Chassis Focus – Lee Martin

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Chassis: Yokomo YZ-2 CA
Motor: RC Concept 6.5T
ESC: RC Concept SC120
Batteries: RC Concept 4500 mah
Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Xpert
Remarks – Making his EOS debut with the new RC Concept electrics, top Yokomo factory driver Lee Martin is running the soon-to-be-delivered CA (Carpet & Astro) version of the Japanese 2WD buggy. The car sports a new 3-gear transmission that will also be available for purchase to upgrade the existing YZ-2 kit. Equipped with Yatabe shock springs, an LMR under LiPo weight and titanium screws and turnbuckles, it also features pre-production rear aluminium hubs with a different offset. The aerodynamics is taken care of by a LMR rear and PL front wing.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Track Focus – Muelheim-Kaerlich

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Host – Euro Offroad Series
Country – Germany
Location – Muelheim-Kaerlich
Venue – Philipp-Heift Halle
Track type – Temporary
Surface – Carpet
Direction – Anti-Clockwise
Previous EOS races hosted – 0

While a new venue for the EOS, the 1344 sq meter Philipp-Heift sports hall in Muelheim-Kaerlich is no stranger to hosting large international RC races having been a feature on the Euro Touring Series calendar for the last four years – the world’s best touring car drivers set to descend on the venue again next weekend.  Located just 15-minutes from the city of Koblenz, the venue has always proved popular with racers attracting record entries each year the ETS returns. The first EOS visit is no exception with over 360 entries making it the championship’s biggest race todate.

In terms of the track created for the event, the layout covers an area 30 metres wide by 24 metres deep with the entire surface including the jumps covered in the black carpet, which introduced for Season #5, has proven very successful in terms of reducing tyre wear.  Giving his thoughts on the track, reigning champion Lee Martin joked, ‘I helped make it so its pretty good’.  On getting to drive it for the first time, the Yokomo driver’s first impression was that the ‘jump spacing could be a little better’ but added ‘you have to give consideration to the stock (Stadium truck) guys’. On the overall layout, he said it has ‘some nice high speed sections’ and he particularly likes the jump on to straight because its important to land the down ramp right.  Asked what was key to a good lap, he said the fast sections present the opportunity to make up time adding that the ‘little double’ (situated before the corner table top) could ruin a good lap as its easy to over jump with the resulting flat landing causing the car to bounce.

Currently second in the 2WD points standings behind Martin, Michal Orlowski described the track as  ‘a nice layout’ but felt ‘it would be more fun if it had some more jumps’.  The Schumacher driver particularly likes the right side of the track due to its ‘many hairpins’ adding getting good corner speed from the car is going to be key to a successful weekend.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Cragg set for EOS debut as Rd3 attracts record entry

Cragg set for EOS debut as Round 3 attracts record entry

Former 2WD Offroad World Champion Neil Cragg is set to make his debut in the Euro Offroad Series this weekend (29-31 January) as the third round of the championship attracts a record entry. With the fifth season of the EOS opening in Germany at the famous Nurburgring back in September, the championship’s first race of 2016 marks its second visit to the country with another new venue awaiting drivers. Successful host to the German round of the Euro Touring Series for the past 4-seasons, Muelheim Kaerlich near Koblenz will see 371 entries descend on what is the home race of EOS co-founder Uwe Rheinard.

While Team Associated have made one off outings in the past with multiple World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, car design Kody Numedahl and team-manager Brent Thielke, Cragg’s entry marks the start of a new push by the world’s most winning buggy manufacturer to establish itself as a contender on the increasingly popular carpet tracks that dominate the indoor racing scene. With a strong junior team in up & coming drivers Joona Haatanen and Joakim Nicolaisen, Cragg’s confirmation for the second half of the EOS season will bolster the American manufacturer’s efforts to become a race winner. An A-Finalist at the opening two rounds, 12-year-old Haatanen comes into this weekend fresh from the biggest win of his promising career after taking 2WD Open at the Reedy Race of Champions in California last weekend.

