Video – 2wd Buggy Practice

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Build up underway for Austrian EOS title showdown

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The Euro Offroad Series season finale officially got underway in Wels, Austria, today where there is to be a showdown for the title of both 2WD & 4WD Buggy. The third season of the championship for 1:10 electric Offroad, to date it has only ever crowned one champion, that being Team Durango’s Joern Neumann. The back to back champion of both buggy classes, this weekend the German is in contention for a hat trick although in 2WD with no wins this season mean the European Champion is only in with an outside chance against Round 2 winner Naoto Matsukra and Round 1 winner Hupo Honigl. In 4WD Buggy Neumann’s only title challenger is European Champion Martin Bayer who at Round 3 of the championship in Slovakia last month ended his unbeaten 9 win run in the class.

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Having struggled at the previous round not even making the podium, Neumann said here in Austria was going ‘much better’.  Putting part of his weak performance at Round 3 down to his own driving, he said he has done a lot of practice in preparation for this weekend adding he is feeling pretty confident.  With his main focus being on 4WD Buggy, he is very happy with the initial pace of his DEX410.  Running new front universal drive shafts this weekend he likes the ‘more free’ feeling they give the buggy.  While a 5-time race winner in 2WD Buggy, even if he can pull of his first win of the season this weekend along with the extra bonus point for the TQ, the odds are stacked against Neumann for the overall title.  He can only beat Matusuka on points if the Japanese driver, who missed the season opener, finishes 4th or lower.

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Matsukura, who has a revised 2WD for the event, is confident he can get the job done.  Liking the track, although preferring it yesterday when it was available for open practice running in the opposite direction, the always spectacular driver said his focus is not on any points senarios but just going out and going for the win which in turn will give him the title.  In that points game his biggest rival is Team C’s Hupo Honigl although the Austrian needs to pull three points off the Yokomo ace meaning with a win & TQ he would still need Matsukura to finish third or lower.

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Honigl knows getting his hands on the title is going to be ‘pretty difficult’ but said he will ‘as always’ just go out and give his best and see what outcome that brings.  Having been a leading 2WD race contender at all EOS races this year and having been rejuvenated since his switch to Team C, he said of all the track’s this season the layout here in Wels doesn’t help his ‘front motored’ TM2 V2  due to the many slow corners, his configuration better suiting high speed corners.   Although not in contention for the 4WD title, he said 4WD Buggy is the better than it has ever been and he hopes he can end the championship with his first podium in the class with Team C.

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Having done the double at his Xray team’s home event, Bayer said he is ‘really confident’ about his chances of a repeat win this weekend in 4WD.  Describing the track as ‘small but fun’, he said he is happy with how his XB4 is working feeling the speed is good.   Without a team-mate this weekend, Renaud Savoya not making the season finale, in 2WD Buggy the Cezch ace said winning might be a little more difficult as they have a new prototype front end on the XB4-2 this weekend.   Having run in yesterday’s open practice he said the buggy felt pretty good but added they still have a bit of learning to do with it.

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While all the attention will be on the title battles, a number of quick drivers will be looking to make their own marks on proceedings and grab their first wins of the season. While his team-mate goes for the 2WD title, Lee Martin is aiming to sign off his first full EOS campaign with a first win for his new employers Yokomo.  A previous 2WD race winner, taking a win in Belgium in Season #1 for Tamiya, Martin had his best result at the Hudy Arena when he took second behind Bayer in 4WD.

