Bruno Coelho will start EOS Poland from pole position after Michal Orlowski’s challenge came undone with the Polish driver having to start his home race from 2nd. Jorn Neumann, who pulled up to save tires in Q4 will start 3rd, in front of Joona Haatanen and Daniel Kobbevik who make up the top half of the grid. The Xray driver summed up Q4, in which he took his 3rd TQ of qualifying, said ’It was a good qualifier, I tried to drive smooth because I knew that Orlowski will push for sure to make the TQ. In the beginning he was catching me but I touched the curb and I had two cars behind and there was a big mess there.’ This accident also held up the Schumacher driver who was following closely behind ‘He lost a lot of time there also, he then made some more mistakes that were good for me.’ Looking to the Finals the Portuguese driver said ‘Myself, Orlowski and also Jorn have the same pace, it will be for sure be an interesting final.’
Starting the finals from 2nd, Orlwoski having done the double at this round two years ago, the current Champion said ‘It was a hectic Q4, started off real good. I tried to push as hard as possible to put pressure on Bruno and had quite a good gap’. Losing ground to Coelho due to a number of incidents on track, Michal then had his own mistake and when trying to make up the time lost made another mistake which put him out of contention. On the final Michal was confident saying ‘Second is good, I like to start second on the grid.’
Starting from 3rd in the final, Schumacher driver Jorn Neumann pulled up the final qualifier after a mistake meant he couldn’t improve his grid position. ‘The first 3 laps was good, I then pushed the small double and rolled over and lost 3 or 4 seconds.’ Pulling up to save his tires he commented ‘New tires were better, I immediately made 18.5’, ending by saying ‘I’m pretty confident for the final.’
Runner up in the final qualifier Joona Haatanen will start from 4th on the grid. Describing how his race evolved the Finn said ‘I started behind Martin Bayer, we drove 4 minutes together, I think it was good, he had the same speed as me. In the last minute he made a mistake and I got by, then I heard Michal making mistakes and I got up to 2nd and Bruno was leading, so then I started to push in the last minute. I think it was like 3 tenths at the end, so not too bad.’ Daniel Kobbevik will start from 5th in front of his Xray team mate Martin Bayer, with Lee Martin in 7th, while Pekko Iivonen and Wesley van Helmond make their EOS A-main debuts and give Schumacher the most cars in the A-main and the first time the British brand had 4 cars in the final. Yokomo driver Paul Crompton completes the A-main grid.
In the 4wd 10.5 class, it was Associated distributor Sven Rudig who will start at the front of the grid ahead of Marcel Röttgerkamp in 2nd and Mirko Morgenstern in 3rd, the top 3 drivers all claiming at least one TQ in qualifying, proving just how close the competition in this class is.