On January 19 the organisers of the hugely popular Euro Touring Series announced they were to take their concept off road and this morning, just 10 weeks later, it has kicked into life as practice for the Euro Offroad Series pilot race got underway at the large indoor clay track in Tomelilla, Sweden. With such a facility a rare thing in Europe, the event has attracted a big manufacturer presence with Associated, Losi, Durango, Tamiya and Kyosho sending some of the biggest names in the sport which sets the stage for a weekend of hot competition. In the pits there is a great buzz in the air with local racers describing the EOS as the biggest thing to hit Sweden since 2004 when the country hosted the 1:8 Offroad World Championships.
Due to their vast experience of clay tracks back in the US, Team Losi Racing’s Dustin Evans and Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri are the early favourites despite both saying the surface was very different to what they are used too. A hard compact clay, all the leading drivers found conditions tricky but gave the layout a big thumbs up saying it should make for really good close racing once the grip comes up. One driver who knows the track well is young Swedish talent David Ronnefalk and his experience here is that the track will groove up pretty quickly and will be helped by the fact the EOS is the largest entry to run on the track.
Today’s schedule is made up of 5 rounds of controlled practice with the opening round of qualifying bringing the first day of action to a close. Once the drivers have settled in and worked out their plan of attack we will catch up with the drivers to bring up all the latest news from the pits.