The third season of the Euro Offroad Series kicks off this weekend (18-20th Oct) in Poland, where Europe’s best offroad racers will do battle in front of a crowd of up to 40,000 show goers. For the second year running, the opening race on the calendar of the four round championship for 1:10 electric offroad will take place in the city of Poznan as part of the ‘HOBBY Model Making and Games Exhibition’. Providing the perfect platform to showcase the sport, the entry for the three day event will be headed by Team Durango’s Joern Neumann.
The back to back EOS Champion of both 2WD and 4WD Buggy, the German will be looking to get his campaign to claim a hat trick of titles off to the perfect start but he faces some tough opposition in the class he has made his own. Top Qualifier at the World Championships in California last month, Neumann has yet to be beaten in 4WD Buggy with a 100% winning record over past two season’s of the Euro Offroad Series. Seeking an 8th consecutive win this weekend, his biggest challenger is set to be Xray’s Martin Bayer. Last July, the Czech driver ended Neumann’s two year reign as European 4WD Champion and on two of the three EOS outings he made last season was a podium finisher.
The 2013/14 season will mark Xray’s first full EOS campaign, their first electric buggy the XB4 having not been on the market 12-months ago. Bayer’s team-mate Renaud Savoya is also set to be in the mix for securing the Slovakian manufacturer’s first win in the series. Making his electric offroad debut last year at the EOS in Austria and also contesting the season finale at Dortmund, the French ace travels to Poland having extensively tested and built up knowledge of the high traction conditions of indoor offroad racing.
Another team to commit to a full EOS campaign this season is Kyosho. The Japanese company will be counting on David Ronnefalk to bring them success. The Swedish ace made a strong impression on his two EOS outings last season, claiming podium finishes in 4WD in Austria and 2WD in Germany. The 17-year-old has since then gone on to claim his first major title becoming the European 1:8 Offroad Champion and last month was a finalist in 2WD at the Electric Buggy World Championships.
Other drivers set to feature in Poland include Neumann’s Durango team-mates Hupo Honigl and Michal Orlowski. Last year Orlowski was on the 2WD podium in Poznan alongside Neumann and TLR’s Dustin Evans and the 12-year-old Polish talent will be hoping to again put in a strong performance in front of the large home crowd attending the Hobby exhibition. Just missing the 2WD podium in Poznan last year finishing fourth, Schumacher’s Tom Cockerill will be looking to go at least one better this year for the British manufacturer. Making his first trip to Poland, back to back German 2WD National Champion Oliver Scholz should show strongly for the factory Team C team together with Dortmund 2WD finalist Tom Maquel.
Attracting backing from offroad racing’s biggest brands, with Horizon Hobby, Pro-Line, Xray, Team Durango, Team Associated and Kyosho all primary sponsors of the upcoming season, the biggest change for season #3 is the new tyre partnership with Pro-Line. Working with the famous American tyre manufacturer, they will use the series to showcase their new line of competition tyres designed specifically for offroad carpet racing with the Pin Point and Wedge tyre, in the all-new Z3 compound, the new controlled tyre for the series.