Michal Orlowski has won the second A-Main at EOS Slovakia, the Schumacher driver taking a convincing win over Bruno Coelho and A1 winner Lee Martin. Winner of the Hudy Arena event last season, Orlowski would take the lead after Top Qualifier Martin made a mistake on his third lap at the same spot as the Schumacher driver did in the opening final. The Yokomo driver’s short coming over the double would also disrupt Coelho’s race as his Xray would tag the reigning champions out of shape buggy. Able to build on the break given to him by the incident, Orlowski would win by over 3-seconds as Coelho managed to hold off the recovering Martin setting the stage for a 3-way shot out for the overall win of Round 2 of the championship.
‘Finally a mistake free race’ was Orlowski’s reaction to his clean race. The Pole said even though Martin’s mistake gave him a break by delaying Coelho, it wasn’t until he had stretched the gap over the Portuguese driver to over 2-seconds did he slow down and drive a controlled race. Looking to A3, he said his strategy for the deciding final would be the same as A2 – maintain his fast pace and wait for Martin to make the mistakes.
Again benefiting from the number 3 starting Yokomo of Marc Rheinard over-jumping the double on the opening lap, Coelho said he was running right with Orlowski until he got caught up with Martin’s car. Admitting he was lucky to not have needed to be marshalled, he was pleased with the fact he himself made no mistakes. With second place putting the Nurburgring Top Qualifier in the hunt for his first EOS win he said ‘for sure I will try to win’.
‘An inch too short and it kicked the rear end up’ was Martin’s explanation of his mistake. Having ran a faultless A1, he said after that he couldn’t get by Coelho. Seeing Michal was getting away he made a big push but ended up making another mistake. Winner of the season opener in Germany, he said ‘I’ve got the pace, I just made that one mistake’.
Yokomo’s Lee Martin saw off two challenges from Michal Orlowski to win the opening A-Main at Round 2 of the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia. The Top Qualifier would lead from start to finish but twice came under pressure from the Schumacher driver at opposite ends of the 5-minute encounter, a last lap roll by Orlowski leaving Martin to win by 2.5 seconds. Starting from fourth and getting past Marc Rheinard at the first double on the opening lap, Bruno Coelho, having been promoted to second by Orlowski’s early mistake would complete the Top 3 after an almost identical mistake ended his chances of mounting an attack on the leader.
‘Keep your nose clean’ that was Martin’s reaction to his win, the reigning champion adding ‘basically that was my race’. With ‘Michal super fast’, Orlowski’s fastest lap 2/10ths quicker than his own, he said ‘it was obvious he was pushing quite hard’ adding it was keeping his own race clean that got him the win. In terms of his YZ-2, he said towards the end of the run it felt like it was losing drive. Not sure why this is, he said they will not make any changes adding the problem maybe to do with his rear tyres getting too hot.
‘Again just one mistake too many’, was how Orlowski summed up his race. The 14-year-old, who like most drivers has been having difficulties with the lap’s first of two doubles that lead into a slow corner, said after the mistake on lap 5 he pushed hard to catch back up adding his KF2 was ‘really good’. In a final push through the last section of corners he would ride the dots sending his buggy onto its roof but said he was ‘still happy with second’. For A2, the World Championship finalist said the plan was to maintain the pace and try to make no mistake adding he would wait this time for Martin to make a mistake.
Coelho, said his touring car rival Rheinard made things a little easier at the start when he over jumped the double allowing him to get through to third on the inside. Also benefiting from Orlowski’s error he said he was ‘slowly catching Lee’ but then ‘did the same mistake’ as Rheinard and Orlowski. Describing his XB2 as ‘very impressive’ he said the pace is there but it’s a day on which the driver is just making too many mistakes. Behind Coelho former Champion Joern Neumann would work his way through from 9th on the grid to finish 4th followed by champions of the future Joona Haatanen and Kaito Kodera.
Lee Martin is 2WD Top Qualifier for Round 2 of the Euro Offroad Series at the Hudy Arena in Slovakia. The reigning champion & current points leader claimed his 5th EOS pole position when he topped the fourth and final round of qualifying in Trencin ahead of Michal Orlowski, his only challenger for the overall TQ. Winner of the event last season, Orlowski will start the finals from second surrounded by Yokomos as Martin’s team-mate Marc Rheinard secured third on the grid thanks to a P4 run in the final qualifier. For home team Xray, Bruno Coelho lines up fourth ahead of team-mate & former event winner Martin Bayer who was another to improve his grid position greatly with a strong Q4 performance in which he set the third fastest time.
His first TQ at the Hudy Arena, Martin said a mistake at the start of the final qualifier by Orlowski made things a little easier for him. Reporting his tyres as going off towards the end of the 5-minutes he said compared to the opening round at the Nurburgring tyre wear is a little higher and he will have have to start the finals on new tyres. While most have reported a loss of steering on first run tyres, the Brit feels his YZ-2 will be fine with his bigger concern being how his tyres will face up to the third leg of the finals should that end up being the deciding encounter as it did at the season opener where he took the win. Asked about the challenge of Orlowski he said any of the Top 4 could win highlighting in particular Coelho’s Q3 pace.
Top Qualifier for the event last time the EOS visited the world famous facility, Orlowski described Q4 as a ‘messy’. The Schumacher star would lose over 2 & half seconds with a mistake on his opening lap and said his driving was inconsistent as he went from going short or too long over the jumps. The only driver to match Martin’s 23-lap pace set in Q3, the 14-year-old said he has the pace to battle with Martin for the win. Describing the track as ‘difficult’, he said with everyone having problems getting their speed right every lap, for in particular the doubles, this could open opportunities to pass should they run wide.
