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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Martin claims first EOS double

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Lee Martin claimed his first double of the Euro Offroad Series with the Yokomo driver adding his first ever 4WD win to a third 2WD win yesterday at Round 3 of the championship in Wels, Austria.  Only the 4th driver to do the double in the EOS’ 14 race history, the British ace completed the perfect weekend when he claimed Yokomo’s second ever 4WD victory with another dominant win in A2.  The win puts the newly crowned 2WD Champion in contention to do the title double as the championship moves next to the Hudy Arena in Slovakia for the Season #4 finale.  Joining Martin on the podium would be the Xray’s pairing of Martin Bayer and Martin Wollanka, Bayer winning the final race of the day ahead of defending champion Joern Neumann who would finish 5th overall on his Serpent debut.

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Commenting on his first win with the B-Max 4, Martin said compared to Round 1 of the championship they have made a massive step forward with the buggy and today was a culmination of good team work. Finishing second with the car at Round 2 in Berlin, he said there it was a touch hard to drive but this weekend it was ‘awesome’.  Describing A2 as a ‘nice race’, he said although he made no set-up changes the buggy felt better than A1 and he he just ‘cruised around’ for the 5-minutes.  Very proud of his ‘6 from 6′, referring to taking all four qualifiers and the opening two A-Mains, he said he hoped he would get the opportunity to fight for Yokomo’s first 4WD EOS title at the season finale at the Hudy Arena if a date clash with a nitro commitment can be sorted.

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One of only four drivers to win a 4WD EOS encounter, Bayer was pleased to claim his first podium finish of this season.  The Czech driver felt he had good speed in the first two Mains but a lack of luck meant he couldn’t reflect that in the results. Starting A3 from 2nd on the grid behind Ronnefalk, last season’s Hudy Arena winner would go to the front on lap 3 after the HB driver made contact with the corner marker on the table top leading on to the main straight.  Once passed Ronnefalk, Bayer said he was able to run a controlled race. With the championship heading next to his Xray team’s home track, the Hudy Arena, where last year he did the double he said for sure he would like to go one better but added it wont be easy. A race that is set to feature a number of top American drivers, he said Martin is really fast this season.

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Securing his first EOS podium finish Wollanka was delighted with the result.  Finishing second in A2, the Austrian survived contact with Ronnefalk to back it up with a 3rd in A3.  Ending up on the same points as Michal Orlowski, his faster A2 race time would see the 1:8 nitro offroad driver join his team-mate Bayer on the podium.

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Backing his second in the opening Main with a 3rd in A2, Orlowski struggled with a lack of tyres in the closing race.  With his Schumacher difficult to drive in the high traction conditions on new tyres, the 13-year-old took the gamble of getting a fourth run out of his tyres but they were done and he struggled around to finish 6th.  Having only made the C-Main at Round 2 in Berlin, he said to finish 4th was a lot better but he hoped that with an alloy version of Schumacher’s prototype carbon chassis which positions the motor more forward in the buggy, that he can be more competitive having been in the hunt for the win this weekend in 2WD.

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A driver who has been the dominant force in 4WD Neumann said as a driver he was disappointed to finish only 5th but considering he only just made the A-Main it was a pretty good result from 10th on the grid.  Struggling with a lack of brakes in the finals, he said overall for his first EOS outing with the SRX-4 he said with more testing he is positive for the season finale when the title will be decided between him and Martin.  Lucky to make the final Main after he broke a steering arm after a collison with Yokomo’s Shin Adachi in the warm-up, he said even with his braking issues he showed the lap times are in the car with only Ronnefalk posting a faster lap time in A3.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Video – 4wd A-main Leg 1

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Martin cruises to A1 win in Austria

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Lee Martin cruised to an easy unchallenged win in the opening 4WD A-Main at the Euro Offroad Series in Austria this afternoon but behind the Yokomo driver there was plenty of action to entertain the large crowd of onlookers.  Starting from pole position, Martin quickly established a lead as behind a slow starting David Ronnefalk came under pressure from the Xray of Martin Bayer.  In the battle the two would make contact which would also hold up Martin Wollanka allowing the Schumacher of Michal Orlowski to slip through to second place, where he would stay till the finish with Bayer to complete the Top 3 1.1-seconds back.  Starting from the back of the grid Serpent’s Joern Neumann would enjoy a great race to finish fourth after seeing off the challenge of Team Associated’s Patrick Hofer.

