September 18, 2016

Coelho takes easy A1 win after Martin error


In what was expected to be a fraught first A-Main of 4WD, it was to be Bruno Coelho who took an easy win of what overall was an uneventful race. Starting from second on the grid, the reigning champion went to the front when Top Qualifier Lee Martin rolled coming off the Team Associated Step-up Step-Down and once in the front the Xray driver pulled away to win by over 4-seconds. Martin would recover to second having dropped behind his Yokomo team-mate after his error. Having got by Orlowski at the start the pair making contact and Orlowski coming off worse, Rheinard get caught and passed by the Schumacher driver but on the last lap he would make ‘another stupid mistake I guess’ letting Rheinard back through to complete the Top 3.


‘Its a good start to the finals’ was Coelho’s reaction to the win.  The World Champion continued, ‘I just followed Lee waiting for him to run wide or make a mistake and he did and I just took it’.  He continued, ‘I then had Rheinard behind me but I pulled away, my car was perfect’.  For A2, the Portuguese ace said, ‘the next I will try to do the same but for sure its difficult to overtake Lee’.


Making his mistake on lap 5 of 16 Martin summed up his race with, ‘I got done by the steps’.  He continued, ‘Bruno was pretty solid too, that’s about it really’.


Starting fourth on the grid behind Orlowski, Rheinard said, ‘Michal made a bit of a mistake and we touched which was not my fault.  Then Lee had his moment and I was behind Bruno.  I pushed to catch him but had a rough lap and dropped back’.  Opting to run his tyres for a third time he said his YZ4 was little loose so that didn’t help either.  On his pass on Orlowski on the last lap he said ‘I only got by him because he made a mistake’.  Rheinard will run new tyres for A2.


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