Rheinard said a new set of tyres transformed his YZ-2 for Q4 allowing him to back up his Q1 P2 finish with a fourth to deny Coelho 3rd on tie break. Starting from the same grid position as he did when he made his debut for Yokomo at the EOS Season #4 Finale at the Arena last May, the German said the start is going to being ‘interesting’ when all the cars go into the first double together. A ‘fast track anyway’ he said the added difficulty of trying to get the braking for the doubles right should make for interesting racing.
Describing his final qualifier as a ‘disaster’, Coelho said he was ‘flipping everywhere’ as a result of driving over the curbs as a result of bad driving. Asked about the finals, the Portuguese star said it would be difficult to overtake but added it would be extra difficult due to his touring car rival Rheinard starting in front of him but added ‘you never know’. Commenting in his Q4 performance Bayer said ‘its getting better but it a bit too late’. A three time EOS race winner, the Czech driver said starting on the straight with the first jump being the double, adding with a smile, anything could happen there.
Securing his best EOS starting position, young Team Associated talent Joona Haatanen completes the Top 6 on the grid ahead of Nurburgring podium finisher Martin Wollanka. Running new rear tyres on his Reedy powered B5M for the final qualifier the Finn said this left him with a little understeer with the run being his worst of the four qualifiers. Looking to the final the 12-year-old said his plan for the race was to stay out of trouble and ‘just see what happens’.
With Lee Martin taking the opening two 2WD qualifiers at Round 2 of the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia, in Q3 it was last season’s winner Michal Orlowski who would force the overall TQ to be decided in the fourth and final qualifier at the Hudy Arena. Having lost out on the TQ in Q1 with a last lap mistake and then making a mistake while setting the pace in Q2, Orlowski would manage a clean 5-minutes on his third attempt to top the times with a new fastest time just 0.045 up on Martin. Behind them Bruno Coelho would as he did in Q3 again complete the Top 3 ahead of Xray team-mate Martin Bayer who was only 10th in the previous two qualifiers due to mistakes.
‘Finally I got a run with no mistakes’ was how Orlowski summed up his TQ run, the 14-year-old adding it was ‘a tough last lap’. Running on the rear wing of Martin’s Yokomo for most of the run, the Pole would twice on the final lap get his KF2 up on two wheels but luckily managed to save it each time. While this allowed Martin to pull 9/10ths back he would just hold on to his lead to force the overall TQ decision to go to Q4. Top Qualifier in Trencin last year enroute to his first EOS win, Orlowski is up for the challenge saying his ‘car is great’ and its down to him to ‘just drive better’.
Describing his Q2 TQ run as ‘boring’ Martin said ‘that one was exciting’. Starting first but getting up on two wheels early and allowing the second place starting Orlowski to close the gap he said they were so evenly matched he couldn’t get a gap again on his rival adding ‘there is no risk or reward section on the track’. The first and only driver to run a 23-second lap, he said Orlowski’s last lap bobble gave him a chance to sew up the TQ but admitted his own final lap felt a bit scrappy even though it would turn out to be his second fastest of the qualifier. Shadowed by Orlowski it was clear to see that each driver had a section of track where they were faster than the other. Able to open a small gap in the fast sections but with Orlowski able to come right back at him in the slow stuff, Martin said his rival was using ‘more punch that (him)’ something that was not in his own style of driving. Saying opening with 2 TQ runs always makes the third qualifier harder but with a good car he is confident for Q4.
Top Qualifier at the season opener on his international 1:10 Offroad racing debut, Coelho said his performance was ‘OK but not perfect’. After throwing away a potential TQ run in Q1 with a mistake he opted to just drive a safe Q2. Getting a third from that approach, he would push harder in Q3 but again would suffer a mistake, this time on only the second lap with over 4-seconds lost. Almost assured of third on the A-Main grid, for Q4 he will again opt to push for a fast run while aiming to eliminate those single big mistakes. Commenting on his P4 in Q3, Bayer summed it up with ‘getting better’. On his disappointing opening two qualifiers, the 2014 EOS Slovakia 2WD winner said he just didn’t make clean runs due to stupid mistakes of his own doing. In Q3 he would also suffer a mistake but losing 3-seconds he said getting caught up in traffic led to this error. Currently lying 8th overall, he said he is happy with how his XB2 is working adding I just need to try and keep it clean for the last one.
Continuing his impressive showing Joona Haatanen would back up his P4 in the opening two rounds with fifth in Q3. The rising Finnish talent and EOS regular’s best qualifying performance to date, the 12-year-old would just miss out on a 13-lap run due to a spin on his penultimate lap. Happy with his modified B5M, which features a lot of hand made parts, he feels he could do with more power but putting the suggestion to his father to adjust his Reedy speedo settings he said he was overruled by his father and so he will run everything unchanged for Q4. Behind Haatanen, who is a previous EOS finalist, Ales Bayer would complete the Top 6 for Q3.
Chassis: Associated B5M Motor: Reedy 6.5T ESC: Reedy Batteries: Reedy 3900mah Radio/Servo: KO Propo/Reedy Remarks – Young Finnish talent Joona Haatanen is running a very interesting version of the B5M, equipped with the Red Workshop low rider transmission. The car sports a handmade chassis that allows for the use of brass inserts in order to lower the car’s CG. The rear shock tower, also hand crafted, is lower than the original and is paired with the T5M rear shocks. He is also using a brass bulkhead and a JConcepts Finnisher front wing.
Chassis: Xray XB2 Motor: Orca 6.5T ESC: Orca Batteries: Orca 4500mah Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Savox Remarks – Having only finished to build his first production kit on Thursday, Xray’s head offroad development driver Martin Bayer is running an out-of-the-box version of the Slovakian company’s brand new XB2 2 wheel drive buggy.