November 19, 2016

Orlowski takes Q1 while Zambrzycki shines with P3


Michal Orlowski has TQ’d the opening round of 2WD qualifying at Round 2 of the Euro Offroad Series in Poland.  Having topped seeding practice yesterday, the Schumacher driver continued that form into qualifying but the established EOS title contender’s result was only part of a successful morning for the Polish RC scene as fellow Pole Bartlomiej Zambrzycki claimed third for the round.  In between the two teenagers, reigning champion Lee Martin would post the 2nd fastest time while in 4th place it was Hupo Honigl who was the leading Xray.


‘It was a really good run. The car felt good and was really consistent’, was how Orlowski summed up the first of the four qualifiers.  The only blot on an otherwise perfect opening run came as the heat entered into its second half and the Warsaw driver came across another car on the track’s wall section.  ‘I tried to avoid someone on the wall and ended up losing a couple of seconds. Luckily I could recover to TQ’.  Setting the fastest lap, in terms of his LRP powered KF2 SE he said for Q2, ‘I think I will stay the same’, adding ‘I will just try to make another good heat’.


‘For a morning run it wasn’t too bad’ was Martin’s reaction to finishing 1.7-seconds off Orlowski’s pace.  The British ace was also quick to compliment his young team-mate Zambrzycki continuing ‘A good job by Bartek’.  The Yokomo driver said, ‘I couldn’t quite see Michal so I couldn’t see the gap’.  He continued, ‘Because I didn’t know how close I was I didn’t want to push as I wasn’t sure if I needed to take the risk.  It was better to take a second than mess up pushing for a TQ’.  For the second qualifier, he will make a shock change to his YZ2 saying ‘I want to give myself a little more steering and at the same time smooth out the steering as well’.


Running in the second fastest heat, Zambrzycki was probably more surprised than anyone with his P3.  The 14-year-old said, ‘I drove the same as yesterday, slow & steady and just not make errors’.  After the heat when my dad told me the time I was surprised but the car was perfect’.   He continued ‘when I went out to marshal the top heat I was thinking maybe I could get an 11th.  When it was over and my father told me I was third I was thinking what is going on’.  A driver from Warsaw and the the EOS running as part of the Warsaw Moto Show, looking to Q2 he said, ‘I hope to do the same again.  If I could make the A-Main here I would be super happy’.


Honigl summed up his P4 time by saying, ‘It was a safe run with no mistakes.  It was not fast but it was consistent’.  The Austrian, whose only EOS win to date came in Poland, continued, ‘I’m happy with my driving but I need more rotation in the car.  With that I could drive harder.  Right now the car is almost too easy to drive’.


Not racing 4WD, which took over the second half of yesterday’s action, Neil Cragg would register a P5 saying, ‘I’m a little bit ring rusty because I’m not driving 4WD but 5th is an ok start’.  Running within a Top 3 pace he continued, ‘A top 3 would have been nice but it is not the end of the world.  The diff problem didn’t help’.  Suffering a locked diff on his B6 he also believes he was lacking power, ‘it felt a little down on power so I might look at that for Round 2’.  Having celebrated his milestone 18th birthday yesterday, team-mate Jesper Rasmussen would be the next best Associated taking his example to P7.


‘Like yesterday the car pushed too much because of the battery problem but anyway I crashed too much’ was Marc Rheinard’s reaction to completing the Top 6.  Top Qualifier & winner of the season opener, the Yokomo driver continued, ‘the pace was not bad but the driving was the biggest issue’.  Planning to move the battery more centred in his Muchmore powered YZ2, he said he also hopes to put together a better 5-minutes as a driver.

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