April 30, 2016

Chassis Focus – Bruno Coelho

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Chassis: Xray XB2 2016
Motor: Hobbywing V10G2 6.5T
ESC: Hobbywing Xerun XR10 Pro
Batteries: EZ Power 4600mAh
Radio/Servo: Sanwa
Remarks – Top qualifier on the first EOS visit to the Nurburgring back in September, Xray factory driver Bruno Coelho is running the 2016 version of the Slovakian XB2 equipped with a number of option parts. Fitted with graphite plastics, his car sports aluminium uprights, camber link supports and steering rack, a front brass bulkhead and a 50g under-LiPo weight.

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April 30, 2016

Cavalieri takes Q2 at the Nurburgring

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Ryan Cavalieri has taken the second round of 2WD qualifying at the EOS season finale at the Nurburgring.  The Associated star would be the only driver to manage 16-laps, topping the times from Bruno Coelho, Lee Martin and Q1 pace setter Neil Cragg.  Having impressed in the opening qualifier, Spencer Rivkin was setting the early pace in Q2 until just after the 1-minute mark when he spectacularly took the front left off his new B6 on the straight away.

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Making ‘a little adjustment’ to his B6, Cavalieri said this made it ‘really easy to drive’ and this gave him the consistency to run a clean error free qualifier.  Happy to post a TQ run, the American while happy with how his car ran said the change left him with a fastest lap that was ‘not where (he) wanted it to be’.  For Q3 he will not change set-up feeling the time maybe in new tyres.  To get a comparison he will run a new set of the championship’s controlled Schumacher tyres.  Team-mate Rivkin said, after finding the slipper was not right in his car after Q1, his car was ‘awesome’ in the second round.  Commenting on his crash, the impact of which even Martin admitted to being distracted by, the World Champion said, ‘I hit the piping before coming onto the straight and then when I came on the straight the car pulled to left’ causing him to hit the boards that are in place to prevent cars who crash in the infield from landing out on the main straight.  Cragg said ‘4th is OK’ adding the ‘car was really good but I didn’t drive it right’ however Associated designer Kody Numedahl stood in to take the blame.  Running in the same heat as his star driver the American would crash and trying to get out of the way of Cragg who was running behind him ended up crashing into the British driver.  Cragg said without the crash it would have been close to the TQ.

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Finishing 0.277 behind Coelho, the Xray driving posting the fastest lap, Martin said after pulling a wheelie off the line which lost him time, P3 was ‘OK’.  Distracted when ‘Spencer smashed his car to bits’, the Yokomo driver also had to deal with having Cavalieri behind him, saying that overall it was ‘not an optimum run’.  Team-mate and EOS Round 3 winner Marc Rheinard would take his YZ-2 to the 6th fastest time.

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Eight in Q1, Joona Haatanen would improve with a p5 in Q2.  The 12-year-old up & coming Associated backed driver said with his B6 was ‘too aggressive’ in the opening qualifier so they made a front link change, with the longer set-up making the car much easier to drive.  A clean run, the 12-year-old from Finland will leave the car unchanged for the penultimate qualifier.

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April 30, 2016

Cragg heads B6 1-2 in opening EOS qualifier

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Neil Cragg led a 1-2 for Team Associated and their new B6 in the opening qualifier at the season finale of the Euro Offroad Series at the Nurburgring. Only his second EOS outing, the British driver outpaced his team-mate Spencer Rivkin by just 0.240 of a second with Ryan Cavalieri making it a very encouraging start for the new car as he posted a P4 run.  Leading the challenge to the AE team, who would get 5 cars in to the Top 10, qualifying top seed Lee Martin would take his Yokomo to third almost a full second off his fellow countryman Cragg.

