November 17, 2016

Orlowski aims for home win at ‘Warsaw Moto Show’ as EOS returns to Poland

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After a successful season opener at the Nurburgring in Germany in September, this weekend (18-20 Nov) Euro Offroad Series competitors will again race in high octane surroundings as Round 2 takes place as part of Warsaw Moto Show in the Polish capital city.  A country that hosted the championship opener for three seasons in the city of Poznan as part of a Hobby & Gaming Show, there is much excitement about returning to Poland after a year off the EOS calendar in particular for title contender Michal Orlowski for whom the city of Warsaw is home.  Opening Season #6 with a double podium finish, the Schumacher driver will be striving to better that this weekend with victory in particular in 2WD as he looks to clinch the title, having been the runner-up on his last two attempts.

Having claimed his second ever EOS victory, continuing Yokomo’s run of winning the season opener for the last three seasons, Round 1 winner Marc Rheinard leads the championship having also claimed the bonus point for being Top Quaifier in Germany.  His first time to lead the EOS standings, the former ETS Champion will be determined to go into the 2017 part of the season in the same position and put himself in pole position to challenge for Yokomo’s fourth consecutive title in 2WD. For team-mate & reigning champion Lee Martin, the British driver’s title defence would open with third behind Rheinard and Orlowski.  While this season’s calendar has been expanded to 5 races giving drivers more room for a bad weekend, the back to back champion will want to lay claim to his No.1 status in the team by registering his first win since last season’s second round.

The big surprise of the new season was to be the speed of Martin Wollanka. Qualifying 2nd at the Nurburgring, the Xray driver was right in the mix although on a track on which all leading drivers make errors in the final he would just miss out on the podium to finish fourth.  Xray have made big inroads with their latest XB2 getting four cars in the A-Main at Round 1 and after that confident start they can be expected to be even stronger this time out.

In contrast to Wollanka, the big disappointment of the first race was the performance of Neil Cragg.  Marking Team Associated’s first full factory assault on the EOS, the former World Champion struggled to find his rhythm qualifying 5th and finishing 6th.  With much higher hopes for the season opener, Team Associated team-manager Craig Drescher will have analysed why they lacked competitiveness and will be looking to have both Cragg and young star Joona Hataanen fighting for the win.

In 4WD, the season started out as a very one sided affair as Bruno Coelho made his win look like a formality rather than a race against some of the world’s top drivers.  The World Champion started his EOS title defence with the perfect result securing both the TQ and an early win that allowed him to watch his rivals battle it out for best of the rest in A3.  Martin eventually winning it to claim second ahead of Orlowski. Securing 6 of the 10 spots on the grid, Xray are certainly still the bench mark but with their rivals having had two months to prepare for Round 2, hopefully we will see a stronger challenge in Warsaw.



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