Chassis: Team Durango DEX410 V4 Motor: Orion ESC: Orion Batteries: Thunder Power Radio/Servo: Futaba Remarks – Unbeaten in the class at the EOS, the German Durango driver is running a pretty stock DEX410 with his standard carpet setup that allowed him a continuous stream of victories, but that’s not performing too well here at the Hudy Arena. After trying both a softer and a harder setup trying to get more grip and traction, with that not making any difference he played a bit with tire preparation hoping to improve the feeling with his 4wd buggy, that is now quite loose and difficult to drive.
Martin Bayer posted his second TQ run of the day at the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia when he backed up his fastest time from the morning’s opening 4WD qualifier with another pace setting run in Q3. Chasing his first overall EOS TQ this weekend at the third round of the championship, the factory Xray driver took the penultimate heat ahead of defending champion Joern Neumann, who, since the creation of the EOS, has never been outqualified nor beaten in the class. Having TQ’d the second qualifier, Team Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura would complete the Top 3 for the round some 8-seconds adrift of the European Champion.
On target early on in the 5-minute encounter to become the first driver to run 14-laps on the difficult track, Bayer said he was very happy with his speed. With Hudy Arena staff modifying the table top ahead of the start of Round 3, mainly in preparation for the final 2 rounds of 2WD Qualifying, the Czech driver said the change made no noticeable difference for him with his 4WD jumping clear over the dip that has caused drivers a lot of problems. Running a fresh set of tyres on his LRP powered XB4, Bayer said it was really good and for the final deciding qualifier the only plans he has ‘is to have a good lunch’.
Neumann said he is just too slow. The German who would normally have locked up the honour of Top Qualifier at this stage of proceedings said for him the track appears to have ‘less & less grip’ each run. Describing his DEX410 as both edgy and loose he said he has a normal set-up that usually works pretty much everywhere he races but not here. Set-up changes so far havent done much and he said he needs to think what options he has left to try.
Setting the fastest lap of the round and the only driver who can deny Bayer the overall TQ at his home track, Matsukura blamed his failure to back up his Q2 TQ run squarely on himself saying the ‘driver was shit’. Still finding the track ‘super difficult’ even after the table top modification, he said overall his B-Max4 was ‘OK’ although for the final qualifier he will make a rear shock change to try to make it more stable on the landings. Otherwise he said his main focus for the fourth & final qualifier is to reduce the number of driver errors.
Setting the fourth fastest time Team C’s Hupo Honigl described his 3rd qualifier as a ‘super safety’ run, him needing a second points haul having retired from Q2. Making one mistake over the 5-minutes he was pretty pleased with the run which helps lock him into the A-Main. With that goal achieved the Austrian said the plan is to be ‘more aggressive’in the final round.
Another driver to secure himself an A-Main grid position, Team Xray’s Renaud Savoya posted the 5th fastest time. The multiple former 1:8 Offroad European Champion was on target for a Top 3 run but came short on one of the jumps resulting in him losing 3-seconds half way through the qualifier. Running the same set of tyres for a third time in the heat, for the final qualifier he will fit a fresh set of the championship control Pro-Line Pin Point tyres as he looks to try and better his starting position so as to improve his chances of challenging for a podium at his teams HQ.
Completing the Top 6 was Marc Rheinard. Running Tamiya’s TRF511, the former European Champion said he just cruised around and kept his line with the buggy easy to drive albeit some way off the pace of the front runners. Much happier with the revised table top, which he said ‘you can now at least drive on’, for the final round he hopes he can repeat a similar run but this time with a 29-second – one mistake leading to another which combined cost him almost 6-seconds.
4WD Buggy Q3 times
1. Martin Bayer – Xray – 13/5:03.555
2. Joern Neumann – Durango – 13/5:09.773
3. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 13/5:11.551
4. Hupo Honigl – Team C – 13/5:13.289
5. Renaud Savoya – Xray – 13/5:14.355
6. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 13/5:15.278
7. Oskar Levin – Team C – 13/5:16.076
8. Robert Battle – Yokomo 13/5:16.266
9. Bjorn Prumper – Yokomo – 13/5:20.239
10.Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 13/5:20.557
Chassis: Yokomo B-Max4 III Motor: Yokomo 5.5 ESC: Viper Batteries: Protek Rc Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Xpert Remarks – Now in his third international race with Yokomo, the British driver is running his B-Max4 III with the rear arms from the previous model of the Japanese 4wd buggy, the B-Max4 II, to have a slightly wider rear end. Not yet fully satisfied with his performance, he said there is room for improvements and will continue to look at setup options as the weekend progresses. As usual, his car is sporting an LMR Avior wing, chosen not only by Lee but by the whole Yokomo team.
