May 1, 2016

Coelho cruises to A1 win


New Euro Offroad Series Champion Bruno Coelho produced a faultless drive in the opening 4WD A-Main at the season finale in Germany to win by a massive 5.7-seconds margin.   Starting from pole, the Xray driver quickly established a lead over outgoing champion Lee Martin, leaving the Yokomo to come under attack from Martin Wollanka.  With the second place battle the biggest entertainment of the race, two mistakes from Martin would ultimately give Wollanka the position.  The Austrian would resist a late charge from Martin to make it an Xray 1-2, the gap as they crossed the line 3/10ths of a second.


Posting the fastest lap, with only Wollanka able to match his late 18-second lap time, Coelho said it was a pretty uneventful race but everything on his Hobbywing powered XB4 working ‘super good’.   Starting from second, Martin said ‘Bruno made a very fast start and while I could match him I couldn’t catch him’.  On his battle with Wollanka the 2WD Champion said, ‘I made two mistakes and Wollanka was able to capitalise.  I wasn’t really much of a race’.  Outside the Top 3 Serpent’s Joern Neumann would make up two places to finish fourth ahead of the No.4 start Michal Orlowski with young Japanese driver Kaito Kodera completing the Top 6.


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