Michal Orlowski has won the opening A-Main of 4WD at Euro Offroad Series in Daun. Starting from second on the grid the Schumacher driver went to the front following a mistake from Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho in the final 2-minutes of the race. Holding a comfortable 1-second advantage over Orlowski, entering the wall section Coelho’s Xray would get stuck in the corner allowing the Schumacher driver to go through and come out with a 1-second advantage. Coelho would try to chase down the Pole but made a number of mistakes in the process allowing Orlowski to cross the finish line 1.5-second clear. In a distant third Lee Martin would complete the Top 3, team-mate Marc Rheinard, who started ahead of him, dropping down the order after an error on the opening lap eventually finishing 10th.
Summing up A1 Orlowski said, ‘It started not so good as I had a couple of mistakes at the beginning but we still had a big gap on third. I was 1-second behind trying to keep up with Bruno and then he made a mistake at the end of the straight. I tried to keep the gap to him but he made a few mistakes so in the last few laps I could take it easy and get to the finish’. Having planned to be patient behind Coelho going into A1, asked about A2 Orlowski said, ‘I will do the same strategy and do my best and see what happens’.
Coelho said, ‘It started really good but then I touched the barrier and let Orlowski go by. Having just laid down the fastest lap of the race the lap prior to his mistake he said, ‘I pushed really hard but wasn’t able to catch Orlowski. For the next one I will try to put in a clean race’.
‘A solitary, lonely 3rd place’, was how Martin summed up his race. Finishing over 4.6-second off the winner, the Yokomo driver continued, ‘I was faster than guys behind me a little bit and slower than the guys ahead a little bit. I need to find more speed’. Asked what changes he planned for this the former Champion replied, ‘I will tweak something but haven’t decided what yet’.