No surprises as Matsukura cruises to A1 win

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In a rather processional opening 4WD A-Main at the Euro Offroad Series, there was little surprise as Naoto Matsukura cruised to an easy win over defending Champion Joern Neumann.  The Top Qualifier immediately made his mark on the race pulling quickly pulling clear of the rest of the 10-car field of which the Top 3 finished as they started.   The biggest movement of the race came from Martin Bayer.  Starting 4th on the grid, an over jump caused the Xray driver to crash on lap 3 and drop to the back of the field.  The beneficiary of this was Carson Wernimont, who despite giving Martin some attention, finished fourth 4-seconds off the Yokomo driver.

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Matsukura summed up his unchallenged race as a ‘safety run’ adding he had ‘no problems’.  Despite being the current 2WD EOS Champion, the Japanese ace has yet to win in 4WD.  His second time to TQ the class, the 21-year-old said he hoped to finally crack the winners circle in A2 with a repeat of performance of the opening final.  Neumann, who has only ever been denied victory in 4WD once before, summed up his racing as ‘boring’. ‘Too slow’ he said there was nothing he could do about the gap to Matsukura and behind he had a comfortable gap over Martin. Happier with his Yokomo compared to qualifying, Martin said he ‘drove around at his own speed’ in what was an uneventful 5-minutes of racing.  Recovering from his earlier error to finish 6th behind team-mate Martin Wollanka, Bayer said he messed up the race himself by over jumping the jump at the loop and he hoped for a better run in the next one.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chassis Focus – Jorn Neumann

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Chassis: Team Durango DEX 410 V4
Motor: Orion
ESC: Orion
Batteries: Thunder Power
Radio/Servo: Futaba
Remarks - Reigning 4WD EOS Champion Jorn Neumann is defending his title with a completely stock version of his trusty 410 V4, the only options being to the car’s aerodynamics with a Pro-Line rear wing and a custom front spoiler attached to the original bodyshell.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Matsukura looking untouchable

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Naoto Matsukura is looking untouchable in 4WD Buggy at the Euro Offroad Series season opener in Poznan, Poland, as having already wrapped up the overall TQ in Q3 he went on to top all five qualifiers at the ‘Hobby’ exhibition hosted event.  With pole position decided early, Q4 & 5 was all about how the rest of the other would line-up behind the Yokomo driver.  Claiming a second in Q4, defending Champion Joern Neumann,  who has been winner of this event for the past two years will carry the number 2 on his Durango. Despite two rough closing qualifiers, a ‘string of P3s’ earlier in the day will see Lee Martin line up third.  A good final qualifier from Martin Bayer, the Xray driver setting the second fastest time, will see him line up fourth ahead of Schumacher’s Carson Wernimont.

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While happy to salvage second on the grid, Neumann said mistakes are still his biggest problem.  Conceding that Matsukura is ‘very fast’, he said he needs the Japanese driver ‘to make a mistake or (he) can’t do anything’ about trying to beat him.  Starting between the two Yokomos he said while the ‘finals are always different’, Martin is a ‘little slower’ so he shouldn’t have too much worries from behind.

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Hitting an out of place piece of piping in Q4 resulting in him breaking his B-Max4, the run already gone due to a crash on his opening lap, Martin said Q5 was looking good for a Top 2 until a mistake with 2-minutes to go.  Ending up 5th, the British ace said changes to his car had made it better in some areas and worse in others with the overall performance much the same as it was in the opening three qualifiers when he was lacking just a little.  With Shin Adachi working on a new set-up for the first A-Main, he said the two key areas that need improving are the cars forward drive and how it absorbs the flat landings.

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With Xray designer Juraj Hudy joking they are improving ‘step by step’, Bayer said he now had a much better car than what he started out the day with.  Having looked to make his prototype XB4 more aggressive, he has ended up getting more steering into it as well as getting it to rotate better all while still keeping it easy to drive. Planning to leave it unchanged for A1 they will wait and see how that goes before doing anything further.