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‘A solid 5-minutes’ was how Cragg summed up his TQ run, adding ‘I had one moment but got away with it’.  With it ‘nice to get back to 2WD’ which he described as being ‘a 1000% better than 4WD’, he said Q1 was ‘a good start to the day’. Starting behind Martin having been second fastest in practice, the former World Champion said ‘I was running behind Lee’ knowing he was up on the reigning champion when ‘Spencer seemed to come from nowhere’. Forced to respond to the current World Champion, he said he ‘pushed on’ adding it was nice to end up with a 1-2 for the new car.  Planning to leave his LRP powered B6 unchanged for Q2, if he can post another strong run he plans then to try Rivkin’s set-up for the third round.

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Making his EOS debut this weekend, Rivkin said his first qualifier ‘went well’ and ‘better than (he) thought’ it would.  Not happy with his driving in practice yesterday when he ended up 5th fastest, he would suffer 2-3 flip overs in which his Reedy powered B6 managed to land on its wheels from which he was ‘happy to be able to come back to finish 2nd’.  ‘Happy to get 2nd from the first round’, the 17-year-old continued ‘I know the car is fast as my team-mate got the TQ’.  Expecting to be ‘better the next one’, the American who posted the fastest lap will ‘back it down 10%’ with his aim being a secure a ‘Top 3 start’ in the A-Main.

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‘Close but no cigar’ was Martin’s reaction to his P3 adding ‘Q1 of 2WD is always a nervous run after doing 4WD practice’ continuing ‘Neil (Cragg) didn’t do much 4WD’.  Like Cragg, the winner of the previous visit to the Nurburgring was a little surprised by Rivkin’s pace saying, ‘Spencer was fast from the mid point (of the qualifier)’. Suffering from a ‘few traffic issues’ when he had to ‘dodge a few rogue cars’, he said ‘on this track that can cost a lot of time’.  On his YZ-2 he said it ‘felt fine and was doing everything it was supposed to’ but on his driving he added ‘it was a little too pedestrian’.

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Cavalieri summed up his opening qualifier as ‘not too bad’.  Surviving ‘one little bobble’ he said ‘we are all really close’.  Looking for his Orion powered B6 to ‘get into the corners a little better’, the multiple World Champion will make ‘a small adjustment’ for Q2 which he hopes will help him ‘pick up some time’.

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Laying down the early TQ pace, Bruno Coelho would open proceedings with a P5.  Top Qualifier at the Nurburgring back in September when he made his EOS debut, the Xray driver would touch a dot and flip his Hobbywing powered XB2.  Describing the car as ‘pretty good’, the straight talking Portuguese driver continued ‘the only problem was my stupid mistake’.

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Completing the Top 6 ahead of former back to back champion Joern Neumann, Michal Orlowski described Q1 as being ‘not so bad’ before continuing ‘but I hope we can improve’.  Losing 1-second when he ‘crashed once’, the Schumacher driver said he is still looking for more rotation from his buggy.  Suffering from ‘too much rear grip’ he said hopefully they can make the Cougar KF2 easier to drive for Q2.  Behind Neumann’s Serpent, Team Associated young guns Joona Haatanen and Joakim Nicolaisen would be 8th & 9th fastest respectively with Xray’s Hupo Honigl completing the Top 10.

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April 29, 2016

Rheinard top 4WD seed as final practice proves slower

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Marc Rheinard is the top seed for 4WD qualifying at the EOS in Germany after slower track conditions saw the top 6 drivers after the first timed practice remain unchanged.  While Lee Martin topped the times for the round ahead of Bruno Coelho, the highest placed driver to improve his time would be Michal Orlowski but the Schumacher driver remained 5th.  The biggest position change within the Top 10 came from Serpent’s Joern Nuemann who moved up from 9th to 7th fastest.

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Rheinard, who would set the third fastest time of the final practice, reported ‘the track was slower’ adding ‘I think because it got cold’.  The Yokomo driver said this left his YZ-4 to understeer more, his rivals reporting the same thing.  Team-mate Martin, also reported less traction and while happier with the power of his car after adding more turbo said ‘it still felt slow’.  Discussing this with Yokomo designer Shin Adachi, with Rheinard also looking for better speed they will run a different pinion for qualifying. Sandwiched on the time sheets between the two Yokomos, Coelho was happy to hear that his rivals also found the traction to be lower.

