September 19, 2015

Martin wins A2, all to play for in A3

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Having felt he was robbed of the win the opening A-Main, Yokomo’s Lee Martin came out on top in an exciting A2 setting the stage for a three way fight for the overall win at the opening round of Season #5 of the Euro Offroad Series.  Like in A1 it was Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho who led early but this time the Xray driver and Martin got to battle it out with the pair swapping position back and forth. Unfortunately a bad landing on lap 10 of 17 by Martin would leave Coelho nowhere to got sending them both tumbling off the the track as the Xray ran into the back of the Yokomo.  This would allow A1 winner Michal Orlowski to go to the front and looking like he was on for his second ever overall EOS victory an error with three laps to go would drop the Schumacher driver back to his P3 starting position.

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Much happier the reigning champion summed up the race as ‘karma comes around’.  Describing it as a ‘good battle’ with Coelho, the pair swapping position four times, he said he landed short and with Coelho committed he hit him in what was a racing incident.  Allowing Orlowski through, the pair having made contact in A1, the multiple European Champion said he just focused on a big push to catch him.  Catching the youngster, they would again come together at the big jump, Martin waited as he said should have happened in A1.  Orlowski would made another mistake however allowing Martin to continue on for the win with Coelho also getting past to finish 1.1 seconds back.

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‘I did a lot of mistakes’ was Coelho’s reaction to the race referring to the number of times he got his XB2 up on two wheels.  Commenting on the coming together with Martin he said ‘Lee had a bad landing and I couldn’t avoid running into the back of him’.  With the marshal tending to Martin’s buggy first he said that was the end of the challenge.  Getting back to second due to Orlowski’s late mistake he said that was good luck as having a DNF in A1, the second means he can still fight for the overall win.

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Orlowski was to the point saying he threw away the win through his own ‘stupid mistake’.  The newly crowned 4WD European Champion said the race had started out exactly as he was hoping with Martin and Coelho making contact allowing him to the front.  However after 3-minute his car lost power leading him to get his jumps wrong as he jumped them short.  For A3 he will fit a new motor in the hope that this cures the issue.

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September 19, 2015

Orlowski wins opening EOS A-Main

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Michal Orlowski has won the first A-Main of the new season of the  Euro Offroad Series at the Nürburgring in a race that was determined by two key incidents.  The first of those came halfway into the 5-minute encounter when surprise Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho got a jump wrong while leading from Lee Martin.  With this allowing both Martin and the pursuing Orlowski to the front, the second incident would come 5-laps later when the pair would make contact with Martin coming off worst.  While Orlowski initially waited, Race Director Scotty Ernst gave the 14-year-old permission to race on, a decision Martin was less than happy with.  With Coelho retiring after popping a camber link, Marc Rheinard would complete the Top 3 from 6th on the grid.

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Reverting to an older setting on his Schumacher, Orlowski said his Cougar KF2 was better than qualifying but during the warm-up the feeling was strange.  Cautious of this and not wanting to make risky mistakes at the start, he said he drove very cautiously for the first few laps but getting more comfortable with the set-up change, the car feeling much smoother to drive, and seeing he could match the pace of the two in front he then started to push harder.  Getting down the inside of Martin as the Brit had to check-up slightly, he would touch the Yokomo’s rear wheel sending it over on its roof.  Commenting on the incident the Polish star, who took his first EOS win at last season’s closing race, said ‘I waited for Lee but then Scotty told me to continue’.

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‘A shit one really’ that was how Martin summed up the race.  Having played out his plan of sitting behind Coelho and waiting for a mistake he said the race was going to plan.  Admitting to having checked up a little allowing Orlowski to close, Martin said he still had his line so Orlowski was in the wrong as he hit his rear wheel.  Not hearing that Orlowski was told to continue he said he was ‘mad’ with the Polish driver for not waiting. Describing himself as an ‘extremely fair’ driver he said he got the ‘raw end of the deal’.  In terms of his Muchmore powered YZ-2 he said again they further improved it but they still need to find a little more steering for A2.

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Rheinard was surprised by how cleanly the race got underway saying ‘it was a good start from everyone’.  Benefiting from an early mistake by Xray’s Martin Wollanka and his Yokomo team-mate Carson Wernimont getting caught up in Coelho’s mistake, the German said he pushed hard hoping there might be a small change from the leaders crashing.  Ultimately he added that he was ‘too far back on the start’ to be a challenger for the win today.

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Commenting on his error, EOS rookie Coelho said he just drove too cautiously.  Trying to avoid any mistake he just approached the table top too slowly and jumped short causing him to hit it on the landing and flip his LRP powered Xray.  He said knowing the car is really good ‘maybe I need to push a little harder the next one’.

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September 19, 2015

Coelho Top Qualifier on EOS debut at Nürburgring

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Touring car ace Bruno Coelho has stamped his mark on the world of 1:10 Electric offroad claiming the overall 2WD TQ at the Euro Offroad Series season opener at the Nürburgring. His debut EOS at the German event, the Xray driver claimed pole position for the finals after topping the final qualifier ahead of reigning champion Lee Martin.  With Martin taking Q2 & 3 the result left the two tied but with Coelho’s Q4 time the fastest of qualifying the Portuguese ace will carry no.1 on his buggy in the final. Winner of the last season’s finale, Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski will start third on the grid ahead of Xray’s Martin Wollanka with American Carson Vernimont completing the top half of the grid.

