Chassis: Schumacher Cougar KC Motor: LRP 6.5T ESC: LRP FlowX Batteries: LRP 3000mAh LCG Radio/Servo: Sanwa Tires: Schumacher (handout) Body: Aerox Performance Remarks – Reigning EOS 2WD Champion Michal Orlowski has been running a LRP powered Schumacher Cougar KF2 equipped with a number of option parts, such as aluminium uprights and hubs, a carbon chassis, rear roll bar and titanium turnbuckles. Michal is also using a brand new Aerox bodyshell, which sits lower on the car and is slightly lighter than the standard version.
Chassis: Xray XB2 ’18 Motor: Hobbywing 6.5T ESC: Hobbywing Xerun XR10 Pro Batteries: EZ 3500mAh Graphene Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Savox Tires: Schumacher (handout) Body: Lightweight Xray body Remarks – Winner of the opening round of the EOS 17/18 here in Warsaw, Xray factory driver Bruno Coelho has been running the latest ’18 edition of the Slovakian made XB2. His car is equipped with aluminium uprights, a 26 gram front brass bulkhead and a 50 gram under LiPo weight. The Portuguese driver is also using a new front wing mount, due to be released in the next weeks.
Bruno Coelho will leave Poland as a somewhat surprise leader of the Euro Offroad Series 2WD standings after taking the overall win at the Season #7 opener. With 2WD Buggy far from being RC racing’s versatile super star’s favourite category, the Xray driver took victory in A3 to wrap up his third consecutive overall 2WD win of the championship. Also Top Qualifier in Warsaw, the reigning 4WD champion has registered the maximum points possible. Behind, Martin Bayer and first time EOS visitor Ty Tessmann would make it an all Xray podium denying Michal Orlowski a repeat of his home double victory he took last season. With the Schumacher driver finishing 4th, his title predecessor Lee Martin would finish 5th with the result highlighting the progress Xray have made with their 2WD.
Reacting after his A3 win, having thrown away the lead in A2, Coelho said, ‘that was a very nice final’. He added, ‘I just had a small mistake at the beginning when I didn’t jump the double but I was able to build up a lead and then just controlled the race ahead of Lee to the end’. He continued, ‘this is not my class and it was very difficult for me last year to stay in the Top 5 but now we have all cars in the Top 3. The car improved really a lot. Last year Lee and Orlowski were on the top but now it is not just me but also Martin and Ty on the podium and I think this means something about the progress we have made with the 2018 car’. He concluded, ‘the car is faster and more consistent and really comfortable to drive. I hope it is like this the next race but we are on a good way’.
‘Extremely happy’ was how Bayer summed up his team’s result. In charge of Xray’s Offroad programme, he added, ‘It’s an amazing result. The first round and the first time we fill the podium’. On his own personal performance he said, ‘I’m super happy. All weekend I have been sick so to bring home second is great. It a great way to start my season and now its time to have fun in 4WD’. That remark coming off the fact that Xray was the dominant force in the class with him winning the closing race of the season in Austria.
Summing up his first EOS experience, Tessmann said, ‘I’m pretty happy with the result’. The 2014 1:8 Offroad World Champion continued, ‘For the third (A-main) I ran the same tyres again so I knew it would not be quite as good (as A2) so I tried not to crash because from previous experience I knew there would be a lot of crashes’. Getting a fourth for the round, which together with his P2 from A2 was enough to secure the podium, he added, ‘I rotated the tyre side to side and they felt fresher and I think the differences between runs I was feeling before was just between new and used tyres’. Asked if he felt 4WD would be his stronger class, the event now switching over to 4WD, he replied, ‘everyone is telling me the track is going to be very difficult in 4WD so we will see. I have no expectations as I don’t have much experience (of racing on carpet)’.
‘It is really frustrating how it went’, was Orlowski’s view of A3. The Warsaw teenager said, ‘Bayer was really slow and I found a place to pass him but then he tipped my rear wheel and my run ended there’. Crashing on the 3rd double as a result of the contact, on the overall result he said, For sure it was not what I wanted. Xray had good pace this weekend but I think I could have challenged them for the win but they played team work in the finals so Bruno was more out in front’. He concluded, ‘At least one positive from today is that we know we have good pace for the next race’.
While A1 didn’t provide much entertainment with Bruno Coelho taking an easy win from pole position, the second encounter at Euro Offroad Series would be a much more heated affair with Martin Bayer come out the victor ahead of EOS debutant Ty Tessmann. While Coelho looked to wrap up a third straight overall EOS victory having opened a gap over his rivals once again, the Xray driver would get things wrong at the double in front of the drivers stand with some questionable marshalling seeing him rejoining in the middle of the 2nd place battle between Bayer, Michal Orlowski and Tessmann. That battle was reduced to three when Orlowski crashed on landing at the same double Coelho lost his lead, a further mistake then putting Coelho out of the picture. Showing some restraint, while Tessmann had the quicker car but he couldn’t find a way passed Bayer despite getting alongside him on occasions. Going an extra lap over the rest of the field, in the end Bayer would take the win by 2/10ths with Coelho third and Orlowski fourth, over 1.5-seconds further back.
Raising his hands in a rattling gesture to highlight he was under pressure from Tessmann, Bayer reacted to his win by saying, ‘I drove without mistakes. I was not the fastest. It was a very good race’. Having dropped from his P2 starting position to fourth in A1 due to driver errors, the head of Xray’s Offroad programme said, ‘I still need one more. Bruno has a win and a third so the last one will be a very hard final but I hope I can still be on the podium’.
Looking to have clicked with the carpet track conditions in A2, Tessmann said, ‘we ran new tyres that time and my car seems to be best on new tyres’. The former 1:8 Offroad World Champion continued, ‘we made a few changes to the car also because it felt weird and we changed the receiver too to be sure so I don’t know if that helped too but hopefully it is the same for the third one’. Asked about the difficulty of passing on the carpet surface, the Canadian said, ‘I knew I was faster in the top corner than Martin but the car is light there so I didn’t what to risk a pass and take out my team-mate. I also had a bad first finish but Martin is in contention still’.
A not too pleased Coelho said, ‘I made a mistake at the double in front of the driver stand. It was my mistake but the marshal was waiting for something. If he had put me back immediately I would have still been leading because I was a lot of time in front. Instead he waited for the others to arrive. It was very bad. I don’t want to know who this marshal was. This marshalling was embarrassing’.
Summing up his race, Orlowski said, ‘This time the start was normal and we stayed 3rd. Then Bruno had a mistake and then the pack was running really close’. He continued, ‘I don’t know how or what to say but I felt Bruno touched me in the back wing and I went sideways in the air. I’m not sure on this but nothing was called and I got fourth’. Looking to A3 with a chance of the overall victory at his home race still possible he said, ‘I have got a second (from A1) so I have a chance still to win. I have a good set of tyres and a good car so I hope we can make something happen’.