November 21, 2015

Martin extends EOS lead with Slovakian win

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Lee Martin has extended his points lead in the Euro Offroad Series, the reigning champion making it two from two with victory in Round 2 at the Hudy Arena in Slovakia.  Top Qualifier for the 2WD A-Main, the bonus point making it the perfect result, the Yokomo driver would have to wait until the third A-Main to deliver his 7th EOS race win.  Having won A1, a mistake in A2 would see Michal Orlowski take it from Bruno Coelho putting all three in contention for the overall win as they lined up for A3 which would deliver an entertaining conclusion.  Getting passed by Orlowski, Martin would get back to the front to win the encounter ahead of Martin Bayer giving the overall win ahead of Orlowski with Coelho completing the podium at the Xray owned track.

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‘For once I got lucky’ was Martin reaction to A3.  Leading early on the British ace would run wide on lap 5 at the very same double which caught him out in A2.  Allowing Orlowski to get down his inside to take the lead on the next lap the incident was reversed only this time the pair made contact as Orlowski tried to close the door.  Commenting on both incidents Martin said, ‘I went a touch wide but decided not to close back in and Michal got by.  On the next lap it was the other way round but he steered into me trying to close the door.  I tried to brake but couldn’t prevent the contact.’ Able to continue without much delay he said ‘After that I got lucky’ referring to Coelho’s mistake which dropped both his challengers down the field.  Summing up his second EOS win with the YZ-2, he said ‘the car was good and fast’ and having expected Xray to be crazy fast at their home track I couldn’t have asked for more really, adding the win puts them ‘in good stead to win the championship again’.  Having not touched a car for over a month he said he performed ‘better than expected’ continuing he was feeling rejuvenated following the time off.

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‘We showed the car is one of the best on this surface so I am very happy’ was how Orlowski summed second place adding the result means he can fight for the championship title having finished second also at the season opener.  Asked about A3 he said the clash with Martin was ‘my fault’.  ‘I went wide and tried to come back from that causing the crash with Lee. It was my fault’. After that he said he ‘pushed very hard’ to close back up but running right behind Coelho he had no time to move right and avoid the Xray when it caught the inside corner of the tabletop and his challenge for the win was ‘finito’.

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Breaking a front arm on his XB2 in the warm-up, Coelho said the start of the race was ‘super stress’ following his error.  Thanking his rivals for waiting while a new arm was fitted, he said his car was ‘super good’ and after Orlowski’s mistake he was following Martin but four laps later then just went too tight up into the table top causing the pile up that turn the order around.  Ending up 5th as result, he said he was still pleased to secure his first 2WD podium.

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