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Changing his shock position and moving his batteries more forward in his CAT, Wernimont said this created quite a bit more corner speed.  Describing the car are ‘quite easy to drive’, the 17-year-old American believes he has a good car for the final.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chassis Focus – Naoto Matsukura

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Chassis: Yokomo B-Max4 III
Motor: Yokomo
ESC: Yokomo
Batteries: Yokomo
Radio/Servo: Sanwa
Remarks - Despite being noticeably faster than his competitors on the Polish carpet, the 2WD season opener winner is running a pretty stock car, the only options used being the new Yokomo springs, longer rear wishbones and the optional Yokomo wing. He is also using a thicker swaybar in the rear end of the car.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Video – 4wd Qualifying Rd3

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Matsukura wraps up 4WD TQ at EOS Round 1

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A clean sweep of the opening three qualifiers at the Euro Offroad Series season opener in Poland this morning have secured Naoto Matsukura an early overall TQ for 4WD. The Yokomo driver secured his second ever EOS pole position in the 4WD class, having TQ’d last season’s final round, by topping Q3 ahead of defending champion Joern Nuemann having also beaten the German in Q2.  A repeat of the Q2 Top 3 Lee Martin would again post the third fastest time.

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Changing to a lighter shock oil on his B-Max4, Matsukura said with a more stable car he was able to run a clean Q2 in which he was the only driver to run 17-laps.  Despite a mistake in Q3 at the crossover which lost him over a second the Japanese ace ran a faster time again being the only one to manage 17-laps.  Clearly the quickest driver, setting the fastest lap in each of the qualifying rounds, he said ‘car is good, me not good’.  Having been unable to get the win when he TQ’d in Austria last season due to too many driver errors, the Vice-World Champion said this time round his approach would be to just put together two ‘safe’ 5-minutes of driving.

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Another driver not happy with his driving is Neumann.  The 10-time EOS 4WD race winner and 3-time consecutive champion said his Durango DEX410 is good and the problem is ‘just the driver’.  In Q2 mistakes lost the German 6-seconds while in Q3, while overall a better run, he again made errors which cost him over 2-seconds. Playing the tyre strategy game, drivers allowed 3 sets of Schumacher tyres for qualifying and an extra set for the A-Main, he is confident that come the final on new tyres he can match Matsukura.

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Changing the diffs and adding boost to his speedo for Q2, Martin said his B-Max4 was ‘a little faster and still consistent but it still needs more’.  Still losing drive for Q4 he will make a rear roll centre change as well as trying a different rear shock spring.  Describing team-mate Matsukura as being ‘up the road’ in terms of his pace and Neumann as being ‘a little faster’ he said over the remaining two qualifiers he hoped to be able to catch up and be ready for the finals.

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Top Qualifier in 2WD yesterday, Carson Wernimont enjoyed his best 4WD run in Q3 setting the 4th fastest time.  Having made diff changes to his CAT K1 Aero after Q1, he said this improved the car on acceleration but a number of ‘dumb mistakes’ meant he would only post 7th for the round.  Leaving the car the same for Q3 he said in terms of the set-up it now very close and he ‘just need(s) to drive it’.

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Martin Bayer, who finished runner-up to Neumann in last season’s championship, said changes made for Q2 improved his Xray but he still has to find a way to make it more aggressive.  On target for a Top 3 time in the second qualifier, contact with Team Durango’s Michal Orlowski on lap 10 would lose him over 2.5 seconds and drop him to 15th.  Describing Q3 as ‘good’, the former European Champion would set the 5th fastest time but with a set-up change planned for Q4 he hopes to close the gap to the Top 3. Team-mate Martin Wollanka, who was second fastest in seeding practice, posted his best round in Q3 with P6.

