01 December 2013 18:50 by Phil
As most of our European racers and readers will be aware, NeoBuggy broke the news after EFRA’s AGM that the 2014 Euros would not be held at the popular Rhein Main Circuit in Frankfurt, Germany, but would revert to it’s 2011 host venue; Sand am Main, Germany (4-9th August 2014).
Until now, only unconfirmed rumours have surrounded the story, with no firm explanation presented – thankfully an official statement by the ESV Bischofsheim e.V. club explains an unfortunate case of disappearing help, once awarded the Euros, planning and meetings were held regularly however as tasks and responsibilities were handed out, a series of withdrawals in volunteer numbers within the organisation resulted in no other option than to resign as host venue.
“We are not happy about this result, but we got no other chance as to pull the plug.”
A sad result given the overwhelming positive feeling towards the venue from the racing community given location, transport links and the track/facility itself, however questions of EFRA‘s due diligence, responsibilities and voting process remain, whereby the most popular host is picked, v.s. perhaps the most suitable host…
Click ‘More’ to read the club’s statement in full.
31 October 2013 07:53 by Phil
The world’s top off-road buggy racers competed at A Main Hobbies Silver Dollar R/C Raceway for the IFMAR World Championships. See how it all went down as two new world champions were crowned.
Probably one of the best videos promoting RC Racing ever – NeoBuggy
01 October 2013 14:18 by Phil
30 September 2013 23:49 by Phil
The World Famous indoor Yatabe Arena in Tsukuba, Japan have been announced as the host hosts of the next 10th scale Offroad electric IFMAR Worlds, the news came as IFMAR held their AGM for the electric section on September 26th while attending the Worlds last week in Chico, CA – The dates have also been set September 26th – October 3rd 2015.
Expect Yokomo and Naoto Matsukura to be strong as Jared Tebo and Steven Hartson will travel to the land of the rising sun to defending their respective titles!
See: Yatabe Arena
30 September 2013 13:41 by Phil
30 September 2013 13:40 by Phil
29 September 2013 19:36 by Phil
After two slightly unusual A Mains, the Thriller landed in our laps as three of the Worlds hopefuls ended up blasting it out in the closing stages.
Another clean start led away by Jorn Neumann as he looked to lock down a World title however a massive mistake cost him as he landed badly off the small table top allowing Cavalieri to pass – Cav not in with a chance to win overall but this setup an interesting dilemma, Tessmann right behind and then AE team mate Steven Hartson in 3rd from 6th on the grid.
The trio raced lap after lap with Tessmann shadowing Cav whilst also holding off Hartson right behind snapping up any scraps should the leading pair tangle. The big moment happened 3 mins in as Cavalieri got the step up corner infront of the drivers stand wrong allowing Tessmann and Hartson to duel it out for a World Championship, a collective gasp of excitement from the crowd ensued. Tessmann looked to soak up Hartson’s pressure like a sponge, however with 1:20 left on the clock it happened: Tessmann got a bad entry to the triple double went wide and landed on the top of a jump, Hartson inch perfect swept by on the inside, able to smell a World Championship, however that wasn’t the end of the drama as Tessmann desperate to atone for the mistake forced his D413 into top gear to pressure Hartson. For the penultimate lap Hartson had the lead but again going into the flat DTM section he rolled it, landing luckily on his wheels but losing ground to Tessmann who now had a World title in sight, at this point Naoto had caught up to 4th just behind Cav in P3, Cav showed great sporting driving pulling aside to let Naoto through, setting up an 30 second EPIC showdown for a World Title.
As Tessmann led around he had a small gap to Hartson, however a wheelie on the banked corner ended in disaster as his car grip rolled and overturned, he managed to save it onto all four but lost the critical lead also allowing Naoto into 2nd. With no time left seemingly the momentum seemed to lie with Naoto, slicing his way though the field chasing down Hartson on the last lap, the pair drag raced down the straight and Naoto sent his car flying like a ballistic missile over the triple double collecting Hartson in the process. Both cars landing roof down but critically Hartson’s Associated held together whilst Naoto broke. Hartson rolled the last few corners and crossed the line as the new 4WD World Champion.
29 September 2013 18:54 by Phil
Update: Going into A3 it looks like we will have a new 4WD Champion, with 5 drivers still in with a chance: Naoto, Hartson, Tessmann, Neumann and Lutz
The second of the two A finals got underway to a palpable sense of tension and excitement after the surprise win of Steven Hartson in A1 somewhat shaking things up, proving to the finalists and racers watching that it wasn’t only about the top 3.
