It’s been an intense and fabulous set of Final races in the 4WD 1:10 scale European Championships, and we are sure that the results are as unexpected to you as they were for us! Lee Martin put in a super-fast set of qualifying runs, coming back from breaking his car in the second qualifying round to take the TQ over the early favorite Jörn Neumann, who started from second. Jörn’s teammate Hupo Hönigl started from third, with Martin Bayer in fourth and former 2WD World Champion Neil Cragg starting from fifth.
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.