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Fellow countryman Tom Cockerill started off the season with a TQ in 2WD Buggy and is hungry for a first win for both him and his Schumacher team.   Top Qualifier in Poland, this weekend is the first time Cockerill has had a team to work with on the EOS.  Schumacher has flown over young US talent Carson Wernimont for the event with fast 12-year-old German talent Micha Widmaier also providing the team with valuable input.  Cockerill said he quite likes the track’ and it should make for good racing but having some quick team-mates to work with was a real positive.  His first time to race in Europe, 17-year-old Wernimont is really enjoying the change of scenery.  Traveling to Austria, via the UK where he did some testing on Astro turf, the Pro-Line Cactus Classic finalist said he has had to adapt his driving more to that of a touring car with ‘keeping the momentum up’ very important.  A lot different to racing on dirt he said he prefers the carpet of the EOS to the Astro Turf he tried but which gave him a quick lesson in how not to drive in Europe.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Track Focus – ‘Modelbau Wels’

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Name – Modelbau Wels
Host Club – ERT-Steyregg
Country – Austria
Location – Wels (200km West of Vienna)
Direction – Anti-clockwise
Surface – Carpet

Season #3 of the Euro Offroad Series reaches its conclusion this weekend in the small northern Austrian city of Wels with the championship finale taking place as part of the country’s biggest Hobby Exhibition ‘Modelbau Wels’.  Run for the first time last year, attracting over 30,000 visitors, the show covers all aspects of modelling with EOS drivers representing the world of electric offroad RC racing, nitro offroad also being represented on a seperate outdoor track.  Situated in Hall 9, local club ERT-Steyregg have presented a technical track utilising carpet tiles from the exhibition centre, which are proving very durable together with a good level of grip.

In terms of the track layout some adjustments have had to be made to the second jump in front of the driver’s stand.  Originally a quad jump at a push, with the levels of all competing drivers taken onboard the spacing was extended to create a double double during untimed practice.  With numerous 180 corners, a good run through the fast mid section of the track is key to a fast lap.  Overall driver feedback on the layout is positive with most describing it as ‘fun to drive’.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Video – 4wd A-main Leg 3

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Martin claims 2nd in 4WD & first Yokomo podium

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Lee Martin has won the closing race at the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia to claim second overall and with it his first podium finish for his new Yokomo team. A former 2WD race winner in the series, Martin won A3 from team-mate Naoto Matsukura with the Yokomo pairing completing the podium at the Hudy Arena behind overall winner Martin Bayer. Finishing third in the final A-main, having had his record run of 9-straight wins in 4WD brought to an end in A2, defending Champion Joern Nuemann would not even make the podium, the Durango driver leaving behind a difficult weekend with the 4th place trophy.

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Pleased at securing his first podium, his A3 win giving him the tie breaker over Matsukura who ended the finals on the the same points, Martin paid tribute to his team for their hard work over the weekend.  With the Japanese manufacturer’s new head of offroad development Shin Adachi making the trip to the Hudy Arena, Martin said for the final main they found a good set-up.  Admitting that it was still not perfect the former multiple European Champion said it was a lot closer to that of their rivals.  With the car having been fast but hard to drive, he said they now made it much easier to drive.  The next stage he said is to make it a little faster in ‘safe mode’ but overall he said the team is working well together and he is glad to come away with a podium for their efforts.

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Matsukura was expected to take the win in A3 but a coming together with Neumann just after the start left him with too much work to do to challenge Martin.  Setting the fastest lap of the weekend in A3, he did pull back in the No.3 B-Max4 but Martin held on to take the win by 1/2 a second with Neumann a further 1.2 seconds behind.  In with an outside chance of the podium, Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk, who started 8th on grid, would retire with a broken front wishbone having ran second for the first 6 laps.

4WD Buggy Overall Result
1. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 2 pts
2. Lee Martin (UK) – Yokomo – 4
3. Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 4
4. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 5
5. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 8
6. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Team C – 9
7. Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 11
8. Oskar Levin (SE) – Team C – 12
9. Miguel Matias (PT) – Xray – 16
10.Robert Batlle (ES) – Yokomo – 16

