April 30, 2016

Another TQ run for Cragg in Q3

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Neil Cragg has posted a second TQ run at the Nurburgring repeating the Associated 1-2 achieved in the opening qualifier when he also finished ahead of Spencer Rivkin.  The fastest of the qualifiers to be run, Cragg would outpace his team-mate by over 6/10ths of a second with a much improved Joern Neumann completing the Top 3.  Having TQ’d the second qualifier, Ryan Cavalieri would managed only a P6 behind EOS Champion Lee Martin and Xray’s Martin Wollanka.  Wollanka’s team-mate Bruno Coelho who was second in Q2, would get a DNF as he broke half way through the qualifier.

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Despite suffering one crash off the side of the table top, Cragg said it was a good run.  Running ahead of Cavalieri and Martin on the track, the British driver said it looked like he was miles ahead and he start to take it easy but that wasn’t the case forcing him to push as hard as he could later in the run.  Planning to ‘just push’ the entire 5-minutes in the final qualifier, with only team-mate Cavalieri able to deny him claiming Associated’s first EOS overall TQ, he was happy to have been able to a ‘couple of fast laps that matched Spencer’s pace’.  Rivkin was pleased with his run after having to deal with traffic after starting last due to his DNF in the previous qualifier.  Looking to the final qualifier, the 17-year-old said ‘while nobody has got the perfect run yet, that’s what I am shooting for (in Q4)’.  Complimenting how well the entire Associated team have been working together on the debut of the B6, he said ‘its great to see we’re all doing so well’.  Cavalieri said after a ‘dumb mistake’ which left Martin on his rear wing he never drove as good for the rest of the run.

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Neumann was pleased to find himself mixing it at the front of what is one of the most competitive 2WD entries of the season.  Running a prototype car that is made up of the rear end of Serpent’s new 4WD and the front of the 2WD, the former champion said the car is a big improvement.  Having missed the first two practice runs yesterday, the German said they have ‘improved the car each practice run and qualifier step by step’ and having been 7/10ths to a second off at previous races he is ‘almost able to match the pace now’.

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Fitting a different front roll bar to his YZ-2, Martin said the car was ‘better to drive’ but ‘if (he) missed the corner he struggled with understeer’.  ‘Very good on the racing line’, he will for Q4 fit a rear roll-bar.  Not normally running a rear roll-bar he said with the Associated team, Cragg the exception, doing well from having one fitted the will try it for the final qualifier.

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