Joern Neumann pulled off an impressive feat at the opening round of the Euro Offroad Series in Poland taking the overall 4WD Buggy win to maintain his unbeaten run of consecutive victories. The third season of the indoor series for 1:10 electric offroad, the Durango driver claimed win number 8 by backing up his Leg 1 win in the second A-Main but unlike the first 5-minute encounter he didn’t have it easy. Team Xray’s Renaud Savoya mounted a serious last lap challenge on the German but unfortunately for the French ace he would over jump the double just before the finish line. Sending his XB4 into the barrier it allowed Neumann to take the leg by 1.8 seconds. With Hupo Honigl, who was running on Savoya’s rear gearbox, spectacularly cartwheeling out of third on the last lap Martin Bayer completed the Top 3.
Commenting on his impressive tally of wins, Neumann said this was by far the hardest one yet. Struggling to get to terms with this season’s new controlled tyre from Proline, the German was unable to dominate the class as he has done for the past two seasons. Pleased to get his title defense off to the perfect start, claiming the extra championship point for taking the TQ honours for the race, he said the level of competitions is also a lot tougher this season.
With Neumann able to sit out the third Main, it was a straight race to see who would stand either side of him on the podium. With the No.1 Durango missing from the grid, it was Bayer who would effectively start from pole position. The European Champion would lead from the start and after seeing off the attention of Honigl, who like in A1 again crashed in front of the drivers stand while challenging for the lead, would take a relatively easy win over team-mate Savoya. The Xray 1-2 finish ahead of Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk would see the pair secure the remaining podium places. Bayer’s second time to finish runner-up, for Savoya the result marks the relative newcomer to electric offroad’s first EOS podium.
Having topped the podium in 2WD, Honigl would not make it in 4WD finishing 4th overall ahead of Ronnefalk and fellow 2WD podium finisher Michal Orlowski.
Elsewhere Neumann made it a doubly successful weekend taking the win in 4WD Short Course ahead of Honigl and young Czech driver Kaja Novotny for the second all Durango podium of the weekend. It was a clean sweep of wins for Team Durango in Poland with German driver Mirko Morgenstern taking the win in 2WD Short Course ahead of Denmark’s Torben Hojfeldt and Sascha Hengen.