Qualification in 4wd kicked off with Bruno Coelho taking the top spot ahead of Xray team mate Daniel Kobbevik. Michal Orlowski headed the times until 3 and a half minutes in, when landing off the right side double the car went straight on, a loose screw the culprit. His Schumacher team mate and 2nd seed after controlled practice, Jorn Neumann ended 3rd with Joona Haatanen and Lee Martin completing the top 5 for the round. Winner in the 2wd class, which took place earlier today, Bruno, who lost time early in the run, said ‘I did a very big mistake in the beginning, I flipped and I lost 2 or 3 seconds, then I pushed maximum until the end and was able to catch Neumann, and I think then Orlowski stopped.’
Daniel Kobbevik, who scored his first 2wd podium earlier in the day reported his first qualifier as ‘good, only one mistake on the table top but it was a good run.’ The Xray driver continued ‘I was starting 4th and I finished second so I am happy with that.’ Looking for his first class round TQ, the young Norwegian remarked ‘I have been very close to the TQ many times now, it would be cool to take one qualification.’
With Orlowski having to pull up early the Schumacher honours were left to Jorn Neumann to uphold and he would take 3rd for the round. The former champion said ‘It was a good start. Sometimes the car was on two wheels because it wanted to traction roll if I pushed too hard so we are working on that for the next qualifiers.’ Running on new tires, the German expects the 2nd round to be an improvement, saying ‘When the car is on new tires it is pretty edgy so next run should be better.’
Team Associated’s young Finnish star Joona Haatanen was only 6 tenths back on Neumann but was content with his run declaring it ‘not too bad’. Explaining his strategy going into qualifying he said ‘I drove my race tires in the controlled practice because my car was not too good on new tires, super edgy to drive, so that’s why I think I had an advantage to drive easy in the first qualification.’ Former champion Lee Martin completed the top 5 for Yokomo with Xray designer and multiple race winner Martin Bayer in 6th.
In the 10.5 4wd buggy class Marcel Röttgerkamp took the first round of qualifying from 2wd stock class winner Sven Rudig, while Mirko Morgenstern was 3rd, only one tenth in front of Stephan Eberding in 4th.