Neumann caps off EOS with win #10

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Joern Neumann has capped off the third season of the Euro Offroad Series with the overall win in Austria, a result that brings the Team Durango tally of 4WD Buggy victories in the championship to 10.  Having sewn up his third consecutive championship title in A2, the German would go on to win the closing race of the Modelbau Wels Hobby Show event to take victory at the season finale ahead of Top Qualifier Naoto Matsukura with young star and Durango team-mate Michal Orlowski completing the podium.

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Going into A3, three drivers where in the hunt for the overall win but off the start Martin Bayer back flipped his Xray dropping him down the field leaving Matsukura and Neumann to battle it out.   One of his strongest sections of the track for the 1:12 World Champion, on lap 6 it would be the undoing of his quest for a first 4WD win.  Clipping the track piping through the high speed chicane this would let Neumann through to the front where he would stay for the rest of the 5-minute encounter.

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Commenting on his win Neumann was very happy to claim his 10th win from 11 races adding he couldn’t have asked for a better finish to the championship.  On the race he said both himself & Matsukura had a very similar pace but his rival took more risks which would play into his hands.  Once ahead of the Vice-World Champion he said he knew the gap on such a track was too much to make back and said even if he had of caught him just keeping to his lines would have kept the Yokomo behind him.  Having lost his 100% winning record at the Hudy Arena where Bayer took the win from the TQ position, Neumann pointed out that he is the first driver who was not the Top Qualifier to win 4WD at the EOS.

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Matsukura said it was a little frustrating to make such a mistake at his favourite part of the track but finishing 3rd overall in the championship he was happy with his first full season.  Having won the 2WD title yesterday, the first driver other than Neumann to hold an EOS Buggy title, he declared he would do the double.  Setting the fastest lap of the event in the third A-Main as he tried to reel back in Neumann, he said his buggies this weekend were really good thanks to good team support.  A driver who races many different categories and this being a World Championship year for both electric touring car and 1:12, he said he doesn’t get to test offroad much and because of this Shin Adachi is a huge help as he can test and relate that knowledge back to his car.  He also said having Lee Martin in the team this season has been a good for the team.

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Finishing runner up in the championship, Bayer said the win today wasn’t to be.  Going ‘too hard off the line’ he said once he lost position it was way too hard to regain the ground lost.  His first full EOS campaign, he said he was pleased to have been able to push the World Championship Top Qualifier so hard for the championship.  Still the only driver to beat Neumann the Czech ace vowed for next season to get him for the title.

4WD Buggy A-Main Overall Result
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 2 pts
2. Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 3
3. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 5
4. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 6
5. Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 10
6. Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 11
7. Ronald Volker (DE) – Yokomo – 12
8. Martin Wollanka (AT) – Xray – 13
9. Carson Wernimont (US) – Schumacher – 15
10.Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 18

4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(2) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 16/5:12.898
2.(1) Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 16/5:15.567
3.(5) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 16/5:19.083
4.(6) Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 16/5:21.530
5.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:02.728
6.(4) Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 15/5:04.414
7.(10)Martin Wollanka (AT) – Xray – 15/5:06.679
8.(7) Ronald Volker (DE) – Yokomo – 15/5:11.156
9.(8) Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 14/5:03.085
10.(9)Carson Wernimont (US) – Schumacher – 6/2:01.177

4WD Buggy Overall Championship Standings (Top 10)
1. Joern Neumann – Durango – 468 pts
2. Martin Bayer – Xray – 462
3. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 458
4. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 452
5. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 452
6. Renaid Savoya – Xray – 447
7. Michal Orlowski – Durango – 442
8. David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 442
9. Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 434
10.Oskar Levin – Team C – 430

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Video – 4wd Buggy A-main Leg 2

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Neumann retains EOS title, Matsukura win A2

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Joern Neumann has retained his Euro Offroad Series 4WD Buggy title, the outcome of the second leg of the A-Main in Wels, Austria, making the Team Durango driver unbeatable in the points standings.  Having messed up on the opening lap of A1, Top Qualifier Naoto Matsukura made amends with a near faultless win over Martin Bayer with Neumann third.  While the overall win will be decided in A3 between Matsukura, Bayer and Neumann, Nuemann’s third in A2 means the worst result he can claim this evening is third and even if his only title challenger does record his second win of the season Neumann takes the win on tie break thanks to one of his TQ’s in the opening two races of the season.

