Michal Orlowski remains in charge of proceedings at the Euro Offroad Series in Austria, the Schumacher driver posting another TQ run in the penultimate 4WD qualifier. Only missing out on a TQ run in Q2, the first qualifier of the day, when he was unsighted by a marshal, the championship leader had a 2.4-second advantage over reigning champion Bruno Coelho with the a similar pattern emerging at the top of the time sheets. Having TQ’d the second qualifier, Joern Neumann was again in the Top 3 as up & coming Norwegian talent Daniel Kobbevik posted the fourth fastest time ahead of Martin Wollanka who maintained his run of Top 5 times.
Appearing more and more confident with each run, Orlowski said, ‘It was a good run. I ran the same set of tyres I used in Q1 & 2 and I still had as much pace as Bruno who was on new tyres that one.’ Chasing a repeat of his double win last time out at the Hudy Arena, he continued, ‘He (Coelho) had a few bobbles here and there so I was just watching him and controlling the pace. It was a steady run’. Describing his new CAT L1 as ‘working really well’, he added, ‘I’m having fun with the car and Joern is enjoying himself too’.
Summing up his morning, Coelho said, ‘we are still struggling a little with our car on this track’. Absent from the previous round of the championship in Slovakia, the former World Champion said, ‘we are changing things every qualifier to make it better but it is difficult’. Asked what they were looking to improve he said, ‘we are losing forward traction. The car is diffing out in the sweepers and it’s costing us corner speed’.
Neumann said, ‘Q2 was very good. I had a very clean run, no mistakes. In that one (Q3) on the first lap I hit slightly the barrier and got out of my rhythm and then had to open for Bruno. I lost a few seconds in the first few laps but after that it was good’. He continued, ‘With a 1, 3, 3, I should be a safe 3rd on the grid which is good but hopefully I can start higher’. Asked about car changes for the final qualifier he replied, ‘Only new tyres’, the German like Orlowski having used the same set of tyres for the first 3 rounds.
Kobbevik said, ‘I tried to stay clean but still be fast. It was a good run’. The 13-year-old Xray driver added, ‘the Top 3 are very fast but in the 2WD finals things got a bit crazy so my goal is to start 4th and see what happens’. Happy with his car, the EOS Poland podium finisher will leave it unchanged for his final qualifying attempt with a 3rd and 4th his counting scores so far.
Opening the morning with a 4th in Q2, Wollanka said that was ‘a clean run’ but in the third when on his second set of tyres he had ‘small mistakes and lost 2-seconds’. Running a prototype of Sworkz’s upcoming 14-3 kit release, he said the car has been working really well and he is ‘just driving it’ having to make no changes between rounds. His debut in the EOS with Sworkz, he said he was ‘very happy’ to be already locked into the A-Main for his first EOS outing of the season.