October 20, 2017

Coelho tops practice at EOS season opener

Bruno Coelho has set the pace in practice at the season opening round of the Euro Offroad Series in Warsaw, Poland.  The Xray driver was fastest over the two seeding rounds setting the fastest 3-consecutive laps ahead of team-mate Martin Bayer.  Breaking up the Xrays, Yokomo’s Lee Martin set the third fastest time ahead of EOS debutant Ty Tessmann, the Canadian getting his weekend off to a solid start given his lack of carpet track experience.  Neil Cragg would take his Team Associated to the fifth fastest time ahead of David Ronnefalk, the reigning 1:8 World Champion returning to the championship after a two year absence.  Home favourite and double winner in Warsaw last year, Michal Orlowski would mange only the 9th fastest time.

Summing up his practice, drivers having started the day with two rounds of free practice, Coelho said, ‘I have changed nothing on the car. It works amazing so I just focus on driving making sure to try and put the car on the right parts of the track’.  The reigning 4WD Champion and winner of last season’s concluding two rounds in 2WD, he continued, ‘the time doesn’t mean anything, it’s only 3-laps and it’s 5-minutes that count.  The track is super difficult so making no mistakes is going to be the key and also a big challenge’.

Bayer admitted the track layout is testing his patience.  The Czech driver said, ‘I like more high speed tracks and this is low speed.  It is very tricky and you need to be very patient’.  Describing his 3-lap pace as ‘pretty good’, like Coelho he said it’s what you can do over the full 5-minutes that is going to count adding ‘it is going to be very hard’ to do a full run with no mistakes due to the nature of the track layout.

Martin was content with his practice form saying, ‘We need a little more corner speed but on the jumps the car feels pretty good’.  Describing the track as ‘very tight and technical’ he said, ‘just clipping stuff turns into a big mistakes because there is no margin for error’.  In terms of improving his YZ-2’s corner speed, the former back to back Champion plans to ‘loosen the rear end up a bit’.  Winner of last year’s season opener, Martin’s team-mate Marc Rheinard would set the 8th fastest time with Atsushi Hara recording the 18th quickest time on his EOS debut.

‘Alright, I broke the car pretty early in the first (controlled practice) so had to go for a safe second run’, was how Tessmann summed up seeding’.  Having travelled to the Hudy Arena to test with the rest of the Xray team ahead of travelling to Poland, he continued, ‘I’m running the same set-up as I had at the Hudy Arena and have just been getting used to the track’  He said, ‘It’s definitely challenging and very different to what I am used to.  Getting used to the driving style is the hardest thing’.

Commenting on his P5 pace Cragg said, ‘we are making improvements all the way through and I’m getting used to carpet racing again’.  The Brit continued, ‘the car is quite safe out there, it’s not the fastest but we are doing OK’.  Making a change to his front shocks for CP2, he said while he likes a ‘low rider’ the front was ‘a little low’ and so for the first qualifier he will ‘raise it a smidge’.

Reacting to setting the sixth fastest time, Ronnefalk said, ‘It’s going good but we are still trying stuff’.  Running a prototype car, the Swede continued, ‘the carpet must be new as there feels to be a lot of grip and the layout is a bit small so we have had to change a few things compared to what I was running at home’.  While suffering a crash in the second run resulting in a broken rear arm, he said, ‘the car felt fast and easy to drive’ but he was keen to highlight he was ‘here to learn’ and there was ‘no pressure for a result after a 2-year break’ before adding ‘but of course I want to be up there’.

Breaking his Schumacher in the first controlled practice, Orlowski said, ‘it was not the best start but we made a lot of changes to the car and it felt good’.  On his time he said, ‘I didn’t get get my fast laps in my 3-consecutive laps but the car feels good so it looks good for qualifying’.  The EOS running a new rear tyre, the Pole added, ‘the new tyres are a big improvement on last season’.

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October 20, 2017

Track Focus – World Travel Show (Warsaw)

Venue – Ptak Warsaw Expo
Race Hosts – ATA
Country – Poland
Location – Warsaw
Direction – Anti-clockwise
Surface – Carpet
No. of EOS Races hosted – 1

After a successful return to the Euro Offroad Series calendar last year, Poland is back as the destination for the opening round of the indoor carpet offroad championship. The fifth time the country has hosted the EOS, this is the fourth occasion it has kicked off a new season and as with each previous Polish visit it again provides the opportunity for RC Racing to showcase itself to the public. With ATA’s Niko Triandafilidis managing to secure a slot at the Warsaw Moto Show last year, held at biggest Exhibition and Congress Centre in Central Europe, Ptak Warsaw Expo, racing will again take place at the same impressive venue, this time as part of the World Travel Show which is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors. Situated in a different one of the venue’s six halls this year’s track has a reverse orientation to last year with the driver’s stand on the opposite side. The other noticeable difference is that instead of being in a hall full of cars, this year racers find themselves surrounded by campers and caravans.