4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(4) Lee Martin – Yokomo – 13/5:02.802
2.(2) Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 13/5:03.378
3.(3) Joern Neumann – Durango – 13/5:04.851
4.(6) Hupo Honigl – Team C – 13/5:12.502
5.(5) Renaud Savoya – Xray – 13/5:16.775
6.(9) Oskar Levin – Team C – 13/5:25.731
7.(7) Miguel Matias – Xray – 12/5:07.804
8.(10)Robert Batlle – Yokomo – 12/5:13.602
9.(8) David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 9/3:34.118
10.(1)Martin Bayer – Xray – DNS

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Video – 4wd A-main Leg 2

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bayer does the double at EOS

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Martin Bayer has pulled off the double at the Euro Offroad Series third round in Slovakia, the Xray driver backing up his & Team Xray’s first ever EOS win in the morning’s 2WD Main by wrapping up the overall 4WD honours early with a convincing victory in A2.  With his 2WD victory somewhat unexpected, his 4WD victory has been on the cards all season and for the Czech driver this was the one he wanted most, ending Joern Neumann & Team Durango’s reign as the championship’s only 4WD winners, a record that until today stood for 9 races over 3-seasons.

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Having taken a relatively easy win in A1, the second 5-minute encounter would prove even more straight forward for Bayer with him again the only driver to go 14 laps of the difficult Hudy Arena track. Leading from start to finish this time round he would take the A2 win from Naoto Matusuka with Joern Neumann crossing the finish line third.  ‘So so happy to finally become the first person to beat Joern’, was Bayer’s reaction to the win which now puts him in contention to also become the first driver to beat the German to the overall EOS championship title.  Commenting on the race, the European Champion said he was ‘a bit lucky’ at the start as he went a little short on the first double and his LRP powered XB4 cased the second jump but he would get away with it.  Surviving that he said after the first few laps he was able to cruise the rest of the race adding that it was ‘so special to win at his home race’, his father, brother and girlfriend all on hand to watch him take the win that has eluded so many other drivers.  Still letting today’s success sink in Bayer said he hasn’t given the championship title much thought but added he is already high motivated for the season finale which takes place in Austria at the end of next month.

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Having had his 100% winning record in 2WD ended by Bayer today, Matsukura said ‘Martin was just to fast this weekend’.  The 4WD Vice World Champion said he pushed as hard as he could, setting the fastest lap of the race but he just couldn’t close the gap.  Set to battle it out for second overall with Neumann in the third A-Main, he said he is confident he can beat the World Championship Top Qualifier, a result Bayer, who will sit out A3, will be hoping he gets to see.

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Having held second for 9 of the 13 laps he ran in the second Main, Neumann said he was obviously disappointed to see his unbroken run of wins come to an end but vowed to bounce back and take his 10th win at the season finale.  The 3-time back to back EOS Champion said he pushed as hard as he could but admitted even without his flip which dropped him back behind Matsukura he was no match for Bayer.

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Fourth in A1, David Ronnefalk again managed to repeat the result second time of asking from 8th on the grid.  The 1:8 Offroad European Champion, declared himself ‘pretty happy’ with his pace in the finals saying this is the most competitive he has been in 4WD in the EOS. Having had the opportunity to test for the first time back in Sweden ahead of this weekend with the championship control Pro-Line tyres the 17-year-old said they have made good progress with the prototype car.  Feeling there is still a little homework to be done to improve how the buggy lands, he said although he only has an outside chance of an podium today, this evening he will go for it adding that this track has shown that anything can happen.

4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(1) Martin Bayer – Xray – 14/5:21.116
2.(2) Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 13/5:02.476
3.(3) Joern Neumann – Durango – 13/5:03.639
4.(8) David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 13/5:08.476
5.(4) Lee Martin – Yokomo – 13/5:11.096
6.(9) Oskar Levin – Team C – 13/5:13.536
7.(6) Hupo Honigl – Team C – 13/5:13.966
8.(10)Robert Batlle – Yokomo – 13/5:15.659
9.(5) Renaud Savoya – Xray – 13/5:16.201
10.(7)Miguel Matias – Xray – 13/5:18.861

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Video – 4wd A-main Leg 1

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Sunday, March 9, 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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