Naoto Matsukura has taken the second round of 4WD Qualifying at the EOS, the Japanese driver topped the times from Joern Neumann with a time that was almost 3-second faster than the Q1 TQ time of Martin Bayer. Setting the fastest lap of the round and the only driver to do a 22 second lap, Bayer completed the Top 3 in Q2. Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk made it four different manufacturers at the top of the time sheets. One notable performance for the round was that of 14-year-old Danish racer Frederik Hovgaard who posted the 7th fastest time behind Lee Martin and ahead of Oskar Levin. Fourth fastest in Q1, Hupo Honigl would DNF his second run after suffering a drive shaft failure.
4WD Buggy Q2 times
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 13/5:05.759
2. Joern Neumann – Durango – 13/5:07.695
3. Martin Bayer – Xray – 13/5:10.228
4. David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 13/5:13.378
5. Miguel Matias – Xray – 13/5:15.525
6. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 13/5:16.933
7. Frederik Hovgaard – Durango – 13/5:19.571
8. Oskar Levin – Team C – 13/5:19.864
9. Bjorn Prumper – Yokomo – 13/5:22.071
10.Robert Battle – Yokomo 13/5:23.404
Having set the pace in practice last night in Slovakia, Team Xray’s Martin Bayer backed it up this morning at the Hudy Arena with a TQ run in the opening 4WD qualifier at the Euro Offroad Series. The Czech driver topped the times by over two seconds from Yokomo pairing Naoto Matsukura and Lee Martin as mistakes by defending champion on the last two laps dropped Joern Neumann from a TQ run to 5th for the round.
Posting the fastest lap of Q1, Bayer was ‘very happy’ to start off his stronger of the two main EOS classes with a TQ run. Describing his LRP powered XB4 as ‘real twitchy’, he said compared with yesterday there was ‘less traction’. Fighting with Matsukura for the TQ pace and recovering from an earlier error on the table top, the pair would have a coming together on track with the Japanese driver coming off worse. Bayer said this was regrettable but added he couldn’t just sit behind him as he was effectively racing the clock.
The incident didn’t seem to bother Matsukura too much with his main issue after the race being his own driver errors which he said he needs to elimiate. Pulling off a rather impressive cartwheel in the closing laps, he said his car was ‘a little difficult to drive’. The 1:12 World Champion also had some issues at the table top. With new carpet having been fitted overnight to the face of the up ramp, he said this has changed how his buggy jumps it throw the front end of his B-Max 4 more upwards into the air. For Q2 he will make some little adjustment to his set-up to try make his buggy easier to drive.
‘Very lucky’ was how Martin summed up his run to the third fastest time. On his first landing after the start of the heat, British ace said his buggy made a strange noise indicating the spur gear was about to let go. Driving with a very light throttle finger he was able to nurse it to the finish benefiting from crashes by his rivals to go from running a 7th quickest pace to claiming third. Highlighting how lucky he was, on crossing the finish line he gave maximum throttle resultling instantly in the spur gear stripping.
Setting the fourth fastest time Hupo Honigl said his Team C felt broken adding it ‘drives terrible’. The Austrian said the problem is how it deals with the landings something he believes is due to the asphalt surface under the carpet. Just trying ‘to keep it on its wheel’ he said he was ‘far away from trying to go fast’. For Q2 he plans to make some major set-up changes.
Neumann said he threw away the round with his mistakes on the last two laps. Describing his Durango DEX410 as ‘for sure better than yesterday’, the German said the buggy is ‘not so easy to drive’. struggling with a loose rear end he will trying cut extra oins from from his front tyres for Q2.
‘So So’ was how Team Xray’s Miguel Matias summed up his run to the 6th fastest time ahead of team-mate Renaud Savoya. The Portuguese driver said he had to drive with great caution as his XB4 was very edgy to drive. For Q2 he will ‘loosen up the car’.
Savoya said what he already finds to be a twitchy class for him was even more twitchy due to being on fresh tyres. Describing 7th as an ‘OK’ run, the French driver for the last three laps his XB4 was pretty good although he did loose time trying to avoid hampering Neumann. Planning to leave his buggy set-up as is for his second qualifier he said with used tyres he is very confident.
Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk would post the 8th fastest time followed by fellow Swede Oskar Levin, who said the result was better than how the run felt, while Xray’s Ales Bayer completed the Top 10.
4WD Buggy Q1 times
1. Martin Bayer – Xray – 13/5:08.617
2. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo – 13/5:10.760
3. Lee Martin – Yokomo – 13/5:11.380
4. Hupo Hönigl – Team C – 13/5:13.206
5. Joern Neumann – Durango – 13/5:14.718
6. Miguel Matias – Xray – 13/5:16.295
7. Renaud Savoya – Xray – 13/5:16.851
8. David Ronnefalk – Kyosho – 13/5:18.929
9. Oskar Levin – Team C – 13/5:19.740
10.Ales Bayer – Xray – 13/5:20.688