Michal Orlowski has won the second A-Main of 2WD at the Euro Offroad Series in Austria which saw four different race leaders all of whom seemed to not want to win as the each gave away their leads with mistakes. In the end the race came down to a showdown between Orlowski and Finnish star Joona Haatanen, with the Associated driver relinquishing the lead when he came up short on the triple allowing Orlowski back into first position which this time he held to the finish. Having benefited from a clean A1 to take, Top Qualifier Neil Cragg looked on to repeat the result but it all went wrong on lap 5 as he got it wrong allowing Bruno Coelho to catch him before a mistake at the tabletop allowed the Xray driver through. Coelho’s lead was short lived as on the next lap he got stuck in the wall section allowing Haatanen to the front. For Coelho the race would go downhill as he retired while running 6th, with Cragg coming back to complete the Top 3 with everything to play for A3.
‘I must say I got way lucky I got this win’, was how Orlowski summed up his race. The reigning champion and current championship leader, he continued, ‘I was on Neil for the first two lap but then jumped the triple too far but everyone started crashing out’. With his winning time slower than that of Cragg in A1, something that could prove vital for a tie break situation, he said, ‘I lost a lot of time with stupid mistakes but I’m still happy to take the win’. Looking to the deciding final, he concluded, ‘5 guys can take the (overall) win so I think it’s going to be a very interesting A3’.
Summing up his race, Haatanen said, ‘Overall it was pretty good to finish in the Top 3’. He added, ‘Again I had a pretty good start. Neil made a mistake and Bruno crashed which gave me the lead but on the second last lap I was short on the triple. I was trying to be safe because Michal was catching me’. Looking to the concluding race of 2WD, he said, ‘I had new tyres for this one and this is when my car is best, I like that it is a little more aggressive on new tyres. I will use the same set for A3 and will try to go for a good result’.
‘I’m happy to get back up to third because means we at least got a podium which is a decent result’, said Cragg after his race. The UK driver said, ‘I had one crash at the table top, I over jumped it, and the marshal put me back in track in traffic and I came off worse again. It was nobody’s fault but it cost me a lot of places. There were so many crashes out there’. Looking to A3 when he has the chance to secure his second EOS career win he concludes, ‘I’m going out to try and win the day with a win’.