April 29, 2016

Rheinard top 4WD seed as final practice proves slower

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Marc Rheinard is the top seed for 4WD qualifying at the EOS in Germany after slower track conditions saw the top 6 drivers after the first timed practice remain unchanged.  While Lee Martin topped the times for the round ahead of Bruno Coelho, the highest placed driver to improve his time would be Michal Orlowski but the Schumacher driver remained 5th.  The biggest position change within the Top 10 came from Serpent’s Joern Nuemann who moved up from 9th to 7th fastest.

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Rheinard, who would set the third fastest time of the final practice, reported ‘the track was slower’ adding ‘I think because it got cold’.  The Yokomo driver said this left his YZ-4 to understeer more, his rivals reporting the same thing.  Team-mate Martin, also reported less traction and while happier with the power of his car after adding more turbo said ‘it still felt slow’.  Discussing this with Yokomo designer Shin Adachi, with Rheinard also looking for better speed they will run a different pinion for qualifying. Sandwiched on the time sheets between the two Yokomos, Coelho was happy to hear that his rivals also found the traction to be lower.

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Orlowski felt his improvement over 3-consecutive laps came from the fact he ‘drove better than before’.  With his buggy easier to drive following the shock tower change he said this also allowed him to push harder.  Not a fan of tracks that require ‘huge steering’, he said despite his track preferences he is ready for qualifying. Behind Orlowski, VBC team driver Yannic Prumper was happy that even though the track was slower he had managed to improved his XB4 which was now ‘easier to drive over 5 minutes’.  With Neumann 7th, the Top 10 was completed behind him by a trio of Xrays with Hupo Honigl in 9th splitting brothers Martin and Ales Bayer.

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