“Current American 2WD Buggy Champion Dustin Evans is to contest the rest of the inaugural TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series presented by Horizon Hobby. The 26-year-old, who took the then newly launched TLR22 to 2WD victory at the EOS Pilot race in Sweden last year on his first ever visit to Europe, will join fellow American Mike Truhe and Portugal’s Miguel Matias to strengthen Team Losi Racing’s EOS campaign with their main focus being on securing the 2WD Buggy title.
Commenting on the announcement that he will travel to both Belgium next weekend and to the season finale in Germany in April, the former Reedy Race Champion said, ‘I’m super excited about racing in Europe again as the pilot race was awesome. The track is a surface I have never even seen before so its going to be a new challenge. Mike (Truhe) has warned me that its going to be a pretty difficult learning curve but by the end of the opening round in the Czech Republic he was able to run on the pace so hopefully together along with Miguel’s (Matias) input we can mount a strong challenge for a win in Charleroi.’
Last month’s opening round of the Euro Offroad Series was dominated by Team Durango’s Joern Neumann who travelled to the Czech Republic fresh from taking over the Reedy Race of Champions title from Evans. In Belgium the young German will face much tougher opposition not just from the expanded TLR squad but also from Tamiya Racing Factory’s electric offroad ace Lee Martin. The back to back British 4WD National Champion, who successfully defended his European 2WD title last year ahead of the Durango driver, was confirmed for Round 2 last week and coming from the UK has plenty of knowledge of racing on astro turf. Another British driver who will be looking to mix it at the front at the March 9-11 event is factory Schumacher driver Tom Cockerill, the British championship frontrunner having already tasted success at the Belgian venue winning an international event there earlier this year.
Following tests on behalf of official EOS tyre supplier dBoots by leading drivers from the host club, the controlled tyre for Charleroi will once again be the NanoByte. During the evaluation of a number of different options the NanoByte produced faster lap times than the well known tyre regularly used at the track with the drivers also reporting very good performance even after 40-minutes of running.”