Bruno Coelho has taken an easy win in the first A-Main of 4WD at the Euro Offroad Series in Poland. The Xray driver quickly pulled clear of the field from his TQ starting position to have an uneventful race. Behind the reigning champion however there was plenty of action with Daniel Kobbevik picking up the pieces after errors by his more senior rivals. David Ronnefalk would complete the Top 3, the 1:8 World Champion showing good pace against Ty Tessmann and Martin Bayer but coming together with the latter during the 5-minute encounter.
‘It was a very good final without mistakes’, was how Coelho summed up a rather lonely A1. Yesterday’s 2WD winner, he continued, ‘I forced at the beginning to try pull away from Bayer and then I saw behind me there was many making mistakes and this allowed me to pull clear after which I could just control my race’. On target for his second ever EOS weekend double, something he achieved at Arena 33 last season, the World Champion said his plan for A2 is to, ‘try to do the same in the next one’.
Taking a very popular result with his P2 from 5th on the grid, 12-year-old Kobbevik described the result himself as ‘very good’. His best A-Main leg finish, the Xray driver who set the second fastest lap time to Coelho added, ‘I had good pace and the other drivers were fighting each other and I was able to pick up places when they crashed’. With this his first EOS race with Xray, having signed for the Slovakian manufacturer back in June, the Norwegian said he hopes for more of the same in A2.
Ronnefalk was pleased with his performance as he continued to be the only challenger to the Xrays. ‘It was good, the car felt really good’ was how the Swede summed up his race. He continued, ‘I got by Ty when he made a mistake at the loop. My car was really easy to drive and was fast so I could close the gap to Bayer. Then he had a mistake but I could react fast enough to get by and we both ended up on our roofs. That let Ty and Kobbevik get by. I passed Ty when he rolled but the gap to second was too big so I just drove to keep third to the end. It was good point for the first one and I think if I can put pressure on them in the next one a podium is possible for sure’.
‘It was a little bit rough for me, I had a few mistakes on my own’, was Tessmann’s reaction to finishing 4th over a second back on Ronnefalk. The North American offroad star said, ‘I had new tyres on for that one and it was a little aggressive but I just didn’t drive good’. Looking to A2, the former 1:8 World Champion said, ‘I have second run tyres for the next two (finals) so the car should be good and hopefully I will drive better too’.
Bruno Coelho is to start his 4WD title defence from pole with the Xray driving securing the overall 4WD TQ in Warsaw, Poland. The Portuguese driver went into the fourth & final qualifier with only team-mate Martin Bayer able to deny him from becoming Top Qualifier for a second time at the Euro Offroad Series season opener. Setting the TQ pace from team-mate Ty Tessmann he however suffered a CVD failure on his final lap allowing Tessmann post his first TQ run of his EOS debut weekend. Behind, David Ronnefalk would back up his P3 in Q3 with a second for the round. This result will see the HB Racing driver start as the best non Xray driver in 4th behind Bayer and youngster Daniel Kobbevik, Xray having a total of six cars in the A-Main.
Putting his front CVD failure down to a broken bearing following contact with the boards, Coelho said up to that his ‘car was very good’ and he was just controlling his pace by watching where Tessmann was. On the finals, the back to back champion who is chasing his 7th 4WD EOS career win said, ‘I know the car is good so I will just try to drive clean runs and not make any mistakes’.
Enjoying a very competitive weekend in Warsaw, Bayer said, ‘I tested a few things in Q3 & 4 but will go back to the Q1 & 2 set-up. It was much easier to drive’. Winner of the final round of last season’s championship, the former European Champion added, ‘Ty is very fast so we will see, but I feel ok for the finals’.
Tweaking his car set-up and making further speedo adjustments, Tessmann said the changes where ‘all in the right direction’. Running new tyres he said as expected the car was a little bit aggressive but ‘it still felt good’. Asked of his expectations for the 4WD finals compared to 2WD in which he claimed a podium finish, the Canadian said, ‘I think it should be a little more interesting because everyone can push a little bit harder’.
‘All good’ was Ronnefalk summary of qualifying. After a slow start yesterday, the Swede said, ‘now today we worked on the shock package and for the last one it was better. We were only 3/10ths behind so its pretty close. With three good drivers with a good car ahead of us I think its been a good result’. Running a prototype of HB Racing’s upcoming new 4WD kit release, he added, ‘there are a few small details we need to work on and we need to gain more experience with the new chassis layout we have here but that will come as we get a few more races under our belt but I hope we can mix it with the Xray’s today’.
It’s the 3rd and final day of racing at EOS Poland and Bruno Coelho has kicked things off by posting his second 4WD TQ run. The Xray driver again had a distinct advantage topping the times by almost 4 and a half seconds from team-mate Ty Tessmann. With Xray having filling the Top 3 in yesterday’s first two rounds of qualifying, that domination was finally broken as HB Racing’s David Ronnefalk took the third quickest time. Having been part of the Xray Top 3s yesterday, taking the opening qualifier, Martin Bayer would have a messy run ending up P11. Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski not impressed with the Czech’s driving, the Pole classified 32nd for the round after being hit in the rear by Bayer during the qualifier.
Winner of 2WD yesterday, commenting on Q3 Coelho said, ‘It was a very good qualifier, I don’t have much more to say’. A slightly slower time than his Q2, the fastest of the three rounds with one remaining, he added, ‘the car is working really well as always’.
