September 16, 2018

Coelho TQs final qualifier to line up 2nd Nurburgring

Having had a fraught 4WD qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series season opener at the Nurburgring, former Champion Bruno Coelho came good in the final round to post a TQ run and secure 2nd on the grid behind Top Qualifier Michal Orlowski.  While Orlowski wrapped up pole position in the penultimate round, the fourth & final qualifier was crucial for Coelho who needed a good result just to make the A-Main after wheel issues in Q1 & 3.  The second most successful 4WD winner of the EOS behind Joern Neumann, he delivered the perfect run with the fastest TQ of the weekend ahead of Orlowski, Daniel Kobbevik and Joona Haatanen.  The result means he demotes team-mate Kobbevik and the Associated of Haatanen one spot on the grid and is right back in contention for career win no. 9.  Despite retiring from both of this morning’s qualifiers, Joern Neumann completes the top half of the grid ahead of Martin Bayer and Lee Martin.

‘It was a good clean round without a big mistake. I just had a small touch with the board but the main thing was I was able to finish with 4-wheels’, was how Coelho summed up his TQ run.  The newly crowned Touring Car World Champion continued, ‘the car feels good but it is not 100% there.  Orlowski is very strong. I am struggling a little bit at the table but that’s his best bit of the track there.  The track is very small and easy to make mistakes so I will try to bring it home’.  Asked about his wheel issue, he said, ‘for that one we put the front left wheel on with thread lock and it stayed on so that seems to be a solution for this EOS.  I hope for the next one they find a solution to the problem.  They say the mould is the same but I think the plastic is softer and that’s why we and the other teams have had problems.  It looks worse for Xray but that is because we have the most drivers using our car’.

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