 11 car groups run in Q1 resulted in issues with traffic, last year’s 2WD Top Qualifier said his diff gets a little loose towards the end of the run and for the next one he will go up in the oil.  Other than that he said it was now a ‘tyre game’. Saying worn is better, he said who was running what each round would play a part in the result.

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Setting the 7th fastest time ahead of Team C team-mate Nicolas Risser, Hupo Honigl said ‘three crashes out of three (rounds) not so good’.  Trying for a safe run a mistake at the double after the main straight would lead to him getting marshalled out in front of team-mate Oliver Scholz leading the two to touch in the air at the crossover and land on their roofs.  Happy how his TM2 V2 is running, last year’s race winner said ‘its time for a clean run’.  Completing the Top 10 for the round was Bjorn Prumper and Scholtz.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Chassis Focus – Naoto Matsukura

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Chassis: Yokomo B-Max2
Motor: Yokomo
ESC: Yokomo
Batteries: Yokomo
Radio/Servo: Sanwa
Remarks - Reigning 2WD EOS Champion, Naoto Matsukura is running some new items on his B-Max2 here at the opening round of the EOS season in Poland. Up front are new aluminium 0° caster C-hubs, while all round are new shock springs which were developed on the famous Yatabe Arena’s astroturf track and also proving to be very fast on carpet too. The transmission cover features some handmade holes for cooling and lowering weight and there is even aerodynamic updates, with Naoto using an handmade spoiler on the front of his bodyshell.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Matsukura TQs opening EOS qualifier

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Defending 2WD champion Naoto Matsukura TQ’d the opening round of qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series season opener in Poznan, Poland, this morning. The Yokomo driver took the first of the six qualifiers by over 3.5 seconds from Team Durango’s Michal Orlowski with Yokomo team-mate & practice pace setter Lee Martin completing the Top 3.

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Describing the track as having ‘low traction’ and ‘loose’ compared to yesterday’s practice, Matsukura said his B-Max2 had a ‘good feeling so (it was) no problem’.  Happy to open qualifying with a TQ run and the only driver to run a 19-second lap, the Japanese ace said while he went for a safe run he had ‘many mistakes’ but he was ‘still able to keep it going’.  Asked if he planned to push in Q2, the newly crowned Touring Car World Champion said the track didn’t reward such driving and he would just try to repeat his Q1 drive but with a few less mistakes.

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‘Very good’ was how Orlowski summed up his run to second.  Describing the setup of his DEX210 as ‘perfect’, the 13-year-old said while he was not the fastest he was able to run very consistent and without any mistakes.  Adding that Martin without crashes is faster, the Polish talent said for Q2 he would just leave everything the same and try to repeat a clean 5-minutes.

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Like Matsukura, Martin described the track as ‘a little loose’ especially the wooden sections.  The 2WD Buggy World Championship Runner-up said he drove a little conservatively with further time lost to a mistake. Planning to redo the oil in his shocks, saying in Q1 they ‘felt like they needed doing’, for him apart from that for the second qualifier it was just a case of ‘go again’.

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Setting the fourth fastest time, Carson Wernimont was content with his opening run saying it was a ‘decent run’ adding it was ‘nice & safe I guess’.  Running his Cougar KF the same as he ran it in the final practice, the American said while overall it felt pretty good it was a little loose on exiting the corners.  Running a P2 time for a while before getting held up as he caught a pack of drivers, he plans to make a few changes for Q2 to try and improve the car’s forward drive.

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Apologising to Joern Neumann for an early coming together with the European Champion, Oliver Scholtz said other than this unfortunate mistake he was happy with the rest of the run.  Leaving his Team C unchanged from practice other than fitting a new set of Schumacher’s handout Mini Pin tyres, the 19-year-old said he planned to continue with the car as is for the next qualifier.

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Sixth fastest Hupo Honigl said his Team C was good but he just made a ‘stupid mistake’.  Catching traffic he said he got impatient and tried a pass that resulted in him crashing and losing 3-seconds.  Without the mistake the winner of this event last year said his TM2 V2 is easily good enough for ‘Top 3 minimum’ runs.

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British EOS regular David Poulter would take his Schumacher to seventh just ahead of the cars designer Tom Cockerill.  Having ‘got lost yesterday’ with his set-up, after making a lot of changes for qualifying Poulter said ‘they clearly seemed to work’.  Originally thinking of making a few changes for Q2 he said based on his result he will hold off and instead play safe and try to go for another strong result in Q2.

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‘A lot better than yesterday, I turned up for a race meeting today’ was Cockerill’s reaction to his run.  Having not made the Top 10 in practice, last year’s Top Qualifier said the big improvement was mainly from the driver but he also improved his car by reverting to his ‘standard carpet set-up’.  Having ran the same low grip conversion set-up as Wernimont yesterday, which moves the motor back 21mm in the car, he said it didn’t suit his driving.  Having ‘binned it’ once during the qualifier he said his car was ‘now pretty decent’ and he hoped to build on his improved performance over the remaining five qualifiers.

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With the Top 10 completed by Team C’s Tom Maquel and Xray’s Martin Wollanka, the round would see Neumann pull up after 8-laps.  The German said his DEX210 felt good but after getting collected by Scholtz at the crossover and then crashing again later on the same lap his run was done.  A driver who himself admits he suffers from ‘crazy tyre wear’ he said with only 3-set of tyres for the six qualifiers and a big difference between new and used he opted to pull off to save the tyres for another run.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Video – 4wd Practice Rd3

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Friday, October 24, 2014

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2014/15 Championship Standings after Rd1

4wd Buggy Class
1. Matsukura Naoto - 156pts
2. Neumann Jörn - 153pts
3. Wernimont Carson - 152pts
4. Bayer Martin - 151pts
5. Martin Lee - 150pts
6. Wollanka Martin - 149pts
7. Hovgaard Frederik - 148pts
8. Hönigl Hupo - 147pts
9. Orlowski Michal - 146pts
10.Risser Nicolas - 145pts


2wd Buggy Class
1. Matsukura Naoto - 155pts
2. Neumann Jörn - 153pts
3. Martin Lee - 152pts
4. Wernimont Carson - 152pts
5. Orlowski Michal - 150pts
6. Cockerill Tom - 149pts
7. Hönigl Hupo - 148pts
8. Rasmussen Jesper - 147pts
9. Scholz Oliver - 146pts
10.Haatanen Joona - 145pts


4wd SC Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 156pts
2. Novotny Kaja - 153pts
3. Zambrzycki Bartlomiej - 152pts
4. Rudig Sven - 151pts
5. Fedorenko Vladimir - 150pts

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