As the tone went, the grid got away to a much cleaner start than A1, freigt training for the first few corners, Cav had a minor bobble which gave Neumann a slight hint of a cushion, however a few corners later he was back up under Neumann’s black wing, Cav running the same rails as Neumann preparing to mount a challenge but it all went disastrously wrong on entry to the DTM section as Cav hit a bump that flicked up the rear and carried it round sending him spinning 180 degrees facing the wrong direction with 8 of the Worlds best drivers all about to crash into him, he attempted to get round and out of the way but was unfortunately collected side on by Ty Tessmann, Cav’s race was over and Maifield collected Tessmann ending his own race as well, somehow Tessmann survived two massive crashes in the pivotal moment melee – testament to how strong the D413 looks to be. As Cav limped off track Naoto moved into P2 with Lutz just behind him and Neumann outfront with a small gap.
As the laps clocked off Naoto appeared to have the speed and was closing in on Neumann until Jorn’s car hit a bump badly on entry to the triple double which sent the car tumbling but landing on all four, an improvised jump combo saw Naoto take the lead for a bout half a second before brilliantly Jorn took the triple as one and had the inside of the corner – game on. Naoto backed off a bit following Neumann until once again an issue, landing badly before the corner berm with a fishtail which saw Naoto sweep past requiring no further invitations to lead.
Immediately Naoto began to push more trying to build a gap, a further small bobble from Jorn saw Lutz catch up and add a bit of pressure on the top qualifier. Yet another disaster for Jorn as he tumbled after the triple double despite being rapidly marshalled Lutz flicked past for 2nd. With a minute and a half to go, Naoto had it in the bag, no mistakes and he’d win A2, Lutz attempted to mount a small challenge but with Neumann pressuring him there wasn’t really time to make any meaningful inroads into Naoto’s lead. Naoto taking a deserved A2 win.
1 Matsukura, Naoto – 12/5:26.088
2 Ryan Lutz – 12/5:27.644
3 Jorn Neumann – 11/5:00.286
4 Ty Tessmann – 11/5:04.752
5 Steven Hartson – 11/5:05.596
6 Dakotah Phend – 11/5:06.321
7 Travis Amezcua – 11/5:06.918
8 Lee Martin – 4/1:47.418
9 Ryan Cavalieri – 1/0:17.330
10 Ryan Maifield – 1/0:18.042
29 September 2013 17:51 by Phil
Steven Hartson took a surprise victory in A1 from 6th on the grid as the 10 finalists piled into the hairpin after the tricky triple double and a massive pile up ensued, just before Ryan Maifield got off to a great start going up the inside of Tessmann whilst poleman Neumann cased the top of the last jump allowing Cav past momentarily however a long jumping Maifield landed far and collected Cav whilst Neumann got out of jail and took a wide line avoiding the chaos, this is where Hartson managed to get through and into 2nd and Phend 3rd, Naoto 4th, however a crash on lap 2 from Neumann promoted Hartson and Lutz also snuck past into 2nd. At the start of lap 3 Hartson had a pretty helthy gap whilst the rest of the field squabbled for the same piece of track, the Durangos of Lutz and Nuemann desperately trying to chase the Associated down.
By lap 4 Cav had recovered a bit to 5th behind Tessmann although chances looked slim for the driver many were picking as the man to beat after his strong showing in the practice race. Lap 5 and Hartson was visibly taking it easier whilst Neumann got past Lutz into 2nd and aggressively driving hard trying to catch the surprise leader, however it looked a tall order even for Neumann to close in, he would need a mistake from Hartson to have a chance to challenge for A1 P1.
With time slowly running out Neumann got it wrong promoting Tessmann into 3rd and Cav chasing hard in 5th, Lutz made a mistake in the ‘DTM Euro ‘S’ on corner entry which saw Tessmann take a tighter line and say thank you very much for 2nd. With a minute to go, it looked like Hartson had it as the rest of the drivers squandered chances early on and fought for the leftovers, Lutz would crash a lap later and peel off sadly ending his promising A1 promoting Neumann and Naoto however the German once again got it wrong as Naoto sneaked past on the corner after the triple double, compounding the young German’s problems, back up front Hartson looked to start his penultimate lap but took the sweeper corner too fast and ended up skidding wildly across the brutal track upside down, this offered a glimmer of hope for a final laps showdown between Hartson and Tessmann but it wasn’t to be as Hartson kept his nerve and Tessmann was too far behind to challenge.
1 Hartson, Steven – 11/5:00.625
2 Tessmann, Ty – 11/5:02.613
3 Matsukura, Naoto – 11/5:04.084
4 Neumann, Joern – 11/5:04.625
5 Cavalieri, Ryan – 11/5:04.966
6 Maifield, Ryan – 11/5:05.348
7 Martin, Lee – 11/5:07.937
8 Phend, Dakotah – 11/5:11.809
9 Lutz, Ryan – 9/4:10.498
10 Amezcua, Travis – 2/0:48.936
29 September 2013 16:03 by Phil