We displayed a dominant performance by grabbing the first two positions in both off-road and short course categories in the European Championship 2016. The race was held between the 25th and 30th of July in Neuville-de-Poitou, France on an extremely tough track where all of the drivers struggled keeping their cars on the road. Dario Veseli with his RR5 in the buggy category and Sven Rodewald with his W5 Max in the short course category become the European Champions. Valentin Peuziat succeeded snatching the 2nd positon in both buggy and short course categories. He was also the fastest on track, he did the best time of the whole event with a remarkable 00:33:822 lap time. He kept his pace throughout the week.
Along with the high performance of our drivers, this was the year that all our innovative components such as LSD, shock absorbers and unique chassis layout worked together harmoniously. Another specialty of Euro 2016 was its high level of competitiveness that went on till the end of the race.
The keynotes from the buggy finals:
-Dario Veseli displayed a patient approach throughout the race that led him the first position. He was supported mechanically by Mario Veseli and Semih Sunali.
-Valentin Peuziat collaborated with Michael Laurent for mechanical support. His father Michel Peuziat also assisted him.
-50% percent of the cars that competed in the buggy final were RR5.
-French driver Judicael Gandino raced in both categories while doing his own mechanics. He finished the race in the 4th position after a successful driving.
-The Swiss Driver Maxwell Sauer used his clean and precise driving skills with his standard RR5 FT and finished the race 5th .
-Dirk Kellermann with his RR5 while having a consistent performance, had to leave the race due to throttle servo problem.
-Marc Kreisig the leader of the first days of the quals was unlucky at the semi-finals and had to leave the race due to an unlucky accident in which another driver crashed him. He would have most probably forced the podium in the final, should he have finished the semi finals. He put a lot of effort in both categories while servicing himself.
-3 out of 5 of our racers in the final preferred the new extended chassis which was used the first time in a competitive race. We observed that the extended chassis was more stable on the tough and bumpy track.
The keynotes from the short course finals:
-The W5 Max succeeded winning in its first ever competition.
-Melanie Trottmann finished the short course category 4th after a smooth and consistent performance.
-Unlucky Marc Kreisig although having a terrific performance had an engine problem and left the race on the semi-finals.
-Judicael Gandino on the semi-finals had to leave the race due to tire problem.
We would like to thank all MCD drivers from Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland who participated in the 2016 Large Scale Off-Road European Championship. They all displayed terrific performance.
Buggy Final Results:
DARIO VESELI (HR) – MCD RR5(Spec 2016)
VALENTIN PEUZIAT (FR) – MCD RR5(Spec 2016)
JEROME SARTEL (FR) – Losi 5IVE-B
JUDICAEL GANDINO (FR) - MCD RR5(Spec 2015)
MAXWELL SAUER (CH) - MCD RR5(Spec 2013)
PATRICK SCHWEINZER (AT) – Elcon Impact
MICHAEL KEINEMANS (NL) – NRP Ultron
DIRK KELLERMANN (DE) - MCD RR5(Spec 2015)
NICK VISSER (NL) - NRP Ultron
TIM VANDER ELST (NL) - NRP Ultron
Short Course Final Results:
SVEN RODEWALD (DE) - MCD W5 MAX
VALENTIN PEUZIAT (FR) - MCD W5 MAX
ALEXANDRE DE PANTHOU (FR) - Losi 5IVE-T
MELANIE TROTTMANN (CH) - MCD W5 MAX
JEROME SARTEL (FR) - Losi 5IVE-T
ANDREW SPENCE (GBR) - Losi 5IVE-T
THOMAS LAIGLE (FR) - Losi 5IVE-T
STEPHEN JONES (GBR) - Losi 5IVE-T
RINUS VISSER (NL) - Ultron
GREGORY JURY (FR) – Losi 5IVE-T
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