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.
Ryan Cavalieri set the pace in the penultimate round of qualifying for 4WD Buggy taking the round from Lee Martin and 4WD Short Course Top Qualifier Joern Neumann. His second TQ round the result means that it will be an American who will start on pole for tomorrow’s final. Cavalieri needs to run a third TQ round in the fifth and final qualifier and needs to do so in a time better than 5:14 if he is to deny Dustin Evans from becoming the Top Qualifier.
Setting a new fastest lap for the event, Cavalieri said his B44.1 was better following a switch to Losi Pink Taper but lost time in the later part of the run when his slipper started to back off. The factory Associated driver is fitting new pads to the slipper as he knows he is going to need to produce the perfect run if he is to take his second TQ honours of the day. Evan’s could only manage fifth saying he pushed too hard and this resulted in him throwing away the chance of a third straight TQ run when he made a mistake on his second lap.
Finishing second, Tamiya’s Martin said he is lacking something but he’s not sure if it is him or the buggy. 4WD Short Course Top Qualifier Joern Neumann was again able to set the pace but once again made a mistake and ended up third. The Durango driver switched to Losi BK-Bar tyres on the front of his DEX410 but will switch back to Taper for the final outing of the day as they gave better steering in the 180 degree corners. Swedish 4WD National Champion David Ronnefalk enjoyed his best run so far to post the fourth fastest time with his Kyosho Laser.
Team Losi Racing’s Dustin Evans has TQ’d the first two of today’s 4WD Buggy qualifiers heading home Lee Martin in Q2 and 2WD Buggy Top Qualifier Ryan Cavalieri in Q3. The Reedy Race of Champions winner set a new fastest lap of the weekend in the third qualifier taking his XXX4 around in a blistering 21.838, Team Durango driver Joern Neumann the only other driver to go sub 22 seconds. With just two more qualifiers to run here in Tomelilla time is running out for the European’s to try topple the American’s from claiming a clean sweep of the Buggy class qualifiers.
Team Associated have taken the honour of being the first manufacturer to TQ a Euro Offroad Series race after Ryan Cavalieri produced a clean sweep of fastest runs on Day 2 of the Pilot event in Tomelilla, Sweden. The American outpaced yesterday’s Q1 top qualifier Dustin Evans in all four of today’s rounds of heats with European Champion Lee Martin third on each occasion and this is how they will line up for tomorrow’s A-Main. Cavalieri described the day as perfect having had to do nothing with the set-up on his Orion powered B4.1 all day but the 2 time World Champion says he expects a good race with Evans.
Driving Losi’s new and distinctively narrow TLR22 Evans said he has the same pace as Cavalieri but just needs to stop making mistakes. Setting the fastest lap of the final round of qualifying, the Reedy Race of Champions winner who is racing outside the US for the first time this weekend is confident he will be able to take the challenge to his fellow countryman in the finals.
Tamiya Racing Factory’s Lee Martin will be trying to stop the American’s taking home the inaugural EOS’s top prize and based on lap times has the pace to do so. The British driver said he is losing all his time to his rivals in the opening two laps but is confident if he can stick with the Top 2 from the start he will be able to mix it for the win.
Having topping timed practice, local ace Oskar Levin got a huge round of applause when he was confirmed as the fourth qualifier. Driving a Losi TLR22 the 16-year-old said the car is so easy to drive it feels slow but the laps are fast. His first time to race among such big names he says he is a little nervous about tomorrows finals but hopes he can do a good job. Levin is one of four Swedes to make the final with David Ronnefalk qualifying 6th, Otto Ausfelt 8th and National 2WD Champion Mikael Johansson taking the final spot on the grid after a tie break with Kyosho’s Shin Adachi.
Team Durango got both of their prototype 2WD buggies into the final with Hupo Honigl lining up 5th and Joern Neumann 7th. Wearing the biggest smile after qualifying is Czech 1:8 Offroad ace Martin Bayer who is delighted to make the A-Main on his electric racing debut.
While Cavalieri dominated 2WD buggy it was Europe’s Joern Neumann who dominated today’s 4WD Short Course truck qualifiers. Driving Durango’s DESC410 he was the only driver to record 14 laps around the indoor clay track doing so in the fifth and final round. TQ’ing the opening heat yesterday Cavalieri will line up second to the German for what all the drivers are predicting will be the best final of the event. Posting his best run in the final qualifier Evans said he has his Losi Ten SCTE really dialed in now and he will start third. Honigl, who was on another potential TQ run until he rolled, starts fourth followed by Swedish driver Henrik Nilsson and TRF team driver Viktor Wilck who is running a Losi truck.
In 2WD Short Course Evans is the Top Qualifier despite sitting out the final two rounds which were taken by Sarah Ernst who will start here Associated SC10 second on the grid. Bayer and multiple 1:12 World Champion David Spashett will start 3rd and 4th respectively.
The third round of qualifying was a repeat of Q2 with Ryan Cavalieri topping 2WD Buggy, Joern Neumann fastest in 4WD Short Course Truck and Dustin Evans keeping his clean sweep of 2WD SCT going. Cavalieri’s Associated B4.1 once again outpaced Evans’ Losi TLR22 and Lee Martin’s Tamiya. Enjoying his best run so far Hupo Honigl made it four different cars in the Top 4 with his Durango.
In 4WD Short Course it was another super close-run round of qualifying but Neumann again got the better of Cavalieri. His Durango team-mate Honigl took third after Evan’s made a mistake on the penultimate lap which cost him 6 seconds. In 2WD Evans, the only driver doing all four class that make up the EOS race programme, posted another easy TQ run ahead of Losi team-mate Martin Bayer and birthday boy David Spashett.