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Having dominated qualifying taking all four rounds, newly crowned 2WD Champion Martin said while no race is ever easy that was a pretty straight forward win. Chasing a first 4WD victory in the EOS he said the biggest problem during the race was him getting distracted by trying to watch the battles happening behind him.  Half way through the 5-minute encounter he said he started to mess up a few corners as a result and he had to regain his focus on his own race.  Looking to A2 he said the idea is to try and put the overall win to bed early just as he did yesterday in 2WD.

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Having suffered cruel luck in 2WD when his electrics shut down while he was leading A1, Orlowski said it was nice to have a bit of luck on his side today.  Starting from 5th on the grid, the 13-year-old was able to catch up the three car battle for second ahead of him but admitted he has no idea how he managed to get through unscathed when there was contact at the hairpin after the table top.  With his carbon chassis’d CAT K1 Aero edgy to drive in the high traction conditions, but working better due to his tyres being on their second run, he said once in second he just drove ‘very safe’ to maintain his position.  Struggling on new tyres he will run the same set for a third time in A2 in the hope of securing another good result, two of the three Mains counting for the overall result.

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Bayer said he was pleased with the speed he had for the opening final and it was unfortunate to get tangled with Ronnefalk in what he described as ‘just a racing incident’, a sentiment also shared by Ronnefalk.  Although he was able to close the gap to Orlowski he said he never got close enough to challenge him for second.  Happy with his ORCA powered XB4 he will leave it unchanged for A2.

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Defending champion Neumann was clearly happy to finish fourth having just scrapped into the A-Main, the German even managing to bust out a smile as he left the drivers stand.  Benefiting from some early incidents ahead of him he found himself in 5th and then battling with Wollanka he eventually got by when the Austrian made a mistake.  Making the result more impressive was the fact that Neumann was struggling with getting the power down and then getting the buggy to stop under braking due to a clicker issue.  With no spare disk available he said he had no choice but to work with the damaged one. Admitting to coming under pressure from Hofer he said he got lucky when the Associated driver had a moment on the penultimate lap.

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Having had a crash with Hupo Honigl early in the race that left him 10th, Hofer was delighted get a 5th out of the race.  The Swiss National Champion said it was a lot of fun battling with Neumann but he hopes with a better start in A2 he can have an even better race as the speed of his B44.3 is ‘very good’.

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Finishing 6th Ronnefalk said his ‘not so good start’ cost him a chance of the win.  Having to protect his position from the two Xrays he said the battle that followed allowed Martin to pull clear.  Describing his tangle with Bayer as ‘unlucky’, he said it was his own mistakes that dropped him to 6th but hoping for a better start in A2 he is confident he has the speed to take the decider to A3.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chassis Focus – Hupo Honigl

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Chassis: Serpent SRX-4
Motor: DualSky
ESC: DualSky
Batteries: H-Speed
Radio/Servo: Futaba

Remarks: Having only had a few batteries with the car on carpet before leaving for Wels, Hupo Honigl is bringing a very standard pre production SRX-4 to its EOS debut. The only change from what will be in the kit is the green/purple shock spring combination.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

4 out 4 for Martin

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Despite having wrapped up the overall 4WD TQ in Q3, Lee Martin didn’t let up for the final qualifier with the on form Yokomo driver completing the perfect qualifying run at Round 3 of the EOS by again topping the fourth and final qualifier in Austria.  Behind him David Ronnefalk would again be his closest rival with a second P2 result that will see the HB’s driver start second on the grid.  Posting the third & fourth fastest times respectively of Q4, that is the position in which Xray team-mates Martin Bayer and Martin Wollanka will line-up.

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Although he didn’t enjoy a good final qualifier, ending up only 13th fastest as he struggled on fresh tyres, Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski completes the top half of the grid ahead of Yokomo’s Shin Adachi, both drivers having missed the A-Main at Round 2 in Berlin.  One of the Round 2 A-Finalists Patrick Hofer again makes the main event with the sole Team Associated starting 7th.   Making their debut in 4WD at the EOS, Serpent have got both their cars in the A-Main with Hupo Honigl out qualifying defending champion Joern Neumann as they line up 8th and 10th respectively.   In between the two SRX-4s, electric touring car driver Yannic Prumper lines up 9th making Yokomo the best represented manufacturer on the grid.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chassis Focus – David Ronnefalk

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Chassis: HB D413
Motor: Orion
ESC: Orion
Batteries: Orion
Radio/Servo: Ko Propo

