Martin Bayer has won the second 4WD A-Main at EOS Austria, the Xray Offroad team manager capitalising on an early error from Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho. In the first run through the centre double double, Coelho took too much of an inside line forcing him to have to back out of the second double which was enough for Bayer to get to the front. With Martin Wollanka taking out Lee Martin at the same section, delaying the field, the two Xray’s could run their own race up front with Bayer keeping tight lines to the finish to win ahead of Coelho. Recovering from the incident with Wollanka, Martin would complete the Top 3 ahead of A1 winner Michal Orlowski, the stage now set for a showdown for the final win of Season #6.
With great banter between the Xray duo after the race, Coelho imitating his team boss and saying ‘It was easy for me’, Bayer said, ‘he made a mistake at the first double and I got by and then I just tried to keep a tight line’. ‘In practice we didn’t get to run one lap together but somehow today its all happening. I just tried to stay safe and have no incidents so I’m very happy for this’. Looking to the final race of the season, which could see the overall win go to one of 5 drivers, the former EOS race winner said, ‘I hope for the 3rd main nothing special happens and I can make the podium because we have no result from the first final’.
Explain his error at the double double, Coelho said, ‘I went too much to the inside and was going to hit the board so I had to back out after that I had to battle with Bayer to the end’. Joking, ‘It was just because he is a friend I don’t take him out’, he added, ‘He didn’t open the door so I couldn’t get by, it was a good race’.
‘It was a good take out’ was Martin’s reaction to getting hit by Wollanka. The Yokomo driver continued, ‘I don’t think it was massively intentional and he just got it wrong. At least he waited which was some justification. Luckily I still ended up third otherwise it was Leg 1 times two’. On A3 he said, ‘I would like to just run the first few laps clean and hang with the Xrays and hopefully force them to race each other’.
Orlowski said he was pretty happy to end up with fourth. He said, ‘Wollanka crashed Lee in the second double and stopped in the racing line and I was unlucky to hit him and drop down to last. After that I was just making laps and somehow got fourth at the end’. One of the contenders for the win, the only driver other than Coelho to win in 4WD this season, the Polish driver said, ‘with 5-guys able to win its going to be exciting’.