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After a good start to 4WD with second in Q1, Orlowski has two tough rounds.  In Q2 he had ‘too many mistakes’ and ended up 12th while in Q3 while on Top 4 pace the wiring to his motor came undone at the speedo with a minute to go.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Matsukura takes opening 4WD qualifier

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Winner of 2WD yesterday, Naoto Matsukura got 4WD underway this morning at the Euro Offroad Series underway in Poland with a TQ run in the opening round of qualifying.  Having set the pace in Friday’s practice, the Yokomo driver survived two mistakes over the 5-minutes to just pip Team Durango’s Michal Orlowski by 4/10ths of a second.  Completing the Top 3 for the first of the five scheduled qualifiers was Lee Martin with defending champion Joern Neumann posting the fifth fastest time.

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Setting the fastest lap, Matsukura said while his car was fast it was difficult to drive but his mistakes, one of which cost him 6-seconds, were simply down to driver error.  With the jumps having all been revised last night following the 2WD action, the Japanese ace said the new launch angle was a big improvement with the cars now more predictable over them.  Looking to make his B-Max4 more stable he will make a set-up change for Q2.

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Slightly frustrated by a mistake on the wall section on the penultimate lap which cost him the TQ, Orlowski said his DEX410 was perfect.  Running on a new set of Schumacher tyres, the 13-year-old said he really liked the feeling of the car on fresh tyres and other than his ‘small error’ his plan for Q2 was just to try and repeat the otherwise clean run.

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‘Consistent but I lost a little drive so I couldn’t go any faster’, that was Martin’s summary of the opening qualifier.  Finishing 2.2-seconds of Yokomo team-mate Matsukura, the British driver will change both diffs in his B-Max4 for Q2 as well as adding boost to his speedo having run none so far.  Also commenting on the improved jumps he said the landings however were still terrible.

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Setting the fifth fastest time Martin Bayer said his run was ‘OK’.  The only driver to beat Neumann in 4WD in the 4 year history of the EOS, he said his XB4 was ‘super easy to drive’ and as a result his ‘average lap time was too slow’.  Planning to make the car more aggressive for Q2, the Czech ace will make a change to the front geometry.

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Neumann said his DEX410 was good and so were the first 2/3 minutes of the run until he just ‘drove bad’.  Starting the heat 3rd, he said once he caught Matsukura after his crash he just tried to stay behind his rival but he too ended up crashing while on the TQ pace.  Happier too with the jumps today having struggled with his 2WD nose diving in 2WD, he said for Q2 he would run his car as is and instead just try to improve his driving.

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Completing the Top 6 one-second up on Team C’s Hupo Honigl, Carson Wernimont said ‘things were going pretty decent until the last lap’.  At the crossover the Schumacher driver jumped offline and ended up landing on the pipping costing him about 2-seconds.  Describing his CAT as ‘pretty good’, the American teenager who yesterday TQ’d 2WD said he could do with getting a little more drive out of the car and for Q2 he will ‘make some diff changes’.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Video – 2wd A-Main Leg 3

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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2014/15 Championship Standings after Rd2

4wd Buggy Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 309pts
2. Martin Lee - 303pts
3. Bayer Martin - 298pts
4. Wollanka Martin - 297pts
5. Hönigl Hupo - 296pts
6. Hofer Patrick - 290pts
7. Adachi Shin - 288pts
8. Risser Nicolas - 286pts
9. Hovgaard Frederik - 282pts
10.Scholz Oliver - 280pts


2wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 308pts
2. Neumann Jörn - 304pts
3. Orlowski Michal - 297pts
4. Bayer Martin - 294pts
5. Wollanka Martin - 293pts
6. Nicolaisen Joakim - 292pts
7. Hönigl Hupo - 290pts
8. Adachi Shin - 286pts
9. Scholz Oliver - 283pts
10.Hofer Patrick - 282pts


4wd SC Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 312pts
2. Fedorenko Vladimir - 303pts
3. Chub Dmytro - 301pts
4. Eriksen Per - 299pts
5. Novotny Kaja - 153pts

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