Team Durango’s Joern Neumann has wrapped up the first title of the Euro Offroad Series pilot event by securing overall victory in 4WD Short Course with another convincing winning performance in the second A-main here in Tomelilla, Sweden. The Top Qualifier, Neumann found himself at the tail of the field at the end of the opening lap after he got spun around by the Associated of Ryan Cavalieri but such was the blistering pace of the German he soon worked his DESC410 back to the front. Setting the fastest lap of the race he headed a Durango 1-2 for the Leg with Hupo Honigl second followed closely by Cavalieri with Dustin Evans fourth. Evans also secured himself an EOS winners trophy as he repeated his dominantion of the first 2WD Short Course final.
In 2WD Buggy Cavalieri made up for his Leg 1 mistake by putting in a faultless drive to take his Associated B4.1 to a tone to tone victory over Leg 1 winner Evans. Oskar Levin completed the Top 3 with his Losi TLR22, the local teenager doing a good job to see off the attentions of Joern Neumann. Neumann’s Durango team-mate Honigl who was third in the opening final retired with a seized motor bearing while Tamiya’s Lee Martin struggled after an early mistake and was again 8th.
Dustin Evans has taken the opening A-main in 2WD Buggy at the Euro Offroad Series in Sweden heading home Top Qualifier Ryan Cavalieri and Hupo Honigl. Mixing it with fellow American Cavalieri for much of the race, the Team Losi Racing driver eventually took to the front when Cavalieri came short over the double into the Kyosho corner. Evans tried an earlier move just after the large Durango double and ended up tangling with Cavalieri, a move the Reedy Race of Champions winner said himself was a little too aggressive. The incident almost gave 16-year-old local talent Oskar Levin the chance to lead the quality field in front of the home crowd but the marshal attending the two Americans got his foot in the way holding up the Losi driver.
Cavalieri, who set the fastest lap of the race on the last lap, said his B4.1 was really good but there was nothing he could do after his mistake but follow Evans. Team Durango’s Honigl, who started 5th on the grid said he just tried to run a clean race and that approach paid off as he came home third, a result the Austrian said was the best he could have expected.
Starting from third on the grid Lee Martin had a disastrous race finishing up 8th. The Tamiya driver got tagged by Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk on lap 2, an incident that the 16-year-old Swede took full responsibility for, but admitted he was never going to be in a position to challenge the Top 2 due to a lack of traction. The British driver found a problem with the diff on his TRF201X afterwards and hopes this might have something to do with it. Ronnefalk who fell to last after his coming together with Martin recovered well to finish 5th behind Losi driver Otto Ausfelt who took the honour of being the best placed Swedish racer.
In 4WD Short Course Joern Neumann converted his pole position into a dominant victory but the Team Durango ace was headed briefly by Cavalieri. The Team Associated driver passed the German on the opening lap but a lap later got his SC10 4X4 out of shape at the end of the straight putting the truck on its roof. Neumann luckily opened up a gap over the over the pack because with three laps to go a wire came off his speedo causing a drop off in power but he was able to hold on to take the win from Cavalieri by 5-seconds. Durango team-mate Honigl completed the Top 3 after a very close battle with TRF driver Viktor Wilck who is running a Losi truck.
In 2WD SCT Evans took his Losi XXX-SCT to an easy win over team-mates Martin Bayer and David Spashett who enjoyed a superb battle swapping position a number of times throughout the 5-minute race.
Dustin Evans is the 4WD Buggy Top Qualifier for the Euro Offroad Series Pilot event giving Team Losi Racing chief David Spashett an extra reason to celebrate on his birthday here in Sweden. Only Ryan Cavalieri could deny the Reedy Race of Champions winner’s pole position going in to the final round of qualifying but Team Durango’s Joern Neumann put pay to that when he TQ’d Q5 to become the only driver to head the Americans in either buggy class.
Suffering diff problems that meant he could only manage ninth in Q5, Evans said he was delighted at securing TQ honours on this his first event outside the US. Cavalieri, who took TQ honours in 2WD Buggy earlier in the day, said he made the wrong tyre choice for the final qualifier but is confident his B44.1 is fast enough for the win tomorrow.
Lee Martin was left frustrated in the final qualifier after his Tamiya went out off control while he was top of the timing screen. Inspecting the car after it was pulled from the track, the European Champion said the receiver had moved but all the wiring was in place and the radio was working fine again. The problem not only cost the British driver a potential TQ run but also third place on the grid with Neumann pushing him back to fourth. Tamiya will be the best represented manufacturer in the A-Main with half the grid. 27-year-old local racer Otto Ausfelt lines up fifth ahead of former European Champion Marc Rheinard with promising Swedish teenager Oskar Levin 8th and Viktor Wilck 10th.
15-year-old David Ronnefalk had a troubled final qualifer and the Swedish Champion was unable to repeat his Top 4 Q4 performance. The only Kyosho driver to make the final, he will line up seventh on the grid. Completing the line-up for the 4WD Buggy main event is the second of the factory Team Durango drivers Hupo Honigl who will carry the number 9.