Matsukura takes Q3 at EOS

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After setting the fastest laps of the opening two qualifiers of 2WD Buggy at the Euro Offroad Series in Wels, Austria, Naoto Matsukura finally managed to pull off a TQ run in the penultimate round.   Laying down another new outright fastest lap, the Yokomo driver took Q3 from early pace setter Joern Neumann in a new fastest time, something that could prove crutial should qualifying go to a tie break with Q1 & 2 pace setter Hupo Honigl.  While Martin Bayer had a good round to complete the Top 3, after a perfect morning at the Modelbau Wels Hobby Show, mistakes in the third qualifier meant Honigl would post only the fourth fastest time.

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Running a time that was 3-seconds faster than Honigl’s best TQ time, that gap being reduced by a mistake by Honigl on the last lap that delayed both Matsukura and Neumann, Matsukura was happy to finally cut out the errors that cost him in Q1 & 2 although the Japanese ace did still have one moment of his own doing.  Happy with his B-Max 2, he said other than a refreshing of the shocks the plan for the final qualifier is to ‘go for the overall TQ’ and deny Honigl the extra championship point it carries.

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Changing to a lighter oil in the diff of his Durango, Neumann said his DEX210 was ‘much better’.  On the TQ pace the defending Champion said he threw it away with a mistake.  Passing Lee Martin at the chicane he got the double wrong and this led him to miss his line for the jump section in front of the drivers stand causing him to roll on the landing.    Confident the pace is in the car he will be hoping he can end qualifying for his first clean run of the day.

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‘Heading in the right direction but still not perfect’ was how Bayer described his car after setting the third fastest time.  Winner of the previous round of the championship at the Hudy Arena last month, the Czech ace said a change of the front and rear geometry on the prototype XB4-2, he is racing for the first time this weekend gave the buggy better steering.  Improving the car ‘step by step’ he said both himself and the car’s designer Juraj Hudy are learning more and more about the car every run and so will continue to try new things every run.

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After the perfect morning, taking Q1 & 2, Honigl said he just made a number of small mistakes at the beginning of the run which dropped him back but it was a double mistake on his last lap that cost him dearly.  Crashing at the chicane he would immediately repeat the crash as he tried to turn around back into the racing line.  This would delay three cars most notably Matsukura and more so Neumann as they all piled into the crashed Team C.  Honigl said the car was good and for the last qualifier it is just the driver that needs improving.

Behind the Austrian, Shin Adachi and Tom Cockerill completed the 6 while Lee Martin had a poor run to set only the 7th fastest ime. The World Championship runner-up said having to let Neumann and Matsukura passed, the former two times after he crashed,  ended up costing him time and positions.

2WD Buggy Qualifying Round 3 – Top 10 times
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 15/5:17.108
2. Joern Neumann – Durango – 15/5:18.013
3. Martin Bayer – Xray – 14/5:02.066
4. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 14/5:02.388
5. Shin Adachi – Yokomo – 14/5:03.649
6. Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 14/5:03.683
7. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 14/5:05.187
8. Martin Wollanka – Xray – 14/5:05.679
9. Oskar Levin – Team C – 14/5:08.772
10.Michal Orlowski – Durango – 14/5:10.419

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Chassis Focus – Hupo Honigl

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Chassis: TeamC TM2 V2
Motor: Dualsky 6.5
ESC: Dualsky
Batteries: H-Speed
Radio/Servo: Futaba
Remarks: In contention for the win of the overall championship, TeamC’s top driver Hupo Honigl is using the exact same car he ran in the previous two EOS encounters. Having tried many things during practice, he finally reverted to his basic setup saying that “the car is so good that I tried to make it better but it was impossible, so I stepped back and here i am, running my usual setup”. The only small addition to his car being a small fin right behind the cab on his body – that he admitted has the only function of “looking cool” – the Austrian is delighted with the way his car is behaving and is pretty confident for the day.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Video – 2wd Buggy Qualifying Rd2

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Honigl again in Q2

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The second round of qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series, which is taking place at Austria’s biggest hobby show Modelbau Wels, saw title contender Hupo Honigl post another TQ run.  The Team C driver ran an almost identical time to his opening qualifier, this time round heading British drivers Lee Martin and Tom Cockerill.  For Honigl’s title rivals it was a tough round with Joern Neumann ending up fourth and Naoto Matsukura sixth.  Neumann was on target for a TQ run until he came up to lap Torben Højfeldt and his Durango tangled with the Dane’s Team C.  For Matsukura, who again posted the fastest lap, the run contained ‘just too many mistakes’.

