Dustin Evans is the 4WD Buggy Top Qualifier for the Euro Offroad Series Pilot event giving Team Losi Racing chief David Spashett an extra reason to celebrate on his birthday here in Sweden. Only Ryan Cavalieri could deny the Reedy Race of Champions winner’s pole position going in to the final round of qualifying but Team Durango’s Joern Neumann put pay to that when he TQ’d Q5 to become the only driver to head the Americans in either buggy class.
Suffering diff problems that meant he could only manage ninth in Q5, Evans said he was delighted at securing TQ honours on this his first event outside the US. Cavalieri, who took TQ honours in 2WD Buggy earlier in the day, said he made the wrong tyre choice for the final qualifier but is confident his B44.1 is fast enough for the win tomorrow.
Lee Martin was left frustrated in the final qualifier after his Tamiya went out off control while he was top of the timing screen. Inspecting the car after it was pulled from the track, the European Champion said the receiver had moved but all the wiring was in place and the radio was working fine again. The problem not only cost the British driver a potential TQ run but also third place on the grid with Neumann pushing him back to fourth. Tamiya will be the best represented manufacturer in the A-Main with half the grid. 27-year-old local racer Otto Ausfelt lines up fifth ahead of former European Champion Marc Rheinard with promising Swedish teenager Oskar Levin 8th and Viktor Wilck 10th.
15-year-old David Ronnefalk had a troubled final qualifer and the Swedish Champion was unable to repeat his Top 4 Q4 performance. The only Kyosho driver to make the final, he will line up seventh on the grid. Completing the line-up for the 4WD Buggy main event is the second of the factory Team Durango drivers Hupo Honigl who will carry the number 9.