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Orlowski felt his improvement over 3-consecutive laps came from the fact he ‘drove better than before’.  With his buggy easier to drive following the shock tower change he said this also allowed him to push harder.  Not a fan of tracks that require ‘huge steering’, he said despite his track preferences he is ready for qualifying. Behind Orlowski, VBC team driver Yannic Prumper was happy that even though the track was slower he had managed to improved his XB4 which was now ‘easier to drive over 5 minutes’.  With Neumann 7th, the Top 10 was completed behind him by a trio of Xrays with Hupo Honigl in 9th splitting brothers Martin and Ales Bayer.

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April 29, 2016

Rheinard tops first 4WD practice

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Marc Rheinard set the pace in the first round of 4WD timed practice at the Euro Offroad Series in Germany.  The Yokomo driver was fastest ahead of Bruno Coelho and Lee Martin, the latter two drivers set to battle it out for the 4WD title at the Nurburgring in the season finale on Sunday.  Over 3-consecutive laps, Rheinard would hold a 0.161 advantage over Coelho who in turn was 0.092 ahead of his title rival Martin who earlier in the day topped 2WD practice.

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Only 7th fastest in 2WD practice, having come into the event having won his first EOS race at the previous round, Rheinard was clearly pleased to find himself at the top of the time sheets.  The 4-time onroad World Champion put his improved performance in 4WD mainly down to the fact that the track he was responsible for building suits his 4WD better than his 2WD.  Describing his Much More powered YZ-4 as being ‘pretty good in free practice’, he said some small changes while not changing the feel of the car made it more consistent.  For the final practice, the German plans to leave the car unchanged and run new tyres to give him an idea of how the car should feel for the opening qualifier which has been brought forward to Saturday evening after the conclusion of the 2WD Finals.

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Leading the championship by 4-points coming into the event, Coelho was content with P2 for the first practice saying ‘everyone is on the same pace’.  The Xray driver, who is making his first EOS outing using Hobbywing electrics, described his XB4 as ‘working very well’. Having spent two days testing at the Hudy Arena in preparation for his title showdown, he has run his car unchanged since the start of practice adding, ‘it is difficult to make a difference that will give you an edge over the others’.

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Martin, who needs to TQ and win to have a chance at retaining his 4WD title, said he ‘lacked a bit of power’.  Also trying a looser slipper he said that got worse over the run and he had to stop for an adjustment.  Planning to ‘add more turbo’ and tighten the slipper he said his YZ-4 feels good after they tweaked the roll bars and reduced toe after free practice.

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Finishing second on the EOS’ previous visit to the Nurburgring, Martin Wollanka would posted the 4th fastest time.  The Xray driver said having changed his set-up in the final free practice and then again for the first timed practice he will for TP2 revert to the set-up he started out with.  Describing the track layout as ‘technical but very nice’, the Austrian said while ‘the lap times were almost the same’ after the changes his XB4 was ‘not as agile’ and that is the reason he will change back to his base set-up.  Wollanka’s team-mate and Offroad team manager Martin Bayer posted the 7th fastest time.  A former multiple EOS race winner, Bayer said he was happy to be in the Top 10 given his focus today has been on Xray’s new Stadium Truck project.  Having only had time to run three batteries on the new truck prior to debuting it in the newly introduced class he said this has been his concentration as he has ‘a lot to learn’ due to the less controlled tyre regulations for the class which unlike buggy are not pre-glued.

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Fifth fastest on a track while he admits he isn’t a fan of due to its tight layout, Michal Orlowski was ‘pretty surprised’ by his pace. The 15-year-old was ‘happy (they) have improved a lot from the previous EOS race’.  Feeling he can go faster, he said ‘there is more to come from the driver’. In terms of his CAT K2 he said this too could be improved and for the final practice he will change to a different front shock tower.

