Final Round Austrian Nationals

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The final round of the Austrian Electric Buggy nationals took place at the Steyregg track near Linz. The meeting was postponed due to the poor weather back in July. The crew did a great job to rebuild the track and they also mixed cement into the natural clay to increase the grip and durability of the surface.

As Hupo Hönigl was on its way to the U.S. to test his 1/12th cars in the wake of the IIC the best chances to take the overall victory were in the hands of Team Associated’s Stefan Pfeifhofer and Yokomo driver Rene Trauner with Martin Kreil (Durango) having a slight chance to take the 4WD class.
During Saturday’s 2WD timed practice many drivers tested different gearbox layouts as both rear and mid motor buggies would work but in the end most drivers opted to go with the mid motor configuration. On Sunday morning drizzle, fog and cold temperatures greeted the drivers and after some discussions between the officials and the drivers the race ultimately started on a swiftly drying track. After three rounds of qualifying the fight for the day’s win and the overall championship was on between Rene Trauner and Stefan Pfeifhofer as Rene TQ’d 2WD and Stefan put his B44.2 on pole position in 4WD.

Top 10 2WD buggy qualifying

1. Rene Trauner – Team Yokomo/Vampire/Vampire/Vampire
2. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Team Associated/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
3. Tristan Hackl – Team Durango/LRP/LRP/LRP
4. Christian Wukonig – Team Losi/LRP/LRP/LRP
5. Andreas Janda – Yokomo/Dualsky/Novak/GM-Racing
6. Christian Lanzl – Kyosho/LRP/Novak/Vampire
7. Roland Hauleitner – Team Associated/Nosram/Reedy/Reedy
8. Marcus Prihoda – Team Durango/Hacker/Hacker/Hacker
9. Martin Kreil – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
10.Philipp Stocker – Kyosho/Hobbywing/Hobbywing/nVision

Top 10 4WD buggy qualifying

1. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Team Associated/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
2. Rene Trauner – Team Yokomo/Vampire/Vampire/Vampire
3. Thomas Mayr – sWorkz/LRP/LRP/LRP
4. Martin Kreil – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
5. Christian Wukonig – sWorkz/LRP/LRP/LRP
6. Roland Hauleitner – Team Associated/Nosram/Reedy/Reedy
7. Marcus Prihoda – Team Durango/Hacker/Hacker/Hacker
8. Philipp Stocker – Tamiya/Hobbywing/Hobbywing/nVision
9. Roland Schantel jun. – Team Associated/Dualsky/Dualsky/GensAce
10.Thomas Holicky – Team Durango/ Vampire/Vampire/Vampire

Rene Trauner was able to escape from the field in the first 2 A-Mains securing him the win of the final round and the overall win of the 2013 championship in 2WD Buggy. Stefan was able to win the final A-Main and earned the runner-up spot in the overall championship.

2WD buggy results

1. Rene Trauner – Yokomo/Vampire/Vampire/Vampire
2. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Team Associated/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
3. Andreas Janda – Yokomo/Dualsky/Novak/GM-Racing
4. Tristan Hackl – Team Durango/LRP/LRP/LRP
5. Christian Wukonig – Team Losi/LRP/LRP/LRP
6. Martin Kreil – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
7. Christian Lanzl – Kyosho/LRP/Novak/Vampire
8. Marcus Prihoda – Team Durango/Hacker/Hacker/Hacker
9. Roland Hauleitner – Team Associated/Nosram/Reedy/Reedy
10.Philipp Stocker – Kyosho/Hobbywing/Hobbywing/nVision

In 4WD the first A-Main was won by Martin Kreil coming from 4th on the grid with an impressing drive and he was willing to challenge Rene and Stefan, who finished 4th and 5th in the first A-Main, for the overall win. Unfortunately his championship dreams come to an end after Rene won A-Main two and three after getting a big confidence boost from his 2WD result. The 3rd place went to sWorkz team driver Thomas Mayr on his debut in the series with the sWorkz S104 EK1 buggy.

Austrian Electric Buggy nats final round – Report

4WD buggy results

1. Rene Trauner – Yokomo/Vampire/Vampire/Vampire
2. Martin Kreil – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
3. Thomas Mayr – sWorkz/LRP/LRP/LRP
4. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Team Associated/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
5. Christian Wukonig – sWorkz/LRP/LRP/LRP
6. Roland Hauleitner – Team Associated/Nosram/Reedy/Reedy
7. Marcus Prihoda – Team Durango/Hacker/Hacker/Hacker
8. Roland Schantel jun. – Team Associated/Dualsky/Dualsky/GensAce
9. Thomas Holicky – Team Durango/Vampire/Vampire/Vampire
10. Philipp Stocker – Tamiya/Hobbywing/Hobbywing/nVisionAustrian Electric Buggy nats final round – Report

Overall result 2WD

1. Rene Trauner – Team Yokomo/Vampire/Vampire/Vampire
2. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Team Associated/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
3. Martin Kreil – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
4. Andreas Janda – Team Yokomo/Dualsky/Novak/GM-Racing
5. Christian Lanzl – Kyosho/LRP/Novak/Vampire
6. Hupo Hönigl – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
7. Tristan Hackl – Team Durango/LRP/LRP/LRP
8. Marcus Prihoda – Team Durango/Hacker/Hacker/Hacker
9. Philipp Stocker – Kyosho/Hobbywing/Hobbywing/nVision
10. Roland Hauleitner – Team Associated/Nosram/Reedy/Reedy

Austrian Electric Buggy nats final round – Report

Overall result 4WD

1. Rene Trauner – Team Yokomo/Vampire Racing/Vampire Racing/Vampire Racing
2. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Team Associated/Vampire Racing/Reedy/Reedy
3. Martin Kreil – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
4. Roland Hauleitner – Team Associated/Nosram/Reedy/Reedy
5. Philipp Stocker – Tamiya/Hobbywing/Hobbywing/nVision
6. Hupo Hönigl – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
7. Marcus Prihoda – Team Durango/Hacker/Hacker/Hacker
8. Roland Schantel jun. – Team Associated/Dualsky/Dualsky/GensAce
9. Markus Berer  – Xray/Hobbywing/LRP/Vampire Racing
10. Christopher Pfeiffer – Team Durango/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed

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