April 3, 2011

Evans take first 2WD Buggy A-Main

Dustin Evans has taken the opening A-main in 2WD Buggy at the Euro Offroad Series in Sweden heading home Top Qualifier Ryan Cavalieri and Hupo Honigl.  Mixing it with fellow American Cavalieri for much of the race, the Team Losi Racing driver eventually took to the front when Cavalieri came short over the double into the Kyosho corner.  Evans tried an earlier move just after the large Durango double and ended up tangling with Cavalieri, a move the Reedy Race of Champions winner said himself was a little too aggressive.  The incident almost gave 16-year-old local talent Oskar Levin the chance to lead the quality field in front of the home crowd but the marshal attending the two Americans got his foot in the way holding up the Losi driver.

Cavalieri, who set the fastest lap of the race on the last lap, said his B4.1 was really good but there was nothing he could do after his mistake but follow Evans. Team Durango’s Honigl, who started 5th on the grid said he just tried to run a clean race and that approach paid off as he came home third, a result the Austrian said was the best he could have expected.

Starting from third on the grid Lee Martin had a disastrous race finishing up 8th.  The Tamiya driver got tagged by Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk on lap 2, an incident that the 16-year-old Swede took full responsibility for, but admitted he was never going to be in a position to challenge the Top 2 due to a lack of traction.  The British driver found a problem with the diff on his TRF201X afterwards and hopes this might have something to do with it.  Ronnefalk who fell to last after his coming together with Martin recovered well to finish 5th behind Losi driver Otto Ausfelt who took the honour of being the best placed Swedish racer.

In 4WD Short Course Joern Neumann converted his pole position into a dominant victory but the Team Durango ace was headed briefly by Cavalieri.  The Team Associated driver passed the German on the opening lap but a lap later got his SC10 4X4 out of shape at the end of the straight putting the truck on its roof.  Neumann luckily opened up a gap over the over the pack because with three laps to go a wire came off his speedo causing a drop off in power but he was able to hold on to take the win from Cavalieri by 5-seconds.  Durango team-mate Honigl completed the Top 3 after a very close battle with TRF driver Viktor Wilck who is running a Losi truck.

In 2WD SCT Evans took his Losi XXX-SCT to an easy win over team-mates Martin Bayer and David Spashett who enjoyed a superb battle swapping position a number of times throughout the 5-minute race.

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