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‘Much, much more than I expected’, that was Coelho’s reaction to his impressive feat in a class which the professional driver has limited experience.  Having thrown away the TQ pace in Q3 crashing twice, in the deciding qualifier he flipped his prototype XB2 just once and with Martin also suffering a flip he was able to outpace the Yokomo driver by over 3-seconds to take Q4 and the overall. Describing his car as ‘brilliant’ he said they knew during testing at the Hudy Racing Arena what it was capable of but coming to a different track you never know how it will work but it was still perfect.  Asked about the finals he said the biggest decision would be choosing whether to run new or used tyres, the new carpet being used for the fifth season is resulting for little or no tyre wear. In terms of his approach to the final he said he lacks the experience of those starting behind him and ‘need(s) to focus 110%’ adding that with the extra elements of the jumps it was more difficult than racing a touring car.

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Having looked to have the overall TQ in the bag Martin was a little downbeat to end up second.  In the final qualifier, he said he took his eye off the car for a second and ‘crashed like an idiot’. With ‘a dodgy Yokomo’ crashed in the middle of the front straight he said it was enough to put him off and cause him to crash.  Asked about his car he said they managed to improve it for Q3 and then again for Q4 but still descibing it as ‘not perfect’ he said hopefully they can make it better for the final.  Commenting on the final he said it was really close between himself and Coelho but his approach was going to be to ‘drive around & around and see what happens’.

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Having made changes to lose rear end grip from his Cougar KF2 for Q3, getting a 3rd from the round, Orloswki said a front shock oil change for the final qualifier ‘wasn’t the best’. Going up in the oil he said he had no rear grip and the car wouldn’t turn in.  Considering the set-up issues the 14-year-old declared himself ‘pretty happy’ with 3rd and hopes by going back to his base set-up he can run a good final.

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Despite his final two heats not going very well, Wollanka was happy with his overall qualifying performance as he claimed his best 2WD starting position with P4. Targeting a podium finish in the final he is confident his XB2, on which he forgot to check the ride height for Q4 with it being way too high, has the pace to be in the mix.

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Starting behind Wollanka will be the two Yokomos of Carson Wernimont and Marc Rheinard. Wernimont said he ‘expected a little more of himself’.  Making his debut as a full factory Yokomo driver, he said the speed is there but he making too many mistakes due to driving too hard.  For the finals, the American, who last year TQ’d the EOS season opener in Poland, plans to ‘keep it under control and work on his consistency’.

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Rheinard summed up his performance with ‘always one crash too much each time’.  The 4-time Onroad World Champion said his YZ-2 ‘feels OK’ however is ‘not super easy to drive but that’s the same for everyone’.  Asked about his expectations for the final he said ‘in offroad everything is possible and with open wheels its hard to force a pass’.  Feeling mistakes will determine the race outcome he said ‘its going to be interesting’.  Behind Rheinard the grid will be completed by Martin Bayer, former champion Joern Neumann, and Scandinavian teenagers Joakim Nicolaisen and Joona Haatanen.

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September 19, 2015

Chassis Focus – Michal Orlowski

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Chassis: Schumacher Cougar KF2
Motor: Speed Passion
ESC: LRP
Batteries: LRP
Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Ko
Remarks – Winner of the last 2WD EOS encounter, Polish driver Michal Orlowski resumes business driving a standard version of the Schumacher Cougar KF2, only equipped with the rear mounted rear shocks conversion kit. Also, the rear arms are from the Cougar SV2 buggy.

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September 19, 2015

Martin takes Q2 at Nürburgring

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Having said the next one would be better after finishing P3 in the opening qualifier of the the new season of the Euro Offroad Series at the Nürburgring, Lee Martin did just that topping Q2.  The only driver to run 17-laps, the Yokomo driver topped a trio of Xray’s headed by Martin Wollanka and Q1 pace setter Bruno Coelho.  Only 9th in the first round, Martin Bayer would improve to post the 4th fastest time ahead of Carson Wernimont and young Team Associated charger Joakim Nicolaisen.

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While improving the landing issues he had in Q1, Martin said changes to his YZ-2 turned the car from feeling lazy to nervous.  With Yokomo designer running the reigning champions set-up on his own YZ-2 for his second qualifying run, the accomplished Japanese driver feels the set-up is not very good and will make tweaks to the Brits car for Q3.

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Also making changes to his car including moving to a different front shock position and switching to a lighter 2900mAh LRP battery, Wollanka said these resulted in the big improvement from his XB2.  With the car less edgy, for Q3 he will make further changes to his front shock and copy what Coelho has been running on his example of what is expected to be the upcoming 2016 kit release of the XB2.

