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British ace Tom Cockerill is running the new as yet unnamed prototype Schumacher 2wd buggy here in Poland. The same car that he used at the recent World Championships in Chico it is still not in its final configuration but we are told it is due for release in the next few months. Happy with the performances of his new ride, he said he has only had to make a slight adjustment to the car’s basic carpet setup to deal with the different tires but for the rest the set-up has remained the same as from when he races it in the UK.
Tom Cockerill backed up his Q2 performance with another TQ run in the third round of qualifying. Driving in front of a large crowd of Hobby show goers, the Schumacher driver took the round by over 7-seconds from Team Durango’s Michal Orlowski and Team C driver Oliver Scholz who were separated by just 2/10ths. Having had troubled runs in the opening two qualifiers, Xray’s Martin Bayer finally managed a solid run posting the 4th fastest time ahead of the very consistent offroad racing rookie Patrick Hornum. Joern Nuemann pulled up just after the half way mark after he rolled his Durango onto its roof on the crossover landing and needed marshalling.
Schumacher’s Tom Cockerill took the second round of qualifying at the EOS in Poland making amends for a late start in Q1 when he broke his prototype Cougar in the warm-up. Running a new set of Proline controlled tyres, the British driver topped the round with a time that was fractionally quicker than Joern Neumann’s Q1 pace. Neumann would be 3rd quickest second time round behind Durango team-mate Hupo Honigl.
Commenting on his TQ run, Cockerill said ‘I just did what I should have done in the first one’. Having broke his front shock tower in the first qualifier trying to do the high risk double he said he just singled it this time. Having thought about trying it during Q2 he said once he saw both Honigl and Neumann make mistakes he knew by playing it safe he could take the round. Planning to run his third & final set of allocated Proline tyres in Q3, he will leave his buggy set-up as is for now but having to run used tyres for the final qualifier he will have to adjust the set-up to suit.
Neumann said he struggled on used tyres leading to two mistakes that cost him over 6-seconds. Team-mate Honigl, who set the fastest lap of the round said he was happy with his run on used tyres as he had improved on his Q1 time when he was also second. Third in Q1 Benni Gröschel could only managed 13th saying he had a driver failure in Q2.
Backing up his surprise 4th fastest time in Q1, Danish Team C driver Patrick Hornum was again 4th knocking 3-seconds of his time. Behind him last year’s podium finisher Michal Orlowski took his Durango to the 5th fastest time. Behind the young Polish talent the next 5 drivers where all covered by just 6/10ths of a second with Dutch driver Bryan van Rijnberk sixth 12/1000ths ahead of Team Xray’s Renaud Savoya.
Having not been happy with his RB6 in Q1 when he posted the 5th fastest time, Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk had an even worse Q2. Changing his set-up, the Swede said he changed it too much making the buggy worse to drive. Planning to raise his shocks for Q3 along with adding more pack, the 1:8 Offroad European Champion is thinking also about changing from a geardiff to a ball diff to help with how the buggy reacts on the landings.
Joern Neumann headed a Durango 1, 2, 3 in the first round of 2WD Qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series season opener in Poland this morning, the German topping the times ahead of team-mates Hupo Honigl and Benni Gröschel. EOS debutant Patrick Hornum was best of the rest taking his Team C to a surprise 4th fastest ahead of the Kyosho of David Ronnefalk and Yokomo of Björn Prümper.
Taking the 5-minute qualifier by over 4-seconds, defending Champion Neumann said it was a clean run and he was happy to kick off the event with a TQ run. Setting the fastest lap the German said he plans to leave everything as is for Q2. Honigl said he took his normal approach of putting in a safe opening run but seeing that he was able to keep pace with his team-mate he started to push but this was ‘a mistake’. With three laps to go the Austrian crashed his DEX210 costing him 3-seconds.
Having last raced in March of this year, Gröschel said his opening qualifier was ‘a lot better than expected’. Having broke his buggy a number of times in yesterday’s practice rounds the German, who finished on the 4WD podium here last year, said his buggy was much better today following a shock set-up change he made last night. For Q2 he said he will leave his DEX210 as is and hope he can put in a repeat performance.
More used to racing electric touring car, Danish driver Hornum was happy with his qualifier but feels there is room for improvement. Having only raced offroad twice before, he said he went for a safe run making just two minor mistakes over the five minutes. Planning another safety run in Q2, he plans to push a little harder in Q3 & 4 when he will also make some set-up changes on his TM2. Team C lead driver Oliver Scholz took his example to the 7th fastest time while team-mate Tom Maquel finished the round 9th.
Ronnefalk said the ‘result (was) actually better than the driving’. The Swede said he made too many mistakes reckoning he lost around 15-seconds in total due to poor driving. Apart from his driving he said his RB6 did not feel as good as yesterday with the buggy inparticular not jumping as good as it did in the practice rounds.
Elsewhere Schumacher’s Tom Cockerill would end the round 11th fastest. Breaking a front shock tower in the warm-up which he changed with impressive speed, he just missed the starting clock and so the computer timed out before he completed what would have been a Top 6 run. Breaking the shock tower at the double he said after ‘I told you it was Big Risk, Big Reward’. Really happy with the performance of his car setting the second fastest lap of the round he joked ‘with a good driver the car can win’.
For Xray it was Czech driver Jiri Mara who was fastest in 10th. His big name team-mates both crashed in their runs with Martin Bayer opting to pull up just after the 1-minute mark to save tries. Renaud Savoya said he tried to drive a save run but ended up with three big mistakes leaving him well down the order.