After months of preparation and planning Scotty Ernst & Uwe Rheinard watched their newest race series jump into life this morning in the Czech Republic as drivers from 13 countries took to the indoor carpet track in Hrotovice for Day 1 of the opening round of the exciting new TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby. With six round of practice making up today’s schedule the focus of attention is going to be on the head to head battle between the full factory squads of Team Losi Racing and Team Durango.
As title sponsors of the EOS, TLR have flown over American ace Mike Truhe who will also travel to rounds 2 & 3 in Belgium and Germany. While he is one of the worlds top offroad racers, the 2010 US National Champion faces an all new challenge this weekend as he samples offroad racing on carpet for the very first time. Having never seen an offroad carpet track before his arrival in Eastern Europe, Truhe said it was a lot better to drive on than he had expected and he was relishing the chance to learn the ‘European’s Game’ this weekend. Expecting the carpet to offer higher traction he is finding the mixture of surfaces used on the track, with a number of different wood finishes being used in the construction of some of the jumps, is taking the most getting used too but overall he is happy with his early practice pace.
Having returned to TLR for the 2012 season, former European 1:8 Offroad Champion and World finalist Miguel Matias has recently made 1:10 comeback after a 10 year absence. Enjoying success in his native Portuguese Indoor Off-Road Series, he has more experience than his US team-mate on carpet surface and although he is still learning about both his TLR22 and XXX4 he is happy with his opening practice runs this morning. Also in the TLR camp Swedish National Champions Oskar Levin, one of the stars of last year’s EOS Pilot Race, & Otto Ausfelt can be expected to be in the mix over the next three days.
Fresh from becoming the first European to win the Reedy International Race of Champions in California, beating the Americans in their own backyard, Joern Nuemann heads the Team Durango effort and on paper is going to be the man to beat this weekend. The hugely talented German has already notched up two big wins on carpet this year dominating both the Petit Race and the DHI Cup which were both held in January. Describing the track layout as ‘good’ the 4WD Vice-World Champion said the grip is pretty low for carpet and feels pretty close to the clay surface at WCRC where he took his historic Reedy Race win.
Durango team-mate Hupo Honigl, who has done a lot of behind the scene work helping make the EOS a reality, is pleased with his early practice runs and says he is looking forward to a weekend of close racing. Joining Nuemann & Honigl is British team driver Adam Skelding who along with racing has made the trip to provide support for dBoots who are the official controlled tyres for the EOS.
Today’s schedule will be made up of six rounds of practice with the fastest 3-consecutive laps from the final P5 & P6 determining a reseed for tomorrow’s five round of qualifying, the best two of which will decide the grid for Sunday’s triple main finals.
The organisers of the inaugural ‘Euro Offroad Series’ are delighted to announce that Horizon Hobby, through their Team Losi Racing and Spektrum brands, will be title sponsors of the three round 1:10 electric offroad series which is set to kick off in the Czech Republic in just under two weeks time. To be known officially as the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’, the partnership is a huge endorsement of the brand new series and will see Team Losi Racing send one of their star American drivers to each of the events with 2010 US National 2WD Buggy Champion Mike Truhe entered for the opening race.
Speaking on the sponsorship announcement World famous race announcer Scotty Ernst, who together with Uwe Rheinard has created the EOS following the huge success of their Euro Touring Series that is now in its fifth season, said, ’Securing the backing of a company like Horizon Hobby in the first year of an all new series is a huge endorsement for what we are trying to offer electric offroad racers in Europe. Losi has played a huge part in the history of our sport and to have TLR along with Spektrum as the title sponsor of our inaugural season is a great honour for me and the entire team who will put on each event.’
Taking place over the weekend of February 10-12, the venue for the opening race is the Sport-V Hotel in Hrotovice which has previously played host to two Euro Touring Series events and an EFRA European Championship. After the Czech Republic the series will move on to Charleroi in Belgium for Round 2 on the weekend of March 9-11. Wanting to bring the first season of the EOS to a high profile finish and to showcase electric offroad racing, the final leg with take place in Germany at Intermodellbau Dortmund, which attracts 85,000 visitors and is Europe’s largest consumer Hobby Show.
Catering for 2wd Buggy, 4wd Buggy, 17.5 2wd Short Course and 4wd Modified Short Course, the ‘TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby’ will use a controlled tyre provided by dBoots. 4wd Buggy and both Short Course classes will use controlled tyres front and rear while in the 2wd Buggy class only the rear tyre is controlled.
Entry is currently open at MyRCM, so if you want to compete against the best in the World at an awesome venue with a great atmosphere then sign up now.
The opening race of the Euro Offroad Series (February 10th to 12th) in the Czech Republic is shaping up to be a great event with the organisers confirming that former ROAR national Champion Mike Truhe will be making the trip over from the US to compete in the event. The TLR driver will join other top drivers from around Europe to compete for the win in the first race of this exciting electric offroad series. Entry is currently open at MyRCM, so if you want to compete against the best in the World at an awesome venue with a great atmosphere then sign up now.
The organisers of next month’s Euro Offroad Series season opener (February 10th to 12th) in the Czech Republic have confirmed that Team Durango will be sending their factory team to Hrotovice for round 1. Winner at the EOS Pilot race in Sweden last year, Joern Neumann will be in attendance, coming off a dominant indoor season that has seen him win both the DHI Cup and Petit race in the last fortnight. He will be joined by team mate Hupo Honigl, who also took a win at last weekend’s Petit race and both are confirmed to run in the 4wd, 2wd and 4wd SC classes. More top driver announcements will come in the next days, including a Japanese superstar, as this race shapes up to be a classic. Entry is currently open at MyRCM, so if you want to compete against the best in the World at an awesome venue with a great atmosphere then sign up now.