The winner of 4WD Buggy at the second round of the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series will be decided in the the final race of the weekend after Team Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura took the win in Leg 2 of the A-Main ahead of Top Qualifier & Leg 1 victor Jörn Neumann. The Japanese driver, who is chasing a double win on his EOS debut having won the 2WD Buggy title earlier, took control of the race at the start of the 2nd lap when defending champion Neumann got out of shape at the double just after the loop. Dropping down the field, the German recovered to finish second, a massive 10-seconds behind Matsukura while TLR’s Darren Bloomfield held off an entertaining challenge from fellow country Lee Martin to complete the Top 3. Equal on points going into the deciding leg with a win & a second a piece a win would secure the overall victory in Langenfeld for either driver, with anything less allowing Neumann to maintain his undefeated run as his Leg 1 race time is the faster of the two.
4WD Buggy A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(2) Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 15/5:02.821
2.(1) Jörn Neumann (DE) – Durango – 15/5:12.570
3.(7) Darren Bloomfield (GB) – TLR – 15/5:13.201
4.(5) Lee Martin (GB) – Tamiya – 14/5:13.657
5.(4) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 15/5:20.792
6.(8) Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 14/5:00.956
7.(3) Dustin Evans (US) – TLR – 14/5:03.147
8.(6) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 14/5:03.971
9.(9) Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 14/5:18.414
10.(10)Oliver Speith (DE) – Durango – 13/4:58.849
Chassis Name – Schumacher K1 Motor – Speed Passion Competition 3.0 ESC – Speed Passion Reventon Pro Tires – dBoots (handout) Radio/Servos – KO/GM Remarks – Tom Cockerill is running the recently released Schumacker K1, in its first major international outing. Sporting a more conventional design compared with the Cats SX3 it appears to be working very well with Tom qualifying for the A-main here in Germany.
Joern Neumann has won the first leg of the 4WD Buggy A-Main at the Euro Offrad Series in Langenfeld, the expected challenge from Naoto Matsukura failing to materialise after a mistake by the 2WD Buggy class winner gave the Team Durango the break he needed to take control of the race. In the end the German took the win by a comfortable margin ahead of the Yokomo driver with his own team-mate Hupo Honigl completing the Top 3.
Neumann, who has yet to be beaten in the EOS in 4WD Buggy, said in the end the race was easy but prior to Matsukura’s mistake the 6-time Japanese National champion had him under pressure so he is taking nothing for granted going into the second leg.
Having just scrapped into the A-Main, Schumacher’s Tom Cockerill driving the British company’s new Cat K1 put in a very strong race coming from ninth on the grid through to finish 4th. Responsible for designing the buggy, Cockerill said it has been working well all weekend but this was the first time he managed to run 5-minutes without any major mistakes.
Team Losi Racing’s Dustin Evans cruised to victory in the final Leg of the 2WD A-Main at the second round of the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series to take the overall Runner-up spot at the German event behind Naoto Matsukura with defending champion Joern Neumann having to settle for the final step on the podium.
Starting behind Neumann, who was effectively on pole position as Matsukura having wrapped up victory in Leg 2 sat out the final, Evans took control of the race on lap 3 following the first of a serious of mistakes by the Team Durango driver. Once in front the American’s Orion powered TLR22 was able to pull clear as the rest of the pack fought over second, his team-mate Darren Bloomfield coming out on top of that battle to claim a TLR 1-2 finish. After the race Evans said he needs to find a way to get into the zone quicker on carpet as his final race is always his best.
Despite setting the fastest lap of the race a run of poor laps at the end of the 5-minute encounter dropped Neumann from second to sixth, Tamiya’s Lee Martin, Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp and his own team-mate Hupo Honigl the benefactors. In the championship standings the result sees Neumann’s advantage over Evans reduced by a point but with Matsukura set to contest the rest of the title fight looks set to really hot up.
Overall Result 2WD Buggy
1. Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – 2 pts
2. Dustin Evans (US) – TLR – 4
3. Jörn Neumann (DE) – Durango – 4
4. Darren Bloomfield (GB) – TLR – 7
5. Lee Martin (GB) – Tamiya – 7
6. Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 10
7. Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho – 10
8. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 11
9. Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 16
10.Otto Ausfelt (SE) – TLR – 16
2WD Buggy A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(3) Dustin Evans (US) – TLR – 15/5:17.640
2.(6) Darren Bloomfield (GB) – TLR – 14/5:01.291
3.(4) Lee Martin (GB) – Tamiya – 14/5:01.628
4.(8) Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho – 14/5:02.746
5.(5) Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 14/5:04.810
6.(2) Jörn Neumann (DE) – Durango – 14/5:05.932
7.(7) Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 14/5:08.352
8.(9) Otto Ausfelt (SE) – TLR – 14/5:09.297
9.(10)Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 14/5:15.781
10.(1)Naoto Matsukura (JP) – Yokomo – DNS