Chassis: Yokomo YZ-4 SF Motor: Scorpion 5.5T ESC: Scorpion Vanguard Batteries: Yokomo 5000 mAh Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Xpert Tires: Schumacher (handout) Body: Kit/LMR 27 V.2 Rear Wing Remarks – Team Yokomo lead driver Lee Martin is here at the Arena33 running a pretty standard version of the Japanese YZ-4SF. Sporting a setup obviously adapted for a surface Lee is used to but different to the usual EOS carpet, his car is only equipped with Titanium Screws and turnbuckles and an aluminium servo mount.
Michal Orlowski has taken an important A1 victory at the EOS finale in Germany, the Schumacher driver going to the front on the opening lap after a mistake by team-mate & Top Qualifier Joern Neumann. Chased by title rival Bruno Coelho, the Pole then got a further break when the defending champion traction rolled allowing Orlowski to take control of the race and even survive a small mid race roll. With Neumann and Coelho’s incidents dropping them down the field it would be 6th place starter Martin Wollanka who would finish second. The Austrian would see off a strong challenge from Neil Cragg who completed the top 3 ahead of AE team-mate Joona Haatanen, Neumann and Martin.
Needing to take the overall win today to do the title double, Orlowski said, ‘Joern got a good start and had a small gap on me I and I had a small gap on Bruno but Joern then had a small error and the pipe caught his car and the marshal didn’t see him. I knew Bruno was behind me so I kept cool but then he made a few mistakes and dropped back so I could make a small gap. I had a small roll before the double but apart from that I could drive my own race and that’s what I will try & do again (in A2)’.
‘That was very good’, was how a pleased looking Wollanka summed up his second place. The Sworkz team driver continued, ‘I got places because some guys ahead made mistakes and then I could over take Lee.’ Only his second EOS outing with his new team and preferring to do his talking on the track, he concluded, ‘the car is perfect’.
Cragg described his A1 as ‘pretty good that’. He continued, ‘I had a bobble while running second which let Wollanka through. He drove a good race to be fair. I put him under a lot of pressure but he drove well and I couldn’t get by’. Openly admitting 4WD is not his discipline, he concluded, ‘we’re not fast enough to win but maybe we can get a sneaky podium today’.
Schumacher will start 1-2 on the grid for the Euro Offroad Series championship deciding 4WD A-Main, with Joern Neumann continuing his reign at the EOS’ first ever outdoor event at Arena33. Top Qualifier and winner of 2WD, the German claimed the 4WD pole with his second TQ run in the fourth & final qualifier while, having TQ’d Q3, title contender Michal Orlowski will start 2nd. The only other driver with a TQ run but having a fraught Q4, defending champion Bruno Coelho will line his Xray up third ahead of the Associated of Neil Cragg and Yokomo of Lee Martin.
Pulling off an impressive save at the front double in Q4, Neumann said, ‘other than my moment at the double it was a clean run but there is something in the jump since they added the new carpet. I think something might be broken underneath’. With the race organisers now working on the jump ahead of the finals, he continued, ‘The Schumacher car is super fast and Michal & me are 1-2’. Asked about tyres, given that it was a factor in 2WD, the former champion replied, ‘tyres are no problem. I ran third run tyres in qualifying and have one set with one run and one brand new set. The car is very good on tyres’. Asked about the finals and the fact his team-mate is vying for the final win he said, ‘I will just drive and if he is faster he (Orlowski) will overtake’.
Commenting on his qualifying, Orlowski said, ‘It was good to get the TQ in the third one, the feeling of the car was much better. The last one I was very unlucky in the double. I was feeling very good but the car just kicked and I had no chance to save it’. He continued, ‘many guys are crashing there. The up ramp is not flat and its causing the cars to go sideways in the air’. Suffering a rip yesterday, a second piece of EOS carpet was placed over the damaged area to allowing racing continue and since then some drivers are having issues. Asked about the title, the 2WD Champion said, ‘I need a win. Bruno is starting behind me and I hope he will play fair like I did with Neil (Cragg) in 2WD. Joern is fast but I am too. I got the fastest lap in the last one’.
Pulling up in the final qualifier, Coelho said, ‘that was a disaster qualifying run. I had so many mistakes’. He continued, ‘Orlowski made a mistake in front of me and I was trying to see where his car was going to end up but ended up crashing and it was game over for me’ – Landing wide he would get stuck behind the track piping. Asked about the championship and challenge from Orlowski he said, ‘for sure he will force for the win and he has Neumann in front. I’m not sure if, like we do sometimes, they will play like a team like (Ronald) Volker did last weekend. We will see’. The reference to Volker is from the ETS in Madrid when the World Champion opened for team-mate Christopher Krapp in A3 to try and help him take the overall win.
‘A pretty outstanding result’, was how Cragg described his P4 starting position. The British driver continued, ‘the car has been good and the driver has been good. There is no pressure on me that’s on the other guys going for the championship. Hopefully I pick up the pieces and sneak a podium out of it’. Posting Top 3 runs in Q1 & 2, on the last two qualifiers he said, ‘I had good pace in the third one but had too may crashes so I got 8th or something. The pace was decent in the last one and I didn’t crash which got me 4th which was not too bad at all’.
Bruno Coelho has opened the concluding day of the Euro Offroad Series Season Finale with a TQ run. The Xray driver topped the second round of qualifying from Neil Cragg after a late error from Q1 pace setter Joern Neumann dropped him back to 4th. After pulling up in the opening qualifier last night, title challenger Michal Orlowski would complete the Top 3 ahead of his Schumacher team-mate. A close qualifier, with 2nd to 5th all running 5:08 times, Martin Wollanka would take his Sworkz to the 5th fastest time with Joona Haatanen rounding out the Top 6.
‘That was a good run. I tried to drive super smooth and it worked’, was Coelho’s view of Q2. The defending champion, who can only lose his title if Orlowski takes the win later today, added, ‘the traction is higher now so it is easier to drive than yesterday. I am not losing the rear at all so I am having more confidence in the car so it all looks good’.
Cragg joked, ‘this is uncharted territory Red RC coming to see me twice in 4WD’. The Team Associated driver said, ‘It was a pretty good run so I cannot complain. I know I am not going to be the fastest driver in 4WD, it has been that way for a couple of years but I just kept it on its wheels and let everyone else do the crashing. We still have work to do on the car to get more out of it and we can get more out of the driver too’. With the result locking the British driver into the A-Main, and potentially with his best ever 4WD starting position in the EOS, he said, ‘With a 2 and a 3 in the first two (qualifiers) I am in the final which is how I dreamed it last night’.
‘A better run than Q1’, was Orlowski’s reaction after the second qualifier. The back to back 2WD Champion continued, ‘the car felt very good. After a strange feeling (in Q1) with the car we went back plus guessed some other other small changes which we tried this morning in free practice and the feeling was very good’. Having to start Q2 from the back after pulling up last night in the opening round, he said, ‘I made two costly errors because the traction came up today but we will slightly change the car for that for the next one’.
Setting the pace for the majority of the 5-minutes, Neumann said, ‘I traction rolled and went to the other side of the track and it is difficult to get over the pipes because they are huge’. The German who enjoyed his first EOS win in over 3-years yesterday in 2WD continued, ‘the car was really good. It’s super fast’. In terms of lap times Neumann ran a new fastest lap of 23.062 which was almost matched by his team-mate Orlowski who put in a best of 23.068 which is an almost half a second improvement on yesterday’s pace.