“The innaugral ‘European Short Course Masters’ took place last weekend at the Mc Welden track near Munich, Germany. A total of 4 classes were on the cards with 2WD SC & 4WD SC being the main classes along with 2WD ‘RTR’ SC and 1/8th 4WD SC also featuring. The track is a mix of surfaces with the majority of the track being split between dirt or astroturf. The track is usually a 1/8th off road track and is large for the 10th scale trucks. Friday saw open practice and right from the off the Team Durango DESC410R was totally dialled in and the team drivers were very confident. The track had started moist and slowly dried – in turn the grip levels came up a lot. The team used the 1.5mm front anti-roll bar which worked well to calm the steering.
Saturday saw the start of qualifying after one last practice run. There were to be 6 rounds of qualifying in all with 4 Saturday and 2 Sunday. Team Durango’s Hupo Honigl TQ’d the first two rounds with his DESC410R. The rain started after round two and some drivers decided not to run in the worsening conditions but double IFMAR world champion Martin Achter braved the weather to take the next two rounds of qualifying. After qualifying Team Durango held the top three spots with the DESC410R ahead of Robert Hart and Ryan Maifield – who’d been flown over especially as the ’secret weapon’ of the AE team to win their own event.”