November 20, 2016

Coelho recovers to win A2

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While it took three laps before he crashed out of the lead of A1 of the Euro Offroad Series, in the second encounter Bruno Coelho would get it wrong on the opening lap, only this time the Top Qualifier was able to get back to the front and deliver a win.  Getting it wrong on the first run through the quad allowing Martin Bayer and Lee Martin to pass, A1 winner Michal Orlowski crashing out of second earlier in the lap, Coelho would take 8-laps to first get by Martin and then Bayer with a great pass around the outside at the quad.  Again the only driver to run a 17-second lap time, once the winner of the season opener got back to the front he would stay there managing an extra lap over team-mate Bayer who saw off a strong challenge from Martin.  Having recovered to 3rd and setting about a move on Bayer, a mistake with 3-laps to go would drop Orlowski back to 4th.

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‘You try to make it perfect and you make it worse’ was how Coelho summed up coming up short at the quad on the opening lap.  The World Champion continued, ‘After this I pushed hard as I had nothing to lose and thankfully I was able to win’.  Surviving contact with Bayer on the wall as they fought for the lead, he said, ‘he got on two wheels and I crashed him but luckily we both landed on our wheels’.   With Orlowski needing a win in A3 or Bayer needing a win in a new fastest time to prevent Coelho his fifth consecutive EOS win, he concluded, ‘I will try to do what all the time I am telling myself, to not crash’.

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‘It was a run without mistakes, I was running for the points to secure a podium finish’, was Bayer’s view of A2. The Czech driver who is a double 4WD EOS race winner continued, ‘Lee in the end was faster but I just kept calm and was able to bring in second’.  On his moment on the wall, the former European Champion said, ‘I got up on 2-wheel and tried to go right to save it but Bruno was there. Luckily nothing happened and we both continued’.

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Having crashed out of contention on the opening lap of A1, on the second encounter Martin said, ‘I just cruised around to be honest.  I was up to second but Bruno got by, he could turn a lot tighter in the hairpins’.  The Yokomo driver continued, ‘I tried hard but nothing crazy.  I don’t have the pace of Bruno’. Summing up the result the British ace said, ‘3rd is not too bad and if I stick in a sneak 1 or 2 in the last one we might be able to get a sneaky podium’.

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Orlowski put his race error down to taking a nap before the race.  ‘I had a short nap before the race but woke up too late and I wasn’t sharp for the race’.  After his crash he said he got ‘stuck behind slower drivers’ and because of this it took too long to get back to the front.  For the deciding final he said, ‘I’m going to go for it (the win)’.  Behind the Schumacher driver Jörn Neumann would take Serpent to 5th ahead of Marc Rheinard.

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