While A1 didn’t provide much entertainment with Bruno Coelho taking an easy win from pole position, the second encounter at Euro Offroad Series would be a much more heated affair with Martin Bayer come out the victor ahead of EOS debutant Ty Tessmann. While Coelho looked to wrap up a third straight overall EOS victory having opened a gap over his rivals once again, the Xray driver would get things wrong at the double in front of the drivers stand with some questionable marshalling seeing him rejoining in the middle of the 2nd place battle between Bayer, Michal Orlowski and Tessmann. That battle was reduced to three when Orlowski crashed on landing at the same double Coelho lost his lead, a further mistake then putting Coelho out of the picture. Showing some restraint, while Tessmann had the quicker car but he couldn’t find a way passed Bayer despite getting alongside him on occasions. Going an extra lap over the rest of the field, in the end Bayer would take the win by 2/10ths with Coelho third and Orlowski fourth, over 1.5-seconds further back.
Raising his hands in a rattling gesture to highlight he was under pressure from Tessmann, Bayer reacted to his win by saying, ‘I drove without mistakes. I was not the fastest. It was a very good race’. Having dropped from his P2 starting position to fourth in A1 due to driver errors, the head of Xray’s Offroad programme said, ‘I still need one more. Bruno has a win and a third so the last one will be a very hard final but I hope I can still be on the podium’.
Looking to have clicked with the carpet track conditions in A2, Tessmann said, ‘we ran new tyres that time and my car seems to be best on new tyres’. The former 1:8 Offroad World Champion continued, ‘we made a few changes to the car also because it felt weird and we changed the receiver too to be sure so I don’t know if that helped too but hopefully it is the same for the third one’. Asked about the difficulty of passing on the carpet surface, the Canadian said, ‘I knew I was faster in the top corner than Martin but the car is light there so I didn’t what to risk a pass and take out my team-mate. I also had a bad first finish but Martin is in contention still’.
A not too pleased Coelho said, ‘I made a mistake at the double in front of the driver stand. It was my mistake but the marshal was waiting for something. If he had put me back immediately I would have still been leading because I was a lot of time in front. Instead he waited for the others to arrive. It was very bad. I don’t want to know who this marshal was. This marshalling was embarrassing’.
Summing up his race, Orlowski said, ‘This time the start was normal and we stayed 3rd. Then Bruno had a mistake and then the pack was running really close’. He continued, ‘I don’t know how or what to say but I felt Bruno touched me in the back wing and I went sideways in the air. I’m not sure on this but nothing was called and I got fourth’. Looking to A3 with a chance of the overall victory at his home race still possible he said, ‘I have got a second (from A1) so I have a chance still to win. I have a good set of tyres and a good car so I hope we can make something happen’.