January 30, 2016

Coelho stamps authority opening 4WD qualifiers

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With the action switching over to 4WD qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series it was Bruno Coelho who stamped his authority on the opening two qualifiers in Germany.  In the first round the World Champion lead an Xray 1,2,3 ahead of Martin Bayer and Hupo Hönigl with Serpent’s Joern Neumann best of the rest with the fourth fastest time.  Having struggled in Q1, it would be Scumacher’s Michal Orlowski who would get closest to Coelho in Q2 albeit 4-seconds off with Martin Wollanka completing the Top 3.  Having enjoyed all the spoils in 2WD, it was a tough start to 4WD for Team Yokomo with Marc Rheinard getting a best run of a P5 in Q1 and Lee Martin a P6 in Q2.

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Securing his first EOS victory at Round 2 when he took the 4WD win in Slovakia, Coelho described both his runs as perfect. Posting the fastest lap in each qualifier, the Portuguese driver said his XB4 is ‘super good’ pointing out having topped practice that he ‘didn’t change anything’.

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Making a big improvement between rounds, finding over 8-seconds, Orlowski said having struggled in practice they made a change that didn’t work.  Only 9th in seeding, the reigning European Champion went from a 1.2 to 1.0 front swaybar for Q1 but this left his CAT K2 lifting a wheel in the corners.  Changing to a standard kit front deck, having been running a stiffer version, and adding longer rear camber links for more rotation he said this transformed the car.  At the beginning of Q2 however, not expecting the car to be so good, he said he did not push too hard but as he got the feel for the new set-up he was ‘very surprised’ at how much he could push it. With two more qualifiers in the morning, 2 of 4 counting, the 14-year-old said he is feeling positive about tomorrow.

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Having been running second to Coelho in Q2 before a mistake and ending up 7th, 2WD winner Rheinard said ‘the car is fine. I was just driving bad and made too many mistakes’ adding ‘tomorrow should be better’.  Team-mate Martin said his YZ-4 was lifting a wheel all the time making it easy to flip, which he did twice on the straight, if he pushed hard.  A long day for all racers due to the record entry in Muelheim-Kaerlich, the newly crowned back to back 2WD Champion said, ‘I’m tired and over it for today’.

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