Michal Orlowski has won the first A-Main of the new season of the Euro Offroad Series, the Schumacher driver getting by Top Qualifier Lee Martin on the opening lap and surviving a few mistakes of his own to stay ahead of the Yokomo driver to the finish. The tight technical track would catch out all the Top 3 starters on the first lap. The first mistake came from Orlowski followed shortly by Martin allowing 3rd place starter Joona Haatanen to go to the front but only briefly as the Team Associated driver rolled at the very next corner allowing Orlowski emerge as the leader. Pulling clear as Martin saw off the attention of Haatanen, a mistake closed the gap and Orlowski now had Martin back on his case but the reigning champion remained composed and held on to take the win by 1/10th of a second with Haatanen a further 2.3-seconds back.
Summing up the race Orlowski said, ‘It started off with me, Joona & Lee making mistakes on the first lap so I was lucky to get the lead. I was starting to get a gap and then they both crashed but two corners later I crashed. Luckily I didn’t need to be marshalled but I was relieved to bring it home. Hopefully I will have less mistakes in the next one. I just need one more win’.
Martin said, ‘The track was a little hard having not had practice in the morning. It felt like a new track for the first few laps’. He continued, ‘my shocks felt pressurised probably from the cold overnight and the slipper didn’t feel perfect. We fitted a new one last night and I think its a bit glazed so we need to check. The race was close but I didn’t feel I drove that well so I’ll try to driver better the next one’.
‘A few too many mistakes’, was how Haatanen described his race. Posting the fastest lap of the final, the Finn added, ‘the car was good but I was on new tyres and we forgot to cut the outside pins so it was a bit edgy but I’m not complaining about the car. I had a mistake on the first lap when I crashed but after that I was there all the race. I had nobody behind me so I could push hard.’ Behind Haatanen, Daniel Kobbevik would come through from 6th to finish 4th ahead of Bruno Coelho and Elias Johansson.