September 19, 2015

Orlowski wins opening EOS A-Main


Michal Orlowski has won the first A-Main of the new season of the  Euro Offroad Series at the Nürburgring in a race that was determined by two key incidents.  The first of those came halfway into the 5-minute encounter when surprise Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho got a jump wrong while leading from Lee Martin.  With this allowing both Martin and the pursuing Orlowski to the front, the second incident would come 5-laps later when the pair would make contact with Martin coming off worst.  While Orlowski initially waited, Race Director Scotty Ernst gave the 14-year-old permission to race on, a decision Martin was less than happy with.  With Coelho retiring after popping a camber link, Marc Rheinard would complete the Top 3 from 6th on the grid.


Reverting to an older setting on his Schumacher, Orlowski said his Cougar KF2 was better than qualifying but during the warm-up the feeling was strange.  Cautious of this and not wanting to make risky mistakes at the start, he said he drove very cautiously for the first few laps but getting more comfortable with the set-up change, the car feeling much smoother to drive, and seeing he could match the pace of the two in front he then started to push harder.  Getting down the inside of Martin as the Brit had to check-up slightly, he would touch the Yokomo’s rear wheel sending it over on its roof.  Commenting on the incident the Polish star, who took his first EOS win at last season’s closing race, said ‘I waited for Lee but then Scotty told me to continue’.


‘A shit one really’ that was how Martin summed up the race.  Having played out his plan of sitting behind Coelho and waiting for a mistake he said the race was going to plan.  Admitting to having checked up a little allowing Orlowski to close, Martin said he still had his line so Orlowski was in the wrong as he hit his rear wheel.  Not hearing that Orlowski was told to continue he said he was ‘mad’ with the Polish driver for not waiting. Describing himself as an ‘extremely fair’ driver he said he got the ‘raw end of the deal’.  In terms of his Muchmore powered YZ-2 he said again they further improved it but they still need to find a little more steering for A2.


Rheinard was surprised by how cleanly the race got underway saying ‘it was a good start from everyone’.  Benefiting from an early mistake by Xray’s Martin Wollanka and his Yokomo team-mate Carson Wernimont getting caught up in Coelho’s mistake, the German said he pushed hard hoping there might be a small change from the leaders crashing.  Ultimately he added that he was ‘too far back on the start’ to be a challenger for the win today.


Commenting on his error, EOS rookie Coelho said he just drove too cautiously.  Trying to avoid any mistake he just approached the table top too slowly and jumped short causing him to hit it on the landing and flip his LRP powered Xray.  He said knowing the car is really good ‘maybe I need to push a little harder the next one’.


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