Having surprised his rivals by topping the opening round of qualifying, Team Xray’s Renaud Savoya proved it was not by chance as he again put his XB4 top of the time sheets in Q4. Ending qualifying equal on points with defending Champion Joern Neumann, the French ace was denied the overall TQ on his debut in the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series due to the German having a faster combined time from his TQ runs in Q2 & 3. For Neumann securing the Top Qualifier honours maintains his record as being the only driver to start on pole position in 4WD Buggy in the EOS since its creation.
Having struggled with a very nervous buggy in Q3 after he set his ride height incorrectly when copying that of his team-mate Martin Bayer, Savoya said with it set correctly his Orion powered XB4 was ‘way more easy to drive’. Conscious of the fastest time deciding the tie break he said he pushed as hard as he could but his tyres went off hence the slower time which was 1.4 second off his own opening TQ time. Not expecting to be as competitive on his debut, the 3-time 1:8 Offroad European Champion said he is really looking forward to racing Neumann, who is recognised as one of best 4WD Buggy drivers in the World, in tomorrow’s triple Mains.
4WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Joern Neumann (DE) – Durango – 310 pts
2. Renaud Savoya (FR) – Xray – 310
3. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Xray – 306
4. Hupo Honigl (AT) – Durango – 304 | 5. Peter Pinisch (AT) – Associated – 303 | 6. Michal Orlowski (PL) – Durango – 303 | 7. Jiri Mara (CZ) – Xray – 300 | 8. Oliver Scholz (DE) – Team C – 298 | 9. David Ronnefalk (SE) – Kyosho – 296 | 10.Martin Kreil (AT) – Durango – 295