ROAR has announced today that the “new style” 1/10 wheels and tires (AKA EVO Series and Pro-Line VTR Series), are in fact illegal for competition use at ROAR sanctioned events for the remainder of 2014. While the organization has not ruled them out for eternity, this ruling does rule them out for the upcoming ROAR 1/10 Offroad Nationals in Florida. The new style wheels are actually a 2.4″ design, as opposed to the traditional 2.2″ wheel, and mount up like an 1/8 scale buggy wheel and tire. Currently AKA offers a conversion to take their EVO style wheels and tires back to the old school method, however, as ROAR sees this as a modification to the wheels (which is not allowed), they have also deemed the conversions illegal for use. Read More…
NEMO Racing has teamed up with HNMC (Herts Nitro Model Club) in the UK to present the 2014 Beta GP. The Beta GP will be taking place August 23-25, 2014 featuring great racing, a free BBQ dinner, and more! The Nitro Buggy and E-Buggy control tire will be the Beta Tykytaka, while any BETA tire is allowed in the Truggy class.
Jörn Neumann (Germany), 23 – 4WD Euros
Chassis: Team Durango DEX410 V4
Motor: Orion VST2
ESC: Orion R10.1 Pro
Battery: Thunder Power
Tyres: JConcepts Barcodes (Control)
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
Lee Martin (UK), 29 – 4WD Euros
Chassis: Yokomo BMAX4 iii
Motor: Yokomo RP 6.5
ESC: Viper VTX10 BE
Battery: Protek 5500mah 100c
Tyres: JConcepts (Control)
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
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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:
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