Chassis Focus – Martin Bayer

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Chassis: Xray XB4 2015
Motor: LRP
ESC: LRP
Batteries: LRP
Radio/Servo: Futaba/Savox
Remarks – The Czech driver is running a new 3mm chassis on his 4wd buggy here in Berlin. The chassis, meant to be used on high traction surfaces, will be soon available as an option part. His car also features 12° aluminum caster blocks and aluminium rear uprights.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Martin tops opening 4WD qualifier

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Fresh from his win in 2WD yesterday Lee Martin has topped the opening round of 4WD qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series in Berlin.  The Yokomo driver was one of the few drivers to complete an error free 5-minutes to top the times from Team Associated’s Patrick Hofer and his Yokomo engineer Shin Adachi by a clear 6.8-seconds.  For defending champion Joern Neumann, who struggled in 2WD, it was not the start the German was looking for as he struggled with the high traction to end up only 25th fastest.

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Asked about his run Martin said, ‘My car wasn’t brilliant to be fair as it was a little difficult to drive but seemingly no more than everybody else’s’.  While he said he expected to have more steering in the morning his MuchMore powered B-Max 4 wanted to oversteer and while the track normally changes over the day he said he would be asking Adachi to tweak the set-up for the next one.

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Running in the B heat, Hofer summed up how pleased he was with his opening qualifier by describing it as ‘a good morning’. The Swiss National Champion said ‘I just ran a clean heat with no mistakes’. In terms of his B44.3, the 22-year-old said the rear was being a little loose and for Q2 he will go up in the diff oils.

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Just missing out on making it a Yokomo 1-2 on the time sheets by 0.004, Adachi said he ‘just drove easy and got lucky’.  Having run his car with just one set of pins removed, the Japanese driver said based on the steering he had in 2WD A-Main yesterday he knew traction had come up since Friday and so he removed a second row for Q1.

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Setting the fourth fastest time, Xray’s Martin Wollanka described the opening qualifier as ‘difficult’ as his XB4 had ‘lots of steering’ due to the high traction the track has developed since practice.  Having to drive safe he was ‘very happy’ with his result but said for Q2 he will have to try to make the car easier to drive.

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Feeling under the weather due to a head cold, Serpent’s Hupo Honigl described his run as ‘too safe’ adding he ‘drove too careful & slow mainly because I am not feeling well’.  Expecting ‘super high traction’, the Austrian changed the set-up on his Durango, him running the DEX410 as he waits on Serpent’s new SRX4, but went too much leaving him with understeer.  He will go back to his practice set-up for Q2.

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Completing the Top 6, HB’s David Ronnefalk said his D413 was really good at the start but got ‘more difficult’ towards the end of the run.  Running a Top 3 pace, half way in he would make a mistake resulting in a loss of 6-seconds.  Putting the drop off in performance down to his diff oils going soft as the run progressed he will go up with them for Q2 saying ‘hopefully that will make it better’.

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Martin Bayer would take his Xray to the 7th fastest time.  Having enjoyed a successful debut in 2WD yesterday when he took his team’s new XB2 to a podium finish, the Czech driver having been very happy with his 4WD on Friday, this morning it had way too much steering.  Not expecting the track to change so much as it didn’t feel to have done so in 2WD, Bayer ran an ‘aggressive set-up’ on his LRP powered XB4 but says he needs to change that for Q2.

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Having topped seeding practice Neumann said his Durango was ‘very edgy’ leading to two mistakes one of which the marshal didn’t see costing him over 10-seconds.  He said the problem was down to fresh tyres and the change of carpet around the track.  Describing the grey carpet as having no traction he said the black, a piece of which is located at the end of the straight, has ‘super high grip’.  For Q2 he will glue the side walls of his front tyres.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Video – 2wd Buggy A-main Leg 2 & 3

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Martin takes significant first Yokomo win at EOS

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Lee Martin took a significant first major victory for Yokomo today at the Euro Offroad Series in Berlin, the British ace winning 2WD from David Ronnefalk and Joern Neumann with wins in the opening two A-Mains.  A previous EOS race winner with former team Tamiya, the win is an important one, not just as the team debuted their all new YZ-2 at the German event but also as its the team’s first outing since the shock departure of reigning champion & Round 1 double winner Naoto Matsukura. Taking maximum points for the round, as he also collected the Top Qualifier bonus point, the win places the World Championship runner-up as a major contention to help Yokomo retain it’s title in the increasingly competitive championship.  Today’s A-Main was the first time drivers from 10 different nationalities lined up to race for the win.