With the arrival of Cragg, Associated’s key target will be reigning double champion & his fellow countryman Lee Martin. Martin has won the opening two rounds of 2WD and the Yokomo driver is joint leader of the 4WD standings having taken the season opener. Forced to miss Round 2, Carson Wernimont returns as part of Yokomo’s line up, which also includes Marc Rheinard. A former Top Qualifier, the American will be hoping that as he gets more familiar with his Yokomo cars on carpet he can battle to become the first American race winner.

Securing his first 4WD win & first 2WD podium at Xray’s home track when the EOS travelled to the Hudy Arena for Round 2, Bruno Coelho finds himself sharing the lead of the 4WD standings with Martin. Only his third ever EOS outing, the World Champion heads a very strong Xray team. Along with multiple race winner Martin Bayer and Martin Wollanka, the Slovakian manufacturer has added former race winner Hupo Honigl to its line-up. After an unsuccessful stint at Serpent, the Austrian is highly motivated about running at the front again.

With the EOS’ most successful driver Joern Nuemann opening 2016 with a breakthrough first international win with Serpent at the DHI Cup, the multiple champion will be hoping to carry that form into this weekend. The German’s best EOS result this season is a fifth but following his 4WD victory in Denmark ahead of Michal Orlowki & Coelho he is targeting at least a podium finish.

Another driver to open 2016 in the best way possible when he took 2WD spoils at the DHI Cup, Michal Orlowski has had a strong start to his 2WD EOS campaign. Finishing runner-up to Martin at the opening two rounds, the Schumacher star will be looking to go one better at his third attempt. The reigning European 4WD Champion, Orlowski has struggled in the class over the first half of the season, missing the A-Main in Slovakia but having got 2nd at the DHI Cup expect improvements this weekend.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Video – 4wd A-main Leg 3

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Coelho wins in Slovakia to share EOS lead with Martin

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World Champion Bruno Coelho kept Xray’s unbeaten record at the Hudy Arena intact by claiming his first Euro Offroad Series victory today with a dominant and important win in A3.  Going into the closing race of the Slovakian event, three drivers stood a chance of the Round 2 victory with Coelho needing to do the most to deny A1 winner Martin Wollanka and A2 winner Lee Martin the win.  Top Qualifier for his team’s home event, the Portuguese ace would put in a stunning drive to not just win the leg but set the all important fastest race time. Running 14 laps over the 5-minutes, the only driver to do so over the 3 legs, this would give him the tie break, all three drivers ending up on the same points with a win and 2nd each. While Martin would finish second to Coelho in the deciding race, Wollanka’s A2 winning time would secure the Austrian second with third meaning both the reigning champion and Coelho are now tied at the top of the points standings.

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‘There was no time for prisoners, I didn’t care about the guys behind.  I just pushed as I had to win in the fastest time’, was how Coelho summed up his faultless A3 performance.  Adding more toe out to his LRP powered XB4, this gave him more steering and describing the car as ‘brilliant’ he said he was ‘full throttle from the beginning to the end’.  Having not raced 1:10 Offroad since the World Championships in Japan at the start of October, the 22-year-old said this was a mistake as his ‘driving was not good’ this weekend and he wouldn’t make the same mistake again.  Planning to do a lot of testing between now and Round 3 of the championship in January in Germany, the professional driver having a busy schedule that includes racing all of Xray’s products, he said today’s result means the EOS title is game on.

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Wollanka was understandably a little disappointed with second, a result he also achieved at the opening round at the Nurburgring in September.  Reflecting on the three finals he said the start of A2 when contact dropped him to the back of the field, from which he recovered to finish second, cost him the chance of claiming his first overall EOS victory.  A driver with a 1:8 Offroad background, he has been a serious contender from the start of EOS Season #5 but feels he is ‘still learning’.  In A3 he said contact on the second lap with Martin’s Yokomo, which sent his XB4 tumbling, lost him any chance of the challenge for a second win of the day.  Setting the fastest lap of the final he would recover from 5th to finish 3rd 2-seconds back from Martin, Coelho’s 14th lap being a victory lap.

