Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri has taken the 4WD Buggy crown at the Euro Offroad Series Pilot Event after taking victory over Joern Neumann in the final race of the day here in Tomelilla, Sweden. Three drivers went into the third A-Main with a chance of the title but before the first lap was even completed Top Qualifier Dustin Evans’ challenge was over. At the corner where he passed Cavalieri twice to win the 2WD Buggy title earlier today, the factory Losi driver landed hard over the double at the Kyosho corner, breaking the front right wishbone.
This left Cavalieri and Neumann to go head to head for the win with the former European Champion pushing the former World Champion hard but just as a challenge looked set to take place the German put his Durango in to the pipe. A second mistake on the penultimate lap left Cavalieri to cruise to the win with Neumann, who finished third overall having tied with Evans on points, summing up the race by saying ‘I tried’.
Cavalieri, who gave the EOS concept a big thumbs up and praised how smooth the event ran, said it was a hard third Main but he was able to run more consistent helped by the fact that track conditions made it easier to lead than chase. Despite his retirement, Evans was pleased with second overall in 4WD Buggy saying ‘Cav TQ’d 2WD and I beat him and I TQ’d 4WD and he beat me so we are pretty even’.
Outside the top 3 Lee Martin was the best of the rest finishing fourth overall for Tamiya ahead of Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk who was the best of the young local talents, who made a big impression this weekend.
With the dust now settling on the Euro Offroad Series Pilot event, the experience has been very educational with race organisers Scotty Ernst and Uwe Rheinard already working on plans for a season long EOS Series to begin in November. A full announcement regarding the inaugural 2011/12 Euro Offroad Series will be made shortly. The EOS team would like to thank Associated, Losi TLR, Team Durango, Tamiya, Kyosho and their drivers for getting behind this new concept and making the pilot race a reality. A special thanks also to the Tomelilla Motor Klubb for all their hard work and hospitality over the weekend.