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Honigl was even happier with his Q2 run saying his TM2 V2 was really good.  Having been struggling a little for steering at the end of the straight which for the front motored car is not normally an issue, a change of top deck for Q2 cured the problem.  Modifying the top deck that was on the buggy to give the car more flex believing he had a spare he discovered that he didn’t leaving him with that option.  Fortunately a spare of the pre production part was able to be brought to Wels late last night which the Austrian was able to fit to the car for Q2 opting not to risk fitting it for the opening round.  Honigl said he plans now to just run the car as is for Q3 when he could potentially wrap up the overall TQ and take the all important bonus championship point that it carries.

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‘Start average, end good’ was how Martin described his run to the second fastest time.  The Yokomo driver said while he is getting closer with his set-up his car is still not jumping perfectly.  With the piston change after Q1 improving it he said for Q3 he will now try to remove weight from the car to see if that changes the way the car lands to where he wants it to be.  Despite a ‘couple of small mistakes’ he said overall the run was pretty decent.

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Changing to a shorter wheelbase set-up on his Schumacher Tom Cockerill said it was a step in the right direction.  Making the car more nimble it also gave him the more drive out of the corner he was so desperately seeking.  Despite the improvement he said he still needs to find more speed as without Neumann & Matsukura’s issues it would again have been a Top 5 run.

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Behind Neumann, Japan’s Shin Adachi posted the fifth fastest time.  The head of development for Yokomo’s electric Offroad programme he is essentially a test bed for set-up changes for both Matsukura and Martin.  Happy with fifth he said a change to softer shock oil made for ‘not good’ landings so he will try something different for Q3.  Also looking to get rid of some of the car’s understeer he will try a lighter diff oil next time out.

2WD Buggy Qualifying Round 2 – Top 10 times
1. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 15/5:20.846
2. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 14/5:00.435
3. Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 14/5:03.446
4. Joern Neumann – Durango – 14/5:05.056
5. Shin Adachi – Yokomo – 14/5:07.206
6. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 14/5:10.057
7. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 14/5:10.366
8. Juho Levanen – Associated – 14/5:10.855
9. Joakim Nicolaisen – Associated – 14/5:10.870
10.Martin Bayer – Xray – 14/5:11.478

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Honigl TQs opening 2WD Qualifier at EOS Finale

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Team C’s Hupo Honigl TQ’d the opening round of 2WD qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series this morning in Wels, Austria.  The only driver to complete 15-laps over the 5-minute qualifier, the Austria headed both his rivals for the overall EOS Championship title with Naoto Matsukura and defending champion Joern Neumann completing the Top 3.

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Pleased to kick off the first of the four qualifiers with a TQ run, his rivals appartently not liking the early start, Honigl said the run was the first time his TM2 V2 ‘felt really good’ on a brand new set of Pro-Line’s hand out tyre.  Making changes to his buggy as he looked for more steering at the end of the straight, while it didn’t cure that problem it did make the buggy better through other sections of the track.  The winner of the season opener joked he thought he knew what he was doing when he made the change but it cured something totally different and he hopes the next change he makes actually improves his steering at the end of the straight.

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Setting the fastest lap of the round with a 20.557, Matsukura said ‘car good, me shit’.  Laying down a TQ pace early on the Japanese ace crashed twice at the same spot on the track.  Happy with his B-Max 2’s performance he said he will leave it as is for Q2 and instead focus on improving his driving adding that by then he should have woken up.

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‘Just too many mistakes’, that was how Neumann summed up his opening qualifier.  Having topped yesterday’s timed practice the German lead away the top heat but crashed on the opening lap allowing Matsukura to the front.  Chasing his first 2WD win of the season, the 5-time race winner said his DEX210 was ‘OK’ and attributed his poor driving to it being ‘maybe too early in the morning’.

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‘Could be worse’ was how Lee Martin described his run to the fourth fastest time with his idler gear starting to go in the final minute of the run.  The Yokomo driver said he ‘hate(s) early morning runs’ and as a result he didn’t drive very well.  Still working on getting his Viper powered B-Max 2 to land better he will now try a piston change in his rear shocks for Q2.

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Setting the 5th fastest time Schumacher team leader Tom Cockerill described his qualifier as a steady run but said on checking the times afterwards he was a little frustrated as he was just 1/10th of a third for the round.  The British driver said they are ‘being killed’ out of the slow corners and for Q2 he will change to a short wheelbase set-up on his Cougar.  Team-mate Carson Wernimont, who is making his European race debut this weekend, would claim 12th for the round just behind Round 3 race winner Martin Bayer.

