Michal Orlowski has taken an important A1 victory at the EOS finale in Germany, the Schumacher driver going to the front on the opening lap after a mistake by team-mate & Top Qualifier Joern Neumann. Chased by title rival Bruno Coelho, the Pole then got a further break when the defending champion traction rolled allowing Orlowski to take control of the race and even survive a small mid race roll. With Neumann and Coelho’s incidents dropping them down the field it would be 6th place starter Martin Wollanka who would finish second. The Austrian would see off a strong challenge from Neil Cragg who completed the top 3 ahead of AE team-mate Joona Haatanen, Neumann and Martin.
Needing to take the overall win today to do the title double, Orlowski said, ‘Joern got a good start and had a small gap on me I and I had a small gap on Bruno but Joern then had a small error and the pipe caught his car and the marshal didn’t see him. I knew Bruno was behind me so I kept cool but then he made a few mistakes and dropped back so I could make a small gap. I had a small roll before the double but apart from that I could drive my own race and that’s what I will try & do again (in A2)’.
‘That was very good’, was how a pleased looking Wollanka summed up his second place. The Sworkz team driver continued, ‘I got places because some guys ahead made mistakes and then I could over take Lee.’ Only his second EOS outing with his new team and preferring to do his talking on the track, he concluded, ‘the car is perfect’.
Cragg described his A1 as ‘pretty good that’. He continued, ‘I had a bobble while running second which let Wollanka through. He drove a good race to be fair. I put him under a lot of pressure but he drove well and I couldn’t get by’. Openly admitting 4WD is not his discipline, he concluded, ‘we’re not fast enough to win but maybe we can get a sneaky podium today’.