After a long day of 2WD race action, drivers at the EOS season opener made the quick switch to 4WD to end day 2 of the event with the first round of qualifying and it was to be Lee Martin who would top the times sheets. The Yokomo driver would set the pace in Q1 by almost 1.6-seconds from a trio of Xray’s lead by Hupo Honigl. Having topped yesterday’s seeding practice reigning champion Bruno Coelho wouldn’t complete the error filled round, the World Champion saying afterwards it had been ‘a bad day’ with him struggling to have any feeling in his own driving. After a restless sleep last night, the Xray driver hopes a good sleep tonight will make for a better performance tomorrow. Fresh from his 2WD win, Marc Rheinard would not have a good start to 4WD as he broke an idler gear at 3-minutes.
‘I just cruised around trying not to hit anything’ was how Martin summed up Q1. The former champion, who was winner of 4WD at this event last year, continued, ‘it was a safe run but it’s nice way to start qualifying and my car felt good too’.
Setting the fastest lap of the opening round, Honigl said, ‘my car feels amazing’. Making two little changes to his XB4 after practice he said ‘while it was good before now its really amazing’. Not sure of how the changes would work he said he started out slow but with a good feeling for the car and seeing he was matching the others he ‘picked up the pace’. Bayer would finish 6/10ths off him with Martin Wollanka next up followed by Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski and Kaja Novotny who made it 4 XB4’s in the Top 6.