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Completing the Top 6 was VBC team driver Yannic Prumper.  While the manufacturer is preparing to enter the 4WD market and looking for feedback from it new star signing, the electric touring car ace is this weekend using an Xray in 4WD.  With TP1 only his 3rd battery with the car, he said he is still trying to find a good set-up, with a lack of on power steering his biggest issue. For the final practice the German will change to a softer sway bar as well as softer oils and a different shock piston.

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April 29, 2016

Chassis Focus – Marc Rheinard

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Chassis: Yokomo YZ-2 Carpet Edition
Motor: Muchmore Fleta ZX 6.5T
ESC: Muchmore Fleta Pro V2
Batteries: Muchmore 5000mAh
Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Xpert
Remarks – Winner of the last round in the 2WD class, Marc Rheinard is running a YZ-2 Carpet Edition from the Japanese manufacturer. Equipped with updated aluminium rear hubs, a vented slipper plate, front graphite arms and steering knuckles the car is also fitted with Yatabe shock springs.

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April 29, 2016

Martin top 2WD seed at EOS Finale

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Lee Martin goes into tomorrow’s 2WD qualifying at the Nurburgring in Germany as the top seed.  The Yokomo driver was fastest in the two rounds of timed practice, bettering his opening 3-consecutive lap time by 0.064 to again top the times from Team Associated’s Neil Cragg.  Cragg improved his time too in FP2 but the gap between the two British drivers remained almost unchanged.  Having only been 7th after TP1, Bruno Coelho made a big improvement to put his Xray in Top 3 ahead of American AE pairing Ryan Cavalieri and Spencer Rivkin.

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On his final practice Martin said, ‘it started really well but went off at the end because of two loose screws in the anti squat blocks’.  Using TP2 to run in new tyres, he said his RC Concept powered YZ-2 ‘drives good’ and its down to him to put in a good drive over the 5-minute qualifiers.  With the track layout requiring ‘a lot of concentration’ he added ‘its easy to get out of the flow (of the track).

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Debuting Associated’s new B6, Cragg said, ‘the car has been good all the way through practice’.  Feeling his slipper was not tight enough he said they adjusted it for the final practice but went ‘a little too much’.  Hoping to ‘find a sweet spot’ on his slipper for qualifying, the former world Champion was very happy with his 5-minute time.  With ‘a lot of places to crash’ he said ‘not crashing is going to be key’ to a good qualifier adding ‘I need to not over jump and make sure I hit the down slopes’.

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Opting to not change his car after TP1 despite a lack of high speed steering, Coelho said his improvement came from making less mistakes.  Struggling to get in 3 error free consecutive laps he said second time round he made a better job but feels ‘there is still room for improvement’. Closer on pace to his rivals he said ‘we are still too slow compared to them’ stating ‘we need to do something (to the car) to reduce this’. Top Qualifier for the event at the season opener, he said things are ‘completely different in qualifying’ and his aim is to ‘drive safe’.

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Fourth fastest Ryan Cavalieri was another driver happier with his driving.  The multiple World Champion described his final 2WD practice as ‘really good’ adding he ‘felt (he) drove more consistent’.  Looking to adjust his Orion speedo to get it smoother on power, he is also confident that on new tyres he ‘will be a little faster too’.  Team-mate and designer of the B6 Kody Numedahl was one of the few leading drivers not to improve on their opening time.  Ending up 8th, he felt he ran much the same pace as before adding the key for him was that he was ‘able to run the whole 5-minutes with no mistakes’.

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Taking his B6 to the fifth fastest time, EOS debutant Spencer Rivkin said ‘I’m not the fastest out there but the car was easier to drive that time’.  Motoring down for TP2, the World Champion said the slower motor ‘made a big difference’ but ‘it took a few laps to get used too’.  Happy with his car, he said for qualifying, ‘I still need to work on my driving and make sure I hit my marks’.

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Completing the Top 6 ahead of EOS Round 3 winner Marc Rheinard, Michal Orlowski described his pace as ‘not so bad but it could be better’.  Happy to have been able to improve his 3-consecutive laps time, the Polish driver feels they still need to work on bettering the steering for what he called the ‘tight & technical track layout’.

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