Joern Neumann has won the second A-Main of 4WD at the Euro Offroad Series in Austria, the Schumacher driver managing to prevent A1 winner Bruno Coelho from snatching an early win at the penultimate round of the championship. Top Qualifier Michal Orlowski, who had issues in A1, led away the field but on the first run through the triple landed his car on its roof. Afterwards it turned out Orlowski’s view of his car had been blocked for a second time today by a marshal attending a car causing his bad landing. This moved Neumann to the front but he was under pressure from Coelho. Holding the Xray driver at bay for 6-laps, Coelho would manage a mistake in his quest to get by, allowing the German to then control the race and win ahead of Daniel Kobbevik who actually leads the points going into A3 with a pair of second places. Also benefiting from the mistakes up front Martin Wollanka completed the Top 3 ahead of Orlowski and Coelho, leaving the race wide open in terms of who can take the overall win.
Reacting after the race having had an error on the opening lap of A1 Neumann said, ‘I made no mistakes, it was a really clean run. It is my first A-final win since Berlin when I was racing for Durango, which I think is more than 3 & a half years ago’. He continued, ‘I controlled the pace over Kobbevik after Bruno crashed and was able to maintain the gap to the end, now I need to repeat it again in the last one’.
‘I just did the same thing again’ was Kobbevik’s summary of A2, the young Norwegian benefiting from another error free 5-minutes to again gain two places to finish 2nd. He said, ‘It was very difficult to do anything about Joern because he had a big gap and we had the same speed’. Looking to A3, he said, ‘I will try to be in the Top 3 because then I can make the podium’. Asked if he planned to push harder in A3, he replied, ‘I will just do the same as I did the in the first two. It has worked well so far’.
Asked about his 3rd place, Wollanka said, ‘I made no mistakes while the guys in front of me made mistakes’. The Austrian added, ‘I just drove my own race. A clean run is the most important thing because it is so difficult to come back from a mistake on this track’.
Explaining his first lap crash, Orlowski said, ‘I went into the triple on the first lap and marshals were running to other cars so I couldn’t see my car. The next time I saw it it was sliding on it’s roof. I don’t know what happened. I tried to get back but had some more crashes’. He continued, ‘the car still feels good but now I need the win and in a faster time with Joern and Bruno outside the Top 2 if I am to win. It’s going to be very interesting’.