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Having had his shocks rebuilt by Yokomo engineer/team-mate Shin Adachi, who also put his YZ-2 in the A-Main, Martin said he had a better car for the second leg.  Chased initially by Ronnefalk, the only driver to challenge his domination of the weekend, once the Swede made a mistake on lap 7 of 16 he said he knew he could control the race for his first international win a year.  The perfect way to mark a year on from when he signed with the Japanese manufacturer, he said on a personal level the win was good way ‘to silence all the doubters’.  With it ‘now all to play for’ in terms of the championship title he continued ‘why win one when you can win 2′.

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Winning A3 easily to take the overall runners-up spot Ronnefalk said while he came here for the win having taken the Team C to victory at the DHI Cup he was still happy as the race marks his best ever EOS finish.  Matching Martin in terms of pace, the 18-year-old, who hopes to contest at least one of the remaining two rounds of the championship with a 2WD chassis from his new HB team, said he made a couple of mistakes too many.  Highlighting in particular his last lap error in Q4 with cost him the overall TQ, he said starting from pole position would have made for a different story.  Still the 1:8 European Champions said ‘Lee drove really well and deserves the win’.

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Having qualified 5th on the grid, Martin Bayer was clearly delighted with his podium finish. ‘I’m super happy, it feels like a win’.   The result came to the Czech ace when he got by Neumann in A3 to finish the leg second. A previous winner in the class he said to race a car that had only come out of the production machines 70-hours ago and be be able to fight for the podium was ‘amazing’.  Having taken his previous win with an adapted 4WD chassis, the XB4-2, this weekend Xray debuted their first built 2WD creation, the XB2, and ‘having been out of contention in 2WD’ he was ‘hugely motivated’ by the potential of the new car.  Xray had two XB2s in the Main with Martin Wollanka taking his example to 5th overall.

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Crashing on his own in A2 while running second leading to his Yokomo getting collected by another car resulting in broken servo, Neumann would also lose out on second in A3 with a mistake, this time at the wall section.  Allowing Bayer to pass this would cost the German a podium finish.  Summing up his 2WD performance, the 6-time race winner it was not his weekend and struggling from the start with a lack of steering his biggest issue causing him to drive too aggressively.  Putting the 2WD result behind him he said ‘4WD will for sure be better’.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Chassis Focus – Robert Batlle

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Chassis: Team C TM2 V2
Motor: Muchmore
ESC: Muchmore
Batteries: Muchmore
Radio/Servo: Futaba/Xpert
Remarks – Newly signed Team C factory driver Robert Batlle is competing here in Berlin with a pretty stock version of the V2 buggy. In terms of optional parts he has chosen to use a front aluminium bulkhead as well as a LMR Avior wing.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Martin sees off Ronnefalk to take A1

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Lee Martin won the opening 2WD A-Main at the EOS in Berlin this afternoon after seeing off a strong challenge from David Ronnefalk.  Top Qualifier for the second round of the championship, the Yokomo driver led from start to finish with a late mistake from Ronnefalk allowing him to cruise to a 1.7-seconds winning margin.  Making the race their own, behind them it was Joern Neumann who completed the Top 3 after contact from Martin Wollanka on lap 4 dropped him back down the order.

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‘I just tried to stay out in front and I hope I keep doing that’, was how Martin summed up the race.  Saying he was under no more pressure than anyone would be with a car running behind him he said he also ‘knew David was not stupid’ so once he kept his line he would be ok.  The 2WD Vice World Champion did have two moments during the race but said while it allowed Ronnefalk to close in they were never enough for him to be able to pull off a pass.  His first moment was in the chicane where he got his YZ-2 out of shape half way into the race while the second saw him run a very wide line at the end of the straight. Commenting on them both he said throughout the race he ‘kept missing his line through the chicane’ and at the end of the straight he just got offline but with his brake setting ‘not super high’ it made it hard to get it stopped.

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Ronnefalk said he took it easy for the first few laps as he didn’t want to crash.  While losing a bit of ground on the leader once Neumann dropped back following his incident he then was able to up his pace and make back ground.  Able to close in on Martin, the HB driver setting the fastest lap of the race, he said with passing on the track hard he just stayed behind Martin waiting for a mistake.  Although he made ‘small mistakes’, Ronnefalk said he was not close enough to benefit and then he made a mistake of his own in the centre of the track which required is Team C to be marshalled.  After that he said he settled for second as Neumann was back up to third. Seeing only two passing points on the track both of which needed the driver ahead to get offline he said the plan is to follow Martin and just hope he makes bigger errors this time.

