Joern Neumann has made it back to back wins in the EOS taking the 4WD win today in Austria in A2, but the biggest prize goes to Bruno Coelho as he wraps up the season with the 4WD Championship title. Having taken the TQ and then the A1 win after an exciting battle with Coelho, Neumann had a much easier A2 after an early mistake from the number 2 starter that effectively dropped him to last. With Coelho out of the equation, Neumann was chased by his team-mate Michal Orlowski. Needing to win today to retain his 4WD title, a mistake from the 2WD Champion on the penultimate lap allowed Neumann to cruise to the finish for the overall win on the championship’s first visit ERT Steyregg. The result also meant that irrespective of the A3 outcome, Coelho was champion again for a third time and Orlowski’s quest for a repeat title double where over. With a rain shower that arrived during the third B-Main delaying A3, the astro surface meaning the track was ready to go back racing once the rain had passed, Coelho went on to cap off his title winning season with the win over Orlowski. Overall this meant Coelho split the Schumacher drivers to claim 2nd on the podium.
Reacting to his title win, Coelho said, ‘It was a super tight championship. We came into the last race with just 2-points separating us. Myself and Michal had very good battles. I think the last race was not perfect for him but I also had bad races at the back’. He continued, ‘the team worked hard for this race and they came here to test. I think to finish 2nd in the 2WD championship showed the World we have done and taking the 4WD title today the team is super happy. Now we look forward to the Worlds’.
Summing up his strong finish to the season having won both the astro turf rounds, Neumann said, ‘my finish to the season was very good. I’m very happy. 4WD on astro is very good for me and next year we need to improve on carpet’. Joking, ‘if they change to all astro next year we should be ok’, the former 3 time 4WD champion having had more experience with the Schumacher this season had helped as he ‘knew what to change for the different conditions’. Asked about A2, the German said, ‘Bruno crashed early on so I had a big lead and cruised to the finish’.
Having wrapped up the 2WD title a round early, on his 4WD campaign, Orlowski said, ‘I’m disappointed obviously. I felt we had the pace to win every time but small stuff happened and this time we came up short’. The Polish teenager continued, ‘we were very close the last round and had the pace at Hudy Arena but we found a problem with the car after the race. Today I felt we had pace and the car felt great and getting four cars in the final shows how good our car is. For now I am disappointed but in a week I will think about the Worlds. Finishing second in 4WD (championship standings) only motivates me more for next season. I believe we have the best package out there on all surfaces’.
In the new for Season #8 4WD 10.5 class it was a dominant campaign from Tim Kunz as he took the TQ and win at all 5 races he contested. Well known RC distributor Sven Rudig would finish runner-up with Marcel Rotterkamp third overall. In the Mod Truck category Joern Neumann is the champion for Schumacher from Xray’s Max Gotzl and ERT Steyregg’s own Philipp Marzinger.
Chassis: Schumacher CAT L1 Motor: Team Orion 4.5T ESC: Team Orion HMX Batteries: Team Orion 4000 mAh Radio/Servo: Sanwa/Highest Tires: Schumacher (handout) Body: Aerox Lightweight
Remarks – Former Champion Jorn Neumann took his Schumacher L1 to a second consecutive EOS win in the last round of the Championship in Steyregg, Austria. Having sealed the win taking the first two legs of the A-Main, his car is configured for dry conditions, and is equipped with the new HD top deck, 8 degrees aluminium caster blocks, Carbon suspension arms and Kashima coated shock bodies.
Joern Neumann has won an exciting opening A1 at the EOS Season Finale in Austria. Starting from the TQ, the Schumacher driver was under intense pressure from Bruno Coelho off the start, leading to a mistake from the German midway through the race that let the Xray driver through. Once in front however, it was Coelho’s turn to face the pressure as Neumann came back at him forcing him into also making a mistake. While Neumann would get caught up in that mistake, he came out of it in the lead which he would hold on to until the finish. Joona Haatanen would also get by Coelho but they quickly touched and Coelho had to wait to let the Associated driver through which dropped them both one position. Unfortunately for Haatanen he would make mid air contact with Hupo Honigl and drop from 2nd to fourth on the last lap while Coelho went from P5 to second. Putting in a clean race, Schumacher’s Wesley van Helmond would come through from 6th to complete the Top 3 with his team-mate Michal Orlowski continuing to have a tough time as having made his way up to 2nd had a mistake and ended up 6th.
Agreeing it was an exciting race, Neumann said, ‘I felt Bruno was much quicker than me in the first few laps and I hit the pipe and he passed me. Then when I was behind him, he must have felt I was much faster and had a crash. It seems on this track it is easier to follow than lead’. Chasing his second consecutive EOS win in the 4WD after a long period without wins, Neumann is hoping he can seal the overall win in a A2 saying, ‘the car is good, everything is good so I will go the same again and try to stay in front’.
‘A very intense final’, was how Coelho summed up the opening A-Main. Looking more and more likely to secure the overall title here in Steyregg, he continued, ‘who is at the back is faster and that race was proof of this. I looked faster than him when I was behind but when I passed him it looked like I forgot the layout of the track. It is much easier to follow’. The former World Champion added, ‘Like I said before everything can happen. I was maybe 5th starting the last lap but then I was second. It’s still all open’.
Asked about his race, van Helmond said, ‘I don’t really know what happen that I ended up 3rd. The car is good and I had a clean run. I had just one small mistake that’s all’. Looking to A2, the Dutch driver said, ‘I followed the rest and the rest made mistakes so I will try to put in another clean run and see what happens’.
Describing his race, Haatanen said, ‘the start was pretty good and I was right behind Bruno and Joern. Then Bruno had a mistake and I got by but something happened between us and we crashed. He had to let me go but Hupo got by and then on the last lap we hit in the air and I ended up 6th’. The Team Associated driver concluded, ‘what happened out there was my own stupid mistakes and without them I would have had an easy 2nd. I believe the car is good but I still want something better for the bumps’.