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July 26, 2011

Jörn Neumann – IFMAR Vice-Champion with DEX410

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 6:05 pm

Team Durango and Jörn Neumann took 2nd place at the 2011 IFMAR 1/10th off road world championships in the hard fought 4WD class with the DEX410 this week to become the IFMAR Vice-Champion.

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In its biggest ever test since release – the DEX410 proved it was capable of mixing with the very best in the world and after the dust settles on the race people will remember how close it was for the young German driver. In qualifying for the 4WD event, Jörn Neumann put in the fastest time of anyone at the meeting to take the final round of qualifying and 2nd on the grid for the finals. Hupo Hönigl drove his DEX410 to 6th on the grid for the A. In total there were 6 Team Durango DEX410’s in the top 20, more than any other manufacturer.

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1/8th specialist Elliott Boots had never driven electic buggies on dirt before but showed his raw talent by putting in the fastest lap of the meeting and qualifying in the B final after some electrical gremlins really hurt his chances in the early rounds. Joseph Quagraine, Ari Heinonen and Billy Fischer also put their DEX410’s into the B final with some very impressive performances in qualifying.

The A final was spread over 3 legs and the drama up front was breathtaking. Jörn took the lead in leg one and despite an error he kept it and built a 5 second gap back to second place – everything looked like it was over and both Jörn and his DEX410 looked dialled around the clay of Vaasa. It wasn’t to be however as Jörn’s car came to a devastating halt with only a little time left on the clock – a blown motor the cause. Jörn and Team Durango designer Gerd Strenge looked broken but despite the huge setback there was still everything to play for.

worlds-a1 Jörn’s car comes to a stop after building up a 5 second lead and looking to take the win.

Leg two and Jörn again took the lead and looked just as quick and sure-footed as in leg 1. Jörn pushed too hard through the ripples however and a wheelie cost him both time and positions as he dropped down the order slightly. With only a little time left on the clock Jörn took 3rd but it was all over already as Cavalieri who’d taken leg one after Jörn’s unexpected motor failure took the second leg to win the championship.

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In the final leg, Jörn had to prove his speed wasn’t a one-off and after leading both opening legs he chased Ryan Maifield for the whole 5 minutes as the pair went round the track like a train. Jörn held steady and waited for his moment to pounce – but Maifield was just too clean and Jörn had to hold off. A mistake from Jörn in the closing stages allowed Maifield a little breathing room but it was like a switch had been turned in Jörn’s head and he put in the fastest lap of the final on lap 13 as he chased Maifield. As Maifield squared up to the final corner before the line, Jörn saw his chance and pushed his DEX410 to the limit – going on the inside of Maifield and crossing the line just in front of his rival to win leg 3. Jörn’s performance was good enough for 2nd overall and despite being so close to winning the world title it was a fantastic result for both Jörn and Team Durango as all the drivers once again proved the performance and strength of the car.

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Team Durango would like to thank all our team drivers for their effort to make this a hugely succesful event and the organisers for a very well run professional meeting.

Hupo Honigl’s set-up can be found here:

More information and setups coming soon!

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