May 1, 2016

Coelho caps off EOS title with Nurburgring win


Having become the new 4WD Champion of the Euro Offroad Series this morning at the Nurburgring by claiming the TQ at the season finale, Bruno Coelho has capped of a successful rookie campaign with a third consecutive victory.  Making his EOS debut at the iconic motor racing circuit back in September before going onto become World Champion, Coelho’s title marks the first for Xray who become only the third manufacturer to win Europe’s premiere championship.  Behind Coelho the podium in Germany would be completed by outgoing Champion Lee Martin, winner of A3, and Martin Wollanka – this was also how they would finish up in the final Season #5 standings.


‘For the first time doing the EOS I can’t ask for more’, was Coelho’s reaction to his title victory.  The Portuguese driver who is the only driver to take wins in the EOS, ETS and ENS, added, ‘I think three wins & TQs from four races is a very good first attempt’. Reluctant to accept that by becoming the Top Qualifier this morning that the title was his, after securing the Round 4 win with another convincing victory in A2 the 22-year-old said, ‘I am very happy to give Xray their first EOS title and I think the team’s result each race show that we have a car that is one step above our rivals’.  With the weekend marking his first EOS outing with Hobbywing he said using their electrics was ‘very helpful’ in getting today’s win.  Thanking Salton Dong for making the trip from China to support his title efforts, he said it was the ‘very smooth’ Hobbywing system that allowed him to dominate the finals.  Looking to next season’s EOS, which will start out again at the Nurburgring in September, he said ‘we know we have the best 4WD so now we can work more on making our 2WD competitive’.


Reflecting on his performance at the season finale, Martin said, ‘Today we had a chance of winning the title if we took the TQ and win but unfortunately it didn’t happen’.  The back to back 2WD Champion continued, ‘I’m still happy with second as I felt I drove a better campaign than last season’.  Given the ‘quality of the drivers’ he raced against he added he was ‘proud of the fact we were never off the podium in either class’.  Feeling they leave this weekend better placed than they came into it due to the fact they ‘don’t get a chance to test on this carpet’ he continued ‘we’ll come back fighting next year’.


A driver of few words, Wollanka described his 3rd today and in the overall championship as ‘OK’ adding ‘but I am still missing the win’.  In with a chance of achieving a 1-2 on the Nurburgring podium for Xray, the Austrian said after a second mistake in A3 that left him last he knew 2nd was done and he pulled off.  His third podium of the season, he said, ‘I look for the win next season’.


‘Pretty good’ was Michal Orlowski’s reaction to finishing fourth,  his best 4WD result of the season.  Describing the first two finals as ‘bad’, the 14-year-old said for A3 he ‘just wanted to put in a safe run’ to get 4th.  Finishing the leg 2nd behind Martin, the 2WD Championship runner-up said this weekend they made good progress with the 4WD and he ‘can’t wait to carry that into next season’ and better his 5th in the championship.


Equalling his best result of the season with another 5th place finish was former Champion Joern Neumann, the Serpent driver showing plenty of renewed promise in both classes at the Nurburgring, in particular in 2WD.  While buggy has been challenging for the German this season, he still ends another EOS season with a title to his name.  Racing in the new for this season Stadium truck class, with Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri taking the win today, Neumann took the title, his 100% record of being a champion since the EOS was established in 2011.




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