Bruno Coelho has opened the concluding day of the Euro Offroad Series Season Finale with a TQ run. The Xray driver topped the second round of qualifying from Neil Cragg after a late error from Q1 pace setter Joern Neumann dropped him back to 4th. After pulling up in the opening qualifier last night, title challenger Michal Orlowski would complete the Top 3 ahead of his Schumacher team-mate. A close qualifier, with 2nd to 5th all running 5:08 times, Martin Wollanka would take his Sworkz to the 5th fastest time with Joona Haatanen rounding out the Top 6.
‘That was a good run. I tried to drive super smooth and it worked’, was Coelho’s view of Q2. The defending champion, who can only lose his title if Orlowski takes the win later today, added, ‘the traction is higher now so it is easier to drive than yesterday. I am not losing the rear at all so I am having more confidence in the car so it all looks good’.
Cragg joked, ‘this is uncharted territory Red RC coming to see me twice in 4WD’. The Team Associated driver said, ‘It was a pretty good run so I cannot complain. I know I am not going to be the fastest driver in 4WD, it has been that way for a couple of years but I just kept it on its wheels and let everyone else do the crashing. We still have work to do on the car to get more out of it and we can get more out of the driver too’. With the result locking the British driver into the A-Main, and potentially with his best ever 4WD starting position in the EOS, he said, ‘With a 2 and a 3 in the first two (qualifiers) I am in the final which is how I dreamed it last night’.
‘A better run than Q1’, was Orlowski’s reaction after the second qualifier. The back to back 2WD Champion continued, ‘the car felt very good. After a strange feeling (in Q1) with the car we went back plus guessed some other other small changes which we tried this morning in free practice and the feeling was very good’. Having to start Q2 from the back after pulling up last night in the opening round, he said, ‘I made two costly errors because the traction came up today but we will slightly change the car for that for the next one’.
Setting the pace for the majority of the 5-minutes, Neumann said, ‘I traction rolled and went to the other side of the track and it is difficult to get over the pipes because they are huge’. The German who enjoyed his first EOS win in over 3-years yesterday in 2WD continued, ‘the car was really good. It’s super fast’. In terms of lap times Neumann ran a new fastest lap of 23.062 which was almost matched by his team-mate Orlowski who put in a best of 23.068 which is an almost half a second improvement on yesterday’s pace.