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What has been his toughest EOS campaign to date, the arrival of the Xray team and Bayer to the championship raising the level of competition,  Neumann was relieved to finally complete three in a row having sewn up the championship battle a round early in the previous two seasons.  After a dominant win in A1 it was Neumann’s turn to have a bad opening lap.  Coming onto the straight for the first time the German’s view was blocked by a marshal running to retrieve a car at the back of the field and having to guess when to turn in did so too early and hit the piping.  Dropping him to fifth he would recover to battle it out for second with Bayer setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.  Enjoying a good fight with his rival who ended his run for three 4WD European Championship titles in a row, the pair putting on a drag race down the main straight, Neumann said letting off after making contact with the Xray there was no way to make back up the time adding their pace was so closely matched.  Having been doing the maths in his head all weekend, with his head now cleared of such worries he said he wants to cap of the season with his 10th 4WD EOS win.

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Matsukura was much happier with his own performance second time round describing it as a ‘good clean race’.  Making a better start he said he just had ‘just one little mistake’ almost parking his B-Max 4 up on a corner marker.  Never a winner in 4WD, the 20-year-old said the plan for the deciding leg is to repeat the A2 race adding that his car is good enough and hopefully the driver is too.

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‘A solid race’, that was how Bayer summed up the race after his frustrating A1 encounter.   The Czech ace said with the Top 3 so tight on pace just a small mistake is really hard to recover from but he was pleased to hold off Neumann.  Asked about his chances of claiming a second overall win of the season, he said with it so close anything could happy so it just a case of ‘wait & see what happens’.

4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(1) Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 16/5:13.202
2.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 16/5:16.679
3.(2) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 16/5:16.884
4.(4) Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 15/5:00.414
5.(5) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 15/5:00.574
6.(10)Martin Wollanka (AT) – Xray – 15/5:01.595
7.(7) Ronald Volker (DE) – Yokomo – 15/5:04.214
8.(6) Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 15/5:04.442
9.(9) Carson Wernimont (US) – Schumacher – 15/5:09.935
10.(8)Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 15/5:14.112

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Neumann takes A1 ahead of Orlowski

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Defending Champion Joern Neumann has won the opening 4WD A-Main at the season finale of the Euro Offroad Series in Austria moving a step closer to retaining his championship title.  Chasing his third title in a row, starting from the No.2 spot on the grid the Team Durango driver would end up taking an easy win over team-mate Michal Orlowski.  Taking the lead on the opening lap after Top Qualifier Naoto Matsukura got out of shape at the first double with a second mistake by the Japanese driver, who took the 2WD crown from the German yesterday, allowed Neumann to cruise the last six laps of the race.  Falling behind both Orlowski and fading title contender Martin Bayer, Matsukura would complete the Top 3 after himself and Bayer came together for which Bayer was made to wait and give back the position.

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Looking to take his tally of 4WD race wins into double digits, 9-time race winner Neumann said ‘Matsukura made the race really easy for (him)’ with him admitting he was just cruising around for the final few laps.  Putting himself in a good position to take the win at the fourth & final round this evening, he said with Bayer finishing fourth he was more happy about moving a step closer to the overall title, this year being the most competitive yet as more and more factory teams commit to the championship.

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Orlowski was delighted with his second place finish admitting that he was really feeling the pressure of having Bayer & Matsukura running on his tail until the pair came together.  Starting from 5th on the grid, the 12-year-old,  who drove with great maturity, said he had got a really good start something he hopes he can repeat again in A2.

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‘Too many crashes’, that was Matsukura’s summary of the race.   Explaining his opening lap bobble, he said he clipped the inside of the corner before the double which meant he didn’t have the speed to make the jump.  Clearly faster than his rivals in the chicane, said that his 1:12 experience is coming into play through that section but overall his car is good enough to win but he just needs to cut out the mistakes.  Commenting on the incident with Bayer, the Vice-World Champion said it was a very close call admitting that he had run wide and opened the door for the corner.

