Having said the next one would be better after finishing P3 in the opening qualifier of the the new season of the Euro Offroad Series at the Nürburgring, Lee Martin did just that topping Q2. The only driver to run 17-laps, the Yokomo driver topped a trio of Xray’s headed by Martin Wollanka and Q1 pace setter Bruno Coelho. Only 9th in the first round, Martin Bayer would improve to post the 4th fastest time ahead of Carson Wernimont and young Team Associated charger Joakim Nicolaisen.
While improving the landing issues he had in Q1, Martin said changes to his YZ-2 turned the car from feeling lazy to nervous. With Yokomo designer running the reigning champions set-up on his own YZ-2 for his second qualifying run, the accomplished Japanese driver feels the set-up is not very good and will make tweaks to the Brits car for Q3.
Also making changes to his car including moving to a different front shock position and switching to a lighter 2900mAh LRP battery, Wollanka said these resulted in the big improvement from his XB2. With the car less edgy, for Q3 he will make further changes to his front shock and copy what Coelho has been running on his example of what is expected to be the upcoming 2016 kit release of the XB2.
Having impressed with his TQ run on his first every EOS qualifier thanks to an error free 5-minutes, Coelho would have two mistakes second time out. With the front wheel of his Xray catching the piping on the second lap causing the buggy to get stuck, costing him over 4-seconds, the Portuguese driver said his second mistake came about as he pushed too hard to make back up the time. A lap previous to his mid run error would be the fastest lap of the round, him being the only driver to break into the 17-seconds.
While his ORCA powered XB2 had a little push, Bayer said overall the new car is very good. Highlighting his team-mates performances, the Czech ace and Xray’s only 2WD race winner said they have made a lot of improvements to the XB2 over last season and this is reflected in the fact that all three of their drivers are fighting for the top spot. Having suffered mistakes in Q1, first traffic and then having to pull over to let the leaders by, Bayer said he had a much cleaner Q2 hence the improvement performance. Asked about changes for his next qualifier he said they would make a few small changes to their tyres.
Making an error at the very same corner he did in the first qualifier, Wernimont said ‘that corner is my nemesis’. Changing his set-up, while the car was faster it was now more on edge, he is planning to revert back to where it was more comfortable and then try a few other things.
Completing the Top 6, traffic issues and mistakes leaving him 13th in Q1, Nicolaisen said he was ‘pretty happy with his second qualifier. Running the light version of the B5M, the 19-year-old said the car overall is ‘pretty good’ although it pushes a little on throttle. Asked if he planned changes he said his priorty for now was to get another strong result in, two of the four rounds to count, and if he gets this in the next run he will then try some small set-up changes for the final round.