3rd round of Austrian Nationals

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The 3rd Round of the Austrian Nationals where held at the track of 1-GMAC Litschau. 53 participants where in the north of Austria near the Czech Republic. The weather for training on Saturday was dry but very windy with temperatures of 18°C. With the low temperatures, wind and the very dusty surface evidence on a rear motor car in 2wd Buggy. The forecast for Raceday (sunday) was better and the big track with his flowing layout could suit to a mid motor configuration with a bit more grip, so a few drivers gave there Mid-Motor Cars a try.

 

Hupo Hönigl TQ´s the 1st two rounds of 2wd Buggy, the 3rd round goes to Martin Kreil and Hupo was able to grab the fourth and last round to hand him TQ honors and a qualifing sweep for Team C. 3rd spot was secured by Stefan Pfeifhofer with his Reedy equipped RC10B5M.

2WD qualifying results

1. Hupo Hönigl – Team C/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
2. Martin Kreil – Team C/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
3. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Associated*/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
4. Roland Hauleitner – Associated/Hobbywing/Reedy/Reedy
5. Philipp Stocker – Kyosho/Hobbywing/Orion/LRP
6. Christian Lanzl – Serpent/LRP/Novak/GensAce
7. Andreas Janda – Associated*/Dualsky/Vampire/Vampire
8. Marcel Rekettye – Yokomo/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
9. Christopher Pfeiffer – Associated/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
10. Thomas Rössler – Associated/Dualsky/Reedy/Reedy
* = Midmotor

In 4wd it was a clean sweep in qualifing for Hupo Hönigl, Martin Kreil was able to hand Team C a 1-2 with the TM4 chassis. Stefan Pfeifhofer rounds up the top 3 for Team Associated.

4WD qualifying results

1. Hupo Hönigl – Team C/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
2. Martin Kreil – Team C/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
3. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Associated/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
4. Roland Hauleitner – Associated/Hobbywing/Reedy/Reedy
5. Marcus Prihoda – Team C/Dualsky/Hacker/H-Speed
6. Peter Siller – Xray/Nosram/CS/GensAce
7. Philipp Stocker – HB/Hobbywing/Orion/LRP
8. Roland Schantel – Associated/Dualsky/Dualsky/GensAce
9. Markus Berer – Xray/Vampire/Vampire/Vampire
10. Lukas Stadler – Associated/Hacker/Hacker/Hacker

Hupo was able to take the first Amain in front of a hard charging Pfeifhofer with only 2/10 of a second. In the second Amain all looks like Hupo can do a perfect two out of two rounds, but a mistake on the exit of the omega, after he gains a clear lead, gives Stefan the lead and he didn`t look back. Hupo with two more untypical errors let him drop to 4th, but he was able to fight back and finish 3rd behind Stefan Pfeifhofer and Teammate Martin Kreil. In the 3rd and deciding final Stefan was pressuring hard on Kreil to don`t let Hupo build a lead, but he was to tight at the sweeper and a rollover cost him the chance of the overall win. Martin Kreil tried to push Hupo hard but the teammates cruised to a 1-2 finish with Philipp Stocker on the Kyosho takes 3rd.2wd Buggy

2WD results

1. Hupo Hönigl – Team C/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
2. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Associated*/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
3. Roland Hauleitner – Associated/Hobbywing/Reedy/Reedy
4. Martin Kreil – Team C/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
5. Philipp Stocker – Kyosho/Hobbywing/Orion/LRP
6. Christian Lanzl – Serpent/LRP/Novak/GensAce
7. Andreas Janda – Associated*/Dualsky/Vampire/Vampire
8. Marcel Rekettye – Yokomo/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
9. Christopher Pfeiffer – Associated/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
10. Thomas Rössler – Associated/Dualsky/Reedy/Reedy
* = Midmotor

In 4wd it was a much easier affair for Hupo, who checked out in the first two Amains. Behind him was a hard fight over the finals between Pfeifhofer in the B44.2 and Kreil with the Dualsky/H-Speed powered TM4, especially the 3rd final, when the duo can easily build a gap to the other racers and fight for the win. The two former Euro A finalists offered the spectators a great show, with some high speed overtakings on the strait and a try to jump over Stefan from Martin as an all or nothing move in the last lap, which didn´t end with the finish the Team C driver wanted handed Stefan Pfeifhofer overall rank 2 und himself the 3rd spot.

 

4WD results

1. Hupo Hönigl – Team C/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
2. Stefan Pfeifhofer – Associated/Vampire/Reedy/Reedy
3. Martin Kreil – Team C/Dualsky/Dualsky/H-Speed
4. Roland Hauleitner – Associated/Hobbywing/Reedy/Reedy
5. Marcus Prihoda – Team C/Dualsky/Hacker/H-Speed
6. Roland Schantel – Associated/Dualsky/Dualsky/GensAce
7. Philipp Stocker – HB/Hobbywing/Orion/LRP
8. Peter Siller – Xray/Nosram/CS/GensAce
9. Markus Berer – Xray/Vampire/Vampire/Vampire
10. Lukas Stadler – Associated/Hacker/Hacker/Hacker

The next round of the Austrian Nationals will be held on the clay/concrete track of Steyregg in mid August. The next big event for Austrias top 10th offroad racers is the Euros in Trellenborg in July!

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