A last lap mistake by Top Qualifier Oskar Levin handed Schumacher’s Tom Cockerill the win in the opening A-Main of 2WD Buggy at the DHI Cup in Denmark this morning. Getting a clean start Levin looked to be in control of proceedings, the Swede even seeing off a mid race challenge from Cockerill before the British driver rolled his Cougar KF as he started lap 9 of 14. With a comfortable gap over his rivals the battle for third well back in the distance, Levin just had to cruise to finish but right in front of the drivers stand the Team C driver spun on the wooden section. Losing over 2-seconds, the mistake was enough to allow Cockerill to slip through to win by 8/10th of a second. Completing the Top 3 was Kim Nielsen. Defending champion Joern Neumann, who started third, never featured in the race eventually finishing the race a half a lap down on Cockerill.
Levin said his spin was ‘A stupid mistake’. Feeling a bit nervous he said he just got on the power a little earlier than normal and the rear end of his TM2 just came around. In terms of the car the 19-year-old said he couldn’t ask for anything more from it describing the buggy as ‘super consistent’. He said he has the equipment to win and just needs to make no more ‘stupid’ mistakes to get it done.
Albeit a little late, Cockerill’s response to be handed the win was ‘Happy Christmas’. Running a fresh set of the controlled Schumacher tyres he said his car was a little slow at the start but after a few laps he was able to start to close in on the lead. After his mistake he said he settled for second as Levin was ‘gone’ so Levin’s mistake came as big as surprise to him as anyone else. With used tyres for A2, Cockerill is confident he can take the fight to Levin this time from start.
2WD Buggy A1 Result
1.(2) Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 14/5:07.583
2.(1) Oskar Levin (SE) – Team C – 14/5:08.406
3.(4) Kim Nielsen (DK) – Team C – 14/5:13.381
4.(3) Jörn Neumann (DE) – Team Durango – 14/5:17.430
5.(7) Niclas Månsson (SE) – Team Associated – 14/5:20.156
6.(8) Villalba Zacarias (ES) – Team C – 13/5:00.279
7.(6) Jonas Kaerup (DK) – Team Associated – 13/5:02.067
8.(5) Jesper Rasmussen (DK) – Team Associated – 13/5:05.106
9.(9) Martin Bayer (CZ) – Team Xray – 13/5:09.492
10.(10)Thomas Andersson (SE) – Schumacher – 13/5:11.279
Good morning from Odense, Denmark, for the third & final day of the 14th running of the DHI Cup. Today is the day that we crown the four 2014 champions of the famous event. Unlike qualifying, for the finals both the onroad and offroad tracks are running concurrently with the exception of the A-Mains. The first title that will be decided is 2WD Buggy which gets proceedings underway on the offroad track before drivers switch over to 4WD. On the onroad track the racing will run from Pro stock through to Modified for each of the three legs of Mains.
Defending DHI Cup offroad champion Joern Neumann will start his challenge for a hat trick of wins at the Danish event from the best possible position tomorrow with the Team Durango ace securing the overall TQ honors in the final round of qualifying. With Team Xray’s Martin Bayer topping the opening two qualifiers, the German came back strong in the Q3 & 4 taking both rounds but it was his Q4 time that would decide the tie break and secure him the No.1 spot n the grid. Behind the two Pro factory team drivers, young local talent & Team Associated supported driver Jesper Rasmussen will line up third, his third fastest time in Q4 bumping Schumacher team leader & designer Tom Cockerill back down to fourth on the triple A-Main grid.
‘Getting a little closer now’ was how Neumann summed up his performance in the final two qualifiers. Changing to heaver oil in the rear shocks of his Orion powered DEX410, the Worlds Top Qualifier said the buggy was really good and tomorrow should make for very exciting racing. Having been slightly surprised by Bayer’s early pace, the winner of the DHI Cup in both 2WD and 4WD since offroad was introduced to the famous international touring car event, he said his is now very confident about his chances for the win in 4WD, adding it is more than can be said for hopes of success in 2WD.
‘Really close’ was how a slightly disappointed Bayer summed up Q4. The European Champion was neck & neck with Neumann but got it wrong on the wall section on the penultimate lap costing himself 3-seconds. Really happy with the pace and performance of his LRP powered XB4, he said he is really looking forward to tomorrow adding it should be a really good final and battle between him & Neumann.
