April 30, 2016

Cavalieri wins A2

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Having caused a pile up at the start of A1, Ryan Cavalieri had no such problems in A2 with the Associated driver taking victory over Lee Martin and Joern Neumann.  Starting second behind team-mate Neil Cragg, Cavalieri took advantage of a bobble by the Top Qualifier on the third lap to go to the front and despite a sterling effort by Lee Martin he held the lead to the finish for a comfortable win.  Unfortunately for Cragg his race would end prematurely as he encountered steering problems on lap 6 which left his car undriveable, it afterwards found that the splines on his servo had twisted.

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Happy with his win, Cavalieri said the race started out good but ‘it seemed like the slipper got hot’ causing him to ‘start missing (his) lines’.  While ‘this allowed Lee to close up’, the American said he was able to ‘gather it back up and not make mistakes off that (problem)’.  Set to rebuild the slipper on his Orion powered B6 for the third & deciding A-Main, he said after his 9th in A1 the win ‘gives (him) a chance and (he) will ‘go for it in A3’.

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With Martin looking like he was only biding his time once he caught Cavalieri, he said it took ‘just a small bobble on the jump’ to throw away the opportunity.  Continuing ‘I don’t normal make mistakes on jumps but twice here they have caught me out’.  Feeling they have now got good pace with the YZ-2, the British driver said ‘we just need to win the last one’.  Sitting with a pair of second place finishes,  he said ‘two 2s could turn out to be great or they could turn out to be shit’ and he ‘would be happier if (he) had a win’ to his credit going into the decider.

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Switching to lower profile Orion battery in his prototype Serpent, which features the rear end of their new 4WD offering, Neumann said the change made the buggy ‘more responsive’.  Starting from seventh on the grid after losing out a good final qualifier when he crashed on the last lap,  the former multiple EOS champion said by the time he got into third Cavalieri and Martin were too far ahead although he was encouraged by the fact he could reduce what started out as a full straight length advantage to Martin down to just half the main straight.  Behind Neumann, A1 winner Joona Haatanen would finish fourth, the young Finn reporting a clean and uneventful race.

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