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Behing young Polish talent Michal Orlowski, who completed the Top 6 with his Durango, were the Team Associated’s of Juho Levanen and Peter Pinisch.  Running the new B5M for the first time, multiple European Touring Car Champion Levanen said overnight changes to the car had improved it quite a bit over yesterday’s practice.  Commenting on the main difference between the new car and the Centro C4.2 he campaigned at the previous EOS encounters he said the B5M ‘jumps a lot better which for a touring car driver helps a lot’.  Planning further set-up changes for  Q2 the Finn said he is looking to find a balance between having enough steering but not too much.

2WD Buggy Qualifying Round 1 – Top 10 times
1. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 15/5:20.523
2. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 14/5:00.051
3. Joern Neumann – Durango – 14/5:05.226
4. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 14/5:05.283
5. Tom Cockerill – Schumacher – 14/5:05.323
6. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 14/5:07.515
7. Juho Levanen – Associated – 14/5:07.551
8. Peter Pinisch – Associated – 14/5:08.565
9. Shin Adachi – Yokomo – 14/5:10.103
10. Oskar Levin – Team C – 14/5:11.308

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

‘From Race Control’ – Day 2, 2WD Qualifying/Finals

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Responding to feedback from racers, the finale of Season #3 of the Euro Offroad Series will see a change to the regular schedule with the serious business of qualifying and racing now being seperated by classes with 2WD and 4WD having a full dedicated day each. After timed practice for both 2WD and 4WD yesterday, today is just for 2WD starting off with the first of four rounds of qualifying, a driver’s best 2 of 4 to count. With qualifying complete the day will conclude with triple Mains for all racers with the new 2WD Buggy EOS champion set to be crowned in Wels, Austria later this evening.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Neumann top seed for EOS Qualifying

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Joern Neumann is the top seed for qualifying at the season finale of the Euro Offroad Series in Austria.  The Team Durango driver putting both his buggies top of the timed practice time sheets on the opening day of the Modelbau Wels event.  Unable to better the 3-consecutive laps time he set in the first of the two timed runs, the German will lead away the first round of qualifying from Team Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura who was able to improve his 2WD slightly on his final practice run with team-mate Lee Martin also improving to move up to third ahead of 2WD title contender Hupo Honigl.  In 4WD the second timed practice saw little change at the top with the four unable to better their times, the biggest improvement coming from Yokomo’s Shin Adachi would ended the day 5th fastest, the same position he would claim in 2WD.

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While not bettering his 3-consecutive lap time, Neumann did improve on his fastest lap time in the final practice getting down to a 20.766 which was 2/10ths faster than the best lap of Matsukura.  Cutting the outside pin of his rear Pro-Line Pin Point tyre in the search for better steering at the centre chicane he said while it fractionally improved his DEX210 he said it might be at the compromise of overall traction when he has to run the tyres for a second time.  With this in mind he said he will not make a decision on where to cut his marked sets of tyres until the morning.  On his 4WD the defending champion said he has ‘crazy steering’ even after cutting three of the outside pins from his front tyres.  With the 2-inside rows also cut he said he is afraid to cut any more as he needs some pins left.  Instead he will try a heavier oil in his front diff of the DEX410.

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Changing springs on his 2WD, Matsukura said it felt better overall but at the cost of traction. Describing his B-Max 2 as feeling a little loose he said he is waiting on ‘Shin (Adachi) to decide what is the best change to make for this’. Happy with changes made to his 4WD which made it easier to drive he said with a few more little tweaks it should be good for qualifying.  Martin said his 2WD was ‘overall not too bad’ and while the buggy was landing the jumps better it was ‘still not super’.  The World Championship runner-up said they still have a bit of work to do to get the car competitive for tomorrow’s qualifying.  Commenting on his 4WD he said it ‘doesn’t feel right’.  ‘Quick one lap’ he said the next lap it feels different so he is going to ‘give it to Shin to get him to get it to work’.

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Putting in a full run this time in 2WD to post the 8th fastest time, Martin Bayer will carry the No.3 on his 4WD in qualifying.  The European Champion said step by step he is improving his XB4.  improving his best lap time by half a second in TP2, he said while the car is ‘super easy to drive’ he is lacking consistency something he said is down to him lacking rotation on the many 180 degree corners.  On his 2WD he said a lack of steering is the main area he needs to work on as the prototype buggy ‘doesn’t rotate’.

In a change to the regular race schedule of the Euro Offroad Series, tomorrow will see only 2WD run with the overall champion set to be crowned tomorrow night in Wels.  Sunday will then be an all 4WD affair which will decide if Neumann or Bayer are Champions.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Video – 4wd Buggy Practice

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Friday, April 25, 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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