April 9, 2013

Cavalieri adds World class to record EOS Finale entry

Reigning 2WD & 4WD Electric Offroad World Champion Ryan Cavalieri will compete in the season finale of the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’ in Dortmund, Germany, this weekend (12-14 April) with the American super star set for his first experience of European style indoor offroad racing. Cavalieri is part of a strong line-up of Team Associated drivers traveling to the fourth & final round of the 2012/13 EOS which again runs as part of of Europe’s largest consumer hobby show ‘Intermodellbau Dortmund’ and is expected to attract over 85,000 visitors.

Having made his EOS debut at last year’s season finale, making the A-Main in 4WD, Associated team manager Brent Thielke makes a welcomed return this weekend and will be hoping to pass on his experience of racing on the carpet surface track to both Cavalieri and 2WD Short Course Reedy Race Champion Kody Numedahl who is also traveling over from the US. In addition to the three Americans, Team Associated have also entered 11-time European Offroad Champion Craig Drescher and top Danish driver Jonas Kaerup.

Making the closing race to the second season of the Euro Offroad Series a truly world class affair, the record 249 entries also includes the 1:8 Offroad World Champion Robert Batlle. The Spaniard will be looking to build on his promising international electric offroad debut at Round 3 in Leoben, Austria, where he took his Yokomo to 6th overall in 2WD Buggy.

For all the drivers the man to beat is Team Durango’s Joern Neumann who did the double in Dortmund 12-months ago to lift the overall championship titles, both of which he has already successfully defended having suffered just one defeat this season. The last encounter did see the German ace, who has never been out qualified or beaten yet in 4WD Buggy since the series inception, come under pressure from Team Xray’s Martin Bayer who on only his second EOS outing was the star of the third round. The Czech driver enjoyed a podium double taking the runners-up spot in 4WD and 3rd overall in 2WD.

Bayer’s team-mate, 3-time European 1:8 Offroad Champion Renaud Savoya, also impressed coming close to securing the 4WD TQ honours on his debut only to lose out on tie-break with Neumann. The French ace will be one to watch now that he has had time to analysis all the experience gained at Round 3, the Xray duo staying on after the race had finished to compete a number of hours of testing with the XB4 on the carpet.

Also making his series debut at Round 3 and coming away with a podium finish in 4WD, Team Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk is sure to once again be in the mix. Having started at the tail end of the grid for both A-Mains in Austria, if the Swedish teenager can qualify higher he will certainly be in the hunt for a win this weekend.


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