Promising 11-year-old Polish talent Michael Orlowski put in an impressive and mature performance in the second round of 4WD qualifying at the TLR/Spektrum Euro Offroad Series in Dortmund, Germany this evening when he posted a TQ run ahead of house hold names Hupo Honigl, Ryan Cavalieri and Joern Neumann. Fifth in last night’s opening qualifier, the Team Durango driver set a new overall fastest time knocking 1.6-seconds off Neumann’s Q1 pace to finish 2/10ths up on Honigl with Cavalieri a further 4.4-seconds back.
Delighted with his TQ Orlowski, who despite his young age is a former champion in the Euro Touring Series, said he was a little surprised to be fastest but a driver with ambitions he added it was a big boost for him. Leaving his DEX410 set-up the same as yesterday’s opening qualifier, he said used tyres suited his set-up better and that was the reason for his extra pace today and he plans to run his first set of controlled dBoots again in Q3 before switching to his second for the final qualifier in order to have them scrubbed in for the tomorrow’s finals.
Having swapped the top spot on the timing screens with Orlowski over the 5-minute qualifier, Honigl said it was very close between him and his junior team-mate. Happy with his buggy he said other than two mistakes it was a good run and he was happy to back up his Q1 run with another P2 run. Team-mate & undefeated Champion of 4WD in the EOS, Neumann said his buggy was a little edgy to drive but it was driver errors that left him only fourth fastest. The German who is chasing a seventh consecutive TQ & win this weekend said the change from 2WD Buggy to Short Course and then back to 4WD contributed to his below par driving but he is confident he will be back in the rhythm for Q3.
Cavalieri described his run to third, having retired from Q1, as ‘solid’. Feeling he now has the track sorted he said he can now work on improving his Orion powered Associated B44.2. With team-mate Kody Numedahl only competing in 2WD, the World Champion said he had him watch his car in Q2 and between the experience he has gain himself and the feedback Numedahl gave him regarding how the buggy looked compared to the competition he thinks they can create a good set-up for the penultimate qualifier. Brent Theilke was on for a Top 10 run but a mistake two laps from the finish leaft the team manager 12th for the round.
Ending 2WD Buggy qualifying second fastest overall, Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp set the fifth fastest time in Q3 saying his 4WD is not working as well as his 2WD. Describing the run as ‘OK’ he said he was lacking a little steering and he hopes more Ackerman for his next run will give him a better feeling with the Lazer ZX5 and hopefully allow him to post a run good enough to secure him a spot on the A-Main grid. The top seed for 4WD qualifiying after setting the pace in timed practice, David Ronnefalk again finished outside the Top 10 following mistakes but the Swede said his buggy is working well and like in 2WD, in which he TQ’d Q3, he needs to get the driver sorted for the final two rounds of heats.
Team Yokomo’s Robert Battle completed the Top 6 with a ‘so so’ run with Renaud Savoya the top Xray for the round with seventh. Making it 4 Durango’s in the Top 8, young Czech driver Kaja Novotny backed up his Q1 performance with another run to the 8th fastest time.
4WD Buggy Qualification Round 2
1. Michal Orlowski – Team Durango – 19/5:02.583
2. Hupo Honigl – Team Durango – 19/5:02.860
3. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated – 19/5:07.269
4. Joern Neumann – Team Durango – 19/5:07.481
5. Christopher Krapp – Kyosho – 19/5:10.384
6. Robert Batlle – Yokomo – 19/5:12.203
7. Renaud Savoya – Xray – 19/5:14.601
8. Kaja Novotny – Team Durango – 19/5:15.419
9. Oliver Speith – Team Durango – 19/5:16.321
10.Markus Metsch – Team Durango – 18/5:00.353