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Having impressed with his TQ run on his first every EOS qualifier thanks to an error free 5-minutes, Coelho would have two mistakes second time out.  With the front wheel of his Xray catching the piping on the second lap causing the buggy to get stuck, costing him over 4-seconds, the Portuguese driver said his second mistake came about as he pushed too hard to make back up the time.  A lap previous to his mid run error would be the fastest lap of the round, him being the only driver to break into the 17-seconds.

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While his ORCA powered XB2 had a little push, Bayer said overall the new car is very good.  Highlighting his team-mates performances, the Czech ace and Xray’s only 2WD race winner said they have made a lot of improvements to the XB2 over last season and this is reflected in the fact that all three of their drivers are fighting for the top spot.  Having suffered mistakes in Q1, first traffic and then having to pull over to let the leaders by, Bayer said he had a much cleaner Q2 hence the improvement performance.  Asked about changes for his next qualifier he said they would make a few small changes to their tyres.

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Making an error at the very same corner he did in the first qualifier, Wernimont said ‘that corner is my nemesis’.  Changing his set-up, while the car was faster it was now more on edge, he is planning to revert back to where it was more comfortable and then try a few other things.

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Completing the Top 6, traffic issues and mistakes leaving him 13th in Q1, Nicolaisen said he was ‘pretty happy with his second qualifier.  Running the light version of the B5M, the 19-year-old said the car overall is ‘pretty good’ although it pushes a little on throttle.  Asked if he planned changes he said his priorty for now was to get another strong result in, two of the four rounds to count, and if he gets this in the next run he will then try some small set-up changes for the final round.

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September 19, 2015

Chassis Focus – Joakim Nicolaisen

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Chassis: Associated B5M Light
Motor: Reedy
ESC: Reedy
Batteries: Reedy
Radio/Servo: Sanwa/XP
Remarks – Young Norwegian talent Joakim Nicolaisen is running a pretty stock B5M in the Light version, which features the 3-gear transmission. The car is equipped with titanium screws, a brass bulkhead, hard suspension arms and Ghea hinge pin inserts. Joakim also chose to use a Pro-Line wing and bodyshell.

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September 19, 2015

Coelho opens EOS account with TQ run

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Having been the star of yesterday’s practice, Bruno Coelho has backed that up by opening his Euro Offroad Series debut with a TQ run.  Making his debut at the Season #5 opener at the Nürburgring in Germany, the Xray driver convincingly topped the first of the four 2WD qualifiers by over 3.5 seconds from EOS race winner Michal Orwloski, the pair the only drivers to 17-lap runs.  Behind them reigning champion Lee Martin would complete the Top 3 followed by Yokomo team-mate Carson Wernimont.

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Establishing himself over the last 12-months as one of the stars of touring car racing and openly admitting 2WD buggy was a class he wasn’t particular keen on, Coelho’s TQ run marked the Portuguese ace as, as one industry onlooker put it, a ‘very special talent’.  Commenting on the opening heat himself, Coelho described it as ‘really good’.  Aiming for a Top 5 time, he said he took it super safe and seeing Orlowski, who start in front of him crash on the opening lap, that ensured that approach for him.  Seeing Lee Martin also make a mistake he said he just kept it safe and in the end ‘all was ok’. Commenting on his XB2, which is fitted with some prototype parts, he said’ the new car is perfect’ and having not been fan of 2WD he is starting to come around to liking it.

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Commenting on his P2 run, Orlowski said, ‘it was ok for a first run’.  While his Cougar KF2 was ‘very good’ with the 14-year-old confident its got TQ pace, it was two mistakes that were the issue.  The first of these came on the opening lap at the big jump and than a second in the mid section later in the 5-minutes, both resulted in 20-second lap times compared to the Q1 fastest lap of 18.058 which was set by the Polish ace.

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‘Not too great’, was how Martin summed up his opening performance.  The European Champion said their shock set up was ‘a bit too hard’ for the cooler temperature, conditions much colder this morning in the Ring Boulevard hall.  As a result his YZ-2 didn’t want to land off the jumps.  Asked about his own performance the Brit said he ‘didn’t drive very well but not bad’ continuing ‘next time should be better’.

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Wernimont described P4 as ‘better than expected as I flew off the track pretty good’.  On the landing on the single after coming off the main straight he flipped his Yokomo which ended up in under the drivers stand losing him over 3-seconds.  While he said his car was ‘fairly easy to drive’, he Shared Martin’s views on set-up saying ‘we got caught off guard with the cold this morning and we need to make a shock adjustment for Q2’.

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Posting the fifth fastest time Xray’s Martin Wollanka describing the heat as ‘ok’.  Trying to save his XB2 from a flip he got out of shape and lost time as he had to turn the buggy back in the right direction.  Looking for a smoother car for Q2 he will adjust the front flex, which should make it want to flip less.  He will also rebuild his shocks just to refreshen them up.

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Completing the Top 6 ahead of the Yokomo of Tom Cockerill, Joern Neumann was another to crash on the opening lap after he over jumped a single and trying to get turned in for he following corner flipped his Serpent.  He would suffer a second mistake of his own and then lost further time on the last lap when he collected the out of shape Yokomo of Marc Rheinard.  Aside from the mistakes, the German said ‘everything else was ok, the car is good’ and for the next one he just needs to cut out the driver errors.

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