April 21, 2017

Q3 Update – Haatanen comes good on top seeding

Joona Haatanen finally came good on his top seeding for qualifying, the Team Associated driver becoming the third different driver to post a TQ at EOS Austria. Having broke in the first round, survived two mistakes in Q2 to register a P7, the Finnish teenager was perfectly poised in the third round to take advantage of a late mistake by Bruno Coelho.  Registering the second fastest TQ time of the three rounds, his TQ has set the stage for a 4-way shoot in the fourth & final qualifier for the overall 2WD TQ at the season finale. With Haatanen taking it by a 1/10th of a second from Coelho, behind them Neil Cragg would enjoy his most competitive run finishing 3/10ths off his AE team-mate’s TQ time. Setting the fourth fastest time Lee Martin was best of the Yokomos as Q1 pace setter Ryan Maifield pulled up after 4-laps.  Having made a change to his YZ-2, he didn’t like how it effected the car and running on his second permitted set of tyres opted to stop to save the tyres for the final round.

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