It’s the 3rd and final day of racing at EOS Poland and Bruno Coelho has kicked things off by posting his second 4WD TQ run. The Xray driver again had a distinct advantage topping the times by almost 4 and a half seconds from team-mate Ty Tessmann. With Xray having filling the Top 3 in yesterday’s first two rounds of qualifying, that domination was finally broken as HB Racing’s David Ronnefalk took the third quickest time. Having been part of the Xray Top 3s yesterday, taking the opening qualifier, Martin Bayer would have a messy run ending up P11. Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski not impressed with the Czech’s driving, the Pole classified 32nd for the round after being hit in the rear by Bayer during the qualifier.
Winner of 2WD yesterday, commenting on Q3 Coelho said, ‘It was a very good qualifier, I don’t have much more to say’. A slightly slower time than his Q2, the fastest of the three rounds with one remaining, he added, ‘the car is working really well as always’.
Trying a different electrics set-up, Team Orion backed Tessmann said, ‘I made some changes to my speed controller. I copied David’s (Ronnefalk) motor/speed controller settings. I felt I had more power but I got used to it over the run and by the end I liked it’. The Canadian said he also opted to run his first set of tyres for a third time as a tactical decision for the finals. Describing the tyres as a ‘bit difficult’ to drive on, he said, ‘I am planning to run my second set in the last qualifier so they will be fresher for the main – A-Main drivers permitted an additional set of tyres for the finals.
With EOS Poland marking his return to the championship after more than a 2-year absence, Ronnefalk described his Q3 run as ‘not perfect but decent’. The reigning 1:8 Offroad World Champion had a rear drive shaft snap in Q1. Forced to start last as a result of his DNF, he said he went for a safe run to get points but lost further time as he had to open for the leading group who where fighting for the TQ. Getting a P9 he was only 2/10ths off a Top 6 time. In terms of his car, the Swede said, ‘today we changed the set-up a little bit and it felt good. The car is stable but we still need to work on landings so we will change the shock package for the next one’.
Behind Ronnefalk, Norwegian Daniel Kobbevik would back up two P7 runs yesterday with the 4th fastest time. Running in the second fastest heat, the 12-year-old Xray driver said his ‘car is good’ and he has been running the ‘same set-up all weekend’.
Setting the fifth fastest time, Lee Martin said, ‘I just made too many small errors. It was the first run of the morning and I think I needed coffee’. Running Yokomo’s new YZ-4 SF, the former champion said, ‘the car is too soft for the landings and thats where the errors came so we’ll make it stiffer and I’ll go get a coffee’. Behind Martin, Yokomo team-mate Marc Rheinard completed the Top 6.