April 21, 2017

Coelho takes Q2 in Austria

After a DNF in the opening 2WD qualifier at the EOS Season finale in Austria, Bruno Coelho came back to TQ the second round. Starting at the back of the field due to his Q1 retirement, Coelho would swap times with Q1 pace setter Ryan Maifield until an error from the American in the closing minute.  Finishing exactly a second off Coelho, Maifield would still finish second with a comfortable advantage over Yokomo team-mate Lee Martin.  Neil Cragg would take fourth for Associated with Marc Rheinard completing the Top 5, 3/10ths of a second back.

Commenting on his TQ run, which was 4/10ths faster than the Q1 pace, Coelho said, ‘everything was ok, before I was leading too but I made my own mistake and broke the servo’. With a new servo fitted and leaving his XB2 unchanged he said, ‘it is easy to drive. Ok its not perfect but its there (on pace) so we will again keep it the same and see how it goes in the next one’.

‘It a lot of fun if your stuff is working’ was Maifield’s reaction after Q2, the American appearing to be enjoying his first EOS outing.  Running the same tyres he ran in Q1, he said, ‘I came out of the start really fast but then the (pace of the) tyre fell off’. Setting the fastest lap of the round, he continued, ‘we made a set-up change to the car and it responded well but I’d still like to have a slightly sharper steering feel so we’ll bolt on new tyres for the next one and see’.  Surviving a roll, his YZ-2 landing back on its wheels, he said traffic was a bit of an issue and this ‘probably cost me about half a second’.

With small mistakes 3 corners in a row on his opening lap causing him to lose touch with Maifield, Martin said, ‘It wasn’t the best run to honest’.   Describing his car as ‘edgy on old tyres’ he said this made it ‘less predictable’ and for the next qualifier they will go ‘a couple of steps back’ with their set-up changes they have made especially when it comes to running the car on used tyres’.  Running a ‘pretty clean’ qualifier, Rheinard also noted a difference on used tyres saying, ‘normally they feel better on the second run but now it was a bit edgy.  The German said while overall his car was ‘still good’ he will make a change to the set-up.

‘Steady away again’ was Cragg’s summary of Q2.  He continued, ‘it started off good but a little crash set me back and then I ran out of tyres.  Tyres wear is a bit of an issue today and I finished on bald eagles’.  Concluding his first full EOS campaign this weekend, the former World Champion said the track at Modellbau Wels Hobby Show is his ‘favourite track’ of the season. On his Reedy powered B6, he said ‘As always Craig (Drescher) thinks I am down on top speed so we have changed a few things on the speedo’ joking ‘they will probably cause me to wheelie off the track’. On the car set-up he said while he is ‘overall pretty happy’ with it, Drescher will add a shim to increase the rear width to get more rotation.

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