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‘I don’t think people expected us to be so close given its Xray’s home track, we just missed out on the TQ and were not to far from winning’ was Martin’s summary of 4WD.  Winner of 2WD yesterday, extending his lead in the standings, the Brit said without his mistake in Leg 1 it could have been an different outcome. He said third ‘keeps (them) in the hunt (for the title)’ and ‘it could be a counting round but hopefully not’.  While they ‘battled hard’ with Xray he said they need to work a little harder in certain areas but he is confident for Round 3 they will comeback even stronger.  Asked about A3, he said he lost a bit of time to Coelho at the start which he could make back adding he thinks his tyres were too far gone for him to challenge for the leg win.  Behind Martin, Ales Bayer would claim his best EOS finish ahead of former Champion Joern Neumann.  From last on the grid David Ronnefalk completed the Top 6 ahead of last season’s Hudy Arena winner Martin Bayer.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Chassis Focus – Tom Bujara

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Chassis: TeamC TM2 V2T
Motor: Absima 8.5T
ESC: Absima
Batteries: Absima
Radio/Servo: Futaba/Absima
Remarks – Winning the Stock encounter in the newly introduced Stadium Truck class, German driver Tom Bujara ran an interesting truck here at the Hudy Arena. The car is derived from the 2WD buggy, and sports a 16mm longer homemade chassis, together with handmade shock towers and front swaybar system.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Video – 4wd A-main Leg 2

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Martin wins A2 from Wollanka

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Reigning Euro Offroad Series 4WD Champion Lee Martin has won A2 setting the stage for a three way shot out for the overall win at the second round of the championships in Slovakia.  A chaotic start and then a mistake by the Top Qualifier at the first double would give Martn’s Yokomo the lead on the first lap followed by the fourth place starting Xray of Martin Bayer.  Pursued by Bayer, Martin who be handed a huge advantage half way into the encounter when the two time winner of the event, who was coming under pressure from his recovering team-mate and A1 winner Martin Wollanka, crashed at the start/ finish line. Setting the fastest lap of the race Wollanka set about chasing down Martin but yesterday’s 2WD winner would hold on for the win with Ales Bayer completing the Top 3 ahead of older brother Martin.  Dropping to last in the race World Champion Coelho would only manage to recover to finish 6th but thanks to his second in A2 he goes into the closing race of the Hudy Arena hosted event in with a chance of his first overall EOS win against Wollanka and Martin.

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‘Everyone crashed and left me with Bayer to lead the way but then he crashed too’.  Playing safe for the win due to large gap he had over the field he said in hindsight he should have pushed harder as its advantage Wollanka as the Austrian has the faster winning time.  With a win needed to make it four wins from four for Season #5 of the EOS, the British ace said ‘I know what I have got to do and I’ll try do it’.

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Wollanka who won the opening final with a risky but spectacular pass on Coelho, found himself pushed out at the first corner dropping him down the field.  With ‘many mistakes by other drivers’, he said this helped his recovery but trying his best to catch Martin once he got by Bayer and setting his fastest lap on lap 11 of 13 he said he ran out of time.  Within striking distance of his first EOS event win, he said for A3 he would just see what happens, the pressure being on Martin and Coelho as they must win with the latter needing to do so in a quicker time than his A1 win.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

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2015/16 Championship Standings after Rd3

4wd Buggy Class
1. Coelho Bruno - 464pts
2. Martin Lee - 460pts
3. Wollanka Martin - 456pts
4. Rheinard Marc - 449pts
5. Neumann Jörn - 442pts
6. Orlowski Michal - 440pts
7. Bayer Ales - 432pts
8. Risser Nico - 426pts
9. Bayer Martin - 421pts
10.Hönigl Hupo - 414pts

2wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 464pts
2. Orlowski Michal - 458pts
3. Rheinard Marc - 457pts
4. Wollanka Martin - 452pts
5. Coelho Bruno - 451pts
6. Haatanen Joona - 442pts
7. Neumann Jörn - 440pts
8. Bayer Martin - 437pts
9. Hönigl Hupo - 426pts
10.Nicolaisen Joakim - 423pts

Modified Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 468pts
2. Ernst Scotty - 434pts
3. Eriksen Per - 425pts
4. Nicolaisen Joakim - 304pts
5. Zambrzycki Bartlomiej - 303pts

Stock Truck Class (After 2 rounds)
1. Bujara Tom - 308pts
2. Eriksen Per - 294pts
3. Pfeifhofer Stefan - 156pts
4. Billino Björn - 153pts
5. Kobbevik Magne - 153pts

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