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NeilBuggy: Kent National

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Neil Cragg: Associated’s poster boy of cool, reports on round 3 of the BRCA 1/8 nitro buggy nationals in his iconic ‘NeilBuggy’ guise, enjoy!

So we had the 3rd round of the BRCA nationals this past weekend down in Kent, and even though it took what felt like 3 years to drive there I was looking forward to it, having seen some promising pics of the track. I wasn’t disappointed when I saw the track on Saturday morning, although a little worried it might take me a few runs to catch up after never racing here before.

The track was both technical and balls out! We had a huge main straight, up into 3 fast rollers, a make or break triple, a cross over and a huge step up as stand out features.

After practice I was pretty pleased with my pace, a few tenths off the big hitters but nothing I couldn’t catch up over the course of the weekend.

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Wheeler & Lutz unstoppable at Futaba

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After a long weekend of racing, it all came down to the finals at the 2014 Futaba/O.S. Nitro Challenge in St. Louis, Missouri. Team Durango’s, Ryan Lutz, would dominate the E-Buggy class with a TQ and the overall victory. Hometown racer, Josh Wheeler, wheeled the competition as he took home the gold in the Dash for Cash, Pro Arena Truck, AND 1/8 Pro Buggy class! Read the full story and in-depth race coverage on RCNews.net HERE!

Unter der Haube: Jörn Neumann

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Jörn Neumann (Germany), 23 – 4WD Euros

Chassis: Team Durango DEX410 V4
Motor: Orion VST2
ESC: Orion R10.1 Pro
Battery: Thunder Power
Tyres: 
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Radio & Servos:Futaba 4PKS-R / Futaba
Body: Team Durango
Notes: No notes, but sponsors! Team Durango, Team Orion, Pro-Line, Thunder power, Arrowmax, Futaba, Muchmore, Stickit1, special thanks to Gerd Strenge

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Video: 2014 1/10 4WD Euros Finals

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1/10 4WD Euros – Photos

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 Saturday 1/10 Euros – More photos

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Under the Hood: Lee Martin

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Lee Martin (UK), 29 – 4WD Euros

Chassis: Yokomo BMAX4 iii
Motor: Yokomo RP 6.5
ESC: Viper VTX10 BE
Battery: Protek 5500mah 100c
Tyres: 
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Radio & Servos:Sanwa M12 / Xpert
Body: Yokomo Heavy Duty (Released soon)
Notes: Lightweight chassis set, LMR Avior wing, steering brace, Ti Screw, Carbon Centre plate

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Lee wins A3, crowd cheer on Joona

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A nice final which saw Lee Martin claim a relatively easy win despite a few wiggles here and there, giving him a solid 2nd overall, Jorn having sat out A3 having taken the victory in A1. With the Finnish crowd blasting at full volume for their man Joona, he duly delivered as he made his way from 5th on the grid and claimed a strong 2nd infront of Hupo in 3rd.

Great sportsmanship from the drivers as they waited on David Ronnefalk to fix his broken Kyosho, a front right hub going, he started in P11 and made his way into 4/5th but would end up 6th overall.

Sad end to Robert Batlle who fought valiantly with Joona only to be marshalled badly and receive a 3 sec penalty, no fault of his own and a damp end to what has been a great euros for the Spaniard.

A3 Final result:

Pos Nr. Pilot Laps Endtime Besttime
1 2 Martin Lee 18 05:12.8 17.004
2 5 Haatanen Joona 17 05:03.7 16.894
3 3 Honigl Hubert 17 05:06.7 17.117
4 9 Cockerill Tom 17 05:08.1 17.418
5 4 Ronnefalk David 17 05:09.9 16.995
6 6 Batlle Sanchez Robert 17 05:10.0 17.022
7 7 Kobbevik Daniel 17 05:12.3 17.266
8 10 Stafford Ellis 17 05:16.1 17.309
9 8 Orlowski Michal 16 05:00.9 17.35
10 1 Neumann Jorn 0 00:00.0 0

Neumann claims A2: Wins 4WD Euros

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A2, the potential decider and another tone to flag victory for the new Double European Champion, lap 1 witnessed Finnish crowd-favourite Joona Haatanen jump into 4th after the triple but Jorn had already opened a small 1 sec gap to the chasing Lee Martin.

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Ronnefalk soon had 4th back with Neumann’s lead at only 0.7 sec, he landed with a tank slapper which allowed Lee Martin to close right up to him, for a bit it looked like Lee might have the edge on Jorn however the German ace put the power down and gapped him,  a small overjump on the triple didn’t help the cause as the freight training Hupo, Ronnefalk and Joona caught up ever so slowly.

