March 15, 2019

Track Focus – Hudy Racing Arena

Name – Hudy Racing Arena
Country – Slovakia
Location – Trencin (120 km North East of Bratislava)
Direction – Clockwise
Surface – Carpet tiles
Previous key events hosted – 5 X EOS rounds, 6 X ETS rounds

Extended to six rounds for this the 8th season, the second half of the Euro Offroad Series season kicks off this weekend at the Hudy Arena in Slovakia with Round 4.  The venue for the 1:10 Offroad World Championships later this year on its new indoor dirt track, this is the fifth time the home of Xray has played host to the EOS on its indoor carpet track.  In terms of this year’s track layout, Michal Orlowski, 2WD winner on the last two occasions here, described it as ‘quite technical’ adding ‘but I like it, it has some nice jump sections’.  Asked what was the key feature of the track, the reigning champion said for him it was the table top, ‘I’m not sure about the table top. I can jump it but its more risk. I can do both lines but I have two more runs to decide what is my best option’.  Winner of Round 2 in Daun and leading the 2WD standings from Joona Haatanen and Orloswki by a point, Lee Martin described the track as ‘a lot tighter than it normally is at the Hudy Arena because the right hand side is closed in’.  With the track reduced in overall width, the 2016 Hudy Arena winner added, ‘I like the tight layout but I wish it had a nice jump section.  All the jumps are angled and into corners.  ‘Cause of the extra height of the driver stand here it is hard to judge the jumps right underneath.’ Martin concluded, ‘otherwise everything is to be as expected, the layout of the boards is quite square and there are a lot of right angles and it is presented well as expected’.

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