Michal Orlowski took an easy win in the second A-Main of 4WD at EOS Slovakia, the Pole leading a Schumacher 1-2 at the Hudy Arena. Second in the opening encounter after a first lap error, Orlowski produced a near perfect race going ahead of Top Qualifier Martin Bayer on the opening laps when the Xray driver had a bobble at the main table top. Once in front Orlowski was never challenged pulling well clear of his rivals. Bayer lost further ground which allowed Neumann to go by on lap 5 and with the Top 3 all very evenly matched on pace the order stayed static for the remainder of the race. Having won the first final, Lee Martin wouldn’t have a good A2 finishing 6th behind fellow Brit Neil Cragg.
Commenting on his win, Orlowski said, ‘I was on new tyres and from the warm-up I knew my car was good. Still, I started a bit easier so as to not make the same mistakes as A1’. He continued, ‘I got past Bayer when he had a bobble and tried to build a gap but the others had a few mistakes which made it easier for me. With a big gap I was able to back off towards the end to save my tyres for the last one’. With a win and a second place from the first two, only Lee Martin and Neumann can challenge Orlowski for the overall victory with Bayer’s chances having ended in A2 after he failed to get by Neumann.
Enjoying his most competitive EOS outing for quite some time, Neumann was very pleased with his second place in A2. The German said, ‘I was on new tyres and was very fast again. I just got stuck behind Joona (Haatanen) for a couple of laps at the beginning until he made a mistake and I could get by and by then Michal was already gone. We had very similar pace so I couldn’t gain anything on him’. Setting the fastest lap of the race, just, his best a 23.533 compared to Orlowski’s 23.583, he said, ‘I think this is the first time in 3-years I am fighting for a podium. It’s not safe yet, it still is all open but I think my car will be even better now with the tyres on their second run’.
Bayer said, ‘the car was now better. I used my first set (of tyres) from yesterday and they felt really good’. A driver who has been making time on everyone over the table top it was this that cost him the lead, he said, ‘I made a little bobble which allowed Michal in front, then I got pushed out wide by Lee. I tried to fight with Joern but we had the same speed and with no mistake it was impossible to catch him. Sitting fourth overall going into A3, he concluded, ‘hope the last one goes good’.
Running the same set of tyres for a third time in A2, Lee Martin said, ‘My car had a little understeer that time. The tyres went off’. He Yokomo driver continued, ‘It was bit of a poor run really’. With a new set of tyres for the final round, the other two potential winners and Bayer having already used their new set, he is hoping this will give him the edge in the deciding final.