02 November 2013 17:02 by Phil
Unofficial news from the EFRA AGM currently underway this weekend in Zagreb, Croatia – our insiders tell us that the 2014 Euros will NOT be held at the Rhein Main track near Frankfurt airport, but is set to return to Sand am Main – host of the 2011 Euros and venue of Robert Batlle’s 2nd Euros win. The date has also been altered, changed from 30th June -5th July to a much later slot; 4th-9th August. At present no reasons given for the change in venue. Lastly the 2015 1-10th Offroad Euros look like they’ll be hosted by Robin Hood Raceway in the UK.
We also hear that the Worlds dates for next year have been set; 22-28th September, according to our sources, it will be Messina, Sicily.
12-13/4 EFRA GP, France, Noeux les Mines
16-18/5 Euro Warm up
4-6/7 EFRA GP, Portugal
11-13/7 +40, Fehring, Austria
See NeoBuggy’s Calendar
21 July 2013 07:02 by Phil
Racing at his first Euros in 1/10th Scale, Czech driver Martin Bayer delivered the fairytale result for the new XRAY XB4 by winning A1 & A3 legs of the 4WD European Championships, held this weekend at the ATV Racing track in Valladolid, Spain. Qualifying saw Jorn Neumann stamp his authority over Q1 and Q2 before dipping allowing Lee Martin to capitalise by TQ’ing Q3 and Q4 only for Hupo Honigl to claim the last round giving Lee TQ. A1 was a messy affair and set the tone for the frantic finals that followed, Martin Bayer would slice his way into the lead as surprise winner of A1 after an epic race with Lee Martin, the pair tangled and crossed the line almost neck and neck. ‘Normal’ service would resume however in A2 as Jorn Neumann took the win after a battle with Lee Martin and a feisty David Ronnefalk who briefly took the lead before Neumann passed him with robust skill through the S turns. With most eyes on Neumann and Lee, A3 set off, again Lee had a main to forget as he rolled it, Neumann crashed a bit but there was Bayer now leading the pack around, not building a gap but keeping everyone else in Czech… Ronnefalk had managed to find his way into 2nd and got close to Martin with a minute to go, but another forceful move from Neumann saw Ronnefalk miss out on the podium as he tried to make the last jump, just allowing Lee through into 3rd overall.
Courtesy of Mat & the RC Racing TV team we have all three A finals for you!
A Final 1:
Lee started off quick but crashed on the small double jump before the bridge, which allowed many of the racers to sling past, including Martin, Jörn and Hupo. From this point, Martin led the race all the way to the finish as the rest of the racers made mistakes and held each other up trying to get a good finishing position. Lee Martin made up much of the ground he’d lost, getting past everyone else to settle into second place and start working on catching Martin around this very difficult track. After a mistake from Martin, Lee was directly behind him and started cranking up the pressure, but Martin would not crack! After a couple of mistakes from Lee, Martin had plenty of space behind him but some very small bobbles allowed Lee to catch up and pile on the pressure again and put a last-corner dive on Martin going into the final corner, but Martin crossed the line just half a car length ahead of Lee to take the first win! Finishing order: Martin Bayer, Lee Martin, Jörn Neumann.
20 July 2013 08:22 by KevinR
19 July 2013 08:58 by KevinR
18 July 2013 08:00 by KevinR
Nemo Racing have released Jerome Sartel’s setup to accompany their full report of last weeks European Championships in Reims, both of which can be found below. The NEMO Racing tour to the 2013 European Championships in Reims started on Sunday morning at HQ before setting off for a days travelling down to the track. Having arrived Sunday evening we said a few hellos and then retired to the hotel ready set up on Monday morning. Monday is just a day of setting up and registration, so we set about getting our container ready for supporting our drivers for the 5 day event. After some successful testing the team were very confident of a good result at this unique track with its unusual chalk surface. The early untimed practice sessions however, showed the track to be giving much lower traction than at the warm up event, and when the guys had tested independently, which meant we had to chase the set up and tyre choice a bit during the event to find the correct settings as the week went on.
18 July 2013 07:50 by KevinR
17 July 2013 18:49 by KevinR
The 2013 1/10th 2WD European Champion is Jörn Neumann who claimed victory with his Durango DEX210 ahead of Neil Cragg (Associated) and Lee Martin (Tamiya) who finished in second and third respectively. The young German chose to sit out the third A final after he dominated qualifying before going on to win the first two A mains. Congratulations! The top 10 can be found below.
16 July 2013 08:15 by Phil
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08 July 2013 21:10 by Phil
Our resident guest reporter Lee Martin talks us through the classic Reims track which hosts this year’s European ‘A’ Championships, tipped as one of the drivers to watch, Lee explains the secrets to going fast round Reims, now in two parts! The first a general overview, and the second a detailed look on the track going through corner by corner, enjoy!
06 July 2013 09:13 by Phil
With the 2013 European Championships kicking off next week, heres a reminder of how last year’s Championship came down to a nail-biting last few laps dash between David Ronnefalk and winner Darren Bloomfield.