A lap later and lucky lucky boy as Jorn landed his Durango DEX 410 on the pipe and had a Champion’s role, landing chassis down, losing precious little time, however it was enough to unsettle Lee Martin who singled the double also Hupo whose different line sent him into the pipe which allowed Ronnefalk to sneak past into 3rd.

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A lap later and Ronnefalk crashed off the first double allowing both Hupo and Joona through and it would go from bad to worse as yet another crash on the following lap at the same place saw Batlle move past.

Out front with 2mins to go, Jorn’s lead was 1.5 sec, trying in vain to reel him in with all the Yokomo’s pace, Lee would case the top of the first double dropping about a second as Hupo’s Team C buggy went flying into the 2nd double’s pipe allowing Joona into 3rd and Robert Batlle into 4th.

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A minute and a half left and Batlle was all over the backdoor of Joona and the pressure paid off as the Flying Finn landed on the top of the jump was up on two wheels but saved it amazingly that did let Batlle through as Joona was forced to dust himself down again.

Outfront Jorn’s lead was extended and it looked beyond any doubt that he would walk off the drivers stand as 4WD European Champion.  However the action was the fight for 3rd as Joona had cruised up to Batlle’s rear, a long landing off the triple for Robert saw Joona pick his moment and claim a brilliant 3rd.

A2 4WD Result:

Pos Nr. Pilot Laps Endtime Besttime Mediumtime
1 1 Neumann Jorn 18 05:10.6 16.755 17.311
2 2 Martin Lee 18 05:15.3 16.994 17.53
3 5 Haatanen Joona 18 05:16.9 17.075 17.565
4 6 Batlle Sanchez Robert 18 05:18.2 17.099 17.607
5 3 Honigl Hubert 17 05:01.2 17.176 17.701
6 8 Orlowski Michal 17 05:09.7 17.421 18.146
7 10 Stafford Ellis 17 05:12.0 17.436 18.238
8 9 Cockerill Tom 17 05:14.6 17.261 18.428
9 4 Ronnefalk David 17 05:15.9 17.141 18.585
10 7 Kobbevik Daniel 16 05:15.0 17.072 19.489

Neumann walks away with 4WD A1

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Jorn Neumann would walk away with a comfortable victory in the first 4WD A final, Hupo Honigl managed to sneak it into 2nd, after Lee Martin had a troublesome first laps with minor bobbles and mistimed landings here and there, Ronnefalk was looking racey from 4th but a bad landing on top of Joona Haatanen’s car saw him penalised with a stop and go dropping him down the order.

Neumann immediately opened up a gap as Lee fought to keep Hupo behind him however on lap 3 a poorly timed double double jump saw Lee land off track and allow Hupo to whisk past, Orlowski was up to 4th with Joona pushing hard behind him. Lee dusted himself down and chased Hupo for the rest of the final, all the while as Jorn Neumann clicked off clean laps out front without major issue.

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Halfway into the final Lee fell back slightly from Hupo into the charging pair of Haatanen and Ronnefalk, it would change though as Hupo then suffered a mistake and fell back to Lee as Ronnefalk managed to slide past Joona. The battle for 2nd came down to 1 min less as Hupo, Martin and Ronnefalk tightened up which ten saw Lee make a mistake into the straight, Ronnefalk closed right up and pulled off a sweet move on the inside of the straight, only for veteran Lee to scare Ronnefalk slightly into a mistake after the sweeper. The rapid marshall flew onto the track but caught Haatanen’s car with his foot the pair were marshalled together and an almighty crowd pleasing Sweden vs. Finland fight ensued on track and in the crowd. Ronnefalk almost had it until he landed badly off the double and Haatanen swept past to take 4th.

Neumann taking a very straightforward victory, he’s one away from a Double 1/10 European Championship.

A1 4WD Result:

Pos Nr. Driver Laps Result Best Lap
1 1 Neumann Jorn 18 05:11.559 16.755
2 3 Honigl Hubert 17 05:02.247 17.279
3 2 Martin Lee 17 05:02.479 17.037
4 5 Haatanen Joona 17 05:05.844 17.085
5 4 Ronnefalk David 17 05:08.336 17.18
6 6 Batlle Sanchez Robert 17 05:09.998 17.091
7 7 Kobbevik Daniel 17 05:15.201 16.57
8 10 Stafford Ellis 17 05:17.941 17.487
9 8 Orlowski Michal 16 05:04.908 17.301
10 9 Cockerill Tom 16 05:08.942 17.479

Video: 4WD Euros Q5 & Q4

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