Marc Rheinard took the second round of 2WD qualifying at the EOS in Germany, the Yokomo driver reversing the order of Q1 to beat team-mate Lee Martin. Having set the pace early on with Rheinard in pursuit, a minute & half in Martin would get the track centre jump wrong with his YZ-2 making contact with a cone which is in place to prevent corner cuts. While he would not require marshalling, the reigning champion would have to u-turn his car allowing Rheinard to run right on his rear wing. Trying to pull clear of the touring car ace, his efforts were cancelled out with small errors. Then, with 2 laps to go Martin would at the track feature jump make contact with a car upside down on the landing delaying him further and knocking off his front wing. Rheinard would TQ by almost 2-seconds with Team Associated Neil Cragg completing the Top 3 just 6/10ths back on Martin.
‘I was just consistent’ was how Rheinard summed up his TQ run. Having crashed himself in Q1, he said when he was on Martin’s rear wing he could see he was pushing hard to break away but he knew such driving carried risks and if he kept his own driving clean he could beat him to the TQ. Martin joked, ‘he (Marc) was so bad at the Reedy Race I had to save his career by letting him win’. Chasing a win that would secure him his second consecutive EOS title, he said ‘I hit the cone and had to turn around and that was enough to lose it’. Having to finish out the qualifier with no front wing after contact with another car on the big jump, his he said his car ‘felt like an F1 car without a wing – it was very strange to drive’. Having thrown away a Top 3 run in Q1, Cragg said he went for ‘clean run’. Not sure how close he was to the Top 2 he said after his Q1 error on the last lap he backed it down a little towards the end only to discover afterwards he was very close to snatching second from Martin.