September 16, 2016

Coelho extends advantage to top 4WD seeding at EOS


Bruno Coelho extended his advantage over his rivals in the final round of practice at the Nurburgring to secure the top seeding for 4WD at the Euro Offroad Series season opener.  Having set an impressive pace in CP1, topping that run from Michal Orlowski, the Xray driver would go over 2/10ths quicker extending his gap over the Schumacher driver, who didn’t improve, to over 6/10th over 3-laps.  Summing up his commanding start to the weekend, the reigning champion said ‘it’s all perfect’.  Behind Orlowski, Lee Martin would improve to the third quickest time ahead of Coelho’s team-mate Martin Wollanka with Marc Rheinard, another who failed to improve dropping from 3rd to 5th.


For Orlowski an early incident with a rolling car would prevent him from improving on his time.  In the impact the front rollbar carrier would break leaving it redundant.   Commenting on the run, the 15-year-old said, ‘I felt the car was not right but I was trying to get a better time but then I could see it was doing weird things so I pulled off and then we saw the problem.  It’s a pity as the car was working really good in the warm-up’.


Changing to a different front spring Martin said his improvement came from his Yokomo landing better.  The British driver added his ‘laps are ok given (he is) not pushing hard’ and ‘the important thing is the car is good for a 5-minute time’.


Having made an error in the first controlled practice resulting in him breaking a front drive shaft, Wollanka said changes to his XB4 had made it ‘better but still not perfect’.  The Austrian who finished third overall in last year’s championship said he still can’t push hard as when he gets on the throttle the car is rolling too much and lifting a front wheel.  For the opening qualifier which takes place tomorrow night after the completion of the 2WD finals, he said he will try a rear roll centre change.

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