Remarks: David Ronnefalk’s Orion powered D413 is fairly standard, although it features some interesting option parts, such as the new aluminium shock caps and the carbon fibre arm stiffeners. Using the LMR Avior wing, David also chose to mount it as low as possible on the car. He is also using Yatabe springs and testing some thicker swaybars.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Martin on target for EOS Wels clean sweep with 4WD TQ

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Lee Martin is on target for a clean sweep at Round 3 of the Euro Offroad Series in Wels, Austria, with the Yokomo driver locking up the overall TQ in 4WD with one round still to run.  Having started off the 4WD action at the ‘Modellbau Wels’ Hobby Show event by taking the opening qualifier, yesterday’s 2WD winner backed that up with two more TQ runs to claim his first Top Qualifier honours in 4WD.  Behind, it was Martin Bayer who again was the British driver’s closest rival in Q2 while in Q3 David Ronnefalk was second fastest with Martin declaring that for the finals he is most worried about the potential challenge of the Swede.

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With track conditions catching out most drivers in the opening qualifier, traction being much higher than when they ran practice Friday evening Martin was happier, with his B-Max III better suited after a slipper adjustment and the removal of pins from the tyres.  Running a fresh set of tyres for Q3, this expectedly made the buggy a little edgy to drive but overall it didn’t present any major problems.  Suffering a roll in Q1, he said both the second and third qualifiers were ‘pretty clean’ adding a shock rebuild for the last one made the buggy land the jumps better.  Planning no changes for the final qualifier and although he already has secured the overall TQ, he said his aim was to try and TQ all four.

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Setting the fastest lap for each of the three rounds of qualifying.  Ronnefalk would set the pace in Q3 but coming up on Yokomo’s Shin Adachi would tangle with the Japanese driver losing a few tenths and on the next lap he would ‘almost traction roll’ losing further time that dropped him back behind Martin.  With his D413 having ‘a lot of steering’ especially on new tyres, he has been making small set-up tweaks to reduce this but added for new tyres he still thinks he needs to do a little more.

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Enjoying his best run in Q3 setting the third fastest time, Martin Wollanka said a change to softer front and heavier rear shock oil on his Xray improved the balance of the XB4.  Having changed very little in terms of his set-up throughout 2WD qualifying, the Austrian said he has decided to make changes every run in 4WD which then should allow him to piece together the best elements for a good set-up for the finals.

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One of the stars of 2WD yesterday only to suffer some cruel luck while leading the opening final, Michal Orlowski would post the 3rd and 4th fastest times in Q2 & 3 respectively after a cautious Q1 run.  The Polish driver, who was only in the C-Main in Berlin, declared himself happy with his pace saying today’s high traction is causing problems for his CAT’s new carbon chassis.  Featuring a more forward mounted motor, he said the carbon has too much flex in today’s high bite conditions and considering this he believes Top 3 is his ‘maximum pace’ but he is hopeful Schumacher can have an alloy option of the new configuration for the season finale in Slovakia should that race also have high traction conditions.

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Having had a mysterious rear end breakage following a normal landing in Q1 while on a very strong run, Patrick Hofer laid down the 5th fastest time in Q3.  Having to run a safe Q2 after his earlier retirement, claiming 7th, the Swiss driver was able to push harder in the third round.  Very happy with how is B44.3 is working, the Berlin finalist will run it unchanged for the final qualifier adding he will try pushing it even more now that he had two solid rounds in place.  Behind Hofer, Yokomo touring car star Yannic Prumper completed the Top 6 for Q3.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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2014/15 Championship Standings after Rd3

4wd Buggy Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 459pts
2. Martin Lee - 459pts
3. Bayer Martin - 451pts
4. Wollanka Martin - 449pts
5. Hönigl Hupo - 441pts
6. Hofer Patrick - 439pts
7. Adachi Shin - 435pts
8. Orlowski Michal - 423pts
9. Nicolaisen Joakim - 418pts
10.Hovgaard Frederik - 406pts


2wd Buggy Class
1. Martin Lee - 464pts
2. Neumann Jörn - 456pts
3. Orlowski Michal - 447pts
4. Bayer Martin - 442pts
5. Hönigl Hupo - 437pts
6. Nicolaisen Joakim - 435pts
7. Wollanka Martin - 434pts
8. Adachi Shin - 432pts
9. Hofer Patrick - 419pts
10.Risser Nicolas - 414pts


4wd SC Truck Class
1. Neumann Jörn - 468pts
2. Eriksen Per - 450pts
3. Zambrzycki Bartlomiej - 305pts
4. Fedorenko Vladimir - 303pts
5. Chub Dmytro - 301pts

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