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March 14, 2012

Team Durango triple-win, EOS round two – Belgium

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 5:56 pm
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The second round of the EOS – Euro Offroad Series, for electric off road buggies – took place last weekend in Charleroi, Belgium.  An array of world-class drivers from around Europe and the USA turned up to compete in buggy and Short Course classes.

durango-pits Jorn and Hupo at work in the pits! poulter Dave Poulter from the UK with his TD cars

The track at Charleroi is located inside an unassuming warehouse which is part of a larger sports and recreation complex. The track features a permenent layout, with some spectacular features and testing jumps and bumps.

track

Free practice got underway on Friday before heat-order practice started for 2WD buggy and SC.  The afternoon saw 4WD take over for the same heat-order practice sessions, and this would be the way the event would run, with qualifying on Saturday and finals on Sunday all having 2WD followed by 4WD classes later in the day.

4WD Buggy
Jorn dominated qualifying with his DEX410v3 buggy – taking the opening four rounds of qualifying before team-mate Hupo took the fifth and final leg – it would be a Team Durango 1-2 on the grid with Jorn in pole and Hupo second on the grid.  In the finals Jorn won the opening two legs to take the overall win – and sat out the third to let the other drivers race for 2nd.  Hupo had a close fight with Lee Martin but had to settle for third overall in the end.

jorn-4wd2 hupo-4wd
gerd-hupo4wd jorn-hupo-4wd

4WD Short Course
The 4WD short course class provided some of the closest racing of the weekend as Jorn and Hupo were unmatched for pace out front – the Team Durango DESC410R being the quickest 4WD SC out there.  Jorn and Hupo went round in all three legs like a train – swapping positions and fighting for the win – with the guys going 1-2 in all three legs, Hupo winning the first and third legs to secure the overall victory.

hupo-metal Hupo gives it some METAL novotny-sc Kája Novotny put in a great performance to finish 5th

2WD Buggy
Jorn and Hupo both qualified well – taking 2nd and 8th on the grid for the mains.  UK Team Durango driver Dave Poulter was unlucky and would end qualifying in B1 – just missing out on the mains with his DEX210.  A solid 3rd place finish for Jorn followed an intense battle between the newly crowned Reedy race champion, and the former Reedy champion Dustin Evans from the USA.

hupo-jorn-2wdfish jorn-2wd Jorn flys over the double on his way to 3rd overall

2WD Short course
The 2WD Short Course class wasn’t contested fully by Team Durango since the DESC210R is still in the testing phase – so instead it was down to Team Durango designer Gerd Strenge to give the new truck a shakedown test at the EOS race.  Gerd managed to get a perfect score in qualifying – taking three rounds of qualifying and winning all three finals.

gerd-racing gerd-scwin2

Team Durango drivers had a great result – taking the TQ and win in three out of the four classes.

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Full results are available here, on the MYRCM.CH website

Thanks to www.oople.com for the use of the photos – and the EOS organisers.

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