November 20, 2015

Martin tops 2WD seeding at EOS


Having set the early pace at the Euro Offroad Series in Slovakia Lee Martin would maintain his form in controlled practice to top the time sheets and secure the top seeding for 2WD qualifying which gets underway at the Hudy Arena tomorrow morning.  The Yokomo driver would improve his free practice pace over 3-consecutive laps by almost 6/10th with last season’s event winner Michal Orlowski second fastest just 14/100ths off. Having been second fastest in free practice, Martin Bayer would complete the Top 3 with the time from his first of the two controlled practices which was half a second off his morning pace.


A ‘pretty good day really’ was how Martin summed up his 2WD performance.  Adding it was ‘pretty relaxed’ start to what he feels is going to be the more difficult round of the EOS being the home of Xray, the reigning champion said there are 3 to 5 people who are very fast.  While pleased to top the seeding, he said starting the top heat first would be difficult as he has no one to chase adding it’s always easy to gauge your pace when following another car.  Pleased with the performance of his Muchmore powered YZ-2, he continued ‘we’ll keep pushing and see what happens’.  Team-mate Marc Rheinard would again finish up 6th fastest as he did in free practice. The multiple onroad World Champion said ‘now I’m consistent but I’m not super fast’.  Reporting understeer at the hairpin he said if he can find a fix for this he should be good for qualifying.


Reverting back to the set-up he ran in FP2, Orlowski said he was ‘very happy’ with his Schumacher.  Describing himself and Martin’s times as ‘very close every run’, the 14-year-old expects the times in qualifying to ‘be very close as always’.  Planning to just drive his KF2 as it is for the opening qualifier, when asked about the new 2-set tyre limit that the EOS organisers have introduced for the rest of the season he said it was no issue. With tyre wear very low he said his car worked equally well on new, which he used in CP1, or used tyres, his choice for CP2, he had no concerns for qualifying.


Heading a trio of Xray’s, Bayer said things were looking ‘pretty good’ ahead of qualifying with him highlighting that 4 of the Top 7 drivers were running XB2s.  The Czech driver said he liked more used tyres as on new he had too much rear traction resulting in a loss of steering. With this in mind he would use CP2, the final practice, to break in one of his two sets of the Schumacher controlled tyres for qualifying. Behind him Martin Wollanka managed to get his brakes sorted saying this allowed him to concentrate on his car set-up with a front & rear geometry change planned for Q1.


Fifth fastest, Bruno Coelho said he is making ‘a lot of mistakes’ adding the problem is not the car but the driver.  Putting the errors down to him ‘maybe (being) too aggressive’ in his driving, the Top Qualifier of the season opener at the Nurburgring said he ‘will try to improve for tomorrow’.  Making his Xray debut here at the Hudy Arena, recently crowned Belgian National Champion Nico Risser enjoyed a strong showing setting the 7th fastest time ahead of the Serpent of Joern Neumann.

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