Bruno Coelho has taken an easy win in the first A-Main of 4WD at the Euro Offroad Series in Poland. The Xray driver quickly pulled clear of the field from his TQ starting position to have an uneventful race. Behind the reigning champion however there was plenty of action with Daniel Kobbevik picking up the pieces after errors by his more senior rivals. David Ronnefalk would complete the Top 3, the 1:8 World Champion showing good pace against Ty Tessmann and Martin Bayer but coming together with the latter during the 5-minute encounter.
‘It was a very good final without mistakes’, was how Coelho summed up a rather lonely A1. Yesterday’s 2WD winner, he continued, ‘I forced at the beginning to try pull away from Bayer and then I saw behind me there was many making mistakes and this allowed me to pull clear after which I could just control my race’. On target for his second ever EOS weekend double, something he achieved at Arena 33 last season, the World Champion said his plan for A2 is to, ‘try to do the same in the next one’.
Taking a very popular result with his P2 from 5th on the grid, 12-year-old Kobbevik described the result himself as ‘very good’. His best A-Main leg finish, the Xray driver who set the second fastest lap time to Coelho added, ‘I had good pace and the other drivers were fighting each other and I was able to pick up places when they crashed’. With this his first EOS race with Xray, having signed for the Slovakian manufacturer back in June, the Norwegian said he hopes for more of the same in A2.
Ronnefalk was pleased with his performance as he continued to be the only challenger to the Xrays. ‘It was good, the car felt really good’ was how the Swede summed up his race. He continued, ‘I got by Ty when he made a mistake at the loop. My car was really easy to drive and was fast so I could close the gap to Bayer. Then he had a mistake but I could react fast enough to get by and we both ended up on our roofs. That let Ty and Kobbevik get by. I passed Ty when he rolled but the gap to second was too big so I just drove to keep third to the end. It was good point for the first one and I think if I can put pressure on them in the next one a podium is possible for sure’.
‘It was a little bit rough for me, I had a few mistakes on my own’, was Tessmann’s reaction to finishing 4th over a second back on Ronnefalk. The North American offroad star said, ‘I had new tyres on for that one and it was a little aggressive but I just didn’t drive good’. Looking to A2, the former 1:8 World Champion said, ‘I have second run tyres for the next two (finals) so the car should be good and hopefully I will drive better too’.