The best placed Dane over all four classes at the end of qualifying, 15-year-old Rasmussen was clearly pleased with his days driving. Having targeted himself a podium finish at the event of which is father Ulrich is instrumental in its annual organisation he said he is really confident about achieving his goal tomorrow as his B44.4 is working really well.
‘Just not quick enough’ was Cockerill’s response to securing fourth on the grid. The British driver said he couldn’t pull away from Rasmussen in the final qualifier and for the finals he hopes reverting to his Q2 set-up will give him some chance of being able to fight for a podium placing. After a crash in Q3 he pulled in to adjust his ride height to test some options but the set-up he ran for the final qualifier just left his Nosram powered K1 Aero lacking pace. Pitting next to Marc Rheinard he said jokingly it was some consolation to know his qualifying result was still better than that of the 3-time World Champion achieved in the touring car section of the event.
4WD Buggy A-Main Grid
1. Jörn Neumann (DE) – Team Durango – 310 pts
2. Martin Bayer (CZ) – Team Xray – 310
3. Jesper Rasmussen (DK) – Team Associated – 305
4. Tom Cockerill (GB) – Schumacher – 303
5. David Hassel (SE) – Team Xray – 303
6. Kim Nielsen (DK) – Team Xray – 301
7. Oskar Levin (SE) – Team C – 300
8. Niclas Månsson (SE) – Team Associated – 299
9. Simon Moss (GB) – Schumacher – 299
10.Joakim Nicolaisen (NO) – Team Associated – 298
With Ronald Volker having secured overall TQ honours in Q3, the final round of qualifying was about deciding the order of the grid behind the Team Yokomo ace. Once again Volker would set the pace in Q4 to pull off the perfect clean sweep of qualifying. Backing up his second place in the penultimate qualifier, Awesomatix’s Viljami Kutvonen would run his fastest 5-minutes, a time that would help him to secure second on the grid in a tie break with defending DHI Cup Champion Adrian Berntsen. The Xray driver, who will start from 3rd, was in strong contention to TQ the round swapping the lead pace with Volker but in his own words ‘pushed too hard’ and half way through the run crashed losing 6-seconds.
Also running his fastest time of qualifying, Alexander Hagberg posted the third fastest time which was enough to secure him fourth on the grid for the final ahead of former two time winner Marc Rheinard. Pulling up in the last round of qualifying struggling with his set-up, Serpent’s Marc Fischer completes the Top 6 grid positions ahead of former international racer Steen Graversen. Making a one off return to racing the Dane’s appearance makes him one of only 5 drivers to have contested every single DHI Cup.
In the Pro Stock class a TQ run in the final qualifier makes Oliver Franke the overall Top Qualifier. The Awesomatix driver TQ’d the opening qualifier but Team Xray’s Marek Cerny would top Q2 & 3 setting the stage for a showdown in the closing round. Separated by just 5/100ths of a second both drivers recorded their first 24-lap runs of the weekend, leaving the pair equal on points with Franke’s time giving him tie breaker. Current ETS Pro Stock Championship leader Jan Ratheisky (formerly Jan Amser) will start third with his Serpent with defending DHI Cup Champion Zdenko Kunak’s Yokomo securing fourth on the grid.
Mod Touring Car A-Main Grid
1. Ronald Völker (DE) – Yokomo – 310 pts
2. Viljami Kutvonen (FI) – Awesomatix – 306
3. Adrian Berntsen (NO) – Xray – 306
4. Alexander Hagberg (SE) – Xray – 304
5. Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya – 303
6. Marc Fischer (DE) – Serpent – 302
7. Steen Graversen (DK) – Awesomatix – 298
8. Tim Benson (DE) – Xray – 298
9. Jan Ratheisky (DE) – Serpent – 296
10.David Ehrbar (DE) – Serpent – 293
Chassis – Team C TM2 Motor – Muchmore ESC – Muchmore Battery – Muchmore Radio – Sanwa Servo – Spektrum Tires (Handout) – Schumacher
The Swedish ace is still running the original version of the mid-motored TeamC buggy, saying he didn’t receive the “V2” kit yet. Delighted with the performance of his car, he told us that he is using a slightly different setup from what he used back at home to win 2 VBC championship rounds. To deal with the demanding track he is running a thinner sway bar and shorter front links this make his car more reactive without losing rear traction on the loose areas. His front tyres of choice are the popular Schumacher Stagger Ribs.