In terms of this year’s track layout, the track is now running anti-clockwise with the KIA wall again its standout feature.  Double winner of his home event last year, reigning champion Michal Orlwski said of the 30 X 24 metre layout, ‘It looks easy but you have to get everything right for a fast lap, it’s hard but I like it’.  The reigning 2WD Champion added, ‘its important to get the down slopes right and not over jump especially the singles’.  Asked what he felt was the most difficult part of the track he said, ‘the section under the driver stand.  You have to get the first double landing right, you need a good rhythm for the single section and then you have a tricky double into a hairpin’.  4WD Champion Bruno Coelho described the track as ‘super difficult’.  He added, ‘You have to be very smooth, not aggressive.  It has many difficult points so mistakes are easy.  You can have one great lap and then crash the next one so easy’.  Like Orlowski, he too feels the section in front of the driver’s stand is the most challenging but also added that the chicanes ‘are really difficult’ because you can end up hitting the boards.

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October 19, 2017

Orlowski aims to kick off new EOS season with home win

Season #7 of the Euro Offroad Series kicks off this weekend (20-22 Oct) in Warsaw, Poland, with reigning 2WD Champion Michal Orlowski aiming for a repeat of his last performance on home soil. The Schumacher driver, who lives in the Polish capital city, did the double last year when Warsaw hosted the second round of the indoor carpet offroad championship going on to claim his inaugural EOS title win. With Poland returning as the opening race of the championship, Orlowski will be looking to capitalise on the energy of the race’s large show crowd to get his title defence off to a winning start. Running as part of the World Travel Show, which is expected to be attended by over 30,000 visitors, the teenager knows that as champion he is the one everyone is out to beat. While already facing tough competition from Xray, Yokomo and Team Associated established driver line-ups, this weekend will see the high level of competition further bolstered by the additions of former 1:8 Offroad World Champions Ty Tessmann and Atsushi Hara as they make their EOS debuts.

As the driver who lost his back to back title reign to Orloswki, Lee Martin will be looking to come back from a somewhat disappointing Season #6 campaign and start strong. While the second most winning driver of all time in 2WD, the British driver failed to win last season with the Yokomo team’s only victory coming from Marc Rheinard when he won the season opener at the Nurburgring. Joining Martin & Rheinard at Yokomo this weekend will be all round RC legend Atsushi Hara. Having tested in the UK together with Martin and Yokomo engineer Shin Adachi prior to flying out to Poland, Hara will be hoping he can impress on his first EOS appearance.

As back to back 4WD Champions, Xray showed at the back end of last season that they have made huge inroads with their 2WD programme with Bruno Coelho taking the TQ and win at the season finale. The reigning 4WD Champion and openly not the greatest fan of racing 2WD, Coelho now has two seasons of 2WD experience to work off and would very much like to add a 2WD title to his already impressive list of achievements. At the beginning of the month he did the E series triple crown adding the ENS title to his ETS and EOS titles, winning 2WD is one of the few challenges thats has so far defeated him. Alongside Coelho, Martin Bayer showed somewhat of a resurgence in form last season and capped off the season with a win in 4WD. This weekend however a lot of the interest in the race is going to be on Ty Tessmann. The Slovakian manufacturer has brought over the Canadian and with a few days of testing at the Hudy Arena to prepare for his EOS debut it will be expected that he will be mixing it with the regulars at the front.

Team Associated are backing experience and youth in the form of former World Champion Neil Cragg and rising star Joona Haatanen. Finishing 5th and 4th respectively in the 2WD standings last season, they will be targeting better results this year. Cragg has a full season of EOS under his belt now and Haatanen laid down a marker at the penultimate round when he took the 2WD TQ at Arena 33.

October 11, 2017

Tessmann & Hara set for EOS debut at Season #7 opener

With just over a week to go until Season #7 of the Euro Offroad Series goes live in Poland, Ty Tessmann and Atsushi Hara are to make their debuts in the multiple round indoor carpet offroad championship. 2014 1:8 Offroad World Champion Tessmann is the latest North American offroad superstar to go up against Europe’s leading drivers with Ryan Cavalieri, reigning 2WD World Champion Spencer Rivkin and most recently Ryan Mayfield all having made trips to Europe to compete in the EOS. Taking place in Warsaw, Tessmann will join Xray’s already strong EOS line-up of reigning 4WD Champion Bruno Coelho, multiple race winner Martin Bayer and Martin Wollanka. The entry for the first of the championship’s five rounds, that also takes in Germany, Slovakia and Austria, will also see Offroad & Onroad World Champion Atsushi Hara make his first EOS appearance, the Japanese ace once a regular on the ETS tour. Taking place on October 20-22 in Central Europe’s largest International Exhibition and Conference Center, the EOS runs as as part of World Travel Show 2017 which last year attracted over 30,000 visitors.