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Bayer was clearly not happy with the call to wait on Matsukura echoing a similar view to the Yokomo driver that the door had been opened.   Saying he ‘hate(d) calls like that’, he said the incident had led him to really lack motivation for the rest of the event.   Having struggled with his XB4 in the many 180 degree corners in qualifying he said they had improved it somewhat but it was still pushing too much. Despite this the winner of the previous round of the championship said the car is good enough for a podium.

Behind Bayer ETS Champion Ronald Volker managed to keep his Yokomo ahead of the Schumacher of American teenager Carson Wernimont who completed the Top 6.

4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 1 Result
1.(2) Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 16/5:15.006
2.(5) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 15/5:00.379
3.(1) Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 15/5:02.657
4.(3) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:02.959
5.(7) Ronald Volker (DE) – Yokomo – 15/5:05.283
6.(9) Carson Wernimont (US) – Schumacher – 15/5:05.556
7.(6) Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 15/5:06.280
8.(10)Martin Wollanka (AT) – Xray – 15/5:09.177
9.(8) Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 15/5:13.775
10.(4)Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 15/5:18.810

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Q4 Update – Neumann takes final qualifier

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With the Top Qualifier having being decided in Q3, the final round of 4WD Buggy Qualifying at Modelbau Wels was to decide how they would line up behind Naoto Matsukura.  With Matsukura going for a clean sweep, himself and defending champion Joern Neumann would swap the TQ pace over the 5-minutes. With both drivers making mistakes it would go down to the final lap with Neumann just taking it by 0.349.  The result means Neuman’s Durango will line-up second on the grid ahead of the only challenger to his championship title Martin Bayer.

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Posting his second Top 3 time of qualifying, Team C’s Hupo Honigl secures fourth on the grid ahead of Polish ace Michal Orlowski, the 12-year-old having a poor final qualifying.  Posting his best qualifier to run the fourth fastest time of Q4, Lee Martin completed the Top 6 on the grid.  Making his European race debut young US talent Carson Wernimont ended qualifying with his best run of the event to post the seventh fastest time which sees him make the main event, his Schumacher lining up 9th.

4WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 310 pts
2. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 308
3. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 305
4. Hupo Hoingl (AT) – Team C – 304
5. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 302
6. Lee Martin (GB) – Yokomo – 302
7. Ronald Volker (DE) – Yokomo – 299
8. Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 295
9. Carson Wernimont (US) – Schumacher – 295
10.Martin Wollanka (AT) – Xray – 295

4WD Buggy Qualifying Round 4 – Top 10 times
1. Joern Neumann – Durango – 15/5:03.651
2. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 15/5:04.000
3. Hupo Hoingl – Team C – 15/5:06.915
4. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 15/5:07.503
5. Martin Bayer – Xray – 15/5:08.624
6. Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 15/5:11.687
7. Carson Wernimont – Schumacher – 15/5:12.012
8. Martin Wollanka – Xray – 15/5:13.252
9. Oskar Levin – Team C – 15/5:13.316
10.Bjorn Prumper – Yokomo – 15/5:13.631

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Chassis Focus – Naoto Matsukura

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Chassis: Yokomo B-Max4 III
Motor: Yokomo 5.5
ESC: Yokomo
Batteries: Yokomo
Radio/Servo: Sanwa
Remarks: Fastest in qualifying here at the final EOS encounter, Naoto’s 4wd buggy is sporting many new bits that are supposed to better the performances of the car on carpet. One of the most important new things is the chassis, that now allows the use of the popular – and super light – shorty packs. To improve the feeling on the steering wheel, the Yokomo R&D team have designed a new carbon steering rack stiffener, meant to dramatically reduce the torsion on the high bite surfaces, and that together with a new harder servo saver spring make the steering way more precise. A new wing has also been developed back in Japan and Matsukura is using it on his blistering fast buggy. Setup-wise, he is using a thicker (1.8mm) sway bar on the rear, with orange/green shock springs on front and rear, and he went for the inner holes on his shock mounts to compensate with the lighter buggy – the weight decrease being due to the smaller battery. He is also using the B-Max4 II version of the rear arms.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Matsukura claims first EOS 4WD TQ

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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