The 2011 10th off road European Championships is being held in Pao, Southern France at the ‘Mini Racing Club Palois’ track. This years ‘Euros warmup’ even, a chance for competitors to gain some experience before the main event, coincided with the 4th round of the 2011 French National series as both events ran together in Pao last weekend. Hupo Honigl and Martin Kriel made the trip over together but had to miss most of Fridays open practice due to their travel arrangements – and this being first time out for Kriel with the prototype 2WD DEX210, it was a steep learning curve. Hupo Honigl however quickly established his dominance in 2WD with the prototype DEX210 2WD buggy, taking every single qualifier and A finals for the win.
In 4WD the Team Durango cars again looked awesome on the dirt track and Hupo Honigl did it again with another victory, this time not quite as dominant as Cyril Baldini took the second leg with his DEX410. Hupo won the first and third leg however for the overall victory with Cyril Baldini 2nd and Martin Kriel 3rd – a fantastic 1-2-3 victory for Team Durango and the DEX410.
Because the event was also a round of the French national series, the events ran together and those who weren’t racing in the French championship were discounted from the results for the French series – which meant Cyril Baldini took the win and gained enough points that no one can now catch him in the series, effectively meaning Cyril Baldini has won the 2011 title for Team Durango.