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Neumann said ‘Wollanka took me out’ and ‘I had ‘no chance after that’.  Admitting that even without his incident both Martin & Ronnefalk had a bit of an edge he said ‘being realistic’ he needs them to have mistakes to have a chance at winning.  Behind Neumann Martin Bayer would get ahead of Xray team-mate Wollanka to finish 4th with Norwegian teenager Joakim Nicolaisen completing the Top 6 for Team Associated.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ronnefalk gifts Martin Berlin TQ with last lap error

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David Ronnefalk has gifted Lee Martin the overall TQ honours at Round 2 of the Euro Offroad Series in Berlin.  Looking on target for his first pole position start in the championship, the Swede would make an error on the wall section on his final lap with the timing loop just one corner away.  Holding more than a 2-second advantage over Martin, the Yokomo driver having suffered a mistake of his own early in the run, the Swede would end up crossing the finish with a half second deficit to Martin who claimed a third TQ run of the day to secure his second ever EOS pole position.  Behind Ronnefalk and Martin, the pair having a slight edge over the rest of the field, Joern Neumann, despite another disappointing qualifier, will start third.

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Securing a debut TQ for defending Champion Yokomo’s all new YZ-2, Martin said ‘It didn’t look like it was going to happen but his error on the last lap was just enough’.  Having set the pace in practice and then backed it up with TQ runs in the opening two qualifiers, it was a super fast TQ run from Ronnefalk which set the stage for the showdown in the final qualifier.  Laying down the early pace until a ‘stupid mistake’ on lap 4 when he ‘blinked and messed up the chicane’, this allowed Ronnefalk to take charge.  With nothing to lose Martin knew the only chance he had of denying Ronnefalk was to push and hopefully by reducing the deficit, the Swede now running ahead of him on track having started behind him, and forcing an error.  Asked about the final Martin, who has 1 EOS win to his credit back when he was a Tamiya driver, said ‘its going to be a dog fight’

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Setting the fastest lap of the round, a slightly mystified Ronnefalk said ‘I just turned in too soon on the wall, hit the track marker and the car was on its roof’.  The 18-year-old, who is having his most competitive 2WD outing in the EOS this weekend, knew Martin was pushing hard and that it was going to be close on the last lap so he couldn’t afford to let up.  Describing his Team C, the same won he used to win the recent DHI Cup from Joern Neumann, as really good he said he has the speed adding ‘they are going to be exciting finals’.

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Sixth in final qualifier, Neumann’s response to the run was ‘I crashed again’.  Struggling in practice leaving him in the B heat, the European Champion luckily opened the day well with a third in Q1 and second in Q2 these ending up being his two counting rounds to secure third on the grid.  The championship’s most winning driver said he is still looking for more steering and for the final will try some ideas given to him by Yokomo engineer Shin Adachi as he has ‘nothing to lose’.  Asked if he felt he could challenge for the win he said ‘I’m a little slower than Lee & David’.

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Ending qualifying strong with two Top 3 runs Martin Wollanka will start fourth with team-mate Martin Bayer fifth.  Running the all new purpose designed 2WD platform, the XB2, both drivers said for a first outing they were very much encouraged by the performance of the car which only came into existance two days before the event.  Also debuting a new car this weekend, Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski completes the Top 6 on the grid after an anti-squat change on his new Cougar KF2 gave him a very competitive car for Q4 with him taking the 5th fastest time despite being held up by Bayer and crashing with the Czech driver which lost him 3-seconds on the last lap.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

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2014/15 Championship Standings after Rd3

4wd Buggy Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 459pts
2. Martin Lee - 459pts
3. Bayer Martin - 451pts
4. Wollanka Martin - 449pts
5. Hönigl Hupo - 441pts
6. Hofer Patrick - 439pts
7. Adachi Shin - 435pts
8. Orlowski Michal - 423pts
9. Nicolaisen Joakim - 418pts
10.Hovgaard Frederik - 406pts


2wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 464pts
2. Neumann Jörn - 456pts
3. Orlowski Michal - 447pts
4. Bayer Martin - 442pts
5. Hönigl Hupo - 437pts
6. Nicolaisen Joakim - 435pts
7. Wollanka Martin - 434pts
8. Adachi Shin - 432pts
9. Hofer Patrick - 419pts
10.Risser Nicolas - 414pts


4wd SC Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 468pts
2. Eriksen Per - 450pts
3. Zambrzycki Bartlomiej - 305pts
4. Fedorenko Vladimir - 303pts
5. Chub Dmytro - 301pts

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