February 5, 2017

Martin wins hectic A2 as Xray dominance derails

Lee Martin came out the winner of a hectic second A-Main of 4WD at the Euro Offroad Series after the three Xrays starting up front all crashed out to retire with broken cars. With the Xray dominance coming to an end on the first lap, that would set up a race between Joern Neumann, Michal Orlowski and Martin but it was the latter that would hold on for the surprise win.  With Coelho coming under pressure from team-mate Bayer, the pair would trip up at the left side double double with Neumann finding a way to the front but in the first run down the straight Coelho would rear end the Serpent sending both cars flying off the track. While Neumann would continue, Coelho broke a rear camber link and was out.  In all the chaos this set off, it was Orlowski from 8th on the grid who led the way for 3-laps until a mistake that allowed Martin through. Coming under pressure from a recovering Neumann, the Yokomo driver would spin on the landing of the double after the straight but instead of capitalising on the error Neumann would also get it wrong giving back 2nd to Orlowski with this how they would finish the race.

In reaction to his win, Martin said, ‘there was self destruction in front’.  Describing it as ‘an exciting race’ the reigning 2WD Champion added ‘It was a lucky race too because the person behind me made a bobble at the same time I made a mistake’, that a reference to Neumann. Reporting his slipper as ‘slipping at the end’, he said he just tried to keep it on four wheels and get it to the finish. Adding he was ‘surprised but happy’ to get the win he concluded, ‘lets see if I can get lucky again’, things are now wide open for the win going into A3.

‘I don’t know what to say’ was Orlowski’s reaction after the race.  Winner of 2WD yesterday, he continued, ‘I have no idea how it happened but I found myself out front and there were wheels coming off cars’, the wheel he was referring to being that of Martin Wollanka.  After the high of yesterday’s win and then qualifying 8th for 4WD, the Polish teenager said, ‘we ran the same set up as in Poland but it wasn’t so good and so we changed the whole car. It was a little better but I think we are still lacking a bit of pace and need to work on the car for this type of layout’. Asked about his chances for the closing race of the event he replied, ‘hopefully again there is a big mess in the front’.

‘Maybe we can skip A3’ joked Neumann after the final, his pair of third place finishes giving him the current points lead. Giving his account of the incident with Coelho the European Champion said, ‘I got inside of Bruno but it didn’t last long, I led until the straight and then he ran into the back of my car and we both flew off the track.  At least my car was maximum strong and could continue’.  Asked about his second attempt at taking the lead, he said, ‘Lee made a mistake but so did I and I ended up third’ adding for the last lap and a half ‘my car lost a bit of power’.

Giving his view of the start, Coelho said ‘I drove so bad. I was leaving all the corners open because Martin was pressuring me.  Neumann then got by me and we entered the straight together but I was not expecting my car to be so much faster and I had no time to react. I never thought there could be that much difference’.

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