Trying a different electrics set-up, Team Orion backed Tessmann said, ‘I made some changes to my speed controller. I copied David’s (Ronnefalk) motor/speed controller settings. I felt I had more power but I got used to it over the run and by the end I liked it’. The Canadian said he also opted to run his first set of tyres for a third time as a tactical decision for the finals. Describing the tyres as a ‘bit difficult’ to drive on, he said, ‘I am planning to run my second set in the last qualifier so they will be fresher for the main – A-Main drivers permitted an additional set of tyres for the finals.
With EOS Poland marking his return to the championship after more than a 2-year absence, Ronnefalk described his Q3 run as ‘not perfect but decent’. The reigning 1:8 Offroad World Champion had a rear drive shaft snap in Q1. Forced to start last as a result of his DNF, he said he went for a safe run to get points but lost further time as he had to open for the leading group who where fighting for the TQ. Getting a P9 he was only 2/10ths off a Top 6 time. In terms of his car, the Swede said, ‘today we changed the set-up a little bit and it felt good. The car is stable but we still need to work on landings so we will change the shock package for the next one’.
Behind Ronnefalk, Norwegian Daniel Kobbevik would back up two P7 runs yesterday with the 4th fastest time. Running in the second fastest heat, the 12-year-old Xray driver said his ‘car is good’ and he has been running the ‘same set-up all weekend’.
Setting the fifth fastest time, Lee Martin said, ‘I just made too many small errors. It was the first run of the morning and I think I needed coffee’. Running Yokomo’s new YZ-4 SF, the former champion said, ‘the car is too soft for the landings and thats where the errors came so we’ll make it stiffer and I’ll go get a coffee’. Behind Martin, Yokomo team-mate Marc Rheinard completed the Top 6.
Once again it was Xray that led the way at EOS Poland with Bruno Coelho making up for his Q1 errors to take the second 4WD qualifier. Having thrown away a TQ run in the opening qualifier with two mistakes, Coelho’s second attempt would be an error free run with him setting the fastest lap on his way to stopping the clock over 3-seconds quicker than Q1 pace setter Martin Bayer. Making it another Xray 1,2,3, Ty Tessmann would bring Day 2 of the Warsaw event to a close with the third fastest time. In a slight change of order of best of the rest, Lee Martin would take his Yokomo to the fourth fastest time albeit it almost 8 seconds off Coelho’s TQ time. Xray’s Kája Novotný was next up ahead of the Schumacher of Michal Orlowski who completed the Top 6. With two of the four qualifier to count, Yokomo, Schumacher and Team Associated will be hoping they can up with something overnight to at least present a bigger challenge to Xray.
Picking up where they left off last season, Xray have dominated the first round of 4WD qualifying at the season opener of the Euro Offroad Series in Poland. Fresh from their impressive 2WD podium sweep earlier in the day, it was Martin Bayer who topped the first of the four 4WD qualifiers followed by Ty Tessmann and Bruno Coelho who set the initial TQ pace before the first of two mistakes. As in 2WD, it was Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski who was best of the rest as he posted the fourth fastest with Team Associated’s Joona Haatanen and Yokomo’s Lee Martin completing the Top 6.
‘Again amazing’ was Bayer’s reaction to taking Q1. Winner of the concluding round of the championship last season, the former European Champion continued, ‘I am not a big fan of the new tyres. The combination of the new tyre and the (track) layout make it very hard to go 5-minutes without a mistake’. Having improved his XB4 set-up over the four rounds of practice, ending controlled practice second fastest to Coelho, he said, ‘we now have found a good set-up and the car is very easy to drive and that is how it was possible to do Q1 with no mistake but we will look to make it a little more aggressive for Q2 but still keep it comfortable to 5-minutes’.
Tessmann said, ‘I was on new tyres so I knew it would be a little hard to drive so I just wanted to get a good clean first run. I had a couple of double steers over the run but otherwise it was clean’. Asked how he was finding 4WD compared to 2WD, he replied, ‘Usually 4WD is easier to drive on don’t but that’s not the case on carpet. I don’t have a preference for one or the other yet’. In terms of his XB4 set he plans to leave the car unchanged for Q2, the final run of the day, saying ‘it should be better now the tyres are broken in’.
‘The car is working well but I did make a mistake after the double in front of the driver stand and when I tried to come back I had another mistake’, was Coelho’s summary of Q1. The reigning champion added, ‘I will go for a clean round in the next one’. Asked about the new handout tyre for this season, he said, ‘they have a lot more grip so we need more time to work on what to do with the front tyre. People are trying many different things so we need to work to see what is the best way’.
Orlowski called his Q1 performance ‘an ok run’ adding ‘it was nothing special’. Winner of EOS Poland last season, he continued, ‘the car feels pretty good but I had a few bobbles. I was able to save it and keep it on four wheels’. Looking to his next qualifier, the teenager said, ‘I think we will do some changes to the car and hopefully then we will be able to compete in the Top 3’.
‘I was thinking it was going to be very hard to drive with the new front tyre but it wasn’t’, was Haatanen’s thoughts on Q1. The added, ‘In practice I was not that fast but now the car is easy to drive and pretty fast too’. Echoing other drivers, he said, ‘we are still learning about the front tyres but it seems everyone is pretty close with what they are doing’. Having run a centre diff in his B64 he will change to a slipper for Q2. While preferring the diff set-up, the landings are damaging the teeth and having already gone through two diffs they will go to the slipper to be safe.
Running Yokomo’s latest 4WD offering Martin said, ‘This is the first real test with the car. It is easy to drive but we need to make it faster in the turns. Overall it feels good but we still have to find more from the set-up.’ Asked about his thoughts on the tyres, the Season #4 champion said, ‘we are testing a few things with the tyre to make the car most settled and I see that’s what Bayer used to TQ so I’ll take credit for that’ – the popular choice being the removal of the centre pins from the front tyre.